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.
There are over 24,000 licensed drivers in California. Every driver has something on their mind, whether it is a fight with their spouse, an important presentation at work or an upcoming Caribbean vacation. Unfortunately, a large number of drivers are even further distracted by other things, such as food or their cell phones, resulting in many car accidents per year that result in serious injury and even death.
The importance of drivers exercising the required standard of care when operating motor vehicles on the roadways perhaps cannot be emphasized enough. Often times when a driver does not exercise this reasonably required standard of care, it can lead to a car accident. Drivers may not realize that sometimes car accidents do not only impact the drivers that are involved. Some car accidents can cause serious injury to those that are in close proximity as well.
Ideally, everyone traveling the roads of Alhambra would exercise the appropriate amount of care and do everything possible to prevent a collision with another vehicle or a pedestrian. Unfortunately, that is not the case, because numerous negligent drivers travel the roads every day. In fact, each year 2.5 million people are affected by a car accident caused by those very negligent drivers.