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Accident in California injures 2 women and 3 children

The California Highway Patrol is trying to determine what may have caused a Chevrolet sedan to cross into the path of oncoming traffic on the afternoon of July 22 in Folsom. Five people, including three children, were hurt when the Chevrolet struck a Kia sedan head-on. The accident took place on Empire Ranch Road at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Causes of pedestrian accidents on highways

For the most part, pedestrians are prohibited on California interstate highways. However, statistics show that approximately 10 percent of fatal accidents involving pedestrians take place in this type of setting. In some of these situations, a pedestrian may be at fault for being on the highway when the activity is prohibited. In other cases, a pedestrian may be present because of vehicle problems or car accidents, and driver error or neglect may be at the heart of a subsequent incident.

Innovative technology helps trucks avoid rear-end collisions

California truck drivers as well as occupants of other vehicles may be safer on the roadways, thanks to a new technology that will help trucks evade rear-end crashes. Known as the Evasive Maneuver Assist system, it will make it possible for large trucks to detect and avoid smashing into the back of a stopped vehicle.

Ethical dilemmas ahead for self-driving car developers

California motorists who have been following the development of driverless cars may be interested to know that there may be thorny ethical dilemmas ahead for manufacturers, regulators and even consumers. In a study that was published in June 2016, researchers surveyed nearly 2,000 people regarding various scenarios that might arise when traveling in an autonomous vehicle. The study found a large discrepancy between how people thought a self-driving car should react versus what type of vehicle they would themselves purchase.

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