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Hands-free laws expanded for California drivers

As smartphones have become so much more than portable calling devices, California law has worked to keep pace with the new technology that changes the day to day lives of millions. The Los Angeles Times reported that a new law restricts cell phone usage while driving further than regulations previously went, due to the changing technology available on most phones. The existing laws, which went into place back in 2006, banned drivers on California streets and highways from making calls or texting while driving unless they were using hands-free technology, such as Bluetooth, to complete these actions.

Pedestrian deaths increase nationwide

Pedestrian deaths are on the rise across the nation, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, and California had more than any other state in the nation. A report by the Governors Highway Safety Association showed 2016 had an increase of 11 percent in pedestrian deaths nationwide compared to 2015, which puts these fatalities at an all-time high.

Understanding liability in ridesharing accidents

As more and more California residents use ridesharing services, like Uber and Lyft, instead of taxis, understanding the implications of car accidents involving these vehicles becomes increasingly important. As Wired reports, ridesharing services began an increased insurance coverage for drivers in July 2015.

Distracted driving awareness month highlights risks

California has long been the land of the car. Compared to the more dense regions of the east coast and even with busy roads and freeways, California still offers people plenty of open space in which to enjoy the activity of driving. As cellphones have grown to become virtually essential elements in the everyday lives of drivers, their use when behind the wheel has also become commonplace. While both driving and using cellphones seem like basic rights or privileges people enjoy, the two together can be dangerous and even deadly.

What is negligent entrustment?

If you are involved in a car accident in West Covina, you may ultimately be left with little choice but to seek compensation from the driver that caused the collision in order to cover accident expenses such as medical bills, lost wages and/or repairs to your vehicle. Yet what if the driver who struck you was a teenager? He or she likely does not have the resources to help you. In such a case, are you then permitted to seek compensation from his or her parents?

Accident closes freeway for over eight hours

California residents must continually be on the lookout for negligent and irresponsible drivers. Whether it is a driver who thinks more about the thrill of driving at excessive speeds instead of the safety of others or the person who refuses to let someone else drive if drinking, these people put innocent Californians at risk every day. On top of this can be the problem of people who do not adequately respond and avoid running into those involved in accidents that have already happened.

U.S. drivers wary of fully autonomous vehicles

California may be home to many technology companies leading the way in the development of autonomous vehice technologies but that does not necessarily mean that every person in the state or even the nation is yet ready to embrace these changes. A study conducted by AAA indicates a high level of hesitation among drivers when they think about riding in or sharing the road with fully autonomous vehicles.

Woman killed by drunk driver with extensive criminal past

The United States as a nation is a melting pot and certainly the state of California is very representative of this. Regardless of nationality or country of origin, every person in California should be able to feel safe on the road or know that protection is available to them if an accident occurs.

Tow truck operator killed by drunk driver

California residents know that the public awareness about the dangers of drunk driving has increased dramatically in recent decades. Sadly, those efforts have not been able to stop many people from making the very tragic and completely unnecessary choice to operate vehicles while after drinking alcohol. The result is that more Californians continue to be injured or killed in drunk driving crashes.

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