It might not be all that uncommon to experience some level of frustration while driving on California roads. Whether a driver cuts you off while changing lanes or another person points an unsavory finger in your direction for any number of reasons, there may be countless scenarios that you might find infuriating at best.
Previous posts here have noted the safety issues surrounding the electric scooters that are now a frequent sight on the streets and sidewalks of Los Angeles and its southern suburbs and exurbs, including Costa Mesa and the rest of Orange County. A recent report in a major medical journal confirmed that, while this new mode of pedestrian transportation is spreading rapidly across the country, issues involving the safety of these scooters remain.
A single vehicle bus accident on Highway 101 in California sent seven passengers to the hospital. While police thankfully described the injuries as minor, it is sometimes hard to tell the full extent of a person's injuries until well after an accident. Some of those transported to the hospital did complain of pain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.