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Car accidents in bad weather deadlier than natural disasters

Major storms get the most hype in national news. Hurricanes and tropical storms are named; tornadoes are chased; and floods are documented for their high-water marks. Each natural disaster is no doubt extremely serious in its own right, but did you know that motor vehicle accidents in bad weather are responsible for more deaths each year than all of these storms combined?

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, which used 10-year averages for this study, there are more than 5.7 million vehicle crashes per year. About 22 percent of those are related to dangerous weather conditions, and on average, about 5,900 people are killed per year in those weather-related crashes.

Attorneys Can Be Helpful with Anything More Than a Slight Fender Bender

Driving in California is like few other driving experiences in the world. Whether zooming up Interstate 5 or cruising on Land Park Drive, we see things that would probably cause a New York cabbie pause. But unfortunately we don't always have the luxury of being an observer -- sometimes we are the ones on the side of the road waiting for first responders.

After pulling off to the side of the road (if possible) and turning off the vehicle, the first order of business should be to check to make sure everyone is okay. Call 911 if you or someone else needs medical care. Even slight dizziness or some cuts and bruises merit a trip to the doctor if only to document the injuries.

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