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How can I avoid a car accident while running?

Getting out in the fresh air for a jog is not only fun, but it's great for your health. The only problem -- and it's a very serious problem at that -- is the fact that going for a run exposes you to the risks of getting hit by a car. These kinds of vehicle versus pedestrian crashes often result in catastrophic injuries and death. So, what can you do to avoid getting hit by a car while going for a jog?

Get to know your running routine

Truck crash doesn't have to send your world crashing down

Commercial trucks post unique hazards on the road. For this reason, it is critical that the drivers of these trucks exercise caution behind the wheel. Unfortunately, this does not always happen.

If a commercial truck driver in California behaves negligently behind the wheel, you can easily become the victim of a catastrophic truck crash. In this situation, you have the right to seek to hold the truck driver accountable for any injuries you suffer as a result of the collision.

57-year-old motorcyclist loses life in wrongway accident

A tragic motor vehicle accident happened along 405 Freeway in Torrance last Sunday. The incident involved a pickup truck and a motorcycle. In the aftermath of the incident, the motorcyclist was dead, and police arrested the truck driver on charges of driving the wrong way and on suspicion of being drunk.

The collision happened at approximately 3 a.m., Sunday morning in the southbound lanes of traffic. According to police, the pickup truck -- driven by a 22-year-old driver -- was traveling the wrong way down the road. The young driver suffered minor injuries in the incident and did not require hospital care.

What safety gear can protect cyclists at night?

Cyclists don't lose their right to the road just because the sun went down. They can still safely share the road with cars, following traffic signals and being given a safe distance by faster-moving vehicles.

Of course, night driving naturally comes with more dangers. Drivers tend only to look for headlights from oncoming cars, so they may completely miss smaller bicycles. This can lead to accidents where the driver simply never sees the bike until the crash has already taken place.

Could one app reduce Super Bowl drunk driving?

When the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots meet in the Super Bowl, fans from the east coast to the west coast will flock to bars and restaurants for Super Bowl parties. It's basically a holiday in the United States, with plenty of eating and drinking that often starts long before kickoff.

The unfortunate side effect of this celebration is that it can result in increased incidents of drunk driving. People want to celebrate and watch the game, but they still have to get home after four hours or more of drinking with their friends.

Safety stops and yielding for pedestrians

Drivers often get a bit frustrated dealing with pedestrians. They feel like the road is for cars and any pedestrians are in the way.

The law sees it differently. Pedestrians often have the right of way and drivers who refuse to yield it are in violation of that law. Here are three key things to consider:

What does it mean to 'take the lane'?

You may know that a bike riding at traffic speeds is allowed to use the lane, while slower bikes are required by California law to stick as close as they can to the right side. This way traffic can safely get around and a cyclist going 10 mph doesn't impede a growing line of cars trying to go 55 mph.

All that said, the law does allow even slow bikes to "take the lane" in certain situations. This is often misunderstood by drivers and even by law enforcement officers.

Drunk driving crash leads to murder charges

A man was allegedly drunk behind the wheel when, driving at about 86 mph, he blew through a red light. His vehicle plowed into another car at the intersection, injuring one person and killing three more.

The group riding in the second car at 3a.m., appeared to be friends from college. One was currently a student at the University of California Irvine, while two more had graduated from the university.

Rev your engine but make sure you read these safety tips first

Perhaps one of your resolutions for the new year includes taking more time for leisure. If you're a motorcycle enthusiast, you may also have your mind set on taking a few road trips; after all, the California climate is often perfect for such hobbies. Being on the back of your bike may be just the ticket to getting more rest and relaxation in your free time.

Whether you ride alone or with a group of friends, it's a great way to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine as long as you stay safe. While it may be tempting to see just how fast you can go, it's definitely not the wisest choice if adhering to traffic and safety regulations are a priority. Then again, no matter how cautious you are, there's not much you can do about fellow motorists. All it takes is one poor choice on another person's part to land you on the injured list.

7 stats that show the dangers of distracted driving

Do you think the concern over distracted driving is perhaps a bit overblown? Do you think it's a media sensation more than a real risk?

A lot of people may agree with you. The statistics, however, do not. Below are a few key things to keep in mind:

  • When polled, 54 percent of drivers in California reported being nearly hit or actually hit by people on cellphones. That was just in 2016.
  • A survey also found that many considered texting the biggest distraction, with 44 percent of people picking it.
  • Even so, about 40 percent of people said they'd talked on the phone and made an error behind the wheel.
  • In 2013, distracted drivers caused crashes that hurt around 424,000 people and killed 3,154.
  • When looking at just teen drivers, one out of every 10 who gets involved in a deadly accident is distracted.
  • You're 300 percent more likely to crash when you're visually and manually distracted. This type of distraction includes texting while driving or reaching to pull a cellphone from your pocket.
  • If you do send a text, studies have found that you look away from the road for an average of 5 seconds. You could drive across a whole football field without looking up at 55 miles per hour.
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