Our state is one of a few states that has a law which goes beyond just prohibiting texting and driving. In addition to forbidding instant messaging, checking email and searching online, the law of this state also prohibits drivers even from making conventional phone calls with a handheld device like a smartphone. However, even under the threat of fines, many drivers in this state still cannot resist the occasional phone call or quick check of a text message, even though they are driving. According to one report, Californians typically spend between 16 and 18 percent of their total driving time on their phones.
A bus accident on Interstate 405, in the Los Angeles area, left 40 people, including the driver and several passengers on the bus, with injuries. The California bus accident happened in the middle of the day and involved the bus careening into a median after it went out of control. While spinning, the bus also struck at least one other vehicle.
A wrong way accident in the greater Los Angeles area left two people, a mother and her daughter, dead. Additionally, another man is in the hospital recovering from injuries that authorities describes as major.
While distracted driving happens throughout the year, a recent study suggests that it is more common for people to drive distracted during the summer months. Specifically, the study found that, relative to other months, the frequency of distracted driving increases by 10 percent during June, July and August.
Although the freeways around greater Los Angeles can be confusing, it would still take a lot of effort, for lack of a better word, for a person to actually start traveling the wrong direction on a limited access, multi-lane highway like the area's Interstates.
The first thing your mind registered was that the scenery suddenly looked different. Perhaps the next thing was the sound of crunching metal and the smells of antifreeze, gasoline and electrical components. By the time you realized you were just in an accident, it was over. An investigation into the crash indicates that the other driver caused it.
Seeing orange barrels and construction signs erected can make drivers feel frustrated. However, all motorists must drive responsibly in construction zones. Anything that impairs their ability to do so, such as the consumption of alcohol, could lead to a catastrophic fatal accident.
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.
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.
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.