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March 2014 Archives

Preconceptions about dog breeds, attacks may not always hold true

When traveling down the sidewalk, California residents might regularly encounter dogs out for a walk with their owners. For many people, it might be a natural to size-up the oncoming dog. As a result of this process, certain conclusions about the dog's relative friendliness might be drawn without even meeting the pooch.

Study: Drunk driving fatality rates may not be accurate

Everyone probably knows that drunk driving is illegal in all 50 states. Not only that, but it's also incredibly dangerous. In addition to distracted driving, driving under the influence of alcohol is largely considered one of the most significant causes of traffic accidents in the country. Even with this in mind, a recently released study suggests that alcohol-related traffic fatalities might be severely underreported.

California car accident causes 2 death, injuries in Fresno County

Motorists typically understand the importance of following traffic rules, such as stopping at a red light or stop sign. Sometimes, however, they don't notice a stop sign, or they are too impatient to stop. This split-second mistake can lead to a car accident that results in injuries or even death, leaving surviving family members to grieve for years.

Do pedestrians have the right-of-way in California?

People might assume that pedestrians always have the right-of-way when crossing this street. Although this might be true in certain situations, miscalculations can prove to be very costly. Keeping this in mind, California readers might be wondering exactly when pedestrians have the right-of-way.

Negligent road design, upkeep pose major threat to motorcyclists

Any given road in California might be used by more than just four-wheeled motor vehicles. Beyond cars, pickup trucks and SUVs, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians also use the road. No matter the mode of transportation, everyone on the road owes a duty of caution to others.

Federal study reveals human toll of distracted driving

Over the last several weeks, we have discussed issues surrounding distracted driving in a pair of blog posts. The development of and proliferation new technology has most definitely fueled concerns about drivers discovering new sources of distraction. Although this message might be a common refrain from public safety officials, a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that these concerns are warranted.

Truck drivers can be considered negligent for inaccurate logbooks

Every time someone gets behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, he or she accepts a major responsibility. Seasoned drivers may not consider this when they prepare to drive, but it's no less true. For commercial truck drivers, this is especially important -- considering the sheer number of miles they’re likely to put on every year.

Are horse-bite claims treated like dog bites in California?

When people think of animal attacks, they might imagine someone being bitten and injured by a dog. After all, dog bite cases unfortunately make the news on a regular basis. Despite this perception, the reality is that any type of domestic animal may have a propensity to attack an innocent bystander. For those who are injured by an animal, it may not be exactly clear where to turn or what options are available.

California court: Using smartphone maps isn't a traffic violation

Over the last few years, issues of distracted driving have become a major point of discussion and contention. Although motorists have always been susceptible to distraction, the growing prevalence of mobile devices has altered the landscape of road safety in a very serious way. Not long ago, we discussed distracted driving in relation to the emergence of wearable technology. Since that time there has been another noteworthy development, which shows how quickly this traffic safety concern is changing -- right now and in the coming years.

Fatal car accident may have been caused by speeding in California

People often enjoy speeding because of the adrenaline rush it provides. This adrenaline rush may help to relax the body and relieve stress. However, speeding on a roadway can end up causing more stress than what one bargained for -- by causing serious injuries or even death. This is the situation that two people faced in a recent car accident in California.

Fatal pedestrian accidents in California finally decrease

In recent years, public safety officials expressed serious concern about the number of pedestrian accidents plaguing streets in California and across the country. Crash data from the Governors Safety Highway Association validates these fears: Between 2009 and 2012, fatal pedestrian accidents increased by 15 percent. This happened despite the fact that overall traffic fatalities fell 3 percent nationwide during the same time frame.

Study: More bikers on the road, fewer collisions with vehicles

Over the last few years, gas prices have generally been on an upward trend. Knowing the expense associated with driving, particularly in local traffic, many people have turned to alternative modes of transportation. Many people have found that biking is an effective way to move around a city, in addition to getting exercise.

Motorcycle accidents can take a sudden, serious turn

This year, California residents have experienced warm winter weather -- even by traditional standards. For many people, this has provided a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors in ways they might not otherwise during winter months. Namely, motorcyclists have certainly been able to take advantage of the particularly mild temperatures.

California fatal car accident involves Salma Hayek's brother

When navigating a roadway in California, the painted line that runs down the center of the street is intended to guide motorists so that they easily remain in their own lanes. However, when one vehicle ends up crossing the center lane, the result can be a deadly car accident. This situation may easily stem from a motorist who is driving while distracted.

Smaller vehicles aren't an excuse for inattentive driving

With the advent of mobile device technology and increasingly sophisticated features installed in vehicles, there is a lot drivers can become distracted by within the confines of their own car. This is not even to mention a large number of distractions on or near the roadway. No matter the changes in technology or scenery, one thing remains true: drivers have an obligation to make safety their top priority.

California boy dies after being bit by pet rat

Many animal bite stories involve an owner who fails to adequately restrain an animal or protect others against being injured. As a result of this failure to act, liability is typically addressed at pet owners. Interestingly enough, a California animal bite case is taking a slightly different spin: The victim's family has filed a claim against the pet store where the animal was purchased.

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