If you decide to walk someplace for your health you may want to reconsider once you listen to recent studies and look at the actions of the City of Sacramento. Sacramento recently embarked on what they have termed "Vision Zero Sacramento". Vision Zero is a traffic safety initiative whose aim is a roadway with no fatalities or serious injuries. Vision Zero rejects the notion that traffic crashes are simply "accidents," but instead preventable incidents that can and must be systematically addressed.
Not long ago we published a blog about people taking "selfies" while driving and the problems it created. Doing something other than driving is something Henry Ford never considered and it seems many are focused on doing everything except driving in a defensive manner as we were taught in driver's education. As a result of all of the distractions drivers are faced with, new laws have been created.
It turns out California regulators are taking a dim view of Tesla Motors Autopilot. They are not yet taking issue with the system itself, just the name. In draft regulations recently released the Department of Motor Vehicles said car companies should not use the terms "Self-Driving", "Automated" or "Autopilot" in their advertising unless their cars are capable of driving themselves without a human paying attention. That is not something approved on California roads as of yet.
Hitting the gas when you mean to hit the brake happens to just about every driver at one time or another. It may happen due to distraction or just because you weren't paying complete attention to what you were doing. The reality is this lapse could be enough to result in a serious car accident. Review what we've written about these accidents and ways to prevent them.
The reality is we all know better and continue to do it anyway. The use of social media along with texting while driving continues to rise. It appears that nothing short of serious injury or death will slow down the use of these applications.
This question is asked more and more often because the answer is often yes! While this is still not the norm it does happen and the results can be quite compelling.
An on duty California Highway Patrol officer was involved in a 4 car collision that resulted in the death of a 15 year old teenager from Willows recently according to a statement released by the CHP. This blog is not meant to denigrate any member of the CHP and is written to illustrate that distracted driving accidents can happen to anyone of us.
We've all been on the road when we encounter a big truck where the driver seems less than awake, rested and ready. In fact it appears the driver may be tired and doing the best they can to drive in a responsible manner. The reality often boils down to fatigue setting in and the driver needs rest. The other reality is they don't make money unless the truck is moving. This is when devastating accidents can happen.
The weather this year has been a departure from previous years in that we have weather to talk about that actually impacts how we drive. We've been blessed in recent years in that our Winter driving has been much like Summer driving without all the heat. Not so this year. The fact that Folsom Lake is filling up shows that we have had lots and lots of rain and it means that weather impacts how we drive.
I think we can all agree that no one is at their best after being involved in a car accident. It's at this time you may be dazed, confused, trying to determine what the heck happened and you are worried about your condition, the condition of any passengers and the other driver. This is NOT the best time to start making a lot of statements about injuries or fault. Knowing all of this the sad reality is that many people make these statements and they come back to haunt them.