In 2017, a total of 4,102 people in California and across the U.S. died in large truck crashes. The majority, 68%, were occupants of passenger vehicles while truck occupants made up 17% of the fatalities. This number represents a 28% increase from the number of truck crash fatalities in 2009. It's an alarming trend, and numerous safety groups have been pushing for new safety tech on commercial trucks as a way to combat it.
Summer has officially ended, which means fall's unpredictable weather patterns are about to begin. However, by following a few simple safety tips, California drivers can avoid seasonal road hazards and stay safe this autumn.
Every 48 minutes in California and across the United States, an individual dies in a car accident caused by a drunken driver. Though drunk driving death rates have decreased over the past 30 years, alcohol still plays a factor in the deaths of over 10,000 people each year on the road.
One of the legal solutions available to California residents who want to ensure that their digital assets are managed according to their wishes after death is the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act. It permits individuals to give a designated fiduciary the legal authority to access and manage their digital assets if they unexpectedly become incapacitated or if they die. This type of authority can be granted using a power of attorney, trust or will.
There are a number of common mistakes people in California may make regarding estate planning, including assuming that they do not need to make a will at all. Some people may think they have too few assets to bother with a will, but even if their assets are modest, it is likely they have preferences about which family members will receive them. Furthermore, wills have other uses. People may use them to pass on personal items of little financial value, to appoint guardians for their minor children or to specify the type of funeral they want.
Car buyers in California and around the country who are primarily concerned about accident survival often choose vehicles made by Volvo. The Swedish company was one of the first manufacturers to introduce autonomous crash avoidance systems, and it recently announced that these features will soon be triggered by cameras that are designed to observe drivers for indications of distraction or intoxication.
There has been a lack of progress in efforts to reduce speeding, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. The GHSA released a report in mid-January 2019 entitled, "Speeding Away from Zero: Rethinking a Forgotten Traffic Safety Challenge," and it recommends various ways to address speeding that can apply to the situation in California, as elsewhere.
California residents may have heard that auto manufacturers are developing external airbags. One major developer, the ZF Group, claims that external airbags can reduce the severity of accident injuries by 40 percent. The model it is developing comes in at around 13 pounds and is approximately 80 inches long, 21 inches high and 15 inches wide. Its inflation time is an impressive 15 milliseconds, comparable to that of steering wheel airbags.
California residents should be aware of the risk they run when they drive after getting less than seven hours of sleep. Experts recommend between seven and nine hours of sleep a night. However, one in three adult drivers is not meeting this goal, according to research by the U.S. Department of Transportation and various agencies.
It is a recognized fact that distracted driving habits kill many teens in California and across the nation each year. In 2015 alone, 1,972 teens died because of distracted driving, and another 99,000 were injured in motor vehicle accidents. Texting or talking are obvious distractions for teens, but other distractions include friends riding in the car, putting on music and eating while driving. Each of the distractions tends to cause drivers to look away from the road.