There are many different causes of California car accidents. Finding out why it happened is the job of the insurance claims adjuster and the police, both of whom use the cause to determine the at-fault party. The police needs the information to know to whom to issue a ticket. The insurance company uses the information to determine which party is to receive a claims payment and what the amount of the payment should be.
Researchers with the Governors Highway Safety Association say that nearly one-third of all automobile-related deaths in California and the rest of the U.S. are caused by speeding. The association released a report entitled, "Speeding Away from Zero: Rethinking a Forgotten Traffic Safety Challenge," which lays out some of the latest research and data on speeding as well as some ways to address the issue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Many California drivers are aware of the dangers that interstate driving can present. According to recent statistics, dump truck accidents and collisions involving ready-mix concrete delivery trucks are on the rise. The trucking industry, the insurance industry and federal regulators have all taken steps designed to minimize serious accidents involving these large trucks. Based on the statistics, it seems that the measures are not producing the desired results.
The technology drivers in California have increased access to could reverse the recent spike in auto accidents related to phone usage and other driver distractions and marijuana use. This is what an analyst from a leading investment bank predicts will happen in the not-too-distant future. These predictions come following a 30 percent increase in motor vehicle accident rates since 2011 - although some other analysts attribute this increase, in part, to higher employment levels and more miles driven by motorists.
As with autonomous vehicles, external airbags have a long way to go before they are introduced to the driving public. California residents should know, however, that many car parts manufacturers are working to develop the technology behind external airbags. One of them, the ZF Group, has come out with some safety data that could get more manufacturers to look into the airbags.
Weather conditions in California can range from sunny and clear to snowy or icy depending on where a person travels. Therefore, it is important to inspect a vehicle prior to traveling to ensure that it can handle whatever road conditions it faces. Furthermore, a vehicle should have an emergency kit that includes blankets, jumper cables and tire chains. A shovel and ice scraper can also come in handy in an emergency situation.