As companies like Google Inc. and General Motors Corp. develop self-driving robotic cars, California has proposed rules to govern autonomous vehicles on public roads. Because of studies that show an accident rate among driverless cars double that of human-operated vehicles, the state has drafted rules requiring that a human be in a robot-operated car and be ready to take over operation at all times.
California car accidents can occur for a multitude of reasons, and no one is immune from the potential of being involved in a crash. In some of these accidents, a famous or prominent person might be involved. A February accident involving the reality television show personality and former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner resulted in the death of a woman and five other people suffering injuries.
News sources report that one person died and two were injured in a crash on I-580 that occurred on Nov. 27 just before 12:30 a.m. According to officers with the California Highway Patrol, the vehicle in which the victims were located went off of the road and down an embankment.
A widow along with her former husband's mother filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles County and a fire truck driver on Nov 20. The driver allegedly caused the traffic accident on July 31 that killed the woman's husband.
While continual strides are being made to make driving safer, car accidents in California and around the country still pose significant risks as 32,719 traffic accident fatalities occurred in 2013 nationwide. This makes automobile travel one of the more dangerous parts of life, but some things can make a difference when it comes to road safety.
People in California who fall asleep at the wheel are not in a small minority. According to a new AAA survey, about 43 percent of licensed U.S. drivers answered 'yes" when they were asked whether they had ever fallen asleep while driving. About 31 percent of drivers who were surveyed said that they had struggled to stay awake while they were driving sometime during the previous month.
California residents may be unaware that the leading cause of death for American teenagers is motor vehicle accidents. Of the teen drivers involved in fatal accidents, almost one-fourth had been drinking alcohol. As a result, the Ad Council and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have teamed up for a series of public service announcement designed to discourage teens from drinking and driving. The ads will appear both on television and online.
Each year, many people are injured or killed in accidents resulting from drivers running red lights. The problem is considered to be a serious concern for safety at intersections nationwide.
Thanks to improvements in vehicle design and safety features, car accidents in California and around the country kill far fewer people than they used to. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported that the number of deaths caused by car crashes has gone down by over one-third in the last few years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that there were fewer highway fatalities in 2014 than there has ever been, and car-related fatalities are likely to continue going down.
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.