7 Important Things Everyone Should Have In Their Car

At the law offices of Barry P. Goldberg, ‘Always Be Prepared’ is the mantra for 2017! It never hurts to be a prepared — or even a tad bit over-prepared. Car emergencies and auto accidents are a fairly frequent occurrence in the San Fernando Valley. If you are a car owner and a regular driver, here are a few tips on what to have in your car for emergency situations.

Extra Emergency Cash

With so many of us relying on credit cards and debit cards, we often don’t think about carrying around cash. A little extra cash might come in handy from time to time. It’s easy to lose a wallet or a credit card. Stash some emergency cash to be used only in a true emergency situation and it might get you out of a few tight spots.

The New DUI Is…

Effective January 1, 2017, all residents of the state of California are prohibited from using their cell phones while driving. This does mean no texting, calling, Snapping, or Wazing – indeed, drivers are no longer allowed to hold a phone in their hand.

While texting and driving has been illegal for quite some time, this law heightens the restrictions of mobile phone use while driving with the goal of reducing the frequency of accidents caused by distracted driving. We all know that texting and driving is a main cause behind distracted driving accidents. However, using your phone for any other purposes while driving is just as likely to distract and lead to the possibility of life-threatening motor accidents.

Involved In A Minor Car Accident? Here’s What To Do Next

As a driver, a huge responsibility falls on your shoulders when you take to the San Fernando Valley roads and freeways. Even one distraction or miscalculation when driving can cause an accident. While responsible driving is taught in driver education courses, and many motorists drive defensively and use caution when on the road, accidents still happen.

Have you recently been involved in a car accident? No doubt an auto collision is an emotionally exhausting and stressful situation for all parties involved. If not properly handled, such as with the assistance of an experienced accident attorney, this situation can blow out of control.

Drivers involved in an accident are responsible for knowing what to do following an accident. Read on to learn more.

Drunk Driving Accidents and the Holidays

Not surprisingly, the odds of getting into an auto accident increase when there are more cars on the road (such as during rush hour) or when driving conditions are less than optimal (say, during rain storms). But when the number of alcohol impaired drivers increases, the odds of a drunk driving related accident skyrocket.

Alcohol consumption and holiday driving

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), at certain times of the year, such as summers and holidays, the numbers of deaths caused by drunk drivers increases dramatically. During the Christmas season, for example, an average of 45 fatalities involving an alcohol-impaired driver occurred each day, and soared to 54 per day over New Year’s.

Smart Steps to Take After a Car Accident

Responsible, safe driving is taught in driver education courses across the state, however accidents still happen. While most motorists drive within the legal speed limit and otherwise the rules of the road, it only takes one “bad apple” so to speak to cause an auto accident.

Have you ever been involved in a bad car accident? Driven by a multi-car crash on the 101? Or seen a bus accident on the news? There is no doubt an auto collision is an emotionally exhausting and stressful situation for all parties involved. What’s worse is that if the parties do not take the appropriate steps after the accident, the situation can easily get out of control. Fortunately, there are experienced auto accident attorneys who can assist you and your loved ones during this challenging time.

The Injured Should Be Assisted First

Do Senior Drivers Cause More Accidents?

Recently, a Chinese tourist was struck and killed in a pedestrian accident near the beach. The driver was an 85-year-old man who veered off the road and hit the man who was walking on the sidewalk. The car landed on its roof in a parking lot after hitting a short cinder block wall. Sadly, the pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. The senior driver was hospitalized with injuries that were not life threatening.

Senior Drivers and Auto Accidents

While generally speaking, seniors are safe drivers compared to other age groups (particularly teen drivers), certain age-related conditions and limitations can also mean their reaction times are slower. We all remember the tragic case of the elderly man who drove down Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, running over and killing ten innocent bystanders. However, most older drivers do recognize and avoid situations where their limitations put them at risk. They drive less after dark, during rush hour or in bad weather, and avoid difficult roads such as highways and intersections.

Tips for Avoiding Car Accidents

Small things can have a big impact; especially when it comes to following traffic laws. A slight mistake can put your life in danger — and the statistics support this frightening fact.

Each year, around 37,000 individuals die in auto-related accidents in the US and over 2.35 million suffer injuries and/or are disabled. While milder injuries and road rashes can be treated, major injuries—including brain trauma—can cause permanent disability.

As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. Here’s what you can do to reduce the chances of auto accidents.

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