Cartwright - July 18, 2012 - Blog, Motor Vehicle Accidents

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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Cartwright - July 2, 2012 - Blog, Motor Vehicle Accidents

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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Cartwright - June 13, 2012 - Blog, Motor Vehicle Accidents

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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Cartwright - June 6, 2012 - Blog, Motor Vehicle Accidents

Fatal car accident rates hit lowest point since 1949

For as long as there have been cars, there have been car accidents. While we may never get to a point where we see no accidents at all, federal and state regulators have been working hard to reduce accident rates by promoting safer cars and better driving habits. New data from the National Highway Traffic […]

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Cartwright - May 1, 2012 - Blog, Motor Vehicle Accidents

Should California ban hands-free cellphone use?

In 2008, the state of California banned drivers from making calls with handheld cellphones. Recently, researchers at the California Office of Traffic Safety conducted a study into the law’s effectiveness. The results were striking – while overall traffic deaths have fallen by 22 percent since the law was enacted, fatal accidents involving hand-held cellphones have […]

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Cartwright - April 11, 2012 - Blog, Motor Vehicle Accidents

Top 5 tips for rainy weather driving safety

Once again, April showers have made their way to San Francisco. While the wet weather does wonders in bringing those May flowers to life, it can present safety risks for Bay Area drivers. Rainstorms, especially big ones, have the propensity to create slippery roads, low-visibility conditions and other hazards that could lead to San Francisco […]

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Cartwright - March 28, 2012 - Blog, Motor Vehicle Accidents

NHTSA proposes new rules to curb distracted driving

Last year, more than 3,000 Americans were killed in distracted driving accidents. Much of the discussion around distracted driving car accidents has focused on the role of cellphones and other handheld devices. In response, many states have passed laws either banning or restricting the use of handheld mobile devices. California, for its part, prohibits texting […]

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