The traffic fatality data from 2013 has been released. The U.S. Transportation Department announced the results of the report and the news is largely positive. In 2013, traffic fatalities dropped 3.1 percent to a total of 32,719. The news was not all positive, however. Large-truck accident deaths rose for the fourth consecutive year. In addition, the total number of crashes rose. Those crashes were obviously survived at a greater rate, but the collisions themselves are still up. With fatalities down overall, more attention will likely be paid to the areas where safety has not improved.
Keeping the roadways safe is the responsibility of every driver on the California roadways. Some drivers, however, decide that they won’t pay attention to the simple steps that help to keep our roadways safe. Distracted driving is a huge problem on the roadways. Sadly, drivers who are distracted can sometimes cause accidents that cause serious injuries or even death.
By now, readers of our blog know that motorcycle accidents can lead to some serious injuries. For these motorcyclists, those injuries can lead to expensive medical bills and missed work. For some motorcyclists, seeking compensation if they are injured in an accident caused by someone else might not end with the recovery they think they should get. Our California readers might be wondering why that is, and the answer is because of Proposition 213.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has funded a cell phone application with the goal of reducing car accidents caused by drunk drivers. California is one of several states that has developed similar apps to help people understand just how strongly alcohol can affect their timing, reflexes and decision-making ability. The app provides an estimate of blood alcohol level based on the size and gender of the user and the number of drinks consumed. It then uses a game-like approach to demonstrating the impact of alcohol of their driving ability.
When most people think of police officers, they probably think of people who drive in a safe manner. What many people don’t realize is that police officers might be distracted as they drive because of the in-car computers in patrol cars. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office is trying to determine if the use of those computers should be limited.
The trucking industry has voiced concerns about its ability to attract qualified drivers in recent years. It has also argued that federal regulations are threatening to make commercial trucking too expensive for consumers. Among the federal regulations it has worked hardest to prevent are those restricting the number of hours a driver can operate his or her vehicle in a given time period. Trucking companies may have found a way to loosen those restrictions this week.
Many California residents enjoy going on bike rides or taking walks to get to where they are going. Some enjoy doing those activities just so they can stay healthy. For anyone who is walking or biking, staying safe is a paramount concern. It is important for pedestrians and bicyclists to take proper precautions. It is equally as important for motorists to be careful around pedestrians and bicyclists. When you consider the staggering statistics, it is easy to see just how important safety is.