California has a host of laws that apply to drivers when it comes to traffic safety. These laws govern behaviors ranging from driving at the proper speed to avoiding drugs or alcohol to the use of seatbelts and child restraints. So what is the effect, if any, when you get into an accident with another driver and that driver was in violation of a traffic safety law when the accident happened?
An Orange County, California resident injured in a car collision with a drunk driver might have a right to seek compensation from someone other than just the negligent driver. Although there are exceptions that will be discussed later in this post, someone who provides alcoholic beverages to a person who is intoxicated might be liable to an individual suffering a serious injury due to the actions of the intoxicated driver.
A television commercial that aired during a recent Super Bowl featured a young boy who told the viewers of all the activities of life that he would not participate in because, as the end of the ad revealed, he had been killed in a car crash. While the commercial drew some criticism about whether it was appropriate for all viewers, it nonetheless contained an important message: getting into an auto accident can have life-altering consequences even if you survive the incident.
A recent incident in Torrance dampened the holiday spirit and brought to light just how much damage auto accidents can cause. A California woman drove her car into a crowd leaving a Christmas program at a local church, killing four people, among them a six-year-old boy.
It is not uncommon for a car accident or truck accident to have been caused by multiple contributing factors. Aside from the possibly negligent behavior of the other driver, it may be arguable that the road conditions themselves may have helped lead to the collision. This raises the question of whether the state of California or any of its counties, municipalities or government agencies might also be liable.
Auto accidents can happen when least expected; all it takes is for one driver to lose control for a multi-car collision to occur. This was the case when a recent multi-car collision left one dead and two seriously wounded. The auto accident happened a few nights ago involving three cars and a motorcycle on Interstate 405.
In Orange County, as well as all of California, uninsured motorists are a very big problem. It is currently estimated that over 4 million California residents are driving around every day without insurance.
A distracted driver adjusting a car radio while driving is as much of a danger to motorists on Orange County highways as is the drunk driver attempting to get home after a night out drinking. The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving is responsible for about 20 percent of car collisions in the United States, and one out of every three drivers admits to using their cellphone while operating their vehicle.
When a drunk driving accident occurs, the individuals affected may find damage to their vehicles and suffer injuries that impair them and require medical care with its resulting expenses. Car accidents may also lead to physical and emotional pain and suffering. As a result, it is often necessary to retain legal counsel as soon as possible to ensure that you can receive the compensation to which you may be entitled.
Hollywood stunt drivers can thrill us all with their death-defying speed and violent crashes on the TV and movie screens. Any fan can be in awe of the precision that must be used in performing these stunts to prevent injury to the stuntmen and to others on the set. So it defies logic that two of Hollywood's most experienced veteran stunt drivers could lose their lives in, of all things, a traffic accident.