Those who are driving on California roadways should make sure that they keep their focus on the road at all times. In 2018, there were an estimated 40,000 traffic fatalities in America caused by accidents involving distracted or drunk drivers. Mechanical problems with a vehicle and aggressive driving can also play a role in an accident. Therefore, it is important that drivers have their cars inspected on a regular basis either on their own or with the help of a professional.
It is also important that drivers refrain from using their cellphones when they are in the car. This will allow them to keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the steering wheel. Taking a hand off the wheel may make it harder to make a sharp turn or avoid an object in a vehicle’s path.
Ideally, a driver will avoid getting into a fight with another driver, a passenger or a pedestrian. Increasing a person’s stress level may make it harder to stay focused on getting to a destination safely. Individuals should also never drive after consuming alcohol as it can increase the risk of an accident. It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher. The blood alcohol limit is .02 or lower for drivers under the age of 21.
Individuals who are involved in a car crash may experience head, neck or back injuries. These injuries could result in memory loss, changes in mood or other symptoms that erode a victim’s quality of life. An attorney may be able to help the victim of a crash caused by a negligent driver obtain a financial settlement. A settlement may help to pay medical bills or make up for lost wages.