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When trucking laws are violated, motorists pay the price

The trucking industry is enormous and vital to consumers across the world. We rely on the goods delivered by commercial vehicles, and truck drivers and owners are under pressure to meet deadlines. Unfortunately, sometimes these deadlines are met at the expense of safety.

There are several state and federal trucking regulations with which commercial vehicle operators must comply. Failure to do so could end up making a trucker and his or her rig an interstate hazard. This means that if you are in an accident with a truck, there is a possibility it was caused by a trucking violation.

Safety advice for pedestrians in urban areas

While certainly the oldest and most environmentally-friendly mode of transportation, walking isn't without dangers. This is especially true in urban areas like Los Angeles and its neighboring communities where pedestrians are involved, injured and killed in traffic accidents with far too much frequency.

Data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that during 2010 alone, more than 4,200 pedestrians succumbed to fatal injuries suffered in accidents involving motor vehicles. Frequently fatal pedestrian accidents involve children under the age of 14 or adults over the age of 65. A large percentage of fatal pedestrian accidents also involve individuals who are considered to be legally drunk.

Steps to take if involved in a car accident

Being involved in a car accident is a terrifying and disorienting experience. Injuries suffered due to one's involvement in a car accident may range from bruises and soreness to serious internal injuries. In some cases, the full extent of an individual’s injuries may not be fully apparent until days or weeks after an accident.

In the wake of a car accident, an individual is likely to feel shaken up and may not be able to think clearly or rationally. However, in order to protect oneself, it's important to take certain steps immediately following an accident.

Driver-less cars: the answer to preventing car accident injuries and deaths

Each year across the U.S. an estimated 30,000 men, women and children are killed in car, motorcycle and truck accidents and many thousands more are seriously injured. For years, highway safety officials have focused on finding ways to prevent car accidents while car manufacturers have largely focused on developing safety features to reduce the likelihood of serious injury or death if a driver is involved in an accident. Additionally, federal agencies have worked to pass laws aimed to reduce dangerous driving behaviors and mandate the use of safety features like seatbelts.

Throughout the years, these strategies have been somewhat effective in helping reduce the number of serious and fatal car accidents. However, one serious car accident-related injury or death is still one too many. Enter Google's self-driving car and what may be the solution to America's car accident conundrum.

Controversy over publishing of lane splitting guidelines persists

Mild year-round temperatures allow motorcycle enthusiasts in the Los Angeles area to enjoy biking even during the winter months. The state is home to an estimated 800,000 motorcycle owners who frequently enjoy traveling along both California's scenic and less scenic roads and freeways.

As residents in and around Los Angeles are well aware, traffic congestion along area freeways is a constant. For a motorcyclist who is stuck in stopped or slowed traffic, a driving maneuver referred to as lane splitting may be employed.

Teens and texting: Do laws banning texting save lives?

Texting and driving is dangerous. A new study out of the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama has found that laws banning texting and driving are effective. The study, published in the August edition of the American Journal of Public Health, reviewed 11 years of data from the continental United States. The researchers than adjusted for various factors that could influence results including unemployment, as it could lead to fewer workers driving and less traffic, as well as high gas prices, which could also impact how many drivers were on the road. According to a recent report in The Washington Post, the researchers found that having a texting law resulted in a 2.3 percent decrease in overall traffic fatalities.

Even more striking, when the data is adjusted to focus on teens the researchers find an even greater impact. The percentage jumps to an 11 percent reduction in traffic fatalities for this age group in states with primary texting bans. A primary ban allows an enforcement officer to make a stop solely because the driver was texting, no other violation is required.

Los Angeles appoints new head of DOT, known for pedestrian safety

The Los Angeles City Council recently considered the nomination of Seleta Reynolds to the head position of the Los Angeles City Transportation Department, or LADOT. Ms. Reynolds was nominated by Mayor Eric Garcetti and has previously worked with San Francisco on a livable streets project. She has built a reputation for a focus on the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists.

According a report in LA's StreetsBlog, Ms. Reynolds plans on taking the city towards a "safer, more shared and more community-friendly future." The vision is one that seems to be shared by the council, who approved the candidate's nomination unanimously.

Tracy Morgan to continue rehabilitation at home after truck crash

It's been more than a month since a Wal-Mart tractor-trailer slammed into the van limousine in which Tracy Morgan was a passenger. The comedian just recently emerged from a rehabilitation facility to continue his treatment at home. Morgan was seriously injured in the crash, and his friend and fellow comedian Jimmy Mack lost his life.

The accident has drawn nationwide attention to the problem of truck driver fatigue. Criminal charges have been brought against the Wal-Mart truck driver, who investigators say hadn't slept in more than 24 hours at the time of the crash. Federal regulations require that drivers of large commercial vehicles have enough sleep before they get behind the wheel. Federal rules also require truck drivers to take breaks, log hours of service and avoid fatigue.

Fiery car accident claims 3 lives, seriously injures 2 more

A fatal accident recently occurred in Palmdale. After 10:30 p.m., the California Highway Patrol arrived at the scene to find one of the cars involved on fire. Unfortunately, three people were killed in the car accident -- two of whom were children -- and two other individuals suffered serious injuries.

The two cars were traveling south on the 14 Freeway. The exact details surrounding the crash are unknown at this time because the crash is still under investigation. However, it is clear that one of the cars rear-ended the other, and the latter car caught on fire as a result of the impact.

Driver to be tried for fatal work vehicle accident in California

A man who formally worked for the San Diego Gas & Electric Company has recently waived his right to a preliminary hearing in his criminal case. The California man was driving his commercial vehicle when he allegedly hit a pedestrian and left the scene of the crash. The pedestrian lost his life in the work vehicle accident.

The authorities hypothesized that the 56-year-old man struck a pedestrian with his work vehicle as the pedestrian was attempting to cross the street. The man continued to drive his truck away from the accident. The impact knocked the pedestrian out into the road where he was struck by another vehicle. The second motorist stopped after the accident and called the police. The pedestrian was pronounced dead when the emergency responders reached the scene.

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