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Studies disagree on the effects ride-sharing has on drunk driving

Communities across California now find ride-sharing apps such as Uber and Lyft as common-place conveniences, and the companies like to tout their effectiveness in combatting drunk driving. However, whether or not these services are making a dent in drunk driving accidents and deaths depends upon which study is considered.

Call for attention to deadly intersection

Residents in Bakersfield and other parts of Kern County may well appreciate the fact that they do not have to live in the craziness of Los Angeles or other highly congested areas of southern California. However, while they do not have to contend with jammed freeways, they do have to deal with rural roads that pose their own variety of danger to motorists.

What are the auto insurance requirements in California?

If you live in California, you are required to be a financially responsible driver. The requirements of “financial responsibility,” or insurance, are enumerated in the California Vehicle Code and issued as regulations by the State of California. According to the DMV, a motorist may be required to provide proof of financial responsibility, as a result of an accident, if requested by a police officer or at the time a person renews registration on a vehicle. There are different types of financial responsibility that may satisfy the statutory requirement.

Causes for concern after a car accident

Drivers across California may be aware of the many serious issues that can arise after a car accident, but many people do not know that injuries from car crashes can take days or weeks to show their full effects. Those who have been in a car crash should pay special attention to how they feel in the time following an accident to ensure medical help is not needed.

Intoxicated driver kills bicyclist

Riding a bicycle is a common form of exercise as well as transportation for many people in California. With the summer heat, it is not unusual for people to choose to ride their bikes either early in the morning or in the evening to avoid being out in the hottest part of the day. Sadly for one man, a recent bike ride on a weekday evening ended up being his last ever after a tragic accident.

Drugs more common than booze in crashes

Driving under the influence of drugs has increased across the nation, and drivers in California are no exception. As The Atlantic reports, drivers who die behind the wheel are more likely to have drugs in their system than ever before. In fact, 43 percent of drivers in a fatal crash have either prescription or illegal drugs in their systems, and 37 percent test positive for alcohol, according to recent data. This is a reverse from 2005, where the drivers who died with alcohol in their systems was 41 percent and drugs were at 28 percent.

States with legal pot see more accident claims

Now that California has joined the ranks of the states where the recreational use of marijuana has been legalized, residents in the state may want to pay extra attention to what that may mean for their safety and the safety of their loved ones when on the road. Just as drunk drivers are known to pose serious risks to innocent people, so too can drivers who are impaired by marijuana.

Phones and friends prove deadly

As California teens flood the roads over summer vacation, all drivers need to use caution. New reports from USA Today show that Memorial Day begins the "100 deadliest days of summer" for those drivers who are between 16 and 19.  If it keeps pace with the past five years, experts expect about 1,000 people to die in crashes involving a teen driver over this time period, which sees a 16 percent increase in fatalities at the hands of teen drivers compared to the rest of the year.

Liability after a car accident

Like most in Kern County, you likely take a second to pause and contemplate your decision before handing the keys to your vehicle off to another. The stories of several of those that we here at McKnight, McKnight, McKnight, and McKnight Attorneys at Law have worked with may justify your hesitancy, as these people have often had to account for much more than just scratched paint and dented bumpers after loaning their cars out to others.

How many lives do seat belts save?

From obeying the speed limit to avoiding any distractions that can take one’s attention off of the road, there are many ways that drivers can reduce the likelihood of being involved in an accident in Kern County, and in other California locales. Furthermore, there are certain steps that you can take to increase your safety whether you are driving or riding in a vehicle as a passenger, such as wearing your seat belt. Also, it may be helpful to realize just how many deaths seat belts have prevented.