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January 2019 Archives

IIHS: operating phones makes drivers more distracted

California drivers who use their phones behind the wheel should know how distracting this activity can be. According to a study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, it also turns out that operating a phone is more distracting than simply talking on it. Researchers looked at observational surveys from 2014 and 2018, both of which involved drivers at red lights in four Northern Virginia communities.

Nursing home abuse may be widespread

Making the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home can be very difficult for California families. The combination of the frailties of advanced age coupled with various physical and mental conditions render many elderly individuals beyond the care capabilities of the average family member. Additionally, without some form of long-term care insurance, costs can be daunting. However, another more serious concern looms large -- nursing home abuse.

What is emotional trauma after a car wreck?

After a car wreck, you are going to feel sore. You are likely going to wonder if you will be able to carry on with the daily tasks you need to do. This is a hard spot to be in, but there is another problem that you might face. This is the emotional trauma that comes with a serious motor vehicle accident.

AASM points to public safety risk of sleepy ridesharing drivers

The ridesharing industry has introduced a public safety risk in California and across the country through its drivers, who may work in a drowsy state of mind. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine made a position statement in April 2018 about this trend, and it calls for ridesharing companies, law enforcement officers, government officials and medical experts to collaborate on addressing it.

The differences between truck accidents and car accidents

Drivers in California know that truck accidents are generally more severe than car collisions. The occupants of a passenger vehicle involved in a truck accident may be left with catastrophic injuries and long-term medical conditions. This often means paying for more medical care. Furthermore, the vehicle itself may become undrivable due to the force of impact that the truck's weight brings with it.

Truck driver fatigue remains a thorny problem

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has strict rules in place to ensure that truck drivers in California and around the country get adequate rest, but what are known as hours-of-service regulations do not seem to be enough to prevent commercial vehicle accidents caused by drowsiness. The commercial pressures of the logistics industry are often at odds with safety concerns, and this is especially true when it comes to combating fatigue.

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