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Which cars have the worst medical and personal injury claims?

Smaller and lighter cars are becoming more popular in California as drivers try to lower gas expenses. However, according to Forbes, these vehicles can be costly in other ways. Smaller and lighter cars tend to have more medical payments claims than any other category of cars. The main reason for this is easy to guess at. Smaller cars typically sustain greater damage during a car crash, which means that the occupants of the vehicle may suffer greater injuries.

Proposal to prevent unintended acceleration halted

The Los Angeles Times reports that previous plans to obligate mandatory safety features to prevent the unintended acceleration of vehicles are no longer in motion. The change comes after automakers voluntarily installed safety systems, which were implemented because of issues with Toyota accelerators that caused numerous accidents from 2009 to 2012. Automakers claim that all vehicles currently being manufactured have override systems that prevent acceleration if both the brakes and the gas are pressed at the same time. As a result, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has rescinded their previous request for an official requirement for such safety systems. 

School-transportation vehicles are the safest way to travel

Parents in California are always looking for new ways to keep their children safe and to play an active role in their lives. As a result, many parents opt to drop kids off at school themselves, rather than let them take the bus. However, year and year, statistics have shown that school-transportation vehicles have the lowest crash and fatality rates.

Self-driving cars may put an end to distracted driving

According to the NHTSA, in 2017, distracted driving cost 3,166 people their lives. In California, teens were often blamed for this problem, but studies show that parents struggle just as much with setting their phone aside. This is despite the fact that there is more pressure on parents to lead by example. After all, teens are unlikely to listen to their parents when they talk about distracted driving, if the parents are still using the phone while driving.

Recovering from catastrophic burns

California has more vehicles on the road than ever before. When you add construction site slowdowns, detours, road rage and distracted driving, there is also an increased number of crashes involving more than two vehicles. At Abramson Smith Waldsmith LLP our team of attorneys often represent clients with catastrophic burns sustained in a car accident.

How can wind increase the chances of auto accidents?

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 the new American epidemic

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.

Laws can determine trucking company or driver liability

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.

The risk of a crash in the early morning hours

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.

Distracted drivers make school bus stops unsafe

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.

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