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Car Accidents Archives

Obtaining compensation following a car wreck

When people are injured in a California car crash that was caused by the negligence of another driver, they may be able to be compensated for their losses. Besides medical expenses and property damages, they could also be compensated for pain and suffering that resulted from the incident. However, the amount that they can expect can vary.

Study shows California has high child traffic accident fatalities

A study that examined fatal car accidents that involved children identified notable differences in the child mortality rate among the states. Researchers from Harvard University and UT Southwestern Medical Center studied data about fatal crashes that occurred between 2010 and 2014 that killed children under the age of 15. The states with the most child deaths were all clustered in the South except for California, which placed second overall with 200 child fatalities.

Texting and driving device raises privacy concerns

2016 saw a 6 percent increase in traffic fatalities over the previous year, and many of the almost 40,000 that occurred were related in part to cellphone usage. Textalyzers are a tool like that could help police figure out when someone has been using a phone while driving. If California residents aren't sure about this new portable device, then they aren't the only ones who have concerns about monitoring cellphone usage.

Auto accident injuries and PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental condition that individuals can experience after a catastrophic event. California residents should be aware that they may sue for PTSD that is a result of their being in a motor vehicle accident caused by another driver. However, if their mental health injury has not incapacitated them, they are required to file the lawsuit within the applicable statute of limitations.

Study shows just how unwilling drivers are to put down their smartphones

Even though everyone undoubtedly understands that talking and texting while driving is both dangerous and illegal, chances are good that you nevertheless witnessed several motorists doing either on your way to work or school this morning.

Liability claims for self-driving cars in California

There are a number of safety improvements that computer-driven cars offer over ones driven by humans. Autonomous vehicles don't suffer from driver fatigue, and the software in these vehicles won't engage in unsafe driving practices, such as driving while intoxicated or looking at a cellphone instead of focusing on the road.

Car accident deaths surge in 2016 according to NSC report

Motor vehicle accidents in California and around the country claimed 40,200 lives in 2016, according to a report released on Feb. 15 by the National Safety Council. Road deaths have not surpassed 40,000 in the United States in almost a decade, and the Illinois-based safety advocacy organization says that reckless drivers deserve much of the blame.

AAA survey reveals the risky behavior of millennial drivers

Young people in California and around the country habitually engage in highly dangerous behavior while behind the wheel according to a study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The nonprofit organization polled 2,511 drivers of all ages, and the vast majority of them admitted to acting recklessly while driving within the last 30 days. The study, which was released on Feb. 15, focused on unsafe behavior such as speeding, texting while driving and red light running.

California distracted driving victims sue Apple

A group of California residents who were injured in distracted driving accidents have filed a class-action lawsuit against Apple over an unreleased iPhone safety feature. The feature, which was awarded a patent in 2014, prevents drivers from texting, and the lawsuit is calling for it to be incorporated in all new iPhones and made available for existing owners of the world's most popular smartphone.