With April being Distracted Driving Awareness month and the first week of the month being California Teen Safe Driving week, the Office of Traffic Safety and Impact Teen Drivers are busy reminding drivers about the dangers of taking one's eyes off the road when driving. Officials have noted that cellphones work against the campaign to stop distracted driving and hope that education and awareness can help curb the problem.
While physical scars resulting from personal injuries caused by someone else's negligence can eventually fade away, emotional harm and financial damage can take longer to disappear. In fact, overwhelming medical bills can hamper the road to recovery, as accident victims are reminded of the wrong they suffered by someone else's negligence and the financial devastation it has caused. While the criminal justice system is one way justice is served in these instances, another way is through reparations in a civil lawsuit.
No one expects to become involved in a car accident, but it is one of the realities drivers on the road in California have to contend with daily when they get into their vehicles. While driving is one of the most common behaviors people across the country engage in, it is also one of the most dangerous, with people dying in car accidents on a daily basis. However, people do not expect to suffer injuries from a car accident while sitting inside a restaurant, which is exactly what happened in California recently.
Those who have been injured in a car accident caused by someone else's actions may commonly say the collision was the other driver's fault. Many California residents may not realize that fault has a legal meaning as well and must be proven to hold the driver in question liable for their behavior. Individuals wishing to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against negligent drivers will need to prove fault.
Many Californians are busy juggling family, friends, work, school and various other things. As a result, we do not get the amount of sleep we need, but still get behind the wheel of a car to drive to our next meeting or activity. The American Sleep Foundation found that close to 50 percent of drivers in the U.S. admitted to driving while feeling drowsy.
Most of us have been on the road with an aggressive driver. The aggressive driver may appear impatient and angry, honk his or her horn unnecessarily, drive above the speed limit, and unsafely weave in and out of traffic. A recent study found that motorists tend to be 175 percent more aggressive during the holidays than they are the rest of the year. Many car accidents in California are caused by aggressive driving.
California and various other states recently legalized recreational marijuana, and many states will likely soon follow suit. However, according to a couple of recent studies by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Highway Loss Data Institute, states that have legalized marijuana have seen an increase in car accidents.
Car accident victims and victims of other personal injury accidents find that the recovery process can be overwhelming. In addition to the physical and emotional pain one may be experiencing post-accident, one may also be unable to work and struggling to pay medical bills. Many people find that filing a claim against the negligent parties that caused their accident is the best way to recover financial compensation. In addition to financial compensation, one can feel peace of mind knowing that the people who caused the pain and suffering were held accountable for their actions.
Many people file legal claims following an accident to recover damages to cover their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other accident-related expenses. Generally, the injured party will allege that the defendant's negligence caused their car accident and injuries, and ideally, will prove their claim and receive financial compensation.
Driving requires us to focus completely on the road. However, drivers nowadays, particularly, teenagers, are likely to distract themselves with their cell phones while behind the wheel. In 2015, 14 percent of fatal distracted driving car accidents involved the use of a cell phone.