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San Jose car accident lawyerWhile a number of situations can lead to injuries, motorcycle and car accidents are by far some of the most common causes for personal injury claims. A simple mechanical error, careless driving due to distraction, or operating a vehicle under the influence can mean tragic consequences for everyone involved in the collision.

Fortunately, reducing the number of auto-related injuries is possible when simple, proactive measures are taken behind the wheel. Avoid all of the following driving habits to prevent costly traffic violations, dangerous accidents, and needless injury:

  • Speeding - Driving too fast is an easy way to earn a ticket, but it is also one of the leading causes of car crashes. It often only takes one vehicle to cause an accident, so every driver on the road makes a difference. Under California law, speeding is considered a moving violation, which can mean fines of $435 or more and a requirement to appear in court;
  • Running red lights - It is easy to coast through a yellow light, but it is even easier to cut it dangerously close and accidentally run through a red light. Just like speeding, running a red light is considered a moving violation and will not only earn you a ticket, it also puts you at risk for causing a serious pedestrian or auto accident;
  • Driving with a known mechanical problem - A minor mechanical problem like a broken tail light can seem like a petty issue, but even simple mechanical problems can cause your vehicle to operate less efficiently on the road. In addition to being less safe, should police pull you over due to such a problem, you could be issued a citation; and
  • Inattention - This is possibly one of the most talked about dangers on the roadways today in addition to driving under the influence. Texting, playing with the radio or other devices, putting on makeup, eating, or tending to children while driving are all activities that endanger everyone on the road.

You can combat also combat potential roadway dangers by staying abreast of all changing weather and road conditions and planning ahead before you drive so you are focused on the road alone.

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fatal car accident, negligence per se, San Jose car accident lawyerLast week, a Los Gatos woman was killed in a car accident on Interstate 280 when her vehicle hit a bridge rail and flipped. According to reports, the 47-year-old driver—the car’s sole occupant—was pronounced dead at the scene and no other injuries were reported.

The California Highway Patrol received several reports from witnesses who said they saw the woman’s black Hyundai travelling north on I-280 and driving very fast. They also reported that she was passing other vehicles by going into the center median. As she approached the overpass at Elena Road in Los Altos Hills, her car hit the concrete and steel bridge rail, flipped over, and landed on its roof in the highway divide, killing the driver and igniting a grass fire.

Negligence Per Se in California Car Accidents

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San Jose car accident lawyer, school bus safetyNear the end of last year, the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Mark Rosekind met with the National Association for Pupil Transportation in order to discuss the use of seat belts on school buses. While the NHTSA’s position on this issue has been unclear in the past, the regulatory agency has now affirmatively stated that all school buses should be equipped with three-point seat belts. The NHTSA also requested that school districts, state and local governments, and school bus manufacturers all aid in implementing this new policy, with the goal of preventing serious injury to children in the event of an accident.

Three-Step Approach

The NHTSA reported that it will take a three-step approach to achieving its goal of making seat belts on school buses available to children. First, the agency announced a commitment to conduct additional research not only on school bus seat belts but on school bus safety in general. Second, the NHTSA has agreed to work with safety groups in order to address any financial barriers to installing seat belts on all school buses. Finally, Rosekind stated that the NHTSA plans to work closely with the six states that currently require seat belts on school buses so that regulators can learn from their experiences, insight, and recommendations concerning a potential national mandate.

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