Cartwright - June 14, 2014 - Blog, Motorcycle Accidents

A drunk driver may not be entirely to blame in a fatal crash

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 […]

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Cartwright - December 31, 2013 - Blog, Car Accidents

Have a Sober Ride Home Tonight? Urge Others to Get One or Be One

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 […]

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Cartwright - December 24, 2013 - Blog, Car Accidents

Reminder: Christmas to New Year’s Among Riskiest Driving Periods

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 […]

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Cartwright - June 5, 2013 - Blog, Teen Drivers

Improving the roads through teen car insurance and driver safety

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 […]

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Cartwright - April 19, 2013 - Blog, Teen Drivers

Are parents responsible when their kids behave badly?

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 […]

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

GHSA takes strong stance on distracted, intoxicated driving

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 […]

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Cartwright - August 15, 2012 - Blog, Motor Vehicle Accidents

CHP partners with feds for anti-drunk driving campaign

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 […]

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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 - May 15, 2012 - Blog, Motorcycle Accidents

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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