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Insurance companies may hurt you more than help you after a crash

Getting into an injury motor vehicle accident in California can understandably be one of life's most frightening experiences. It can also be frustrating if the accident was the result of another driver's poor judgment behind the wheel. For example, perhaps the other motorist was driving while distracted by his or her cellphone or a passenger in the car.

In today's do-it-yourself society, you may be tempted to try to address your accident claim by yourself. You may tell yourself that, after all, if a homeowner can find out how to fix a plumbing problem from YouTube, surely you can find out on your own how to deal with an insurance company. The problem is that insurance companies generally do not have your best interests at heart following an accident.

Tired drivers are dangerous drivers

At some point, almost every driver gets behind the wheel of a vehicle while sleepy or tired. Being a little groggy after a bad night's sleep is normal, but when a person makes the choice to drive when they are too tired to be safe or think clearly, it is a danger to themselves and every other person on the road.

Fatigued driving is a major problem on every road and interstate, and it plays a big role in a surprisingly high number of accidents. If you are the victim of an accident that happened in California, it is possible that a fatigued driver is to blame for your pain and suffering. Victims of negligent and reckless driving have the right to seek compensation, but they would be wise not to attempt the civil claims process alone.

Don't ride the road to recovery alone after a motorcycle accident

If a better place in the world to ride a motorcycle exists than along the Southern California coast, you'll never hear a local rider admit it. Great weather, great scenery and inviting highways make Encinitas and all of San Diego County a mecca for motorcyclists.

Although you and other riders would sometimes prefer otherwise, you have to share the pavement with motorists operating much larger vehicles. No matter how careful you may be, interactions with cars and trucks can't be avoided. When motorcycle accidents do happen, the results rarely go the rider's way.

I can drive after taking over-the-counter medications. Right?

Many people take over-the-counter medications for their aches, pains and illnesses. You might not think twice about taking an OTC med and then getting behind the wheel of your car. After all, you would need a prescription if taking it would impair your ability to function and drive. Unfortunately, the reality presents a different story.

Navigating the aftermath of a car accident

Most California drivers do their best to avoid collisions. Many try to think ahead to anticipate what nearby motorists might do, and do their best to react safely and quickly to avert disaster when needed. If you've ever been in a car accident, you know that's not always possible, however. Although you might have imagined what could happen (as far as possible injuries are concerned) if you were ever in an accident, you may not have considered what you would do in the aftermath of a motor vehicle collision.

Not all accidents are accidental

It has been said that most vehicle "accidents" aren't accidents at all. To say something was an accident implies the event happened purely by happenstance and not due to any negligence or inappropriate behavior. This is frequently not the case when a collision occurs.

4 motorcycle safety tips everyone should know

Motorcyclists are some of the safest drivers on the road. That's because one mistake could mean a fatal or catastrophic crash. Indeed, many motorcyclists even regularly go to safety courses to stay up to date on their riding skills, and when they're on the road, they stay alert and extremely attentive to every detail around them. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for motor vehicle drivers.

Considering the risks motorcyclists face, no amount of safety is too much, so here are four tips that every San Diego motorcyclist should keep in mind:

Cracking down on distracted driving in California

Smartphones and cars seem like they get more advanced every year. We always see an influx of new features and new apps that users are always eager to try out. However, one truth stays the same from year to year: driving while distracted by your phone is dangerous. In California, the state is now cracking down on distracting driving even more with Assembly Bill 1785. 

Preventing accidents in school zones

With all the excitement, and hustle and bustle of going back to school, it is easy to forget to start with some basic back-to-school safety tips. Not only do students need to exercise additional caution around school grounds, but so do parents and the general public. Here are a few tips to keep all students safe this year, from walking to school, riding the bus or bicycling, and even some tips for drivers. 

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