As wildfires become more frequent, widespread and serious in California, many of us find ourselves driving in smoky conditions even if we're nowhere near a blaze. Smoke can be as blinding as rain and snow. Moreover, people driving through smoke may be looking around to catch a glimpse of the fire, worried about getting home to their families or in the process of evacuating to a safe location.
A man who was struck and seriously injured by a Redwood City police officer last month has died. The San Mateo County Coroner's Office released news of the 25-year-old man's death, but did not say specifically what day he passed away. He had been hospitalized in critical condition since the crash on Sept. 16.
If you're involved in any type of car accident, there's a good chance you'll need to file an insurance claim.
If you're driving down a dark, two-lane road, the last thing you need is a vehicle driving in the opposite direction with their high beams on. High beams should be used cautiously. However, many drivers use them whenever they're on a poorly lit road, regardless of their blinding effect on oncoming traffic.
Almost half of older drivers on the road take seven or more medications each day, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. And among those drivers, nearly 20 percent of them take medicine that either has limited benefit or could cause harm, the organization said.
A driver who falls asleep at the wheel, or even one who just drives under extreme fatigue, is really no better -- from a risk standpoint -- than a drunk driver. That person's reaction times tend to get worse, they make more mistakes and they could pass out and send the car careening into oncoming traffic. These are the same issues that make drunk driving so dangerous.
A 38-year-old man recently passed away when the 2017 Tesla Model X he was driving allegedly steered itself into a median near Mountain View, which is about 20 minutes from San Mateo, on U.S. Highway 101. According to the man's wife, the vehicle's autopilot malfunctioned right before the March 23 crash, causing the vehicle to speed up and slam into the concrete barrier.
A woman was six months pregnant when she was involved in an accident with a driver who is suspected of having been under the influence at the time of the crash. She had to deliver her baby three months early as a result.
School starts early for your teenage children. They complain about it and often refuse to get out of bed when you wake them up, and it gets frustrating. Eventually, though, you manage to get them up and out the door so that they can drive to school.
Laws will not stop teens from getting distracted while driving. They can cut back on it -- in theory, a teen who gets a citation for a dangerous driving behavior will refrain from doing it in the future -- but those teen drivers still have choices to make. They have to choose to be safe.