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Speeding and fatal auto accidents

From the use of alcohol or drugs to drowsiness and distractions, there are an array of reasons why drivers cause deadly motor vehicle accidents. However, it is important to remember that drivers who speed also play a role in many of these crashes in San Francisco, and in other cities across the whole state of California. Moreover, it is important to realize how prevalent this dangerous behavior actually is.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 18 percent of fatal auto accidents during 2015 involved a driver who was speeding at the time of the crash. Over the course of the year, more than 32,000 fatal wrecks took place, and over 35,000 lives were lost. Clearly, speeding is particularly problematic and plays a role in many of the deadly auto crashes that occur.

Motorcycle safety and hot California roads

As the sun grows higher in the sky, the days get hotter and more dangerous. The risk of dehydration grows, as does the risk of overheating your motorcycle or blowing out tires that are under too much pressure.

Fortunately, people in California are used to these warmer temperatures. If you're visiting or have just come to the state to live, you may not be as familiar with the state laws and tactics for staying safer on the roads. Here are a few tips.

Intersections and traffic accidents

With regard to motor vehicle accidents, there are many different topics to keep in mind. Often, people realize the dangers of drunk or drowsy driving, although these dangerous behaviors remain a serious problem in California. However, there are many other issues that can play a role in traffic collisions, such as intersections. Unfortunately, some people fail to pay proper attention to the road and cause devastating accidents which kill or injure responsible drivers and those riding in their vehicles.

According to the Federal Highway Administration, about half of all injuries and one out of every four traffic accident fatalities occurred in an intersection, on average. There are ways that dangerous intersections, such as those which lack proper signage or have ineffective design, can increase the likelihood of an accident. However, many of them happen because of reckless drivers. Sadly, more of these crashes will keep happening, which highlights how vital it is for drivers to remain vigilant at intersections.

Handling the aftermath of an auto crash

If you are ever involved in an auto accident, or if you were recently part of a collision, it is essential for you to know which steps to take immediately following the crash. At Abramson Smith Waldsmith, our California law firm is very familiar with the different ways that a collision can shatter your life. However, we also know how important it is for you to identify the smartest course of action following a collision.

Right after the crash, you should make sure that anyone who needs medical care is attended to, that anyone else on the road is alerted and aware of the crash to prevent further problems and that authorities are alerted. Next, you should exchange information with the driver of the other vehicle, if you were involved in an accident with someone else. For example, you should exchange names, insurance information, license plate numbers and drivers’ license numbers.

How many young drivers are involved in fatal car crashes?

When it comes to motor vehicle wrecks, there are an array of issues that drivers may have to consider at some point. In San Francisco, and all over California, these crashes take place for countless reasons, such as poor weather conditions, inattentiveness and intoxication, to name just a few. Furthermore, there are different factors that may play a role in a traffic accident, such as a driver’s age.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in 2015, six people between 16 and 19 years old passed away each day due to injuries they suffered in a traffic accident, on average. Among people in this age group, there were more than 2,300 fatalities throughout the year and over 221,000 were hurt.

Recovering from an RV crash

From motorcycle crashes to collisions involving pedestrians, traffic accidents take many forms. In San Francisco, and in other California cities, recreational vehicle accidents can be particularly dangerous. If you drive an RV, or ride along in a recreational vehicle with your family, you should try to be aware of the potential risks that are associated with this pastime. At Abramson Smith Waldsmith, our law firm is very familiar with the devastation that these crashes often bring.

Driving an RV can be a great way to spend time with the family, see the country and take on an adventure. Unfortunately, things can go wrong, such as a traffic collision shattering the entire trip you had planned. Each RV accident is different and some result in the loss of life, while others cause serious injuries and damage to property. Following an RV crash, it is vital to examine all of your options as you try to piece your life together and look at the full picture, including seemingly minor details.

Hopping fiasco: What you can do after a trampoline accident

Your child was excited to tell you about the new trampoline park that her friend wanted her to go to for her birthday party. You didn't want to disappoint her despite your reservations, so you agreed to let her go. The truth is that you were worried because these parks can be extremely dangerous. There's a risk of colliding with others, injuring yourself by landing incorrectly or even injuring yourself because the company hasn't taken steps to cover springs or repair damaged trampoline parts.

When your child went to the park, she did well and had a great time. Unfortunately, she fell off the trampoline. At first, you thought it was just a case of being clumsy, but then you noticed the spring sticking out of its casing, making a perfect tripping hazard. You signed a waiver when she entered to park to state that the park wouldn't be liable if she suffered an injury, but you believe this is an injury due to negligence. One of the springs was uncovered, that caught her foot and resulted in her fall.

Poor weather condition and car crashes

On this blog, an array of auto accident causes have been covered, such as drunk driving, driver fatigue, speeding and all sorts of other factors. However, inclement weather is an especially serious concern for people who drive in a variety of climates. From heavy rain to snow and ice, different types of weather conditions can significantly increase the likelihood of a motor vehicle accident in San Francisco, and in all other California cities.

According to the Federal Highway Administration, many different weather-related events can affect drivers and result in traffic crashes. Fog, for example, can have a negative impact on visibility, while strong winds can cause tree branches and other debris to fall onto the road. Other dangers include snow, ice and roads that have become slick due to rainfall.

The importance of new technology for spinal cord injuries

If you've suffered a spinal cord injury in a car accident or because of another event, you may feel that you'll never be able to live a normal life again. Part of the reason it's so important to get an appropriate settlement after an accident is because that money could help you get the newest technology and treatment plans in the future.

The technology that helps people with spinal cord injuries is ever changing, and today, there are far more ways to help you walk or move again than there were in the past. As science learns more about spinal cord injuries, there's a chance that even if you can't stop paralysis today, you'll be able to overcome it in the future.

The dangers of driver fatigue

From alcohol intoxication to over-the-counter drug use and reckless behavior, such as reaching excessive speeds, there are all sorts of reasons why traffic accidents take place. However, in San Francisco, and across all parts of California, it is especially important for people to understand the risks associated with driver fatigue. Unfortunately, fatigue can affect anyone and some people do not realize how much a lack of sleep can impact their driving abilities.

According to material presented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic collisions involving driver fatigue often have a number of characteristics. For example, these wrecks frequently occur early in the morning, late at night or in the middle of the afternoon. Those who face a particularly high risk include people who have narcolepsy or sleep apnea that is left untreated, young drivers and those whose work hours are irregular. Fatigue can affect drivers in multiple ways, such as impeding the processing of critical information, reducing a driver’s focus and increasing the time it takes for a driver to react.


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