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Negligent driving behaviors often cause serious car accidents

Not everyone who gets behind the wheel will exercise courtesy and respect for the safety of others. Sadly, there are many negligent behaviors than can lead to serious car accidents. California police stated that charges are pending in one fatal crash linked to street racing.

One a recent Friday evening, police reported to the scene of a horrific traffic accident. According to eyewitnesses and responding officers, two drivers were reportedly engaged in a street race while in the midst of other motorists. The suspected drivers, who were both driving Dodge Chargers, were traveling at a high rate of speed down a local roadway. Unfortunately, another motorist was attempting to complete a left-hand turn when her car was struck by one of the Chargers. The driver of the other racing vehicle did not stop.

Immaturity, inexperience often lead to serious car accidents

Teenage drivers usually face higher insurance premiums because they are considered at higher risk for accidents based on their youth and inexperience. Though there are exceptions, many younger drivers struggle with impetuous actions along with the new-found freedom that comes with having a license to drive, all of which can lead to reckless behavior and serious car accidents. One California teenager is facing murder charges after causing a fatal wreck.

Police officers reported to the scene of a deadly collision that occurred near an intersection in Woodland Hills. According to responding officers, a 17-year-old male driver was operating his vehicle in a reckless manner for several blocks. The driver allegedly disregard a traffic signal and raced through the intersection against the light. His vehicle smashed into the side of a pickup truck. The impact killed the driver of that vehicle.

Places to watch out for spring break drivers

Many residents are ecstatic once spring arrives. The temperatures start rising, the sun stays out longer, and most of the winter hazards such as snow and ice are starting to melt. Since winter and summer are often seen as the most dangerous driving seasons of the year, motorists feel like they don’t have to worry as much about terrible driving conditions for a while between March through May.

Unfortunately, spring has its own share of obstacles. Nearly every week in March and April features several colleges throughout the nation giving their students the week off. This is especially concerning for Californians given that the state is one of the top spring break destinations in the country. In certain areas, the chances of you encountering an intoxicated and inexperienced driver just increased dramatically. It is crucial that you are aware of the most dangerous locations to drive in to avoid reckless college students.

March dedicated to helping those who suffer with brain injuries

Throughout the calendar year, certain months are designated to bring awareness to a wide range of both social and health-related issues. For the past three decades, March has been designated as Brain Injury Awareness Month. The point of these campaigns is to draw attention to the difficulties that victims of brain injuries encounter in everyday life. There are countless California families who have been impacted by these often devastating injuries.

According to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), a brain injury occurs every nine seconds. An estimated 137 people die every day due to a traumatic brain injury. The current campaign is called "Change Your Mind" and is geared toward eliminating the stigma of brain injuries, highlighting the needs of both victims and caregivers, while also helping to empower victims and their families by promoting the different types of support that are available to those who need them.

Man's death stresses need to stay in vehicle after car accidents

In the moments after a crash, victims often feel confused and disoriented. In spite of the impulse to exit one's vehicle, emergency responders urge victims to remain inside their vehicles after car accidents unless there are extenuating circumstances. Sadly, for reasons that are yet unclear, a California resident lost his life in the moments after his truck jackknifed.

In the early morning hours of a recent weekday, the California Highway Patrol received reports of a tractor-trailer that was impeding traffic flow along one side of I-5. When they arrived on the scene, they discovered a semi that was hauling a double trailer load had apparently jackknifed and slid into the side of the hill. Sadly, while assessing the scene, they discovered the body of the 59-year-old trucker lying along the shoulder of the road.

Delay signing release as back injuries can develop over time

In this age of distracted and other types of negligent driving, the chances of becoming involved in a car crash are significant. In spite of the expectation that a serious injury would be readily apparent, in many cases, serious problems, such as back injuries, may take several days -- or longer -- to manifest. For this reason, victims of California car accidents are encouraged to delay signing any forms from the at-fault driver's insurance provider without consulting with legal counsel.

A car crash does not need to involve high speeds in order to cause serious injuries. Though broken bones will be obvious, injuries to the spinal cord or soft tissues may take days or weeks to fully manifest. In some cases, a mild case of suspected whiplash can develop into symptoms of a herniated disc or a pinched nerve. There are other physical signs that may point to a more serious injury.

Wrong-way drivers often cause fatal car accidents

California drivers are often immune to the traffic conditions that irritate motorists in other locations. However, no matter how experienced and adaptable drivers can be, there are times when even professional drivers cannot avoid getting involved in car accidents. Sadly, a recent collision involving a wrong-way driver took two lives and injured several others.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a crash involving three vehicles occurred along the northbound lanes of Highway 101 shortly after 2 a.m. on a recent Sunday. The report states that a 21-year-old female driver purportedly entered the highway heading southbound in the northbound lanes. As the driver proceeded down the road, her automobile collided with two other vehicles.

You have suffered enough; a personal injury lawsuit may ease pain

In one moment, you could go from competing in California marathons to finding yourself exhausted just trying to navigate the stairs in your home after you have been involved in a serious accident. Sadly, your physical pain may only be the beginning once your ability to earn your paycheck has been taken away. Even though your physical abilities have been reduced, there may be help in restoring your financial security through a personal injury lawsuit.

In the blink of an eye, a careless driver late for work runs a stop sign, and you wind up with head and neck injuries that make it impossible for you to carry out your normal duties on the job. You suffer from dizzy spells and horrible headaches that impact your ability to drive your own car safely. Though an injury seems insignificant at first, you could wind up needing costly physical therapy for months just to try and recover enough to return to work.

Statistics Show Cycling Is No Picnic In California

Recent statistics released by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that California is one of the deadliest states for bicyclists.

The statistics show that in 2015, Florida had the most bicyclist deaths in the nation with 150, followed by California with 129. No other state had more than 50; five states had no bicyclist fatalities at all.

Program works to help patients deal with traumatic brain injuries

Most people go about their daily activities without spending time considering how their entire life could change in one devastating moment. Sadly, countless California families have been forever changed when an unforeseen accident leaves victims trying to cope with everyday life after suffering traumatic brain injuries. Many of these horrifying injuries are caused by serious car accidents.

There are programs available that work with patients who have suffered a life-changing head injury. One such program was recently spotlighted for its work with these patients. The staff provide supportive care that includes helping patients cope with pain management, physical limitations, and emotional and mental changes. This program also enables eligible patients to re-learn how to operate a motor vehicle.

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