Distracted driving is a serious and growing threat to safety on California roadways. Despite widespread public awareness campaigns designed to highlight the dangers of texting while driving and other forms of distraction, the omnipresence of technology continues to divert drivers' attention from the wheel. One survey indicates that technologies meant to reduce phone use can also be seriously distracting. Advanced software like Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto integrate major smartphone apps with newer cars' infotainment systems. These services aim to keep drivers from picking up their phones and taking their eyes away from the road and hands away from the wheel while operating their vehicles.
Drowsy driving is a serious problem on roads in California and all over the country. In a survey conducted by AAA, nearly 33% of respondents said they had driven at least once in the prior month while they could hardly keep their eyes open. In a study of 1,767 people, Consumer Reports found that one in five people who take prescription sleeping pills had driven within seven hours of taking them. Most sleep aids advise users to sleep for at least seven hours after administration.
Trucking accounts for a large percentage of roadway traffic across America, but unfortunately, along with the heavy volume of trucks comes an increase in trucking accidents. Accidents involving commercial trucks can lead to a variety of injuries, including broken bones, vital organ damage and concussions. In extreme cases, trucking accidents can lead to death. As a result, it's important to understand common causes of trucking accidents in order to minimize risk and improve safety on the nation's highways.
Drivers in California and throughout America may be confused about what autonomous vehicles are actually capable of. There are five levels of automation, with the highest level reserved for vehicles that can truly drive themselves with no human engagement. Currently, most autonomous systems are at level two, which means that a human operator must still be paying attention at all times. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did a study featuring 2,000 drivers to see what they knew about current autonomous technology.
People in California who sought treatment for a hernia may have wound up suffering serious damage as a result of the mesh products used to repair the injury. While hernia meshes have been used for over 60 years in these procedures, some of the options and materials developed over time have caused even more severe injuries due to product defects. Some of the materials that were used to create hernia mesh products had not been fully tested before being used in patients' surgical procedures. In many cases, patients have required additional surgery to treat the original hernia and additional damage.
Law enforcement in California and across the country will be focused on bad behavior by commercial and passenger vehicle drivers during Operation Safe Driver Week, which is scheduled from July 14 to 20. The special focus of the program this year is on speeding. Statistics gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that speeding drivers were a factor in 94% of all traffic accidents during the year 2015.
Volvos are popular choices for car buyers in California and around the country who place safety above all other considerations, and the Swedish company has developed a reputation for introducing new accident avoidance technology before other carmakers. Volvo added to their safety legacy recently by announcing that it will soon be installing sensors and cameras in its vehicles that are designed to detect signs of distracted or intoxicated driving.
Arizona drivers have likely heard that driving while texting is dangerous. Recent studies have added figures to this claim that give it more impact.
Californians may be interested in a new Governors Highway Safety Association report that reveals that 6,227 pedestrians were killed in the U.S. last year. That makes 2018 the deadliest year for pedestrians since 6,482 died in 1990. Pedestrian deaths were at an all-time low just a decade ago, but they have risen by a worrying 51.5 percent since 1990 and now account for 16 percent of all road fatalities. Groups like the GHSA have raised concerns about rising rates of driver impairment and the dangers of smartphone use behind the wheel. The association's report suggests that distraction and intoxication are a factor in many pedestrian accidents.
Many California drivers feel anxious when sharing the road with large trucks. As it turns out, that wariness is justified. When a large truck collides with a passenger vehicle, bad things tend to happen to the car's occupants. As a result, tractor-trailers and other heavy trucks are treated differently by both the government and insurance companies.