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Was braking distance a factor in your truck accident?

Due to the heavier weight and larger size of semitrailers, these vehicles are capable of inflicting serious damage when involved in accidents with smaller vehicles. Because of their tremendous size and weight, drivers of these types of vehicles must be aware of all of the factors that can increase the chance of an accident, including the distance needed to brake and stop completely.

It takes longer for a large truck to stop, which means California truckers must know how to stop properly and determine how much distance to leave between a truck and a passenger vehicle. Failure to drive safely could result in unnecessary accidents and the injury of innocent drivers and passengers.

The unseen damage of a car accident

A car accident can cause significant damage, both physically and emotionally. While many people focus on the outward damage and physical injuries, the emotional and mental trauma of a California motor vehicle accident can be significant, affecting many areas of a victim's life.

If you suffered injuries in a car accident, your pain and suffering may be much more than skin-deep. It may be possible for you to claim damages related to emotional harm in addition to the physical damages and financial harm you suffered. Proving emotional duress in a civil claim can be complicated, but you may find it beneficial to explore this possibility. 

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:

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