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Steps to take in a hit and run accident

People in California who are involved in, or witness, a hit and run accident should know the steps to take to make sure damage and injuries are kept to a minimum. A hit and run often involves an unattended parked vehicle, but in more serious cases it involves either a moving vehicle, bicyclist or pedestrian.

Making mass transit safer

High numbers of California residents and visitors take some type of mass transit on a weekly, and often daily, basis. Convenience and concern for the environment have increased the role of mass transit in many communities throughout the state. Public transportation consists of buses, subways, commuter and light rail, ferries, trolleys and streetcars. In order to enhance safety, these systems must constantly be maintained and monitored to prevent catastrophes from occurring.

Texting while driving in California

The state of California has put in place a variety of driving laws to cut down on the number of accidents and fatalities on the road. According to the Federal Communications Commission, distracted drivers were responsible for just over 390,000 injuries and almost 3,500 deaths in 2015 in the United States. Because of this, California has made texting illegal for drivers of all ages, which is in addition to the law prohibiting talking while holding the phone.

Children and traffic accidents

On this blog, different issues related to car crashes have been covered, from drunk driving to fatal motor vehicle accidents. Sadly, some of these wrecks involve children, which can be devastating for a child's future and their entire family. At Abramson Smith Waldsmith, we know the different forms of pain that families often go through when a child is involved in a traffic accident. If you have found yourself facing these hardships, you should do what you can to help your child and family recover.

What is aggressive driving, and why is it so bad?

When you spend a good part of each day in traffic on the roadways of California, it may be tempting to treat the trip like a game, zipping around the slow cars and shaking a fist at the ones who cut you off. Some people take these attitudes too far, though, and put those around them in danger. The Insurance Information Institute reports that aggressive driving causes thousands of deaths on America’s highways each year. Which behaviors are responsible?

Hands-free devices and distracted driving

In California and other areas of the country, hands-free devices have become more prevalent in passenger vehicles for the purpose of decreasing accidents caused by holding the phone, looking up contacts and dialing or texting. However, recent studies show that while using these devices may decrease the incidents of some accidents, they still pose a risk to drivers on the road.

How dangerous are distracted drivers?

Many people are aware of the dangers associated with drunk driving, and the threat posed by those who operate a vehicle while intoxicated by alcohol or drug use. However, there are other behaviors that can put the lives of everyone on the road at risk, such as distracted driving. In San Francisco, and in cities across all of California, distracted drivers can be incredibly dangerous and sometimes cause crashes which result in severe injuries and death.

Fatal auto accidents and the time of day

When it comes to motor vehicle accidents, multiple factors can lead to a crash and affect the outcome of a collision. For example, if a San Franciso driver was speeding, those involved may have a higher chance of sustaining an injury or passing away. However, it is important for drivers to reflect on other issues that can possibly increase the likelihood of a car accident, such as the time of day.

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.

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.

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