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.
Many auto accidents that occur on California roads have serious, if not fatal, consequences. Collisions happen for various reasons. Some truly are accidents, but there are those that result from negligent actions.
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.
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.
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.
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.