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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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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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Fatal Self-Driving Car Crash in California – The Questions Remain

On March 23, 2018, 38-year-old, San Mateo man, Walter Huang was killed when his Tesla Model X slammed into a concrete barrier on southbound Highway 101 in Mountain View, California and subsequently caught on fire. According to news reports, Mr. Huang’s Tesla Model X was on Autopilot at the time of the crash. Indeed, at the center of this fatal car accident in San Mateo was Tesla’s Autopilot system. According to records provided by Mr. Huang’s family, the victim had taken his Model X into Tesla because the vehicle had veered towards that very same barrier several times previously. After the collision,…

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Dealing With Insurance After a Crash

Have you recently suffered injuries in a San Francisco car accident? You may be entitled to compensation for any damages that arise from another person’s negligence under California law. However, the degree of your compensation will depend on how you approach the days and weeks following an accident. Since car accident claims payout through insurance companies, knowing how to deal with them following your accident is essential. Follow these steps to successfully navigate your insurance claim following a car crash: Talking to Your Insurance Company Even if another driver is at fault for your injuries, most insurers require that you…

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What Is Prop 213?

Prop 213 is a California state law that went into effect on November 6, 1996. This law primarily restricts uninsured drivers from collecting non-economic damages resulting from a car accident, even if the accident was not their fault. This law has been challenged numerous times but has not been overturned at this point. While the law primarily affects those involved in an accident who are uninsured, there are portions that may affect you in other accident claims as well. Our San Francisco car accident lawyers explain the details of Prop 213 below. What Compensation Is Affected by Prop 213? Prop…

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Self-Driving Vehicle Regulation – What Does It Mean?

In early September, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill that effectively legitimizes self-driving vehicles for the future to come. Dubbed the SELF DRIVE Act, this bill aims to set a framework for autonomous vehicle regulation at the federal level – the first step in establishing national standards for testing, safety, and regulation. Why is This Important? Currently, regulation of self-driving vehicles on public roads lies solely in the state’s hands – and only 21 states have passed legislation related to autonomous vehicles. Most of these state laws don’t share much in the way of standards, with many of…

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What Do I Do If I’ve Been “Doored” By a Car?

Bicycle commuting is rapidly gaining popularity across the nation, but especially in California. San Francisco saw commutes rise by nearly 9 percent in 2016, with an estimated 82,000 bike trips every day. However, with the prevalence of bicycles also comes the potential for danger, as cyclists and motorists learn to coexist on the busy SF streets. One of the most dangerous things that can happen is “dooring” – when a parked vehicle unknowingly opens their door to obstruct the path of an incoming cyclist. While it may sound comical, dooring may result in potentially serious, painful injuries including: Severe road…

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Has Uber Affected Drunk Driving Rates in San Francisco?

There has perhaps been no bigger impact to the traffic and commuting world recently than the ridesharing revolution. Companies such as Lyft and Uber are convenient alternatives to the older taxi model of ride-hailing, making it even easier to get around your neighborhood. One heavily debated result is the impact companies like Uber have had on driving under the influence. It’s theorized that their prevalence and ease of hailing rides should ideally reduce alcohol-related driving incidences such as DUIs, alcohol-related fatalities, and drunk driving collisions. But is this really the case? Has Uber affected drunk driving rates in San Francisco?…

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Accident with an Uninsured Driver?

You faithfully pay your insurance premiums on time, and reasonably expect others to do the same. It can be frustrating then, to be involved in an accident with someone who is uninsured or underinsured. Unfortunately this is not uncommon. Should you find yourself in a car accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver, take the following steps: Call the Police It’s always a good idea to summon the police to the scene of an accident, but especially when there’s an uninsured driver involved. Having an official police report will help you get your expenses covered under your own uninsured driver…

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