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July 2016 Archives

Motor vehicle accident fatality rates

People in California and throughout the country are more likely to die in a motor vehicle accident than those in other wealthy nations. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released on July 6 found that while over a 13-year period the fatality rate for motor vehicle accidents in the United States had declined 31 percent, the average in other nations was 56 percent. The U.S. fares particularly poorly when compared with nations like Denmark and Spain that sawreductions of 63.5 percent and 75.1 percent, respectively. The United Kingdom, Sweden and Japan were among the other countries in the study.

Teen driving accidents increase during summer months

Distracted and inexperienced teenage drivers cause many of the car accidents that take place in California. During the summer months when school is out, teenage drivers are on the roads a lot more often. So many teen driving accidents take place between Memorial Day and the beginning of the school year that AAA has nicknamed the time period the '100 deadliest days."

Technology for trucks may reduce rear-end collisions

California residents might have heard about the new braking system technology that could help large trucks avoid rear-end collisions. The innovative technology, known as Evasive Maneuver Assist, was created by two truck components suppliers, WABCO and ZF, and was unveiled on June 28. ZF's CEO said the system will be ready for use by 2019 or 2020.

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