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A settlement may help you receive compensation

After suffering serious injuries in a car accident, you likely know that you will not have the ability to work for a considerable amount of time. You undoubtedly also worry that you will not have the funds to cover the bills resulting from your necessary medical treatment. Financial worry can immensely affect your mental state while you need to focus on your recovery.

Fortunately, if the negligence of another party contributed to the injury-causing accident, you may have reason to file an insurance claim with that party's insurance company in hopes of pursuing compensation for allowable damages. If the idea of having to face an extensive trial is putting you off this idea, you may want to remember that a settlement is possible.

Protecting your interests from the first moments after a crash

An accident can change your life in an instant. In the seconds that it takes for a crash to occur, you could be left with life-altering injuries, financial losses and significant damage to your personal property. It can be beneficial for all California drivers to know how to protect their interests in the event of a crash. 

It is in your best interests to know what to do next in case of an accident. Insurance companies and the other parties involved may try to shift the blame, and it can be a complex and difficult process to obtain the compensation you deserve. As an accident victim, you have rights, and you do not have to navigate the aftermath of your motor vehicle collision alone.

Hurt in an accident? Find out how much your case may be worth.

Your life can change drastically and instantly in a car accident. One moment you may be driving down a California road or highway, and the next moment you could find yourself with serious and painful injuries. In addition to the injuries a car accident can bring, victims often experience emotional trauma and serious financial losses as well.

If your accident was the result of the negligent or reckless actions of another person, you could have a rightful claim to financial compensation. Through a personal injury claim, you may be able to secure recovery of your medical bills and other expenses as well as other non-economic damages. It is prudent to know how much your case is worth and how much you should pursue. 

Soft tissue injuries are no minor issue in a California accident

You get behind the wheel of your car and head to work, but your trip ends up cut short due to a negligent driver. Seemingly, out of nowhere, another car strikes you from behind, leaving you in pain and confused about what to do next.

One of the most common types of injuries that car accident victims suffer on the road, especially in a rear-end collision, is a soft-tissue injury. Here is a look at what these types of soft tissue injuries occur and what your rights are if you suffer them due to another person's carelessness.

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.

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