In last week's post, this blog discussed alarming statistics, which showed that fatal pedestrian and bicycle accidents rose substantially between 2014 and 2015. During the same period, fatal car accidents also increased. The big question is why are more and more people losing their lives on roadways in California, and in many other parts of the country?
Car accidents are so common these days that most don't even make headline news. Driving from place to place is a familiar daily routine for people in Orange County, and with that comes the risk of a motor vehicle accident. While many drivers are responsible and careful when behind the wheel, some drivers let themselves get distracted by other things like the radio or a cellular phone. Still other drivers take even bigger safety risks by driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
When a person suffers injury in a car accident and pursues legal claims against another party, the case typically falls under negligence law. Sometimes, however, the case can involve reckless conduct. So what is the difference between negligence and recklessness?
The main purpose of traffic control devices is to help ensure the safe and orderly flow of traffic. In busier parts of Orange County, stoplights and other traffic signs are especially important. But some people lose sight of this when they are driving and think that it is unnecessary for them to obey all traffic signs and signals.
A new year is under way and many people throughout Orange County are undoubtedly trying to implement any resolutions that they may have made for 2016. While not everyone can live up to their New Year's resolutions, January 1 also means other kinds of changes for people in California. With regard to the state's traffic laws, a number of changes have gone into effect for 2016.
Most people in Orange County probably know that cellphone use in general can be dangerous while operating a motor vehicle. However, those same people often fail to put down their cellphones while they are behind the wheel of a vehicle.
Most people in the Orange County area probably have been involved in or at least know someone who has been involved in an auto accident. Even those people who do not fit into either of these categories should be aware of the possibility of an accident while they are on the roadways.
The roads and highways in and around Orange County can get badly congested from time to time. On some days, what is ordinarily a short commute home from work or school can become a traffic nightmare, requiring twice the normal amount of travel time. Regardless of whether slow driving conditions are caused by an accident, inclement weather or heavy traffic, drivers should always stay patient and keep their cool.
All throughout Orange County, children are heading back to school as the summer vacation is coming to an end. Although summer does not technically end until later in September, the Labor Day holiday typically marks the unofficial end of summer. In addition to marking the last days of summer, Labor Day is meant to honor the country's working people. Thus, the national holiday typically means a day off of work or school.
Many people know that drinking and driving is not a good mix. They understand that it is against the law to have a few too many drinks and then get behind the wheel of a car. However, many drivers in Orange County probably don't really understand the physiological effects of drinking. It is these effects that can make it so dangerous to drive after having just a few alcoholic beverages.