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Intoxicated California motorists often do these things

When you're driving on a California roadway, you must be able to multi-task to some extent. Especially if you have passengers in your vehicle, one of them might try to have a conversation with your while you're driving. You also have to be aware of your outside surroundings, meaning, what's happening to the left, right, in front of and behind your vehicle. Your main priority, of course, is to keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.

You might act with caution and in accordance with traffic laws. However, if a drunk driver is nearby, an otherwise uneventful trip to a restaurant, department store or your workplace can quickly become a dangerous situation. Drunk drivers often exhibit certain behaviors, and knowing how to recognize potential signs of trouble may help improve your safety and your passengers' safety as well. If a drunk driver hits you, it is critical to know where to seek support.

Eating while driving: it's more dangerous than you think

Distracted driving is a problem that affects all California motorists. When a driver makes the choice to look at his or her phone or do anything else while driving, it can significantly increase the chance of an accident. Distraction is a major safety concern, and it is up to each driver to make smart choices.

Texting and other forms of phone use are the most common reasons for distracted driving, but they are not the only ones. Eating while driving can be just as dangerous as texting, but many people do not see how risky this type of distraction can be. As you know, many people eat while operating a vehicle, and they may have no idea they are putting themselves and others at risk.

Stand up and fight back following pedestrian accident

Crosswalks and sidewalks are to help pedestrians stay safe while walking near motor vehicle traffic in California. Unfortunately, distracted drivers are not always cautious in these areas.

In these situations, motorists may end up striking a pedestrian, thus causing him or her to suffer serious injuries. Fortunately, pedestrians injured as a result of a driver's carelessness have the right to seek compensation for their injuries.

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.
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