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August 2018 Archives

Drivers and motorcyclists need to share the road

California is the perfect state for motorcycles, but having them on the road can be risky for everyone. Accidents involving motorcycles are often caused by other drivers, which is why all motor vehicle operators should know how to share the road safely with motorcyclists.

What is the Negligent Operator Treatment System?

If you are cited for a driving violation in California, there can be more consequences than just a pricey ticket. If you have multiple citations over the last number of years, you may feel the effects long after the tickets have been paid. This is thanks to the state's Negligent Operator Treatment System (NOTS), which is a program that tracks driving records and places sanctions against the driver based on the number of negligent operator points a driver has.

These driving tips can help you avoid an accident

Most people do not get up in the morning and decide to have a car wreck on the way to work, no matter how hard they are looking for an excuse to call in sick. Unfortunately, the risk of having an accident during your commute through San Francisco is very real. In fact, it only takes a few seconds on the road for things to go terribly wrong.

Back to school means more accidents

Now that fall is approaching, parents, teachers and kids in California are preparing for the start of the school year. While this can be an exciting time, this means that more people are on the road and there are more car accidents. To reduce the chances, drivers and pedestrians should follow a set of basic guidelines.

Understanding your diffuse axonal injury

While you may be familiar with brain injuries caused by impact, one you may not be as familiar with is the brain injury caused by sheering. Known as a diffuse axonal injury, or DAI, this injury happens when the brain's long connective tissues and nerve fibers are torn as the brain rotates inside the skull.

What if you cannot afford car insurance?

Drivers in California are all required to carry car insurance or some other type of proof of financial responsibility. Without it, drivers can be penalized in a number of ways such as having their vehicle registration suspended, be fined and be personally responsible for damage caused by an accident. Unfortunately, car insurance can be more than some can afford, which puts everyone on the road at risk. Fortunately, the state has a program in place to help low-income drivers afford insurance.

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