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CA injury lawyerAs self-driving vehicles become more commonplace, researchers, designers, manufacturers, and others in the automotive field continue to conduct safety testing while working towards practical innovations. The primary concern is reducing the potential for malfunctions that could result in car accidents and injuries. While one company points out the fallibility of autopilot features, another group of engineers is busy working on protecting riders who find themselves in trouble while on the road.

Researchers Set Out to Trick Tesla Autopilot Features

Tesla is at the forefront of the push towards self-driving vehicles. The company’s Enhanced Autopilot program has been heralded by those in the industry for driver assist features such as adaptive cruise control, lane centering, lane changing, and parking. However, a group of researchers recently set out to purposely ‘trick’ the Tesla into making what could be potentially fatal errors for riders in the vehicle.

Keen Security Labs revealed it was able to hack into Tesla’s autopilot feature and effectively gain control over the steering system. As a result, they could mislead the vehicle into entering the wrong lanes of traffic through the use of stickers placed on the ground at intersections. This fooled the Enhanced Autopilot system into thinking the stickers were actually an extension of the lane.

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CA injury lawyerInterstates and highways intimidate many drivers. Between widespread lanes, multiple exit and entrance ramps, and the high rates of speed at which drivers are traveling, these are common areas for car accidents to occur and the injuries that result can be severe. Of these types of crashes, wrong way collisions are among the most potentially deadly. A recent wrong-way crash in San Francisco that left two people dead and nine others injured highlights how dangerous these accidents are and how they often occur.

San Jose Driver Responsible for Wrong-Way Crash

Recently, a tragic three-car collision on Highway 101 closed all northbound lanes. The accident occurred at roughly 2:30 a.m. when investigators believe a 21-year-old San Jose woman entered the highway going the wrong way from the Vermont Street off-ramp. As she headed southbound in the northbound lanes, she struck an Uber van driven by a 40-year-old man.

The 40-year-old man was an Afghan immigrant who had relocated to the area due to safety concerns regarding work he did with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan over the course of 2015. He was driving for Uber full time as he attended computer science classes at Diablo Valley College. Both drivers were killed immediately as a result of the accident. Six passengers in the van of the Uber driving and three other motorists involved in the crash all suffered serious injuries.

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CA injury lawyerThis winter has been a wet and rainy one for those living in the Bay area. Multiple storm fronts over the past few months have brought heavy downpours and damaging winds, making roads dangerous and wreaking havoc for drivers. While these types of conditions may seem relatively mild compared to the snow accumulations experienced in more eastern parts of Northern California, they increase motor vehicle accident risks, something all drivers need to be aware of.

Additional Heavy Rains Slam San Jose and Bay Area

While wet winter weather is nothing unusual for San Jose, the recent round of storms have been particularly potent. In early February, a harsh winter storm front brought inches of rain, high waves, and gusting winds to the local area, spurring mandatory evacuations for places recently impacted by the wildfires. All residents were warned to be alert for downed trees and power lines, as well as dangerous road conditions which could present serious hazards for drivers.

After riding out these heavy storms, the Bay Area has continued to get battered by additional adverse weather fronts. Forecasters described this as a ‘potent atmospheric river’ over Valentine’s Day weekend that was likely to lead to additional flooding, power outages, and downed trees. With soil already saturated due to previous drenching rains, this new storm could bring landslides, potentially wiping out some roads.

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California injury lawyer, California accident attorneyA future release of the operating system that runs on iPhones will feature a “Do Not Disturb While Driving” function. This feature will stop drivers from being able to access texts and many apps on smartphones.

The new feature is designed to reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted driving. The new function will be rolled out in Apple's iOS 11.

How Will the New Function Work?

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California car accident lawyer, California injury attorneyBeing in a car accident can be a jarring. It is also something that most people do not have a lot of experience handling. People are often uninformed about how best to conduct themselves after an accident and what it takes to prevail in a lawsuit. Some drivers may rush to assign fault - either to someone else or to themselves. Others may try to resolve all issues of damage at the scene.

As attorneys, we can say that none of these are good ideas. Typically, the best thing to do after an accident is to address your injuries with a doctor, comply with law enforcement, and avoid giving your opinion or saying extraneous statements.

These are some common things that get said after an accident that could make your case more difficult even though you were not at fault:

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California accident lawyer, California personal injury attorneyAggressive driving and road rage pose a huge threat to the safety of all motorists. While these behaviors are not the top cause of accidents, they are common and can cause serious injury or death.

Aggressive driving is the category of dangerous behaviors behind the wheel. Road rage is an extreme form of aggressive driving that is exhibited by angry behaviors.

A 2016 study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reported that almost 80 percent of drivers expressed “significant anger, aggression or road rage” in the past year. In addition, about eight million U.S. drivers engaged in extreme types of road rage such as striking another vehicle on purpose or exiting a car to confront a motorist.

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