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.
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.
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.
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.
As summer comes to an end in California, children are headed back to school. While you may be focused on buying school supplies and new school clothes, you also have to plan for how your child will get to and from school each day. Keeping kids safe as they walk to and from school or ride the bus is the responsibility of everyone who is traveling in a school zone. The state has set rules to help ensure safety in these areas.
While the state of California allows you to get your license at the age of 16, you are not yet an adult. This means that you cannot be held completely liable should you cause an accident and harm others or damage property. When you get your license, the state makes sure to assign responsibility for you to your parents or guardian. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, your parent or legal guardian must sign your driver's license application. This signature indicates that he or she take financial responsibility for you as a driver.
Sometimes California drivers walk away from motor vehicle accidents with barely a scratch. Sometimes, they are not so lucky and end up suffering from catastrophic injuries.
If California motorists near an intersection where another vehicle is approaching, the motorist must determine who has the right of way. If the other vehicle has the right of way, the motorist will yield to that other vehicle. The concept of right of way applies to any party on the road, such as cars, trucks and pedestrians. Some people, however, may not be familiar with how right of way applies to smaller vehicles like motorcycles or bicycles.
Bicycles and motor vehicles seem to co-exist much too uneasily for the likes of some California bike riders. Why ride in the street when you can take the sidewalk instead? While some bicyclists view this as a safer option, there are reasons why taking to the sidewalk is not necessarily the better choice and as NPR points out, sidewalk riding may actually increase some risks of catastrophic injury.
Most California residents are familiar with the sound and sight of helicopters. Various government entities and private corporations use these vehicles to patrol the state's highways, train military personnel, conduct tours and respond to medical emergencies. Helicopters are generally safe, but mistakes in operation or problems with design, maintenance and manufacturing have the potential for catastrophic consequences.