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California drivers: Take special caution around motorcyclists

There is an inherent risk to riding a motorcycle on roads in California – and everywhere, for that matter. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), people on motorcycles are 27 times more likely than occupants of passenger vehicles to die in a crash, and injuries are five times more likely to occur.

In fact, according to the NHTSA, 5,286 motorcyclists were killed in crashes in 2016, up 5.1 percent from 2015.

California auto-pedestrian accidents occur in many circumstances

We think of auto-pedestrian accidents as occurring only when someone attempts to cross a street. But that is far from true.

In fact, we are pedestrians more often than we think.

Documenting injuries after a car accident

The process of recovering from a car accident can take months, or even years, depending on the nature of the injuries. Of course, the medical bills begin to pile up immediately for the victims of the accident. It is often tempting to settle for much less than the injury deserves, especially if the other party offers a settlement quickly.

This is a difficult position for a victim recovering from injuries. The pressures to pay off the bill and move on from the accident can feel enormous, but rushing to conclusions about the mid-term and long-term effects of the injury is never wise.

Injured in a California truck accident? Seek assistance

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics released this fall showed some good news: The number of traffic fatalities in the country fell in 2017.

Good news for people in California and across the United States, right? In some ways, yes.

Address financial constraints after a vehicle slams into you

The uptick in holiday traffic can spell trouble for pedestrians because so many of these drivers might not be paying attention. Distracted drivers who are around people walking can have disastrous consequences. If you are struck by a vehicle while you are walking, you need to ensure that you get medical care right away. Even at slower speeds, these accidents can lead to harrowing injuries.

One option that you have is to seek compensation for the damages that you suffer due to the wreck. When you choose to seek compensation, you will show that the driver was negligent as part of your case. This might not be easy, but there are some factors that we can consider trying to do this.

5 children taken to hospital following Orange County van crash

A van shuttling children to an after-school activity in Dana Point, California, crashed into a tree, sending five children to the hospital.

The children are between ages 9 and 12. Four other children were riding in the van at the time of the accident and received minor injuries, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.

All drivers must help to keep motorcyclists safe

Motorcycle safety is a priority for all drivers, even those who aren't on two-wheeled vehicles. It is always imperative that proper measures are taken. The goal is for everyone to make it home safely at the end of the day.

There are steps that motorcyclists can take and some that other drivers can take to maximize safety on the roads. By working together, it is much more likely that wrecks won't occur.

The extreme risk of drowsy drivers takes many forms

Drowsy drivers pose a risk on many levels. The most obvious, of course, is that they could nod off behind the wheel and cause an accident. This often happens when people try to drive long after they are too tired to do so. Even if someone does not completely fall asleep behind the wheel, they may still have slower reactions and make simple mistakes, similar to a drunk driver.

But does it go even farther? The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) certainly thinks that it does.

Can scramble crosswalks lower Los Angeles-area pedestrian deaths?

Los Angeles County is using the latest in road design in an attempt to improve pedestrian safety: the scramble crosswalk.

It's just what it sounds like: a scramble from one side of the street to the other, with traffic stopped for pedestrians.


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