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Three Things Your Should Know After A Public Transportation Accident

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Don't do these things after a car accident

In California and throughout the nation, car accidents happen every day that range from minor fender benders to serious, life threatening or even fatal tragedies that forever change people's lives. Even a non-life threatening collision can be quite upsetting and may cause you to experience post-traumatic stress disorder. If you or your loved one suffer moderate to severe injuries, the recovery period may be long and arduous, not to mention, expensive.

It's understandable that you might feel a bit shocked or confused in the moments following a car accident. If you're well enough to think clearly and to safely exit your vehicle, you'll want to try to move a safe distance away from traffic while you wait for police or rescue workers to arrive. There are definitely things you want to avoid doing after a car accident, as well.

The age group most likely to be in fatal crashes isn't teens

Fair or not, teenage drivers have a bad reputation. While some suggest that it is because of inexperience and others speculate that teenage drivers may just lack the maturity to operate vehicles safely, many people in Costa Mesa and the rest of Orange County probably have the idea that teen drivers are often involved and even cause serious accidents.

Although it is true that teen drivers can and often do cause car accidents because of distraction or risky behavior behind the wheel, they are, in fact, not the age group of drivers most likely to be involved in a fatal accident.

Adjustments need to be made to safely drive at night

The days are shorter and the nights are longer during this time of year. This means that at least your evening commute happens in the dark. You may already know that driving at night increases the risk of an accident.

More of the road remains unseen at night, and headlights and streetlights could make the problem worse. Your eyes may not adjust fast enough from light to dark. For this reason, you adjust your driving habits to make sure that you reach your destination safely.

Cell phones aren't the only distractions that lead to crashes

Most Costa Mesa residents know that using a cell phone while driving is dangerous. The amount of time it takes your attention off the road is enough to wind up in a serious accident. The problem has become so prevalent that people tend to believe that "distracted driving" and "texting and driving" are synonymous.

It would be easy if that was the only form of distracted driving that people could fall prey to, but it's not. Other distractions are just as, if not more, dangerous.

Getting the right help after accidents on Highway 101

US Highway 101, commonly known as the Pacific Coast Highway, is one of the relatively few freeways in the country that can rightly be called a popular tourist destination. Heading through coastal Southern California up all the way to border and beyond, the highway includes beautiful ocean views and scenic mountain passes.

Perhaps because it is so crowded, it is also the location of many very serious car accidents and other motor vehicle accidents. Many people share the Pacific Coast Highway, including motorcyclists, drivers of large commercial trucks and buses, bicyclists, hikers and, of course, drivers of private motor vehicles. Any one of these groups can be the victim of, or responsible for, a serious accident on the Pacific Coast Highway.

California's basic speed law

People in Costa Mesa and other parts of Orange County probably recognize, at least in theory, that they are supposed to observe the speed limits signs that they see posted on the roads.

In other words, they realize that if they are traveling over the limit on the sign, the run the risk of getting pulled over and given a ticket.

What's causing the high number of cyclist deaths in California?

As California readers know, cycling can be risky. Any time a bike and a moving vehicle are in close proximity of each other, it can significantly increase the chance of an accident. Many drivers do not know how to safely share the road, and people on bikes are especially vulnerable to injuries when involved in accidents.

Statistics regarding cycling on California roads are sobering. Interestingly, statistics also indicate that men are more likely to be injured in bike accidents than women. This could be because more males ride bikes than women do, or it may be because men are more likely to go on roads that can be more dangerous to people on bikes.

Death caused by truck backing out of driveway

One might not think of it is often since it rarely grabs headlines, but accidents involving backing one's car up are fairly common. Many people have probably experienced, for instance, the misfortune of bumping in to another vehicle while trying to back out of a parking space or another area where there is not a lot of room between cars.

It is sad, but sometimes errors made while driving in reverse can have severe or even fatal consequences. For instance, in Orange County on the day after Christmas, a two-year-old boy died after a pickup truck backed out of a driveway and hit him. The toddler was near his house in a cul de sac when the accident happened. While the toddler was taken to a nearby hospital, he died a short time after his arrival.

ER visit possible for your child after a serious car accident

Being involved in a car accident is understandably a frightening experience. When you have your children in the car at the time, you may feel even more panicked and afraid due to concern that they have suffered serious injuries. Unfortunately, even the smallest child is not immune to injuries, especially in car crashes.

If you are involved in a car accident with your children, determining whether any injuries have occurred is vital. If you do not receive an injury and are able to move without harm, you should call emergency services to the scene. Emergency medical personnel can help any of your children who may have suffered serious injuries and take them to the appropriate medical facility.

Some Christmas toys may have defects, insufficient warnings

Not surprisingly, a lot of toys appear on the shelves of stores throughout Orange County during this time of year. Likewise, games and toys for babies and children are widely available online, oftentimes at really good prices. Many of these toys are hot items that will no doubt give a lot of enjoyment to the children who get them during this special time.

However, in the rush to find that perfect Christmas gift, California parents need to be careful that they keep safety in mind. According to one report, there are several toys that can cause choking, strangulation, blindness and other serious injuries and problems that nonetheless are on the market this holiday season.

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