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Do hands-free devices make things safer?

It is pretty clear that using a cell phone to text, watch videos or do anything where you have to take your eyes off the road is very dangerous. California roadways are definitely safer when drivers do not try to use cell phones behind the wheel. However, if you are like most people, you probably see nothing wrong with using a hands-free device or technology, such as Bluetooth, to make and receive phone calls when you drive. The reality, though, is this may not be as safe as you think it is.

How can I recognize a drunk driver?

Being aware when you are on the roads in California can help you to avoid serious car accidents. One of the biggest risks out there is drunk drivers. Spotting a drunk driver and alerting the authorities is not only a way to keep yourself safe but it keeps everyone on the road safe. While it is not your job to confront or stop the drunk driver, you can report him or her to the authorities.

Examining the changes created by a traumatic brain injury

When people are involved in a car accident in California, recognizing that something happened and that they sustained severe injuries can sometimes be a slow process. This is especially true if people have been the victim of a traumatic brain injury. Depending on the severity of their injury, they may have had to spend significant time in a hospital or rehab facility before being sent home. In other cases where the injury is not as severe, it will still require an adjustment as people learn to cope with the changes that have taken place in their brain. 

Evaluating injuries after an auto accident

The aftermath of an auto accident can result in severe and traumatic physical injuries that can impact a person for life. However, some people manage to make it through an accident with little apparent injury. Still, a vehicular accident may leave its mark on a person in other ways, including psychological or mental harm. Knowing what to look for is crucial so you can seek treatment shortly after your auto accident in California.

Speed and alcohol key accident factors

If you are like most people who live in California, you know that car accidents can and do happen. You might even assume they will happen and that there is nothing that can be done to prevent them. Records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show how many people are killed in accidents that really have no reason for happening. Crashes in which excessive speed and alcohol are involved are completely avoidable if drivers would make safe and responsible decisions. 

How dangerous could your bike ride be?

In California, there are many places where you can get your bike out and enjoy a leisurely ride with excellent scenery. Unfortunately, Haberkorn & Associates also understands that because of certain factors, you can be putting yourself at risk any time you go out on your bike.

What should happen in the aftermath of a parking lot accident

Many California drivers understand what should happen if they get into an auto accident on a public road. The motorists involved in the collision would exchange information, the police would be called to the scene, and the driver who was struck in the collision would file an insurance claim. But what if you happen to get in an accident in a parking lot? As it turns out, many of the aforementioned steps would not change at all.

What should I do after an accident?

Even the safest California drivers may find themselves involved in a car accident at some point. This experience can be extremely stressful, especially when excessive property damage and injuries occur. While you can’t control the actions of other drivers, there are steps you take to make sure you get the help you need after an accident. U.S. News & World Report offers the following tips in this case.

What hand position provides the most control?

When driving, it is important to always have good control over the steering wheel. If you cannot control your steering, then you cannot control your vehicle, which can lead to accidents. The prevailing opinion on the best hand position has changed. Mainly, this change has been due to safety increases in vehicles.

When do pedestrians have the right of way?

As a driver on California roads, you have a responsibility. You have to obey road laws to keep yourself and others safe. You also have to watch out for those on the roads who are not in vehicles, including bicyclists and pedestrians. Pedestrians are especially vulnerable, which is why there are specific laws about how you are to interact with them.

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