Bad weather can really cause trouble for San Francisco area motorists. The Federal Highway Administration points out that an average of over a million motor vehicle crashes are caused by adverse weather. Strong winds are one such example. When high winds strike California roads, drivers can face a number of hazards that could damage their vehicles or cause serious personal injury.
Distracted driving is not a new problem in California. Still, over the past few years, distracted driving reached epidemic levels all across the United States. What originally began as a social ill attributed to young teens behind the wheel is now committed by drivers of all ages. CNN reports that as a result of this, distracted drivers kill eight people per day. What is worse is that a significant number of these are children.
Commercial trucking is a vital component of a thriving economy, and there are more big trucks on California’s roadways than ever before. Trucks require more room to maneuver and more time to stop when traveling at highway speeds than passenger vehicles. This can make safely sharing the road challenging. The team at Abramson Smith Waldsmith LLP often represent clients who sustained injuries in an accident involving a semi-truck.
Motor vehicle accidents happen at all times of the day and they can be especially likely to take place during the night as well. There are certain times when drivers should be especially cautious on the road and in this post, we will examine why driving in the early morning hours can be so dangerous. Many people find themselves behind the wheel during this time of day, especially those who head to work on a regular basis, and there are a lot of reasons why the likelihood of an accident can be even greater during these hours.
Many parents in California prefer to pick their kids up from school. However, conflicting work schedules and long hours can make this impossible. Thankfully, parents can rely on the trusted school bus to safely take children home. Unfortunately, recent studies show that bus rides may not be so safe after all, especially when it comes to exiting the bus.
Like many other U.S. states, California has had its fair share of traffic-related accidents. Even worse, people have suffered catastrophic consequences, such as severe injury and death. At Abramson Smith Waldsmith LLP, we have witnessed the aftereffects firsthand. However, it appears that America is not the only country grappling with this problem.
Sometimes a California motorist for some reason needs to pull onto a shoulder. However, at times you might see a sign that says “soft shoulder.” These are not common road signs, so it is likely you might be confused by it. If you find yourself in need of pulling over, you should know that a soft shoulder may not be a good place to take your vehicle and can even be dangerous.
As the world has become more technology focused and the use of technology has become commonplace, the temptation for people in California to use their phones while they are driving has become a very real problem. While many acknowledge the concern that texting and driving create, as well as the danger it imposes on everyone around the texting driver, many also admit to being part of the problem at some point.
Starting January of this year, California law no longer requires electronic scooter (e-scooter) riders over the age of 18 to wear helmets. Helmets are still required for riders who are 17 and younger.
Should you suffer injuries in a California car crash, you may wish to sue the person whose negligence caused the accident. If you do, you should know that you can recover two types of damages: economic and noneconomic. Your economic damages are those on which you can place a precise dollar amount, such as your medical bills. Your noneconomic damages, on the other hand, are those on which you cannot place a precise dollar amount, such as your pain and suffering.