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California lawmakers propose bill to close hit-and-run loophole

More than one hit-and-run crash happens in the United States every minute, according to AAA. Since 2009, hit-and-run fatalities have increased at an average rate of 7% each year. The majority of hit-and-run fatalities involve pedestrians and bicyclists. Drivers who flee the scene of a crash often do so because they are: Uninsured Under the...

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Drunk driving fatalities have dropped, but repeat DUI offenders continue to endanger lives

Despite a steep decline in DUI-related fatalities over nearly four decades, drunk drivers still continue to pose a threat to public safety. For some people, driving under the influence of alcohol may be an isolated incident. For others, it's habitual, even when they are aware of the obvious risks. This raises the question: can repeat...

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Pickup Trucks Pose A Threat to Small Cars

Large SUVs are less of a risk to smaller vehicles compared to 20 or 30 years ago, according to a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Still, they are a threat. The study noted newer SUVs and cars are more crash-compatible than they were in the 1990s when people in cars...

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Here's how PTSD can impact survivors of serious car crashes

It's a nightmare scenario. You're involved in a horrific crash. Maybe you sustained serious physical injuries that required prompt medical attention. At worst, you were involved in a fatal crash or lost a loved one. Immediately after, you're in shock, as your mind can't process what just happened. You go through all the standard post-crash...

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‘Dooring’ springs vehicle door into bicyclists’ path but swivel-and-look can avoid deadly and sudden obstacle

Few actions scare bicyclists more than the prospect of a car door suddenly opening in their path. Such crashes — known as “dooring” — can kill or maim bike riders. But a simple step that is supported by worldwide ride services Uber and Lyft can avoid dooring accidents by calling on vehicle drivers and passengers...

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Drivers Have a Responsibility to Share the Road with Bicyclists, Motorcyclists, and Pedestrians

Summer is a time of year when all types of road users are out and about, especially bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorcyclists. These are among the most vulnerable road users on Orange County roadways. Crashes involving bicyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists usually happen when drivers fail to recognize the rights of other road users or behave as if...

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Driver Distraction Makes Emergencies Even Riskier

The numbers are mind-blowing, not to mention dangerous. According to a survey by the National Safety Council and the Emergency Responder Council: 71 percent of U.S. drivers take photos or videos of an emergency vehicle on the side of the road. 60 percent post those photos and videos to social media. 66 percent send an...

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