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Study Claims Drowsy Driving a Major Cause of Car Accidents in the US

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics show that drunk driving is responsible for more than 10,000 fatal car accidents each year. Everyone knows that drunk driving is a major public safety hazard that frequently causes injuries and deaths. However, a new study suggests drowsy driving may be almost as dangerous. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (AAA) published a study that argues federal statistics on drowsy driving accidents are underreported. Federal statistics claim drowsy driving is responsible for 1 to 2 percent of car accidents. AAA’s new study claims this number could be much higher. How did AAA determine that drowsy driving accidents may be underreported? More than 3,500 people were selected to participate in the study. AAA used in-vehicle cameras and other equipment to observe the participants while they were driving. Drowsiness was measured by observing the percentage of time motorists kept their eyes closed. There were…
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Can the Vision Zero Plan Prevent Bicycle Accidents in San Diego?

Several pedestrian accidents in January show that more could be done to improve safety on San Diego streets. Last month, a 52-year-old man was fatally struck by a car while crossing El Cajon Boulevard. Additional accidents in Barrio Logan, Normal Heights, Pacific Beach, North Park, City Heights and downtown left pedestrians with injuries. The Vision Zero plan aims to prevent deaths and injuries like the ones that occurred last month. Vision Zero was initially created in Sweden, but it has spread to multiple other countries and US cities. Much like the name implies, Vision Zero San Diego seeks to reduce traffic deaths to zero by 2025. Vision Zero San Diego hopes to accomplish its goals by fostering collaboration between law enforcement, policymakers, traffic planners, community groups and residents to create effective traffic safety strategies. Although there are many separate goals, the plan would seek to improve the safety of bicycle…
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What are the Different Types of Bicycle Accidents in San Diego?

San Diego has a reputation for being a bicycle-friendly city. We have bike lanes and other infrastructure that encourages our residents to take up cycling. Despite improvements to cycling infrastructure made under San Diego’s Bicycle Master Plan, there are still areas of the city where you or a loved one could be harmed in a bicycle accident. Our post today is not meant to scare you away from cycling. However, it could help you understand what types of accidents you could face in high-risk areas, such as intersections. The different types of bicycle accidents include: Right-hook accidents: Right-hook accidents can occur at intersections when another vehicle moving in the same direction turns right in front of you and forces a collision. This type of accident is more likely to occur when motorists do not signal before turning. You could be caught by surprise when the vehicle turns right. Nearby motorists…
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