As the holiday season approaches, many residents in California and elsewhere are making plans to attend work parties, go downtown with their friends or celebrate with family at their homes. You are probably aware of making responsible decisions with alcohol. If you had too much to drink at a get-together, you might have a designated driver or are prepared to call for a ride. However, what if you only had one or two drinks and only feel a little tipsy?
Roadways are primarily made for motor vehicle traffic, but every day pedestrians walk alongside city streets, only a few feet away from cars and trucks that are driving at fast speeds. Pedestrian accidents are a major cause of injuries and fatalities for people in California and elsewhere. Unfortunately, in cases where the driver left the scene of the crash, some accident victims do not receive justice after being hit.
California drivers have more access to technology than ever before. While this can help immensely by giving everyone an easily accessible navigation system, a way to contact authorities, and so on, it has also created many dangers. In particular, distracted driving is on the rise due in no small part to technology.
California residents who get into car accidents will likely be facing the possibility of whiplash injury, as it's one of the most common injuries resulting from car accidents. Most people involved in crashes, no matter the degree of severity, will likely suffer from whiplash to some degree.
As California braces for the impact of legalized recreational marijuana, the entire country is seeing a rise in the number of crashes resulting from drivers with drugs in their systems.
California has long been known as the land of the car and the emergence of self-driving cars is not likely to change that. What these vehicles might change or at least what many hope they will change is overall safety. One goal for autonomous vehicles is to reduce the number of car crashes that happen and therefore reduce the number of people hurt or killed in these senseless incidents.
If you are involved in a car accident in California, there are certain things you should do – and not do – immediately afterwards. Findlaw.com explains that the most important thing to do is stay at the scene. You could face hit-and-run charges if you leave before it is appropriate to do so, especially if someone was injured or killed.
There are very clear reasons why California has worked hard to institute strong laws to combat drunk or drugged driving. People who get behind the wheel of vehicles while impaired by these substances put not only themselves but other innocent people at risk for serious injury or even death.
When California drivers get into accidents, it can be difficult to determine who is at fault. Fortunately, there are tools that law enforcement and other professionals can use to get the most accurate idea of what happened during the crash.
Distracted driving is a problem across the nation, and California drivers are no exception. But just what causes distracted driving? How many reasons exist behind distracted driving, and how common are they?