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.
Nowadays, many vehicles come equipped with dashboard infotainment systems including touchscreens that allow motorists to play music, look up directions, and access countless applications. While this advanced technology makes our lives easier, it can also distract drivers and lead to serious car accidents.
May was Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in California and throughout the United States, but statistics show that the country's most populous state was anything but safe for motorcyclists in 2016. The state's large population and mild weather mean that there are many motorcycles on the roads all year long. And, unfortunately, that translates to a large number of motorcycle accidents.
Over the last year, a series of accidents across the nation has focused considerable media attention on self-driving and semi-autonomous vehicles. While the technology offers considerable possibilities to both individual motorists and the transportation industries, regulators and legal experts still harbor some doubts about whether such vehicles are ready for public consumption. This is because safety continues to be a major concern.