If you have ever taken a prescription sleep aid, you are probably well aware of the lingering effects it can have on you. Namely, the drowsiness, distraction and listlessness than can last well into the morning after you take the pill. Often, this is the product of an incorrect dosage or the wrong medication altogether. But regardless of the reason, those lasting effects can have dangerous consequences, significantly raising the risk of car accidents and related harms.
A recent study has found that now, for the first time in United States history, there are more women with driver's licenses than there are men. Could this lead to a decrease in car accidents, injuries and fatalities in California and throughout the country? Some experts believe that yes, it could - but not necessarily because women are safer drivers than men.
Most of our San Diego blog readers are probably well aware that the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel periods of the year. And although travel is expected to be slightly down this year from 2011, AAA has projected that nearly 40 million people will travel 50 or more miles from home to celebrate Thanksgiving. The vast majority of those travelers are expected to go by automobile.
Even when they are minor and do not result in significant injury or property damage, car accidents can be unsettling and scary, and it is easy to become overwhelmed and upset in the aftermath of a crash. Unfortunately, these feelings can make you a prime target for an especially heartless sector of criminals: identity thieves.
According to preliminary data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of people killed in motor vehicle accidents increased significantly in the first six months of 2012. Officials are not yet sure of the reason for the jump, but they reportedly believe that the economy and the job market may be partially to blame for both the historic declines in traffic fatalities in previous years and this year's large increase.
For many years, state and federal traffic safety officials have searched for an effective way to decrease the amount of speeding that takes place on U.S. roads, with varied success. Now, researchers may have found a successful way to discourage drivers from speeding. It remains to be seen if and when this method will be available in Missouri and other U.S. states, but it is a promising development nonetheless.
When two cars collide, especially if they are traveling at high speeds, just about everything in the vehicles becomes airborne. Unfortunately, that includes people, and it means that passengers who are not wearing seat belts then become a danger not only to themselves but to the other people in the car.
According to recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the first quarter of 2012 saw a significant increase in car accident deaths in comparison to the same time period in 2011. The NHTSA is not yet sure of the reason for the unprecedented jump, but it points toward additional data indicating a coordinating increase in the number of miles driven during the time period in question.
When a car accident takes place in San Diego, the first concern is whether anyone involved in the crash was injured, and rightly so. Car accident injuries can be traumatic and life-changing, and time is of the essence when assessing and treating the physical effects of a crash.
The U.S. Secretary of Commerce will reportedly take a leave of absence following a series of car accidents that took place in Los Angeles last weekend. The incidents were reportedly caused by Commerce Secretary John Bryson previously-unknown health issues, which also motivated his decision to temporarily leave his government position.