The Present Danger of California Street Racing

On August 31, 2018 another tragedy unfolded on a California highway as a result of street racing.  Ariyana Luna 20, who was eight months pregnant with her first child, along with her fiancé Valentino Ramirez, died together in a crash on the 60 Freeway in Moreno Valley. Luna was expecting a baby boy due on Oct. 12. Also killed in the crash were Rafael Ramirez Espinoza, the driver and Polo Naja Perez, both 21. The lone survivor in the vehicle was a 19-year-old woman who was the only one wearing a seatbelt. According to an analysis by the Los Angeles Times derived from coroner’s records, at [...]

By | 2018-09-25T20:07:16+00:00 September 25th, 2018|Car Accidents|0 Comments

American Academy of Pediatrics Issues New Child Safety Seat Guidelines

In an updated policy statement, scheduled for publication in the November 2018 issue of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics establishes new guidelines on car safety seats. The updated statement “Child Passenger Safety,” accompanied by a technical report, the AAP recommends that children remain in a rear facing child safety seat until they reach the maximum weight or height limits of the seat as recommended by the manufacturer.  This statement is contrary to the current AAP age criterion of two years for children to remain in rear-facing car seats. The original age recommendation was partly based on a study supported by biometric research that found lower [...]

By | 2018-09-12T21:51:34+00:00 September 12th, 2018|Car Accidents|0 Comments

CDC: Employers and Parents Can Help Keep Young Drivers Safe

From 2011 to 2015, 470 workers in the 16 to 24 year old age group died in motor vehicle accidents while on the job. This accounts for approximately 26 percent of all work-related deaths in this age group according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  This statistic could be lowered significantly if employers implemented policies and programs that follow federal and state laws regarding youthful drivers at work. At the same time and parents should teach safe driving behavior while calling the young drivers attention to hazardous driving expectations. While young drivers are still honing their skills and logging time behind the wheel, [...]

By | 2018-08-30T20:02:04+00:00 August 17th, 2018|Car Accidents|0 Comments

How Long is Too Long to See a Doctor After an Auto Accident?

California is a state with a high volume of motor vehicles driven by people in a rush. This transportation maelstrom spawns over 200,000 annual injuries from traffic accidents. A large number of those injured require immediate medical attention and are taken to the emergency room or go straight to their doctor immediately, after reporting the accident. Other California auto accident victims feel fine or just a little shaken and return home right away. Days later they begin to feel the painful effects of the crash. They become concerned that they may not be eligible to receive compensation from their insurance company because they procrastinated. How long [...]

By | 2018-06-29T22:27:07+00:00 June 29th, 2018|Car Accidents|0 Comments

The Insurance Pitfalls of California Car Rental

The law requires drivers to carry liability insurance, but the rental car companies are not required to tell you. In 2015, Auto Rental News Reported that there were over 2 million rental cars in service across the nation, with California ranking among the top states for annual car rentals. With all of these rental vehicles on the road the chances of accidents occurring are high. Unlike privately owned motor vehicles, a great number of rental cars in California are being driven by uninsured drivers, even though state laws forbid it. Many rental car drivers in California are visitors and tourists from out of state and unfamiliar [...]

By | 2018-05-24T11:41:58+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|Car Accidents|0 Comments

AAA Study: Drowsy Driving Accidents More Widespread Than Believed

A new study shows that drowsy drivers are responsible for roughly 1 out of 10 motor vehicle crashes. The results indicate that drowsy driving may be a great deal more prevalent than originally estimated. “Missing just two to three hours of sleep can more than quadruple your risk for a crash, which is the equivalent of driving drunk,” according to Jake Nelson, director of traffic safety advocacy and research at AAA. The Drowsy Driving Study AAA researchers arrived at their conclusion after monitoring the driving habits of over 3,500 drivers for several months. Employing dash cams and other equipment, the researchers tracked drivers around the U.S. [...]

By | 2018-05-24T11:40:31+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Car Accidents|0 Comments

The Three Types of Distracted Driving

The Three Types of Distracted Driving Dangers and How to Avoid Them Driving safety technology has evolved remarkably over the past two decades. Side impact airbags, low tire pressure warnings, blind spot alert warnings and automatic braking are just a few examples. However, none of this technology has value if the driver of the car is not paying full attention due to distraction. Today’s drivers are offered more distractions than ever before, despite the latest advances in safety technology. The distractions that drivers face today can be classified as a trilogy. Following is a breakdown of the three types of distracted driving. · Manual Distraction – [...]

By | 2018-05-24T11:36:51+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Car Accidents|0 Comments

Safety Group: GM In-Dash Marketplace Means More Distracted Driving Fatalities

Drivers of new GM cars will soon be able to order food, find the nearest gas station and even locate a hotel room, thanks to an in-car application named Marketplace. Despite GM claiming it will make driving time ” more productive, enjoyable and safer” the app is being met with protest by the National Safety Council. “There is nothing about this that’s safe,” said National Safety Council President Deborah Hersman. “If this is why they want Wi-Fi in the car we’re going to see fatality numbers go up even higher than they are now. She contends that the app, which allows touchscreen deal browsing and ordering [...]

By | 2018-05-24T18:32:34+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|Car Accidents|0 Comments

Recent Poll Shows Work Related Distracted Driving is Prevalent

It may be the need to please the boss or the desire to be constantly available to clients, but 43 percent of drivers admit to distracted driving by being in touch with work while behind the wheel, according to a Harris Poll for Travelers Insurance. The percentage of workers who make or receive calls related to work is also highest for younger people, the survey found. The survey, which was intended to measure the amount of people who used their personal vehicles for work, polled 2,083 people in September. It showed that 75 percent of the respondents, who use their vehicles to drive to and from [...]

By | 2018-05-24T18:44:28+00:00 December 23rd, 2017|Car Accidents|0 Comments

NHTSA: Traffic Fatalities Up Again in 2016

According to information released by federal highway safety regulators, U.S traffic fatalities rose for the second consecutive year in 2016, despite a reduction in the number of distracted driving fatalities. The vehicle collision death toll reached 37,461 in 2016, the highest mark since 2007 according to figures released by the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA). The increase of 5.6 percent in traffic fatalities followed an 8.4 percent leap in 2015, which was the greatest annual increase since the mid 1960’s. Surprisingly, the increase in deaths was linked to other risky behaviors, rather than fatigued driving and distracted driving. Texting related fatalities actually declined by 2.2 percent. [...]

By | 2018-05-24T18:59:52+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Car Accidents|0 Comments

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