When choosing a car to drive, your safety in the case of an accident should be a top priority. The IIHS, The Institute for Highway Safety, produces easy to understand safety ratings for different collision types as well a variety of safety features. Modern vehicles can come with smarter airbags, auto-braking, collision warning sensors and alarms, lane drifting detection and even smart cruise control. While these features are fantastic technologies that can save lives, people still fall victim to avoidable collisions.
Understandably, motor vehicle accidents are a sad and recurring reality across Southern California, given the region's high population and the comparative complexities inherent in its crisscrossed roadway systems.
As such, the victims of adverse car and truck crash outcomes are many and diverse. Other drivers and their passengers suffer from the negligent behaviors of some motorists. So, too, do motorcyclists and pedestrians.
With artificial intelligence continuing to enter the car market place, policy makers and automakers alike need to address some of the major concerns with sharing the road. Recently, California has looked to revise the legislation regulating automakers ability to test their autonomous vehicles on the road. One major concern with autonomous vehicles is their ability to be manipulated by others on the road, potentially leading to some dangerous scenarios.
Motor vehicle accidents happen every day, and no piece of legislation or novel invention is ever going to change that. As long as we use vehicles to travel, there will be accidents. Drivers will make mistakes or act irresponsibly; automated systems will fail unexpectedly or experience glitches; and the vehicles themselves could fail or otherwise break down in unanticipated ways. This is simply the world we live in, and as unfortunate as it is to accept that motor vehicle accidents will always happen, it is something we need to embrace.
When a motor vehicle accident happens, it isn't just the driver and the occupants of a car that suffer. A bicyclist could be involved in the wreck, or a pedestrian. Motorcycles could by clipped or struck. Buildings can be the victim of an oncoming motor vehicle that essentially acts as a battering ram.
An interesting article from Fortune poses a very stark question: can you ethically crash a self-driving car?
It's a difficult question to answer because the promise of self-driving cars is too enticing to think a negative thought about it. Without the human element involved in driving, it is argued, there will be a drastic drop in the number of motor vehicles accidents. But what will happen when a self-driving car is put into a situation out on the road where an accident is inevitable? How will the autonomous vehicle respond? And what would the rule of law say about such a crash?
Did you know that once every 53 minutes, someone dies due to a drunk driving accident? Yes, this statistic is sadly true and it exemplifies a major problem out on the road right now: driver awareness and safety are not where they need to be. Some people may think they can have a drink or two and get behind the wheel of a car. And just the fact that some people think this way means we need to do more to advocate for both public and road safety.
While drunk driving is a major problem, it is also a vessel that could be filled in by many different issues to describe the matter of safety on the road. Cellphone use while driving; fatigued driving; careless driving; and other forms of distracted or dangerous driving pose similar risks to drunk driving, even if their frequency isn't the same as drunk driving accidents.
Five students were injured in a bizarre accident in Los Angeles recently, though thankfully none of them suffered life-threatening injuries. The five students were in a school parking lot when the accident occurred. An SUV collided with a minivan, and the resulting wreck must have spun the vehicles out of control and into the students. One of the drivers suffered minor injuries. The extent of the injuries to the students was not made clear in the source article.
The police are labeling the car crash a true "accident" as one of the drivers said that their gas pedal became stuck and that was what caused the accident. No other details were provided for context, but given the determination by police, this really does seem to be a accident.
The National Transportation Safety Board has announced it will investigate the crash that occurred outside Palm Springs, in which a tour bus crashed into an 18-wheeler truck, killing 13 and injuring 31.
The bus collided at high speed with the semi, which had slowed to 5 mph due to road work. The crash received national attention for the number of dead and injured. It has been described as the deadliest accident in California in over ten years.
No definitive conclusions expected soon
Early indications are that the steer tire tread for the tour bus were below minimum standards. On the basis of tire inspection alone, the tour bus appears to have been out of compliance with safety standards.
Car Accidents at night tend be more dangerous for all parties involved. As the number of daylight hours shrinks and the time Los Angeles drivers are operating in the dark grows, drunk, fatigued and drivers with limited vision cause more traumatic accidents due to decreased reaction time before a collision. For everyone's safety, it is important to remember to adjust your driving habits to account for changes in road conditions. In this post, I want to discuss some habits you can build upon to develop better nighttime driving technique.
Inherent to the act of riding a bicycle is the risk of serious injury. Bicyclists have practically no safety systems in place for their vehicles (besides a helmet) and the area where they operate is inherently dangerous (the road). As such, when they are involved in an accident, it is likely that they will suffer injuries. In many cases, these injuries are serious. In some cases, the injuries are fatal.
But what do bicycle accident statistics show? Are the roads getting safer or more dangerous -- or neither? Should we be paying more attention to bike safety?