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Teen driving deaths still grim but down in California, nationally

Working with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, one insurance company just issued its second-annual analysis of fatal motor vehicle accidents among teen drivers. The new report covers the five-year period between 2007 and 2011, while last year’s report covered the five years between 2006 and 2010. The report…

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7,795 US bridges both structurally deficient and fracture critical

The Associated Press recently looked into the most recent National Bridge Inventory performed by the Federal Highway Administration and found some shocking information. Of the 607,380 bridges across the U.S. that are subject to uniform bridge inspection standards, 65,605 were categorized as “structurally deficient,” and 20,808 were considered “fracture critical.” Even more alarming, 7,795 were…

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Are you confident about your child safety seat in a car accident?

Parents go to great lengths to protect their children’s safety, and one step every parent should take is to make sure their kids are tucked away in a child safety seat whenever they’re in the car. The somewhat alarming truth, however, is that four out of five car seats are installed incorrectly or aren’t appropriate…

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Teens, listen up: 27 pct of all traffic fatalities occur in July

That’s right: a review of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration traffic fatality data from 2005 to 2011 showed that more than 27 percent of all fatal motor vehicle accidents happen in July. That means this month is the most dangerous time of year to be on the road, and that’s particularly true for teen drivers….

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AAA study: hands-free texting still dangerous

In a landmark research study, the American Automobile Association (AAA) proved right the fears of safety experts around the country: using hands-free technology to compose and respond to texts and emails wirelessly is just as distracting as typing them in by hand. The study used a number of different data collection methods, including interior mounted…

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Texter could be liable in distracted driver accidents

While the following story does not originate here in California, most Bay Area residents have seen the inepititude of people operating their cars while texting. It is an infuriating sight, as the driver exponentially increases his or her chances of being involved in an accident, needlessly harming others in the process. Drivers are already held…

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