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Traffic Fatalities in Bay Area Soar

San Francisco traffic fatalities continue to increase at an alarming rate. Fourteen people have died in 2019 in the first five months, including eight pedestrians, a skateboarder and a cyclist. At this rate, the City could have as many as 37 deaths by the end of December. In 2016, 50 people died in San Jose. Los Angeles suffers more than 200 fatalities each year.

Flaws in Self-driving Vehicles

The first fatality involving a "self-driving" vehicle occurred in a pedestrian accident in Tempe, Arizona on March 18, 2018. A pedestrian, walking a bicycle across a 4-lane roadway at night was struck by a self-driving UBER traveling at 38 MPH. Although the pedestrian had walked across three roadway lanes in front of the UBER neither the vehicle nor the human safety driver detected the pedestrian prior to impact. The UBER was approximately 450 feet from the point of impact when the pedestrian started to cross the road. The operator of the car did not have her eyes on the road or hands on the steering wheel before the crash occurred.

Drugged Driving Tops Drunk Driving in Fatal Accidents

U.S. studies show that driving under the influence of drugs causes more fatal crashes than alcohol related drunk driving. Data reported to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) showed forty-three percent of drivers tested in fatal crashes in 2015 had used a drug while 37 percent showed alcohol levels above a legal limit. Drivers killed in crashes who tested positive for drugs showed that 36.5 percent had used marijuana and 9.3 percent used amphetamines. 

Distracted Driving is an Increasingly Deadly Problem

Fatalities from distracted driving increased from 2014 to 2015 at a faster rate than any other category attributed to human choices, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA estimated that 3,500 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers in the U.S. in 2015. Cell phone distractions resulted in 476 deaths in 2015. However, crashes involving cell phones are vastly under reported because police have to rely on what they are told by the drivers. Forty-six states have laws against texting while driving. Many states, including California, bar drivers from using handheld cell phones for any activity including talking while driving. However, this problem is getting worse every day. In New York, texting tickets soared from about 9,000 in 2011 to 85,000 tickets in 2015. In California, the number of drivers found to be guilty of texting while driving rose to over 31,000 in 2015. 

An attorney can help if a drunk driver hit you

Alcohol is called a social lubricant. It's common at parties and other social events. Most people are responsible when consuming alcohol. Sadly, far too many people make the illegal and dangerous decision to operate their vehicle after they've consumed alcohol. These individuals are not only putting themselves at risk, they are endangering everyone else on the road.

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