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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.

Determining the safety of self-driving cars

California drivers who are interested in tracking the evolving world of autonomous cars know that one of the big reasons people cite in favor of these vehicles is the alleged safety they may offer. In short, the goal is that a car operated more or all by a computer could be safer than one operated by a human being.

Distracted driving bans not sufficient

California was one of the first states in the nation to attempt to crack down on the use of phones while driving. As the month of April is designated as Distracted Driving Awareness Month, people will continue to hear about how using phones when behind the wheel is dangerous. This type of effort is needed because statistics show that even with a clear ban on the handheld use of phones while driving, too many drivers refuse to put away their phones.

Examining the risks posed by eating and drinking while driving

Many in Kern County may already recognize the problem that distracted drivers pose on the area’s highways and roads. One might reasonably argue that such drivers are an even greater risk than those who are intoxicated, as more people may be willing to engage in distracting behavior. Indeed, information shared by Distraction.gov shows that in 2014 alone, 431,000 people were injured by distracted drivers. Most associate distracted driving with cell phone use, yet there are other activities that countless people continue to engage in that may be just as distracting. Among these are eating and drinking.

California introduces stringent new distracted driving law

While cell phones have been a part of our lives for some time, the technology associated with those phones and other mobile devices has been in a constant state of development. The advent of smartphones resulted in a dizzying array of apps that perform useful and entertaining functions. But when used while behind the wheel, these apps can be a deadly distraction.

New law designed to curtail distracted driving in California

It is a frustrating, but all too common sight; a driver tooling down the road using a cell phone to talk or text while seemingly oblivious to the conditions of the road. Such behavior is extremely dangerous. In 2016, it is estimated drivers using cell phones were responsible for around 300,000 traffic accidents on California roads.