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Motor vehicle accidents: Teenage driver loses control of van

According to the California Highway Patrol, a van occupied by 10 teenagers crashed on a recent Friday afternoon. When teenagers lose their lives in senseless motor vehicle accidents that could have been prevented, it is particularly traumatic for surviving family members. In this case, it is alleged that an unlicensed 17-year-old girl was the driver who lost control of the vehicle, for reasons yet to be determined.

Identifying the increased dangers of driving at night

Cars and trucks fill the roadways of California, even after the sun sets and darkness rolls in. People are rushing home from work, running their last errands or headed out for dinner with friends and family. What many people may not know is that they are three times more likely to be killed in a car accident while driving at night than they are during daylight hours. What is the cause of this increased danger and what can be done to minimize the risk of becoming involved in a deadly motor vehicle accident?

Identifying the hazards of driving at night

California drivers still fill the roadways, even after the sun goes down and nighttime sets in. People are rushing home from work, traveling to work or headed out for a night of fun with friends. Yet, many motorists are unaware of the increased dangers of driving at night as opposed to driving during the daytime. AAA reports that people are three times more likely to get killed in a car accident while driving at night than they are during daylight hours. What accounts for this increased risk and what can people do to minimize the dangers of nighttime driving?

Can low speed crashes still hurt you?

As a driver in California, the roads you traverse every day can be filled with unexpected dangers. While most people are worried about crashes that occur on the highway or at high speeds, what about crashes in residential areas? Do low speed crashes still have the ability to cause you harm?

Are hands-free cell phones safe for drivers?

In California and in many other states in the country, drivers are prohibited from using hand-held cell phones while behind the wheel. The dangers of distracted driving are well-known, as researchers have proven the disastrous effects of texting and driving.

What to know about an underinsured driver

Uninsured drivers can be a big problem if one collides with you on a California road. Without insurance to cover your bills, the cost of covering medical and property damage can burn a big hole in your wallet. However, some drivers, while they actually do possess auto liability insurance, may not possess enough to cover the full cost of damages if they are at fault. These are known as underinsured drivers.

Overcrowded rest stops are a dangerous hazard

Truck drivers face many unique risks as part of their job, but one prevalent danger is fatigue. Many truckers in California are required to drive long hours and some of them irresponsibly failt to get adequate rest before their shift begins. To help manage this ongoing risk, rest stops were created to provide a safe and convenient solution for truck drivers, and other motorists, who need to rest temporarily on the side of the road. 

What should I know about left lane restrictions?

Many California motorists may not be aware that state law puts some restrictions on driving in the left-hand lane on a multiple lane road or a highway. In fact, as Vox points out, every state restricts the use of the left lane in some fashion, though these laws are not meant to be overly intrusive. In fact, they are intended to keep traffic flowing and prevent traffic jams, as well as cut down on the risk of vehicular accidents.

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