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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.

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.

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