Cartwright - April 19, 2013 - Blog, Pedestrian Accidents

New study finds pedestrians perform distracting activities too

We have focused quite a bit on pedestrian accidents recently; just last week we talked about the rising pedestrian accident rate here in San Francisco, and what actions may be taken by city officials to correct the issue. A recent study, though, points to some disturbing behavior by pedestrians that could require city officials to […]

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Cartwright - April 8, 2013 - Blog, Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian deaths in San Francisco take scary jump

According to some admittedly confusing pedestrian fatality statistics, the city of San Francisco is on pace to have one of its worst pedestrian safety years in roughly a decade. The city has suffered six pedestrian fatalities in 2013 according to the source article (but, the source also notes other stats that show five pedestrian fatalities […]

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Cartwright - February 21, 2013 - Blog, Pedestrian Accidents

Volvo creates exterior airbag to help protect pedestrians

About a decade ago, the European Union made some radical changes to their pedestrian safety laws. Car manufacturers in the region took notice; and as a result some major breakthroughs were made. Some vehicles in Europe are now equipped with pedestrian sensing systems to reduce the chances of an accident occurring. When you consider data […]

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Cartwright - February 1, 2013 - Blog, Pedestrian Accidents

San Francisco moves forward with Great Highway improvements

In the past, we have talked about the convoluted nature of some intersections in San Francisco, and how these complicated areas can be a factor in (or directly cause) a pedestrian or bike accident. The city is pushing forward with a few major safety plans that call for improved infrastructure, which should help. In addition, […]

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Cartwright - November 2, 2012 - Blog

Without ‘sport’ title, cheerleading lacks vital safety provisions

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that all schools consider cheerleading a “sport” to better protect the athletes participating in it. Currently, many schools leave that label off of cheerleading, which causes a safety dilemma. Sports with the eponymous tag have a limit on how many practice hours the athletes can perform; they are subject […]

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Cartwright - October 3, 2012 - Bicycle Accidents, Blog

Safety considerations rise as San Francisco sees more cyclists

Over the last few years, more and more San Francisco residents have been turning to bicycles as alternative transportation options. Although this trend has been obvious to anyone traveling the city’s streets, a recently released report from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency shows just how popular biking has become. The 2012 San Francisco State […]

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Cartwright - September 24, 2012 - Blog, Car Accidents

Cruising in a Classic Car Presents Safety Risks

California is one of the many states in which police can stop vehicles if they suspect motorists of failing to use their seatbelts. But for classic and vintage car owners, the threat of being slapped with an expensive ticket for seat belt noncompliance is a non-issue. This is because cars built before 1964 are exempt […]

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Cartwright - July 31, 2012 - Blog, Motor Vehicle Accidents

Aging drivers pose safety hazard on California roads

With over 24 million licensed drivers in the state, the California Department of Motor Vehicles has been working hard to identify ways to reduce car accident rates. In part, they are doing this by taking steps to address the risks that come with a large population of aging drivers. Napa County’s older population actually ranks […]

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Cartwright - July 23, 2012 - Blog, Motorcycle Accidents

Safety Tips for New California Motorcycle Riders

New motorcycle riders’ inexperience often leads them make mistakes that could cause a serious accident. As such, it is very important for new riders to put a special focus on safety. Almost all motorcycle riders know that it is dangerous to speed, ride without a helmet or operate a motorcycle under the influence of alcohol […]

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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 18, 2012 - Blog, Motorcycle Accidents

All California Motorcyclists Should Seek Training

Riding a motorcycle in California, especially in congested areas, can be a dangerous proposition. Even experienced riders are at the mercy of drivers who do not see a person on a motorcycle. Part of learning how to ride is learning how to watch for other drivers and how to try to avoid accidents. California offers […]

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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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