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Intersections may be the most dangerous parts of the road

Have you ever counted the number of intersections you travel through on a typical day? Probably not. If you did, you may also be counting the number of times a day you could have been involved in a serious accident.

Intersections often present the most significant danger to anyone on the road, including individuals in vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. Think about how often you look more than once before entering an intersection to make sure that no one else is coming your way, or is in your way, even if you have the right of way. Knowing how to keep yourself safe at the most common intersections may help save your life.

Reckless driving goes beyond negligence

When you left the house that morning, you expected your day to be like any other. You would go to work, run errands and return home to relax and get some sleep so you could do it all over again the next day. You may have thought your daily life somewhat mundane, but now you may wish you could have it all back.

That's because one day, you left the house and ended up in a serious car accident that put you in the hospital. Even if doctors expect you to make a full recovery, you sustained financial losses that make your continued recovery more stressful than necessary.

Kids and pedestrian safety: A few rules to save your child's life

Children are smaller than adults and they also tend to act in unpredictably playful ways. This is one of the reasons why children are so fun to spend time with, but it also puts them at risk in traffic situations: Being smaller means they're more difficult to see and being unpredictable means that they could dart out into traffic and not give drivers enough time to react.

Because children are especially vulnerable to getting into a pedestrian versus car crash, it's important to establish the following traffic safety rules for your child:

  • Look three ways: Teach your child to look three ways before crossing the road. They need to look left, look right and then look left a third time to certain that the way is clear.
  • Walk where you're supposed to: Tell your child to walk where there is a designated path or sidewalk whenever possible.
  • Cross where you're supposed to: Teach your child to only cross the road at intersections or where there's a designated pedestrian crossing.
  • Walk far from traffic: If your child encounters a road without a walkway and there are no other options, he or she should walk as far away from traffic as possible, and walking in the direction of the traffic flow is always best.
  • Make eye contact: Making eye contact with drivers prior to crossing the street is essential so your child knows the driver sees him or her. That will prevent the dangers of a dart out accident.
  • Keep on the look-out: Teach your child to watch out for turning cars and cars that could soon transition to a backing up motion.
  • No dart-outs: Teach your children the importance of not darting into the street, and not beginning to cross the road between two parked vehicles.

Understanding the most common scenarios in which collisions occur

Motor vehicle accidents can take place under a multitude of circumstances, and regardless of how they occur, each has the potential to end in disaster. Since you likely consider your health and safety paramount, chances are you may wish to take all the necessary precautions while out on the road.

While adhering to traffic laws and safety procedures can be beneficial, unfortunately, you can only control so much of what takes place on California roads. If another driver fails to be as diligent, you could be the one who ends up suffering the results of his or her negligence.

Road to Zero Coalition releases plan to reduce road deaths

Motor vehicle accidents in California and around the country claim more than 100 lives every day, but that figure would be reduced to zero by 2050 if a coalition of road safety groups is able to reach its goal. The Road to Zero Coalition was formed by the National Safety Council after road deaths surged alarmingly in both 2015 and 2016, and it is supported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and 16 road safety organizations.

The Road to Zero Coalition released a report on April 22 that contained details about how the lofty goal of eliminating road deaths entirely within a few decades could be accomplished. The group says that it will urge lawmakers to pass tougher seat belt laws and encourage police departments to vigorously enforce speed limits as these measures have been extremely effective at reducing catastrophic accident injuries and fatalities.

Distracted driving rates vary across the country

Around 34 percent of trips taken by California drivers include some form of handheld phone use behind the wheel, according to statistics released Everdrive. This rate is about 3.5 percent less than the national median. The driving safety app found that motorists in the American South are some of the most likely to use their mobile phones while behind the wheel. Mississippi led the list, with Louisiana and Alabama coming in just behind.

Distracted driving is a major concern because it can cause an operator's attention and eyes to be diverted from the roadway. While mobile phone usage and associated texting and internet surfing are some of the most well-known forms of distracted driving, there are also less high-tech versions. For example, eating, applying makeup or playing with the car radio can also distract a driver's attention and lead to motor vehicle crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 3,477 people were killed and 391,000 more were injured in 2015 due to distracted driving.

Sleeping driver kills college professor on bicycle

A political science professor at Grossmont College died in a recent bicycle versus car collision on Old Highway 80. The professor was riding his bike last month around Flinn Springs when a minivan driver struck him. According to police, the woman at the helm of the minivan fell asleep at the wheel.

The 67-year-old motorist who caused the crash hails from Spring Valley. Police say that after she fell asleep, she crossed over the painted white line and up onto the right shoulder of the road. In the course of doing so, she struck and killed the 58-year-old college professor.

Tips to prevent distracted driving

There's no reason for anyone to drive while distracted in California. Motorists should have their eyes on the roadway 100 percent of the time -- no excuses -- but this may be easier said than done. What if you're sleepy? What if you have a friend in the car with you and he or she spills a drink? Sometimes, it's difficult to stay fully focused on the roadway, but if you want to stay attentive and prevent an unnecessary accident, you'll follow each piece of advice below:

-- Turn your phone off, put it out of arm's reach and never use it while operating your car. If you're riding as a passenger, do your friend or family member a favor and take the phone away from him or her. Don't be shy to stand up for your safety in this regard.

The pros and cons of truck accident settlements

Truck accidents can result in catastrophic injuries and major vehicle damage, so it's important for victims to get the maximum amount of compensation possible. In California, victims can choose between going through a civil trial, which can be a prolonged and costly process, and trying for an informal settlement. Settling out of court can not only save time and money but also increase the chance of an amicable agreement.

By employing a method of alternative dispute resolution like negotiation, mediation or arbitration, victims may get the other side to be less defensive and more open to hearing them out. Neither side makes an admission of fault, and the entire process is confidential. This means, however, that victims cannot publicly hold the other side liable and cannot pursue further legal claims related to the accident once a settlement has been reached.

Beware of these drowsy driving warning signs

Were you or a loved one injured – or was your loved one killed – by a driver who crossed the center line into oncoming traffic? Do police claim that no drugs or alcohol were involved in causing the collision?

It could be that the driver who caused the crash fell asleep. In fact, fatal accidents caused by drowsy drivers are more common than you might think – especially considering that many of them go unnoticed because police are unable to prove the fact that someone was recklessly sleepy behind the wheel.

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