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Steps to take after a car accident

Being in a car accident can be stressful, and sometimes it is so shocking at first that it is hard to remember what exactly you should do. It is a good idea for drivers in California to have the steps written down and readily available in the event of a crash. Even for minor accidents it is a good idea to follow the recommended steps.

What are some typical injuries that occur from car accidents?

Drivers of cars and other motor vehicles in California have a big responsibility to keep themselves and others safe on the road. Car accidents are quite common, and these can result in a multitude of injuries that vary from mild to severe. The following discusses some of the more typical medical damages that can occur.

Drowsy driving and prescription drugs

Drivers can become drowsy for different reasons, whether someone has been struggling with a sleep disorder for many years, had one night of poor sleep or had a very demanding day at work. However, there are other reasons why drivers can become drowsy, even if they sleep well and do not have to work for long hours, such as those who take certain types of prescription drugs. From medication that aims to treat allergies or anxiety to drugs that help with pain, there are many different prescriptions that can affect someone’s ability to drive safely.

How many drinks can I have before I cannot drive?

Drivers in California understand it is illegal to drink and drive, but many of them do not realize how few drinks it can take before their BAC surpasses the legal limit. How one absorbs and metabolizes alcohol also varies depending on a number of factors. With the legal limit being only .08, many people get behind the wheel when they should not.

How fault of an accident is determined

Drivers in California have a responsibility to keep themselves and other drivers safe on the road. This includes understanding road signs, knowing traffic laws, paying attention and not getting behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs. Unfortunately, collisions do occur and they are often the result of negligence by one of the drivers involved. There are a number of ways law enforcement authorities can determine who was at fault, and this is important for insurance and legal reasons.

If you take drugs, stay out of the driver's seat

Law enforcement agents in California, and in many states around the country, have noticed an increase of drivers who are driving under the influence of drugs. You may think that driving after taking medication, especially if it is prescribed, is alright, but this is not the case. The consequences of drugged driving are the same as for those who drink and drive.

California's answer to high prevalence of hit-and-run accidents

Recent data shows that the rate of hit-and-run accidents in the country is at an all-time high. The state of California has taken steps to help decrease these types of incidents, and the results have been positive. Its outcomes may help other states pass similar legislation, which should help limit the number of drivers that flee after hitting another vehicle or person.

Car accidents and traumatic brain injury

One of the consequences of being in a car accident in California, and elsewhere, is brain injury. Whether from a direct blow to the head from the steering wheel or window, or from whiplash, head trauma can range from mild to serious. Victims should be aware of some of the symptoms so they can get medical help right away.

Distracted driving is still a big problem

Drivers in California have lived with strict cell phone laws for awhile now. The purpose of banning handheld devices while driving was to cut down on the number of accidents on the road, but distracted driving is still a major cause of crashes throughout the country. As a result, more governmental departments and organizations are doing their part to decrease this type of driving.

Can a mistake on my claim lead to insurance fraud?

Having a motor vehicle accident on California's streets and highways is stressful enough - but the process of filing your insurance claims form just doubles that stress. If you realize after the fact that you have made a mistake in your claim, particularly one that may result in increased compensation in your benefit, will your insurance company prosecute you for insurance fraud?

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