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Study shows opioid use makes fatal crashes more likely

Opioid use increases the likelihood of a fatal car crash, according to a recent study. The results, which have been published in JAMA Network Open, may be of interest to many in California since opioid use is on the rise. Though the opioid prescription rate per 100 people has gone down between 2006 and 2016 from 72.4% to 66.5%, the total number of opioid prescriptions being issued each year is still high at 214 million.

Distracted driving a nationwide safety issue, says Root Insurance

Distracted driving is a major issue in California and the rest of the U.S. with many drivers engaging in it even though they know it is wrong. According to a study from Root Insurance, 47% of drivers say distractions are a top concern for them, and 99% acknowledge phone use as one of the top three sources of distraction, yet the respondents were found to use their phones for an average of 13 minutes each day while on the road.

Nissan braking systems may pose a danger to California drivers

Automatic emergency braking technology is usually a good safety feature to have on a car. However, this might not be the case for 2017-2018 Nissan Rogue models. At least 87 consumers have filed complaints of unintended braking, which can cause a car to stop suddenly and unexpectedly. Such occurrences could endanger the occupants of the vehicle as well as the occupants of other vehicles in close proximity.

Lawmakers struggle to cope with distracted driving

Road safety advocates say that the penalties for texting while driving are not nearly strong enough to deter motorists from indulging in behavior that kills or injures thousands of road users every year. A California assemblyman has proposed a bill that would penalize motorists who text with driver's license points in addition to a fine, but lawmakers in Nevada are considering an alternative approach. Instead of increasing penalties, a legislative proposal being considered would allow police in the Silver State to use controversial new technology to identify drivers who may have been distracted when they crashed.

Why sleep is so important before driving

Adults in California and throughout the country should get a minimum of seven hours of sleep a night. This can reduce the chances that a driver gets into a car accident. According to the National Sleep Foundation, those who have not slept for at least two hours within any given 24-hour period should not drive under any circumstances. Furthermore, AAA says that driving on only five hours of sleep is similar to driving with a blood alcohol content over the legal limit. It can also double the risk of getting into a car accident.

Drunk drivers pose a threat on the road

When people in California get behind the wheel, they may be concerned about encountering drunk drivers on the road. Drivers who are drunk are often unable to make good decisions and may put themselves and others at risk by driving dangerously. By staying alert for signs of drunk driving, people can help to protect themselves from serious danger. There are certain signs that can point to the presence of a drunk driver, including driving in the center of the road, nearly missing accidents, weaving in and out of lanes, turning suddenly, driving in the wrong direction or reacting too slowly to traffic lights.

Common causes of automobile accidents in California

There are many causes of automobile accidents in California; however, the most common factor is driver error. Dangerous habits such as driving while distracted or while under the influence of alcohol are often contributing factors to accidents. Other seemingly more innocent forms of error include drivers not being familiar with local laws and roads. Furthermore, the failure of drivers to properly maintain their vehicles is a common factor.

Drowsy ridesharing drivers a growing problem

Drivers in California should be aware of the danger of drowsiness on the road. While it affects anyone who decides to go out on the road after an extended period of wakefulness, it's becoming especially common among ridesharing drivers. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine says that the ridesharing industry is creating a public safety risk.

Study finds seat belt use reduces severity of liver injuries

Motor vehicle accidents result in approximately 2 million emergency room visits every year in California and across the U.S. Many accident victims sustain blunt abdominal trauma, and the liver and spleen are the two organs that are most commonly injured. If the spleen suffers from severe bleeding, it can be surgically be removed, but that is not the case with the liver. This is why protecting this organ is so important.

Car accidents: reason number eight in the world for loss of life

According to Michael Bloomberg, a global ambassador for the World Health Organization, safety issues on the roadways of the entire world need more attention than the subject currently receives. Road safety is not just a problem in highly populated locations such as California; it happens everywhere. In 2016, an all-time high of 1.35 million fatalities attributed to motor vehicle accidents occurred throughout the world.

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