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California residents may be familiar with emerging automotive technologies that promise to improve road safety such as self-driving cars and accident avoidance systems, and the electronics manufacturer Samsung has been active in this area. The Korean company has developed a truck safety system that could make passing a semi-tractor trailer less nerve-wracking for drivers, and it has tested the new technology on some of Argentina's dangerous two-lane roads. Samsung chose Argentina because of the number of drivers who are killed or injured each year while attempting to pass large trucks.

3 dead and 5 injured in van accident

Fatal accidents often involve multiple drivers, but even a lone vehicle can crash due to unsafe road conditions or a negligent driver. A highway in central California was the scene of a tragic accident involving one vehicle that resulted in serious injuries and several deaths. The accident occurred on June 20 on the Merced County stretch of state Route 152.

Drowsy driving a factor in many motor vehicle accidents

California drivers may be in agreement with the 96 percent of people surveyed in 2014 who said driving while drowsy was unacceptable, but 37 percent of those drivers surveyed also admitted to having fallen asleep while driving at least once in their lives. In the previous year, 11 percent said they had done so.

California drivers and collision avoidance system technology

California motorists may want to know that the National Transportation Safety Board has called for collision avoidance systems to be installed in every single new commercial and passenger vehicle. The NTSB suggests that making these systems standard equipment could help prevent thousands of injuries and deaths each year. Chairman Christopher Hart explained that drivers should not have to pay extra for this technology, which could help prevent collisions. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers has previously taken a different stance, stating that the decision to buy a car with a collision avoidance system should be up to the consumer.

Reasons for fatal car crashes in California

Using data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration between 2009 and 2013, the Auto Insurance Center has determined what behaviors caused the most fatal car accidents in every state. In California, improper turns caused the most deadly auto accidents. Other common causes of fatal accidents included failure to stay in one's lane, reckless driving and failure to yield the right of way.

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