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Actor's daughter files suit after California crash

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed on behalf of Paul Walker's 16-year-old daughter alleging that the Porsche he was a passenger in the night that he and its driver died was defective. The suit claims that the 2005 Carrera GT lacked necessary stability control and had defective rubber fuel lines, and if it had those features, Walker would have survived the crash. An attorney for the girl claimed that the car was dangerous and did not belong on the street.

Drivers' convictions overturned after recall

Many California motorists were affected by the February 2014 General Motors recall due to a faulty ignition in some vehicles. Since then, several people who were charged with or convicted of crimes such as vehicular homicide have had their charges reversed or are struggling to clear their names and get compensation from the auto manufacturer.

Hybrid beacons may save pedestrian lives

California residents may know about the vulnerability of pedestrians when crossing a street. However, pedestrian hybrid beacons may help to lower the number of annual fatalities. According to the Federal Highway Administration, the installation of hybrid beacons has been shown to reduce pedestrian crashes by almost 69 percent and roadway crashes by almost 29 percent.

The importance of brake system maintenance for truck companies

Many drivers in California become anxious when they find themselves in close proximity to a semi-tractor trailer. These large commercial vehicles can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, and they can cause catastrophic accidents when driven recklessly. Shoddy truck maintenance also endangers other road users, and problems with semi braking systems are particularly hazardous. Trucking companies may face ruinous lawsuits if an accident is caused by defective brakes, but these risks can be mitigated by strictly following inspection and maintenance schedules.

Uber may prevent DUI deaths

Researchers looking at drunk driving accident statistics in California found evidence that car-sharing services like Uber save lives. After analyzing data gathered between 2009 and 2014, researchers from said that the number of fatal drunk driving accidents in certain areas goes down by between 3.6 and 5.6 percent once Uber enters the market.

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