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California Tops the List in Fatal Bicycle Crashes

California is the most dangerous state in the country for bicyclists. More bicyclists died in California than in any other state in 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). With 147 pedal cyclist fatalities, California outstripped the second-highest state (Florida) by nine deaths. This is, unfortunately, a trend that continues year after year in the Golden State. As a bicyclist in California, take your safety into your own hands. Do not depend on drivers to follow the rules, watch the road, or prevent collisions. Instead, learn why bicycle collisions happen and how to prevent them. Being proactive…

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Most Dangerous Areas for San Francisco Bicyclists [New study]

San Francisco is widely considered one of the most bike-friendly cities in the nation, scoring high in both road safety and accessibility to the city’s diverse neighborhoods. However, despite the city’s embrace of bicycling as a viable method of transportation, its compact intersections and frequently busy roads still make bicycle collisions a regular occurrence, with many leading to serious injury and even death. We wanted to properly assess where bicycle collisions occur more frequently across the city, so we turned to data visualization firm 1Point21 Interactive for help. We analyzed five years of CHP crash data from 2013-2017 to pinpoint…

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Can I Still Sue If I Wasn’t Wearing a Bicycle Helmet?    

Thousands of bicycle accidents happen every year in California, and injured bicyclists may wonder what their options for legal recourse are after such an event. California law changed in 2015 to allow bicyclists over the age of 18 to decide whether they wish to wear helmets while riding. The state still requires that riders under the age of 18 wear helmets, but adults are free to ride bicycles without helmets. However, they do so at their own risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that wearing a bicycle helmet reduces the risk of death or head injury…

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How to Safely Use the Bird Scooters and Lime Bikes

California has seen a recent proliferation of bike and scooter share services, the largest and most ubiquitous being Lime and Bird. These services allow customers to use a smartphone app to unlock a vacant Lime bike or scooter or Bird scooter. Once unlocked, the customer pays for service and can take the bike or scooter wherever they like, using the smartphone app to lock the bike and end the fare. Lime and Bird allow customers to leave their bikes and scooters wherever they like, so long as they are out of the way of road traffic and pedestrian traffic on…

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Distracted Walking Outlawed in SoCal City

You’ve heard about the dangers of distracted driving – but what about distracted walking? You might not be putting others’ lives at risk when you walk while distracted, but you could be putting yourself in significant danger. According to the National Safety Council, distracted walking incidents are increasing. A combination of more walkable cities and increased cell phone use is driving up the numbers of pedestrian accidents. Now, one Southern California city is doing something about distracted walking. The Dangers of Distracted Walking Walking while distracted can remove a pedestrian’s eyes from the walkway and mind from the task at…

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Texting and Driving Accident 2018 Statistics

It’s no secret that texting and driving is a safety problem. As updated car accident statistics continue to roll in, this problem becomes more apparent. It’s clear that thousands of people have died or suffered a life forever changed because of distracted drivers using their cell phones behind the wheel. Texting and driving absorb a driver’s visual, manual, and cognitive attention – creating the deadliest type of distraction on the road. Seeing the statistics on this dangerous habit can put it into perspective. Here are the latest numbers available in 2018. TeenSafe 100 Distracted Facts & Statistics for 2018 Highlights…

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Takata Airbag Recalls 2018

Airbags are life-saving inventions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, airbags saved 44,869 lives from 1987 to 2015. In 2016, airbags prevented an estimated 2,756 deaths. When used in conjunction with seatbelts, airbags can significantly reduce the risk of major injuries in auto accidents. Unfortunately, not all manufacturers take due care in designing and producing safe and effective airbags. Negligent manufacture leads to defective equipment and serious preventable injuries. Such is the case with the current worldwide Takata airbag recall. Takata has openly admitted to manipulating information and releasing unsafe airbag inflators to save money. The consequence has…

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Autonomous Car Liability: Who’s Responsible for Self-Driving Car Crashes?

Autonomous vehicles have been the recent subject of news coverage. California is home to companies leading the autonomous vehicle movement, including Google and Uber. Motorists in the Bay Area might have already seen these vehicles in action as they go through rigorous testing. Widespread use of fully autonomous vehicles may still be years away, but large automakers are beginning to include autonomous features in their latest model vehicles. This raises some interesting questions regarding liability in self-driving car accidents. Will you need an autonomous car injury lawyer? How will insurance law change, and who will ultimately be responsible for injuries…

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Top 4 Common Tire Defects and How To Avoid Them

A tire blowout or malfunction can be more than just an inconvenience. An untimely tire defect can lead to an injury-causing crash, especially when it causes a car accident at high speeds. Discover the most common causes of tire blowouts and vehicle defects to take preventive actions to avoid a crash. The following represent the most common tire problems on California roadways: Underinflated Tires Unsurprisingly, an underinflated tire is more likely to sustain damage, especially when traveling at high speeds. When a tire does not have enough pressure, it causes more flexing in the sidewall. This causes much higher temperatures…

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What Is the Statute of Limitations in San Mateo?

A statute of limitations is a set of laws governing how long a plaintiff has to file a civil claim within a state. Each state has different statutes of limitations, as well as different deadlines depending on the type of civil claim. States impose time limits for filing claims to make the legal process just for defendants. Otherwise, a plaintiff could wait an exorbitant amount of time to bring a claim – such as after key evidence is gone or eyewitnesses have forgotten what they saw. Here is the statute of limitation laws in California. California’s Statutes of Limitations Statutes…

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