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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. 

Are aggressive drivers putting your family at risk?

We all get angry behind the wheel from time to time. It's human nature. We might be running late and get stuck in traffic. According to recent study, an alarming number of drivers acting on their anger, engaging in aggressive driving practices, putting responsible drivers - and their families - at risk.

According to the study administered by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, eight out of 10 drivers admitted having expressed anger in the preceding year. What's more alarming, however, is the estimate that 8 million drivers physically acted on their anger, admitting to getting out of their cars to confront other drivers, striking another vehicle on purpose and other forms of road rage. 

Officials concerned about the number of fatalities in U.S. accidents

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more people who die in car crashes in the U.S. than in other first world countries. The CDC report analyzed 2013 accident figures, the most recent data available to study trends. In 2013 alone, there were over 32,000 people who died in this way in the U.S., which equates to about 90 deaths every day.

Although there has been a 31 percent decrease in the death rate for this occurrence over the past 13 years, the U.S. has seen the slowest drop in the rate of this event when compared to 19 other relatively well-off countries, which have gone down an average of 56 percent during that time. 

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