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Autonomous cars on California roadways and liability issues

As of 2015, California is one of only four states permitting testing of autonomous car technology on its public roads. While the Mercedes-BenzS550 has semiautonomous features, Apple and Google have dominated discussion of fully autonomous cars so far. Google estimates that 94 percent of all auto accidents result from human error, but the remaining 6 percent have made many observers have questions as to the risks autonomous cars could pose. Without the driver's ability to control the vehicle, questions of liability in the event of an accident become difficult to answer.

Charges reversed against some drivers after recall

California drivers may have heard about a recall issued by General Motors in February 2014 due to a faulty ignition switch. Reports say that the company knew about the fault for around 10 years prior to the recall, and some people were convicted in fatal motor vehicle accidents that they now say were not their fault. Several guilty pleas have been overturned as a result of the new evidence.

Injury symptoms to watch out for after a crash

California residents who have been in one know that that a car accident takes seconds but can have significant consequences. Sometimes, after what seems like a harmless accident, symptoms can appear that can indicate a more complicated issue resulting from an unseen injury during the collision. There are some symptoms that should not be ignored in order to prevent further complications and to seek appropriate treatment.

Research links Uber to DUI fatality drop

Many people have been making extensive use of ride-sharing services such as Uber in recent years, and a recent study suggests that this is contributing to a drop in fatal accidents related to drunk driving. Researchers at Temple University reached this conclusion by examining data gathered in California between 2009 and 2014. The information found in this time frame correlates Uber's emergence with a drop in such fatal collisions, validating previous studies released from within the ride-sharing industry.

Understanding more about wrong-way collisions

California residents may benefit from learning more about the facts related to wrong-way collisions, as described by the National Transportation Safety Board. Some of the worst crashes in the country involve vehicles traveling the wrong way on roads designed for high speeds. The safety issues associated with these types of accidents include driver impairment, a lack of traffic control systems, drivers' in-vehicle support systems and wrong-way monitoring or intervention programs.

Preventing drowsy driving with technology

Drowsy driving is an increasing problem in today's society. There are no clear statistics about the percentage of accidents that involve drowsy driving because it is often not noted in police reports. However, the CDC estimates that about 25 percent of fatal crashes involve drivers who were fatigued. California drivers might benefit from learning about new ways to prevent this type of behavior.

Allegedly drunk driver kills four

California residents may have heard about the horrific crash that occurred in Long Island when a pickup truck slammed into a limo carrying eight young women, killing four of them. The accident took place on July 18 as the women were returning from visiting area wineries. They had hired the limo to be safe while drinking.

CHP issues Sig Alert after fatal El Cajon crash

The California Highway Patrol issued a Sig alert on the afternoon of July 7 after an accident involving six vehicles in El Cajon snarled traffic at a busy intersection. The decision to close the area to cars was taken due to the number of vehicles involved in the crash and the accident scene's close proximity to Interstate 8. The accident took place at the intersection of South Marshall Avenue and West Main Street at approximately 3:40 p.m.

Common dangers associated with teen drivers in California

While motorists are behind the wheels of their vehicles while they are impaired or distracted, statistics demonstrate that these problems are especially prevalent among teen drivers. Researchers believe that teens have an invincibility complex and that they are immune from the consequences of risky behaviors. This has led drivers under the age of 21 to be involved in 17 percent of fatal accidents that were alcohol-related despite being only 10 percent of the driving population.

Elder drivers and auto accidents

Drivers in California often associate elderly drivers with an increased risk of motor vehicle accidents, but this idea turns out to be more complicated with statistical analysis. According to the numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 36 million Americans at or over the age of 65 were licensed to drive in 2012. Of those, about 5,560 were killed and 214,000 injured in accidents. The rate of injury and death increases starting at age 70 and goes up dramatically for those 85 and older.

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