Most California motorcyclists are taught to take extensive safety precautions while riding their bikes, but even the most careful driver is at the mercy of automobile or truck drivers who are not careful or who may be incapacitated by alcohol or drugs. A glaring example of the helplessness of a law-abiding bike rider was demonstrated by a motorcycle accident in Lancaster, California when a 59-year-old motorcyclist was killed by a driver who is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are significant injuries that can be suffered in a car accident. In 2010, 2.5 emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths were attributed to traumatic brain injuries. TBIs account for approximately 30 percent of injury-related deaths and Car accidents account for nearly 15 percent of TBIs.
The torrential rains that hit Southern California last weekend caused all kinds of havoc, from power outages to mudslides to flooded streets. In addition, numerous auto accidents were attributed to the storm.
California law requires that all drivers carry insurance on their vehicles, including liability coverage to pay for any claims caused by the driver injuring another person in a car accident. Unfortunately, a lot of California drivers have no insurance, in violation of the law. Many others carry only the minimum required by law, which is generally not enough to cover damages in a case of serious injury.
Car accidents in the Los Angeles area are a regular occurrence. Many times, a car accident may yield some minor injuries or no injuries at all, however, accidents can turn tragic when a victim is severely injured or killed by a negligent driver.
California residents often hop into vehicles without giving much thought to the potential dangers they may encounter on the road. In fact, as many as 2.5 million people are injured in car accidents each year. Accident victims are prone to a number of injuries, from minor scrapes and bruises, to more serious injuries like nerve injury, traumatic brain injuries and paralysis, to name a few. In the worst cases, the lives of innocent victims are claimed.
As drivers that travel the roadways of California are likely aware, it is always important to keep an eye out for other vehicles traveling on the road. As this blog has previously discussed, the vehicle that is most likely not to be noticed by other drivers on the road is a motorcycle.
The roadways of California are often incredibly busy and packed with cars of all sizes. Some are traveling for business while others are traveling for leisure. With this many cars on the road it is important that all drivers are being careful and doing everything they can to practice the necessary amount of care. When drivers do not do this, the results can be tragic.
Safe driving requires precise maneuvering and careful decision making. Sometimes, it is a difference of mere inches that separates a safe, smooth drive from a devastating accident. Many car accidents occur after a driver carelessly swerves over the center line or into a shoulder lane. This slight error -- a mistake of mere inches -- can result in a catastrophic crash.
Given the busy nature of the roadways in California, it is important that all drivers exercise caution when operating their vehicles. When the appropriate level of caution is not exercised, it could lead to a car accident. Unfortunately, a driver in California seemed to be exhibiting hardly any caution at all which led to a car accident the left eight children and four adults with injuries.