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How to drive safe with a kid in the car

If you are a parent in California, you probably understand how distracting it can be to ride with your kid in the car. When you take into account trying to stop a crying baby, handing back food, looking over your shoulder to look at your child and the tiredness that accompanies being a parent, studies have shown that driving with kids in the car is one of the most distracting things you can do. Taking certain steps can help prevent an increase in accidents due to these distractions.

Economic vs. non-economic damages

Drivers and passengers who are involved in car accidents in California may be awarded a variety of damages. These damages fall into two categories: economic and non-economic, and these amounts add up to almost $1 trillion in accident-related losses every year. Economic damages are easier to determine and put a dollar amount on, while non-economic damages are harder to prove and settle on. Even if a driver is determined to be the major cause of the accident, he or she may be eligible for a proportional amount of the damages except in certain situations.  

Are you suffering from a traumatic brain injury?

California drivers who have been in an accident can suffer in a variety of ways. Besides property damage, bruises and potential whiplash, they may even have traumatic brain injury (TBI). Even with accidents in which the driver is not going fast, the brunt of a collision can cause damage to the brain, resulting in short- or long-term consequences. It is important to understand the symptoms of a TBI so one can get medical help right away.

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.

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.

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.

Signs of whiplash

Drivers and passengers who are in a car accident in California should make sure they get the proper medical care soon after the crash. One of the more common results of an accident, especially in rear-end collisions, is whiplash. The symptoms of whiplash can vary from mild to severe, and sometimes they do not show up for hours or days after the crash. Ignoring the signs can lead to long-term and/or severe issues, so it is important to know what to look for.

Truck safety on the road

Driving in California can be stressful, and every driver needs to focus on safety. Drivers of large commercial trucks need to be even more careful, as the size and weight of the vehicles can lead to very serious accidents. To keep crashes to a minimum, truck drivers should follow a general set of rules while behind the wheel and employers should make sure they are providing tools that assist the performance and safety of their workers.

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.

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