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What to Consider If You Are Involved in an Auto Accident

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As a daily commuter in the State of California, one of the scariest scenarios to imagine is that of being in an accident. Being involved in an accident with other vehicles can present a great deal of fright and emotional shock. Beside the emotional trauma, auto accidents can also present severe injuries. An accident [ read more ]

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Lane Splitting and Motorcycle Accidents: What You Need to Know

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Last year, lane splitting, the practice in which motorcyclists ride between lanes of traffic, was officially made legal in California. While lane splitting has been found to reduce certain types of injuries, motorcycle accidents involving lane splitting continue to occur. For example, a recent fatality occurred on Interstate 5 in Encinitas when a lane [ read more ]

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Driving While Drowsy Can Be As Dangerous As Drunk Driving

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Driving under the influence of alcohol is a well-known cause of serious injuries and fatalities. However, driving without adequate sleep is a lesser known cause of similar tragic accidents. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has found that going 24 hours without sleep is equivalent to having a blood alcohol concentration of 0.10 [ read more ]

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What should you do when you get hurt in an auto accident?

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The following are simple steps to follow after you have been injured in an auto accident. Stop/Assess/Call 911: First, stop your car and check yourself and your passengers for injuries. After stopping, make sure to pull your car out of the lane of traffic and onto the safety of a shoulder or a side-street. Next, [ read more ]

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Who is Liable in an Accidents Involving a Stolen Vehicle?

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In the case where someone steals a car – and then gets into an accident, who is legally responsible for the accidents and the ensuing injuries? The following discusses liability for various parties in an accident involving a stolen vehicle. First, the actual thief is legally liable. That person has caused an injury based [ read more ]

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Negligent Entrustment: Can I be liable for the person who borrows my car?

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The general rule in car accidents, is the driver who caused the accident is responsible and therefore, legally liable for the ensuing damage. However, in cases where the owner and the driver are two different people, the owner of the car may also be liable. Under the theory of negligent entrustment, the owner of [ read more ]

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Parents Liability for Minors Involved in Car Accidents

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The short answer is yes. However, depending on the circumstances the answer can be more complex. Parents Liability for Minors: Under California Law, both parents are required to verify and sign their minor child’s application for a driver’s license. In the case where only one parent has custody of the minor, then that parent [ read more ]

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Car Accident Causes: Cell Phone Use While Driving Increasing According to Study

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A new study released by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) found a 39 percent increase in drivers who were observed using a cell phone while driving over the past year, which increases the risk of a car accident significantly. The study was performed by OTS and [ read more ]

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Distracted Driving: Number 1 Killer of Teens

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Distracted driving is a national epidemic. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), distracted driving results in more than 9 deaths and 1,153 injuries every day in the United States. In 2011, 17 percent of all car accidents resulting in injuries involved distracted driving. These staggering numbers are on the rise [ read more ]

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2014: Record Year for Auto Recalls

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In 2014, more automobiles were subject to recalls than any other year on record, as 63.9 million vehicles were subject to 803 separate auto recalls. The previous record for recalls in a year occurred in 2004 when 30.8 million vehicles were recalled. The United States Department of Transportation estimates that there are roughly 253 [ read more ]

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