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Why do car accidents happen?

Car accidents are frightening and life-changing events that happen when least expected. According to USA Today, in 2016, 40,200 people died in car accidents. Though there are laws and practices in place to ensure the safety of every motorist, passenger and pedestrian on the roads in Oakland and across the country. However, they are not enough to keep some motor vehicle collisions from occurring. If you spend any time on the streets and highways, then you know how congested traffic can be. 

How distractions affect motorist safety

Cars are among the greatest and most dangerous inventions ever created. They make getting around the Oakland area faster and convenient. They also are a major source of property damage for many people. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car accidents were the primary cause of death for 11-year-old children and the 13th primary cause of death for motorists and pedestrians overall. Some motorists take their vehicles for granted and overestimate their driving abilities. They also use distractions to divide their attention while they drive. 

Should you drive with the flow of traffic?

It is no surprise that traffic in California is often a mess. One thing that always seems to come up is a concern about speeding. Some people say you should always go with the flow of traffic to prevent traffic jams and accidents, even if the speed others are going is faster than the posted speed limit. However, is this good advice?

Why are seatbelts still a top vehicle safety device?

Seatbelts are one of the oldest safety devices in your vehicle. You may wonder, with all the new safety advances, why seatbelts are still important. Do you really need to bucklel up to stay safe when your vehicle is covered in air bags and has so many other safety devices? The reality is that every person in a vehicle on California roadways needs to be buckled up for maximum safety.

What two injuries have delayed symptoms after a car accident?

When you are involved in a car accident in California, you may have a false sense of security afterwards if you do not have any apparent injuries. However, days later, you could wake up in serious pain. According to Patch, the two most common injuries that may not show immediate symptoms after a motor vehicle crash are concussions and whiplash.

What are some common auto insurance myths?

When it comes to getting auto insurance in California, you may not know if you are getting a good deal or if you could do something different to get a better premium. All you do know is it is imperative to have insurance to protect you should you be involved in an auto accident.

The three types of distracted driving

While most drivers in California have heard about how dangerous distracted driving is, there are many who still do not understand exactly what qualifies as a distraction. If you are in this group, you may be surprised to realize that distractions can fall into one of three categories or be a combination of multiple types. We at Hildebrand, McLeod and Nelson have created this guide to detail what these types are. 

Can strong winds cause a car crash?

From intoxicated driving to distractions that divert the attention of drivers, traffic collisions happen for an array of reasons. However, you may want to watch out for other risks that could lead to a crash, such as strong winds. If you drive in Oakland, or on roads anywhere in the state of California, you may want to watch out for hazards that could be present when winds pick up.

Why are truck drivers so exhausted?

That truck driver you see on the road in San Francisco may have already been on the road for hours, but the trip alone is probably not enough to contribute to deadly fatigue. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, although truck drivers often do work as many as 14 hours a day, there are other contributors to the mind-numbing exhaustion they may suffer.

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