News reports make it appear that all cases of distracted driving are related to cell phones and texting. This is simply not the case according to the National Safety Council. Since cell phone usage accounts for just over 50% of driving distractions it is worth looking at the "rest of the story."
A just released study shows that California leads the nation in pedestrian deaths with an increase of 11% in the past 6 months. The study went on to reveal the shocking fact that almost 2 pedestrians per day die in the Golden State. The most disturbing aspect is the cause is known and the deaths preventable.
Distracted driving crashes are preventable. Drivers who aren't giving the road their full attention can crash into other vehicles. This can injure innocent people who were just going about their normal activities. If you were the victim of a distracted driving accident, you might have injuries. Those injuries might require medical care, time off work and other damages. You should know these basic points about distracted driving crashes if you are dealing with the aftermath of one and plan to seek compensation.
Involved parties at the scene of an accident often disagree regarding who is at fault in an accident. After such an emotional event, people should not be discussing fault without a police officer or independent witness present. Emotions are high and no one is eager to accept blame.
In what can only be called a horrible idea, a California Legislator has written a bill to allow the last call in bars to move to 4am. This bill would allow each municipality to decide what their last call should be and in no event could it be made earlier than the current 2am last call time.
As a result of almost unprecedented rainfall in Northern California we have all seen our heroic first responders rescuing people stranded in cars. The reality is that often these victims ended up stranded because they failed to heed the warning signs that were put in place to prevent this exact occurrence.
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Passengers often feel like the odd person out after a car accident. Since they weren't the driver the odds are, with rare exception, they aren't going to be at fault. Since they are a passenger they often feel like there is no place to turn to recover financially from their injuries. We have often been told they don't want to pursue the driver if they were at fault and if the other driver was at fault the complexity of going after them as a passenger is overwhelming.
If you decide to walk someplace for your health you may want to reconsider once you listen to recent studies and look at the actions of the City of Sacramento. Sacramento recently embarked on what they have termed "Vision Zero Sacramento". Vision Zero is a traffic safety initiative whose aim is a roadway with no fatalities or serious injuries. Vision Zero rejects the notion that traffic crashes are simply "accidents," but instead preventable incidents that can and must be systematically addressed.
A recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals fatal traffic accidents increased at the alarming rate of over 8% in the first 9 months of last year. Another aspect of this report is the reality that most of these aren't accidents and instead should be defined as automobile crashes due to the reality of an accident being outside of someone's control.