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Hands-free devices don't lead to fewer distractions for truckers

More truck drivers in California and across the U.S. are using hands-free devices for their cellphones, but that doesn't mean drivers are free of distractions.

In fact, data gathered by Lytx – which analyzes safety and productivity for commercial trucking fleets – shows that many drivers have found something else to occupy their hands in place of their phones. Lytx found that in 23% of cases it analyzed, the driver was taking part in more than one behavior that could be considered risky.

Man walking dog gravely injured as result of Los Angeles crash

A man walking his dog in the Shadow Hills section of Los Angeles was hit by a car and left in grave condition.

In the incident, a black Honda Accord and a black Infiniti SUV were traveling on Sunland Boulevard near the intersection of Stonehurst Avenue when they collided. The Honda was moving at high rate of speed, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department.

Many bodily systems are impacted by spinal cord injuries

People who are involved in accidents, including those with motor vehicles and motorcycles, can suffer from spinal cord injuries. This is a scary time for these individuals because of the major impacts it can have on their abilities. The most serious cases can lead to catastrophic damages or fatalities.

Spinal cord injuries can impact patients in various ways, but there are some predictors that determine how they will affect a person. The location of the injury plays a critical role in what the victim might have to live with after the motor vehicle accident.

Driver gets prison time for San Diego crash that killed four

Although the state is home to many wonderful hiking trails that offer incomparable vistas, California is not known as a pedestrian paradise. Los Angeles and other highly urbanized areas make car travel a requirement for most commuters and travelers. But this does not mean that drivers and passengers alone bear the injury risk of being near motor vehicles.

Pedestrians are struck by cars, trucks and buses often enough for many municipalities to enact laws and create public works to protect them from accidents. Although most incidents that affect pedestrians are unintentional, the victims of these accidents may successfully sue for financial damages if a driver was shown to be negligent or otherwise liable for the consequences.

Understand the common causes of truck accidents to stay safe

The more time you spend on the roadways of California, the more you'll realize that there's no way of escaping large commercial trucks. No matter what you do, especially when you're on the freeway, you'll be in close proximity to these vehicles.

Understanding the common causes of truck accidents can help keep you safe, as you can adjust your approach to avoid trouble. 

    A reminder about lane splitting in California

    It's been more than two years since former California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill defining lane splitting – the practice of motorcyclists driving between automobiles in side-by-side lanes – and directing the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to put out a list of safety tips.

    Now, in spring and with summer around the corner, more motorcycles will be on Southern California's roads. It's a good time to summarize and review those CHP tips for motorcyclists.

    Man sentenced to 22 years in deaths of 3 Californians

    A Whittier, California, man has been sentenced to more than 22 years prison for his part in the deaths of three people in a crash three years ago.

    The fatal crash occurred in February 2016 when the 38-year-old driver was racing along Interstate 5 in Commerce, near Triggs Street.

    Reflective gear essential for cyclists, pedestrians at night

    Maybe you're someone who likes to take a jog near the beach after work. Or, maybe you commute to your job by bike or just like to take an after-dinner walk.

    Even though the days are longer this time of year, you still need to take every precaution possible to stay safe as a pedestrian or bicyclist so that drivers see you while you're on the roads at dusk or dark. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 76 percent of fatal pedestrian accidents occur at dusk or in the dark.

    What to know about amnesia following an accident

    We see scenes of people in television comedies feigning amnesia for laughs in certain situations. But there is nothing funny about it in real life.

    When someone suffers amnesia after, say, brain damage caused by a car accident or other physical injury, it can be either a temporary or long-term condition.

    2 elderly California women die after auto-pedestrian crash

    A tragic crash that killed two 72-year-old women should serve as a reminder to all California drivers: Now that spring and better weather have arrived, we all need to be aware of more pedestrians out on the road, taking a walk and enjoying the fresh air.

    The two women were walking on the shoulder of a road in the Northern California community of Carmichael when they were struck by a car at approximately 9:30 a.m. one recent morning. Police said the car that hit them was driven by a 16-year-old girl who swerved to the right of the road and hit the pedestrians.

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