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Survey finds aggressive behavior among drivers widespread

Some California motorists may be among the 90 percent of drivers who reported in a 2016 survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety that they are concerned about the threat that aggressive drivers present to their safety. At the same time, the survey found that about 80 percent of the respondents said that they had become angry or aggressive behind the wheel in the past year.

How to react after an accident caused by another driver

Whether an individual is involved in an accident in California or any other state, there are protocols that he or she should follow regardless of who is at fault. The first thing that someone should do is take a deep breath before confronting the other driver. He or she should try to remain calm even if the other driver flees the scene or is otherwise uncooperative after causing the crash.

How textalyzers could identify distracted drivers

California residents may have heard of textalyzers, a device that could give law enforcement officials the ability to see if drivers are reading emails, texting or viewing social media sites on their cell phones while driving. However, nearly 40,000 traffic deaths occurred in the U.S. in 2016, and many of them were from cell phone distractions.

Collecting proof of injury after a car accident in California

When a motorist is involved in a crash caused by another driver, they may suffer injuries and have to deal with damage to their vehicle. The costs of medical bills and treatment can mount quickly even if they have insurance, so it can be essential that they prove that they suffered injuries due to the accident.

Determining liability for tailgating accidents

California motorists should always maintain a safe distance between themselves and the vehicle in front of them. This is so that they will be able to stop before crashing into the vehicle. However, if a tailgating accident does occur, it is important that all drivers understand who may be held liable for the accident.

Driving defensively to combat distracted driving

California motorists should be careful of distracted drivers while on the road. From 2014 to 2015, the number of traffic fatalities increased after several years of decline. According to estimates for 2016, more people were killed on the nation's highways in any year since 2008.

The dangers of distracted driving in California

Increasing numbers of studies show that distracted driving can be very dangerous. In fact, some experts say that it's just as hazardous as driving while intoxicated. Distracted driving involves taking attention off of the road, and large numbers of people drive while more focused on a smartphone than what's going on around them.

Determining fault in car accidents

Many California car accidents are the result of someone failing to brake on time or not braking at all. In the majority of cases, these crashes are the result of human error. People who aren't paying enough attention to brake on time and motorists following too closely to have enough time to stop are frequently responsible for car accidents. However, there are some occasions where a person's brakes fail or are faulty.