September 2019 Archives

Advice for reducing auto accident risk after sunset

Many California drivers are unlikely to remember the unit in driver's education class that focused on safe driving at night. The topic may have been left out altogether or passed over briefly. Failure to understand the limitations imposed on driver eyesight and cognition by darkness may be responsible for the auto accident rate being much higher after hours. The following driving tips from insurance provider State Farm can help drivers reduce their risk of car accident.

Safety systems reduce car accident risk

Many people in California are excited by the automated safety features being introduced to the car market. These features may be part of fully autonomous, self-driving cars in the future. For now, these technologies aim to make the roadway safer by giving drivers a slate of automated tools to help them avoid serious car accidents. Taken together, automated safety features are known as automated driver assistance systems, or ADAS. According to one study released by GM, research shows that the presence of these devices can substantially lower the risk of certain types of collisions.

10-year high in red-light running deaths concerns safety experts

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that in 2017, the latest year for which crash data is available, there were 939 deaths stemming from red-light running crashes. This marks a 10-year high. More than two people are killed every day in the U.S. in red-light running crashes. California motorists should know that the victim is usually someone else besides the offending driver.

Drunk drivers kill more than 10,000 people each year

Drunk driving deaths have fallen by a third in California and around the country during the last 30 years, but accidents caused by intoxicated motorists still claim more than 10,000 lives and cost the economy over $40 billion each year. Drivers with blood alcohol concentrations of .08 or higher are considered too drunk to drive, but judgment, reaction times and coordination may be dangerously impaired at blood alcohol levels well below the legal limit. In 2017, accidents involving drivers with BACs of between .01 and .07 killed 1,837 road users.