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Driver and pedestrian distraction causing increase in fatalities

In California and the rest of the U.S., pedestrian fatalities have sharply increased over the past decade even though cars have become safer. Experts attribute this increase in pedestrian deaths to the problem of driver distraction.

Operation Safe Driver Week: CVSA to target unsafe drivers

According to a study from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, unsafe driving behavior is to blame for 88 percent of crashes involving passenger vehicles and 93 percent of crashes involving large trucks. Whether in California or in some other state, unsafe driving is the leading cause of all highway crashes.

The nature of truck accident settlements

Civil law in California grants the victims of truck accidents the right to file a personal injury lawsuit. However, going through the civil court can cost victims a considerable amount of time and money, which is why many try instead to settle out of court. In most cases, trucking companies are willing to go this route too, which means that there is a greater chance for an amicable agreement.

Holding brokers responsible for truck accidents

In California, truck accidents are a far more frequent occurrence than they should be, especially as truck drivers are under immense pressure to get their products to their final destination on time. This pressure and the strict time limits can cause some truck drivers to engage in risky and even illegal behaviors, including violating the hours of service rules. However, if a truck driver does cause an accident, the carriers, shippers and brokers also could potentially be held liable.

Understanding and preventing dog bites

As a dog owner, you most likely think of your pet as a member of the family. However, it is important for you and other Californians to understand that although your dog may be your best friend, you cannot trust dogs to react to people with friendliness at all times. In fact, a dog you know may end up biting you or a loved one and causing serious injuries.

Factors in large truck crashes

According to research sponsored by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, defects in large trucks significantly raise the chances of being in an accident in California and the rest of the nation. Additional factors in the crashes include claiming the short-haul exemption to circumvent federal hours-of-service rules and driving for excessive hours.

Injured while shopping? Take these 3 steps

When you are shopping, you are not expecting to suffer an injury. You are simply out buying food, clothes or other goods. Unfortunately, retail stores are not always up to par. If a store has hazardous conditions, such as an overcrowded aisle or slippery floor, you could sustain an injury while shopping.

Choosing Safe Halloween Costumes For Your Kids

Halloween falls on October 31, but the costume planning and costume selection process may take days, weeks or even months. It can certainly be a lot of fun seeing your children get excited and creative about costumes, and there are many opportunities for bonding and making memories that are sure to last a lifetime.

Law to prevent truck accidents challenged by Congress

California state law currently recognizes the risk of having a fatigued driver in a large commercial truck by requiring more rest periods for drivers than under federal law. However, two of California's representatives to the U.S. House are looking to overturn any state's ability to enhance roadway safety with more breaks than are federally mandated.

The High Incidence Of California Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents are a distressing and prevalent issue in California. Across the nation, pedestrian deaths represent nearly 15 percent of automobile accident fatalities, and California leads the nation in this horrifying statistic. In 2015, the number of pedestrian deaths in traffic accidents in California was at 23 percent.