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Three-vehicle crash in Moreno Valley leaves one dead

A three-vehicle crash that occurred in Moreno Valley on April 14 left one man dead and three injured. Officials with California Highway Patrol say that a 47-year-old Hemet man driving a 1998 Ford Taurus eastward on Gilman Spring Road was fatally struck by the driver of a 2017 BMW 431i, a 27-year-old Santa Ana man, heading west.

The 27-year-old was trying to pass another vehicle on a stretch of road with double-yellow solid lines when he collided head-on with the Taurus. This was near Alessandro Boulevard. A 46-year-old Montebello man who was traveling behind the BMW was hit by debris resulting from the collision and was hospitalized with minor injuries.

Carmaker plans to use technology to tackle drunk driving

In-car cameras and monitors could soon make the roads safer for California motorists. This is one of the goals of new technology that will be included in a leading European carmaker's vehicles starting in the early 2020s. The company announced plans to use the high-tech monitoring system to determine if drivers are intoxicated or distracted. If an inebriated driver fails to respond to warnings, the system would go a step further and take certain actions to avert an accident.

In order to prevent a drunk driving accident, the car could limit the vehicle's speed if initial warnings are ignored. The system could also slow down the car and park it in a safe spot. The same manufacturer plans to cap the speed limit at 112 miles per hour on all vehicles starting in 2020. The company's senior VP of research and development said the manufacturer is focused on prevention and not just minimizing the impact when accidents do occur.

Risk Institute studies distracted driving epidemic

In coordination with Distracted Driving Awareness Month (every April, as designated by the National Safety Council), the Risk Institute at The Ohio State University has put forward some new research on the epidemic of distracted driving. California should know that distracted driving crashes kill about nine people and injure 100 more every day in the U.S., according to the NSC.

The Risk Institute has conducted several studies, one of them on driver behavior. Researchers analyzed how certain incentives, such as insurance discounts for good driving behavior, can reduce the rate of distracted driving. They found that those who are most confident in their driving skills are the most likely to distract themselves behind the wheel.

Inspection blitz aims to stop trucking crashes

The annual International Roadcheck program aims to highlight safety violations in trucking in order to reduce the likelihood of serious truck crashes. Trucking crashes can be particularly devastating to others on the road, due to the size and weight of semi-trucks. When these trucks are poorly maintained, the consequences can be catastrophic. During the 72-hour Roadcheck program, which will take place from June 4-6, 2019, a blitz of inspections targets trucks on the road across the country for thorough examination.

Approximately 17 trucks and buses are inspected every minute during the three days of the inspection blitz. Police noted that while the frequency of inspections goes up during the three-day period, the standards for inspection remain the same as they are throughout the year. Most of the inspections conducted are called Level I evaluations, which means that the truck and driver are thoroughly examined. Inspectors review the trucks' braking, suspension, steering, lighting and cargo security systems. In addition, they also examine drivers' log records, commercial driver's licenses and medical evaluations.

Car crash near Cholame 'Y' leaves 1 dead, 3 injured

A crash occurred on Highway 46 in Cholame near the "Y" intersection on March 23, leaving one dead and three with serious injuries. At 6:30 a.m., the driver of a 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer was getting ready to make a left turn onto Highway 46 eastbound when a 2000 Toyota Sienna approached from a westbound lane. The driver of the Lancer failed to see the other and pulled out directly in its path.

The collision caused the passenger of the Lancer's left back seat, a woman whose identity has not been revealed, to be ejected from the vehicle. She was thrown onto the road and died at the scene. The other three passengers in the Lancer sustained major injuries and were sent to Sierra Vista Hospital. None of the occupants in the Toyota minivan, seven in all, were injured.

Post-concussion syndrome: Things you need to know

While most people who suffer a concussion are able to make a fast and full recovery, this isn't always the case. It's imperative to keep a close eye on your symptoms, as post-concussion syndrome is always a possibility.

This complex disorder is associated with symptoms, such as dizziness and headaches, which last for several weeks or months after the injury has occurred.

Car crashes into tree in California, 2 injured

Around 6:30 pm on March 15, the driver of a 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck crashed into a tree just off Highway 101 south of San Luis Obispo. Two were critically injured in the crash.

The 32-year-old driver, a resident of Santa Maria, was heading north in the No. 1 lane and had passed San Luis Bay Drive when he suddenly lost control of the truck. He went off the road and traveled down the embankment until the driver's-side door collided with a tree. The driver had a passenger, a 24-year-old woman from San Luis Obispo. Although injured, she had been able to get out of the car, but the driver had to be extricated by emergency crews.

Looking isn't necessarily the same as seeing

Drivers in California and throughout the country may be afflicted by something called attentional blindness. It's a term coined in 1992 by scientists at MIT that refers to not seeing something even while looking right at it. This is because the mind prioritizes certain pieces of information over others to prevent a person from being overwhelmed by sensory input. In some cases, these scenarios occur because a person expects an event to unfold in a certain way.

For instance, a truck driver may anticipate a motorcyclist making a quick move through traffic and act accordingly. However, if the motorcyclist decides to stay put instead, it could result in a collision. Pilots can also be prone to errors because they have certain expectations for how a situation should play out. While there is no way to eliminate attentional blindness, there are ways to mitigate its impact.

Woman killed, 2 injured in California crash

A California woman was killed in a one-vehicle accident near Cloverdale on March 3. Two other people were seriously injured as well.

The California Highway Patrol said that a 2011 Honda Pilot was headed north on U.S. Highway 101 in Sonoma County at approximately 8:25 a.m. when it careened off the road, went down an embankment and smashed into a tree near Asti Road. The front seat passenger, an unidentified woman, was killed in the collision. The driver of the car, a 47-year-old Mendocino County man, suffered major injuries and was transported to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital for emergency treatment. A 12-year-old boy riding in the back seat of the van also suffered major injuries and was taken to the same hospital for care. A 67-year-old female riding in the back seat suffered minor injuries and was also transported to a local hospital.

Man charged with murder, DUI after crash kills four people

On Feb. 17, four people lost their lives in a two-vehicle accident in California. One of the drivers was taken into custody and charged with drunk driving.

According to the Santa Ana Police Department, the defendant, a 28-year-old Buena Park man, was driving a black Jeep west on Fourth Street in Santa Ana at around 2:30 a.m. when he collided with a white Chevrolet pickup truck driving south on Tustin Avenue. The force of the collision caused both vehicles to flip over several times, and at least one vehicle caught fire.

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