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Group seeks to create stigma around distracted driving

For several decades now, numerous campaigns against drinking and driving have been launched in California. These awareness efforts have focused on trying to reduce the number of accidents caused by drunk drivers in part by conjuring up very negative images in people's minds when they hear the term "drunk driver". The path to effectiveness here is to make people think negatively of those who choose to drive when they are drunk.

Today, the Auto Club of Southern California is attempting to leverage that same strategy to combat distracted driving according to ABC7. Statistics show that on a daily basis as many as 1,000 people are injured in motor vehicle accidents caused by drivers who are texting or otherwise distracted behind the wheel. Another nine people are killed in these types of crashes every day. That amounts to more than 3,200 lives lost annually in accidents that are completely preventable if people are willing to make safe choices.

A broader look at distracted driving

As the debate in California and across the nation about cell phone use in vehicles continues, it is a good idea to take a fresh look at the concept of distracted driving. Cell phones certainly forced the surge of conversation about distracted driving, but they are far from the only culprits.

The California Office of Traffic Safety explains that the newest distracted driving law in California still centers around cell phones but does also include some other consumer electronic devices. People are allowed to tap once or make a single swiping motion on their screens while driving but nothing more during a given interaction with the device. Every other interaction must be completely hands-free.

Truck tire blow out leads to tragic accident

California residents are very used to seeing large tractor trailers carrying a wide range of goods around their state and from their state to other parts of the country. Produce is one crop commonly carried by these big rigs given California's importance in feeding the nation. As important as semi trucks are to commerce, they are also potentially very dangerous when not properly maintained or when involved in accidents.

Many questions about the maintenance and inspections of one particular semi truck will no doubt be asked by those now investigating a tragic and deadly accident that happened recently near the border of Arizona and New Mexico. A truck carrying some produce was on its way from California across the country to Tennessee when one of the front tires blew out. The truck was on a freeway travelling at a speed that may likely make controlling this difficult.

Drinking water may ease driver fatigue

There are many things that go into helping drivers in California operate their vehicles safely. From defensive driving tactics to obeying the laws of the road and more, every driver in vehicles small and large has an obligation to themselves, their passengers and people in other vehicles to drive responsibly. This includes avoiding driving when overly tired. Fatigue is a known problem for truckers but can affect any driver.

One thing that people can do to help themselves stay alert when behind the wheel is to drink enough water. According to WebMD, dehydration is one of the problems that may lead to sleepiness. Therefore, ensuring a person is properly hydrated is one thing that can be done to proactively prevent excessive fatigue when driving.

How your diet affects your driving

Many Californians spend hours on the road to get to their destination. It is a large state with hundreds of thousands of drivers on the streets at the same time, so it can be easy to feel exhaustion after spending so much time in traffic. It can lead to drowsy driving, the cause of nearly 10 percent of motor vehicle accidents in the United States. With how busy and slow the streets of Los Angeles can be, drowsy driving can be a huge threat to the residents.

If you want to avoid sleeping behind the wheel, most of it depends on your health. Getting enough sleep is one obvious counter to the problem, but you are going to need something else to keep you awake for hours going to work or taking a road trip. You need proper nutrition.

Pedestrian safety tips as days get shorter

California may have a lovely moderate climate from a temperature perspective but that does not take away the reality that the days get shorter as autumn approaches. The additional hours of dusk and dark time can be challenging for people who still want to enjoy being outside and active. As Labor Day approaches, now is a good time to get a refresher on some of the things pedestrians and even bicyclists can do to stay safe.

The AAA Exchange highlights the importance of being seen by motorists and adds that this is equally important during the daytime as it is in the evening, night or early morning hours when light is limited. During the dim or dark hours, people should avoid wearing all black or other dark clothing and instead opt for brighter colors and even patterned clothing.

The potential dangers of airbags

When consumers in California purchase new or new-to-them vehicles after carefully evaluating the safety features offered, they should be able to trust that those features will in fact keep them and their loved ones safe. Unfortunately, one of the most common features on cars today that is designed solely to prevent or minimize injuries to people during accidents may actually harm them. In some cases, people have even been killed by them. These features are airbags.

As explained by Consumer Reports, earlier this year one brand of airbag was recalled after it was discovered that the bags may explode upon deployment. Specifically, defective airbags had the potential to shoot out metal shards into a vehicle cabin. So far, close to 40 people have been killed by these airbags and another 300 have been hurt.

More auto deaths despite improved vehicle safety

California has long been heralded as the land of the car and scenes of vehicles driving along the Pacific Coast Highway have graced many a vehicle advertisement over the years. The state is also home to many technology companies working hard to get autonomous cars onto the roads in part to improve safety. Even many vehicles that are human-driven are starting to offer more automation and features to help prevent accidents. Statistics, however, show that the effort to eliminate accident deaths has a long way to go.

Records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that in 2016, the state of California recorded 3,623 vehicular fatalities, a significant increase over the 3,387 from the previous year. In Los Angeles County along, 794 people were killed in automotive crashes that year and just as with the statewide data, this represented a jump from 2015 when 651 people died.

4 Natural ways to reduce inflammation after a car accident

It’s very common to experience inflammation after even the most minor car accidents. When inflammation and swelling build in the body, the nerves surrounding your muscles can become irritated, resulting in harsh aches and pain.

Follow these natural anti-inflammation remedies to find relief quickly and make for a faster recovery:

Understanding soft tissue injuries

Many people in California might think that the stereotypical fender bender is nothing to be concerned about from a health standpoint, especially if they do not immediately feel any type of pain. That, however, is not necessarily true. Even without the sensation of pain, an injury to the body's soft tissue may have occurred and symptoms do not always manifest right away. 

The Mayo Clinic explains that strains and sprains are two common types of injury to soft tissue. Both of these injuries involve some tissue being either torn or stretched. A strain involves damage to a tendon or muscle and a sprain involves damage to a ligament. Tendons are important because they are the connectors between bones and muscles. Ligaments perform important jobs in the joints holding two bones together.

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