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California to relax ban on texting while driving

Texting while driving is a major cause of distracted-driving accidents. Indeed, sending text messages while driving leads to so many car accidents that the practice has been completely banned in the state of California. Starting next year, though, there will be an exception to this rule. The California Legislature recently passed a law that would…

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Is Today’s Driver Education Really Keeping Our Kids Safe?

A recent New York Times article makes a bold and alarming statement. “The first year that American teenagers have their driver’s licenses will be among the most dangerous of their lives. Nothing kills more of them than car crashes.” Shouldn’t recent changes in young driver regulations and driver education be improving these car accident statistics?…

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Study: drowsy driving just as bad as drunk driving

Drowsy driving is just as bad as drunk driving, according to a recent study. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, concludes that both drunk and sleepy drivers are twice as likely to be involved in vehicle accidents. The study used driver questionnaires, police reports and other data to determine the state of…

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Federal distracted driving crackdown coming to California

Most California drivers have probably heard of the “Click it or Ticket” campaign designed to reduce fatal accident rates by getting motorists to wear their seatbelts. The program is widely regarded as having had a huge impact on highway safety. Now, the U.S. Department of Transportation is working with California officials to implement a similar…

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Failure of Duty Complaint vs. City of Alameda – Crown Beach Drowning

On May 25, 2012, The Cartwright Law Firm filed a Complaint asserting Failure of Duty in California Superior Court, County of Alameda (RG 12632015) against the City of Alameda, and the County of Alameda, California, over the drowning of Raymond Zack on Memorial Day, 2011, on Crown Beach in Alameda, California. The emergency fire and…

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Motorcycle Death Statistics Released for California and the U.S.

According to a recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 385 motorcycle riders died on California roads in 2009. Only two states had a higher motorcycle accident death toll. In the United States, 4,462 riders were killed that year. Nationwide, both the total number of deaths and the rate of deaths in relation…

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