Anyone who is injured or who loses a loved one in a drunk driving accident should know about California’s dram shop laws. Dram shop laws and “social host” laws allow a court to find a third party liable in an alcohol-related accident. Dram shop laws apply to restaurants, bars and other commercial establishments, while social […]read more
Happy New Year! On this last night of 2013, we all need to keep in mind how dangerous New Year’s Eve can be on California’s roads. As we discussed in our last post, the New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day period is considered the fourth most dangerous night holiday for drivers, and drunk drivers were involved […]read more
Just in time for the holidays, the international safety nonprofit the National Safety Council has issued a reminder that Christmas, New Year’s Eve and the period surrounding them make up one of the most dangerous times of year for drivers. Statistics have routinely shown a jump in serious and fatal traffic accidents around a number […]read more
Statistics from the Center for Disease Control amply demonstrate that teen drivers pose a higher risk behind the wheel than older drivers with more experience, but most teens and parents aren’t aware of what those risks mean. High auto insurance premiums may be the least of a parent’s worries if their son or daughter is […]read more
We all know that a dog owner is strictly liable when their dog bites someone. There is no “free” dog bite. The owner has to pay for the damages. But what about when their kids behave badly? The recent case involving Audrie Pott, who committed suicide after school mates posted photos of her being sexually […]read more
The Governors Highway Safety Association is a nonprofit organization that represents the highway safety offices in U.S. states and territories. One of its key purposes is to conduct studies and make recommendations on ways to improve safety for motorists throughout the United States. During its recent annual meeting, the GHSA decided to focus on two […]read more
Driving while intoxicated is one of the most common causes of serious and fatal car accidents in California. Sadly, it is also one of the most preventable. Hundreds of lives could be saved in California every year if drivers would take responsibility and refuse to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. This summer, California […]read more
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 […]read more
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 […]read more
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