Most pedestrians walking on the sidewalk deserve to feel relatively safe. Unfortunately, sometimes a reckless or drunk driver will leave the road, striking pedestrians who are on the sidewalk. Since an automobile weighs so much more than a pedestrian and may be travelling at a high rate of speed, these accidents can result in serious injuries or even fatalities.
It's a nightmare scenario. You are driving down the road, minding your own business, and the next thing you know, you see a car heading right for you -- on your side of the road. You may be fortunate enough to have a couple of seconds to get out of the way, if possible.
As many Californians already know by now, this state has legalized the recreational use of marijuana. As a result, what was once an illegal drug sold in the shadows is now a product being sold by several upstart businesses in the state. Whether one thinks the legalization of marijuana is a good idea or not, no one can deny that as the cannabis business becomes part of the ordinary economy of this state, important new legal questions are emerging.
A previous post on this blog discussed how California lawmakers are taken yet another legal step toward cracking down in distracted drivers, both in the Los Angeles area and throughout the rest of the state. As this blog has discussed, while texting and driving and cell phones are a problem, there are other common sources of distracted driving. Any one of these distractions could lead to a serious accident, even fatality.
Distracted driving is a serious problem in California and across the country. You know this type of behavior is both dangerous and irresponsible, yet many drivers continue to engage in distracted behaviors while behind the wheel. In order to combat this serious safety threat, state lawmakers are voting on a possible change to California laws.
According to the latest numbers from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, which date from 2016, California accounts for a little over 10 percent of all fatal car accidents in the United States.
One of the things you can count on here in California is traffic jams. Stop and go traffic seems to be the norm, which means that you could easily become the victim of a rear-end collision. No matter how much you keep your eyes on the traffic behind you, you simply can't predict what another driver will do. You may tap your brakes to alert drivers behind you or use your turn signals well in advance of a turn, but that may not be enough.
The summer months will soon arrive in the Orange County and the greater Los Angeles area, and that will mean even more motorcycles on the road.
Few California residents can say that they haven't gone above the posted speed limit on at least one occasion. Whether you were running late, enjoying some music or just trying keep up with the flow of traffic, you ended up speeding. While you may not have suffered any adverse consequences on those occasions, you could end up with more than just a speeding ticket if you end up in an accident.