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Los Angeles kayaker killed in accident with boat

A Los Angeles city official was killed recently while kayaking.

The 46-year-old woman was a resident of Marina del Rey, California. She was out on her kayak on Labor Day and was struck by a 50-foot boat near the south jetty.

Joggers beware: Tips to stay safe on California roads

It's been a hot summer in Southern California, and now that it's drawing to an end, you're looking forward to ditching the exercise bike and the indoors and getting back outside to a running routine.

You've been away from the ritual for a few months, so here's a quick reminder of how joggers should share the road with drivers.

  1. Run against the traffic. By doing that, you see cars sharing the same side of the road with you as they are coming toward you. This is safer than having cars that you can't see approaching you from behind. Even when the sun hasn't come up or is setting for the day, you'll see the headlights. This is the opposite of the rule for bike riders.
  2. If you're running on a road that has turns or blind curves, do the opposite of Tip No. 1. As you approach a blind curve or are on a hill, cross the street. In this case, it's the best way to see cars as they go around the curve or as they come over the hill. Look frequently to the rear to see cars coming from behind. Once you've gotten through the hazardous area, go back to the other side of the road.
  3. It's nice to listen to music while running, but don't wear headphones covering both ears. With headphones on, you can't hear oncoming cars or other threats. If you can't run without your tunes, keep the volume low and run with an earbud in just one ear.
  4. Always run with a partner, one in front of the other and not side by side. You will be the lookout for each other.
  5. Run on paths instead of roads, where available. Look for roads with street lights if you're running at night.
  6. Many drivers on the road are distracted. To compensate for that, you need to run defensively. Don't assume the driver sees you, so be prepared to jump out of the way. Always watch for cars backing out of driveways.

Humans contribute to self-driving car accidents in California

Someday, self-driving cars will dominate the freeways in Southern California. That doesn't mean we can drive without fear of an accident.

In a study of accident reports in California, the news site Axios said that people – not technology -- were responsible for most of the accidents involving self-driving cars.

Distracted driving: A risk for everyone on road with you, too

Sometimes, the bad decisions people make only end up impacting themselves. Other times, bad decisions can result in serious injury to other people. Choosing to drive distracted is one such mistake.

When someone operates a motor vehicle without full focus on the task at hand, they increase their risk of causing a major crash. That puts anyone who crosses their path in unnecessary danger as well. In order to combat this risk, many states, including California, have made manually texting while driving illegal.

Protect yourself on your motorcycle by making yourself visible

One of the most common excuses people make after they cause an accident with someone on a motorcycle is that they failed to see the motorcycle in traffic. Of course, not noticing a motorcycle on the street is probably indicative of a failure to properly inspect the area.

Admitting that you didn't notice someone on a bike that weighs hundreds of pounds is like saying you didn't bother checking both ways before crossing the street. Sadly, it is the person on the motorcycle who ends up paying for that negligence.

Southern California sunshine can be brutal for morning drivers

Go ahead and finish this sentence, one you must have heard someone say a thousand times: "You gotta get up pretty early in the morning to …"

Commuters in Manhattan Beach and throughout Los Angeles County probably would finish it this way:

2 killed, 2 injured in California crash

Two young men were killed, and a young woman has been charged in their death after an accident in Northern California.

Five young people -- all recent high school graduates -- were in a Honda driven by an 18-year-old when the car veered off Highway 24 near Walnut Creek. They were traveling back to Antioch from a party in San Francisco.

Los Angeles-area drivers: It's back-to-school time, so be careful

In days past, school didn't start in the Los Angeles area until after Labor Day.

But the school calendars have changed through the years, and Los Angeles County kids will be heading back to school over the next few weeks. As drivers, we must be prepared.

2-year-old killed in California semitrailer crash

A fun family trip to a youth baseball tournament in California ended in tragedy recently.

An Ewa Beach, Hawaii, family traveled to Fresno, California, to watch the oldest child in the family play in a summer tournament. Traveling on a two-lane highway in an SUV were two parents with their 2- and 4-year-old sons. The third son was traveling in a different car with teammates.

The risks you face as a motorcycle rider

It can be great fun to drive a motorcycle, as there are few better feelings than hitting the open road. Unfortunately, motorcycle riders face a variety of unique risks every time they jump on their bikes.

On the plus side, there are steps you can take as a motorcycle rider to minimize your risk of being part of an accident.

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