Measure M, having passed last year with more than 70% approval, is set to reduce cycling and pedestrian accidents with better infrastructure. The increase in sales tax will invest in more bike lanes, greenways, bike-share expansions, sidewalk improvements, as well as improvements to the greater Los Angeles public transportation network. Hopefully these projects will not only reduce traffic congestion in a city that is poised to house more people, but also reduce the number of traffic related accidents and deaths. However, the question remains, does Measure M fund enough projects to reach Mayor Garcetti's Vision Zero goal of zero traffic deaths by 2025?
It seems like every day, something new is happening in the world of automated vehicles. On December 9th, 2016, the governor of Michigan signed a bill into law allowing the testing of driverless automated vehicles on public roads. These bills, signed by Governor Rick Snyder, include automated vehicles without steering wheels. These vehicles have been a major point of controversy, as many critics argue the importance of a manual override. Michigan now joins California and several other states in allowing autonomous vehicles to be tested. These bills in Michigan may have far reaching implications as they open a variety of avenues for the autonomous vehicle market to expand.
If you plan on driving outside of the temperate bubble that surrounds Southern California, you need to know the potential dangers of road conditions in the area you are driving. Around the country, plunging temperatures have caused massive car, bus and truck accidents on major highways and minor streets. The ice buildup in some communities is too much to handle, resulting in tragic motor vehicle accidents. The traffic jams alone are cause for alarm, let alone the loss of life, injuries and trauma as a result of these deadly collisions. If you plan on driving in icy conditions over the winter months, here are some tips for you.
Fortunately, living in sunny southern California allows many of us to drive in pristine conditions year-round. Unfortunately, this means the vast majority of Los Angeles drivers are woefully under-prepared to drive in snowy or icy conditions. Many drivers fail to modify their driving habits to account for the slippery and unpredictable nature of winter driving, causing avoidable accidents and endangering everyone. Whether driving on the roads of Big Bear or Mammoth Lakes on your winter vacation, you need to be prepared to combat adverse road conditions as well as unprepared drivers.
You could be the calmest person in the world, but when you are in a car crash, especially if you are injured, you will forget things. Here is a list of things to avoid saying at the crash scene and in the days that follow:
- DON'T freak out. This may be the hardest thing to avoid. You have been in a violent collision. You are likely in some degree of shock. Your thoughts and heartbeat are racing. Take a deep breath, and try to get your act together.
- DON'T blow your top. You've just been in an accident. Road rage will only make matters worse. If you act like a maniac, it will almost certainly be held against you.
- DON'T blab. It is better in this situation to say a little than a lot. What you tell others may be used against you later.
- DON'T discuss fault with the other driver. Fault will be determined in the days and weeks to come.
- DON'T apologize. You may be a good person, but it is a truly bad idea to admit to fault. And the crash may be more complicated than you realize.
California has some of the most scenic roads in the country, from the Pacific Coast Highway to the Angeles Crest Scenic Byway right in L.A. But those gorgeous roads can turn ugly fast when a car accident happens, which may seem like an obvious thing to say, but new research is revealing just how dangerous it is to get behind the wheel.
If we learned anything from Thanksgiving this year, we learned to politely discuss our politics, and stay off the roads the day before major Holidays. Christmas Eve is on the horizon and is poised to be one of the busiest travel days of the year. With gas prices so low, people are more willing to drive to their family gatherings these holidays. This poses many public safety concerns as traffic increases and the probability more drunk drivers enter our streets and highways. So what can we do to reduce traffic and reduce the frequency of holiday and Christmas Eve accidents? Below we highlight some options to help you avoid becoming a holiday statistic.
Here's an admonition to American motorists delivered courtesy of the national advocacy group AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety: Wake up about being sleepy behind the wheel.
That organization released a report yesterday chronicling the roadway perils associated with drowsy driving.
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.