No matter how experienced a California driver of a car or rider of a motorcycle may be, no one can predict the actions of another person on the road. This may include everything from speeding, abrupt lane changes and even driving in the wrong direction on the freeway or highway. Even though a motorcycle is more maneuverable in most situations, it cannot always outrun an unavoidable motorcycle accident.
There are certain parts of our automobiles that we just assume are failsafe given the vital role they play. For instance, we assume that our seat belts will always remain fastened, our anti-lock brakes will always activate, and our air bags will always deploy in a safe manner.
Speeding may be one of the quickest ways for a driver to lose control. Many southern California residents may agree with this fact. Any moment that a vehicle is out-of-control could cause a car accident resulting in a death or serious injury.
As we've discussed in earlier posts, the federal government has subjected General Motors to both intense scrutiny and withering criticism over its long-overdue recall of 2.6 million vehicles for defective ignition switches that have now been definitively linked to 54 car accidents and a minimum of 15 fatalities.
It did not take long for the traffic to become congested around the scene of an accident that took place on a California freeway recently. Police turned around drivers, and others attempted to find their own routes through the surrounding neighborhoods as authorities investigated and cleaned up a truck accident that left numerous people injured and one person dead. The section of freeway was closed for several hours.
Last month, the acting chair of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that the agency would be launching a new program specifically designed to protect seniors from dangerous and otherwise defective products.
Two weeks ago, our blog discussed a tragic event in the state of New York in which two young children suffered serious personal injuries when the inflatable bounce house in which they were playing was pulled from the ground and sent 15-20 feet into the air by a strong gust of wind.
Virtually every California driver is aware that street racing can lead to an accident. At high speeds, it can be more difficult to control a vehicle in an emergency even when the driver is concentrating on the road and paying attention to everything around him or her. If drivers are racing, their attention is more on the outcome of the race than potential obstacles and controlling the vehicle. This combination of speed and inattention can easily lead to a car accident.