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How California drivers can help prevent accidents

California residents who wish to make the roads safer for everyone, including themselves, should consider several safety tips that are known to reduce the chances of getting into a car accident. Car accident prevention is incredibly important, considering road carnage is the leading cause of deaths in Americans between two and 34 years old.

Every driver's primary objective should be to adhere to traffic laws. Speeding, running red lights and failure to yield are just three examples of negligent driving, which is considered the leading cause of most road accidents. Driving under the influence is another example of negligence that results in thousands of deaths. People who intend on drinking, for example, should always make sure they have a designated driver.

CVSA: traffic law enforcement to increase July 14 to 20

Truckers in California may be familiar with the inspection sprees and other events that the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance holds every year. The CVSA's next event is Operation Safe Driver Week, held from July 14 to 20, and it will affect both CMV drivers and passenger vehicle drivers. During this period, police will be out and enforcing traffic laws with greater intensity as part of the effort to deter drivers from risky behaviors.

Operation Safe Driver Week encompasses North America. In 2018, 51,000 law enforcement personnel participated and made contact with over 113,300 drivers. Citations and warnings were issued to all who were caught driving distracted, driving aggressively, neglecting their seat belt, making improper lane changes and so on. In all, police gave 57,405 citations and 87,907 warnings.

What to do about truckers who are disabling safety tech

In California and across the U.S., truckers are manipulating the safety tech in their vehicles. It all stems from an extreme dislike or distrust of the technology. Many are referencing YouTube videos to disable their steering-wheel sensors, in-cab cameras, radar and lane departure warning devices.

For example, some truckers will cut the wires to the camera or slide a business card behind it so that it never records their actions. They may remove the cover to the radar, place aluminum foil inside the cover and put it back on. Others will circumvent lane departure warnings by jamming paper inside the system. Some also unplug the speakers, plugging them back in again before coming back in the shop.

What to do after a car accident?

Car accidents are a terrifying experience. Once the adrenaline begins to subside, you start to process what happened. While it's difficult to think clearly after an accident, what you do next is important to the resolution of your case. There's no time to learn what to do after a car accident at the scene of the accident, so it's important to understand what to do before the accident occurs.

Get the police involved 

The causes of truck crashes

Some of the most severe accidents that occur on our California highways involve big-rig vehicles. Semi-trucks are much larger than other vehicles on the road. Such vehicles are more difficult to operate. Blind spots regarding trucks mean truck drivers need to take more precautions when making lane changes. And it is extremely difficult to bring a truck under control when it skids or swerves.

The injuries that accommodate truck accidents often involve injuries such as paralysis or even death. Because an accident can be catastrophic, we need to make sure operators are qualified to drive trucks, and the truck receives proper maintenance.

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