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Symptoms of a whiplash injury may take hours or days to manifest

A motor vehicle accident can occur at virtually any given moment, and dealing with the fallout of a crash can be a harrowing process. If involved in a crash while out on California roads, even if the incident appears relatively minor, it could still leave you facing extensive repair bills and ruin your plans for the day.

Should you walk away from the incident feeling, for the most part, unscathed, it may still be in your best interests to seek medical attention. Some of the most common accident injuries don't always manifest with symptoms immediately, and an injury such as whiplash could leave you with long-term or permanent damage.

Vacation driving can be the most dangerous

In colder parts of the country, it can be hard to convince people that summer vacation is a more dangerous time on the roads than winter’s slipping and sliding. Sacramento area residents know accidents happen no matter the weather, and summer is the high season for motor vehicle accidents.

The before taking your family on that last adventure before school resumes, get up to speed on the safety advice offered by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. After all, nobody knows crashes better than the NHTSA.

Most common driving mistakes teen drivers make on the road

Learning how to drive back in the day is not the same for teens in 2019. Parents need to anticipate the unique differences that teens are challenged with while joining the road with other drivers. Safety is the highest concern for most parents when it comes to allowing their teenagers to get behind the wheel. So, we must address what threatens teen driver safety and take measures to prevent accidents and tragedy.

Young and inexperienced drivers are most susceptible to distraction and the inability to anticipate other’s actions. Without previous experience, a new driver feels reactive to what’s happening around him or her, instead of navigating the road with confidence and ease.

States where marijuana is legal are seeing higher car accidents

As a resident in a state where marijuana has been legalized, are you taking the effects of the drug as seriously as alcohol when it comes to driving? For the last few decades we have all heard the constant messaging regarding the dangers of drinking and driving and the substantial consequences if you are caught driving over the legal limit. But is this same message resonating with those using marijuana? According to a new study, the answer to that question may be no.

When drowsy driving becomes dangerous

Studies have indicated that one-third of California adults don’t sleep enough each night. It’s also typical for teens to suffer drowsiness because they require more sleep and have early school start times.

All this lack of sleep contributes to dangerous driving conditions. If you don’t always get the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep each night, read on to learn about when and how drowsy driving turns dangerous.

Ramming road rage incident in California: What are the penalties?

Many residents in California will be familiar with the video footage of a recent road rage incident in Sacramento that caught a driver ramming his white SUV into a blue vehicle over and over. The scene serves as yet another reminder of the very dangerous threat road rage can pose. Although most cases aren't this serious, it's important to be aware of the risks associated with road rage offenses.

Why do people drink and drive?

Most people don’t set out to drive drunk. Most people just want to go out and have a good time with their friends. Some people just lose track of how much alcohol they’ve actually consumed as the night goes on.

Ignorance is not an excuse, though, especially when an accident occurs.

Driving while high can lead to a DUI

California has given the green light to recreational marijuana in the New Year. But while many Californians are lining up to make their first purchases, lawmakers are concerned about the dangers of cannabis users getting behind the wheel while high. A new law aims to prevent drivers from being tempted to consume marijuana while hitting the road, but there’s more to it.

Here’s what you should know if you plan to bring cannabis in the car.

5 Wintertime Safety Tips for Motorcyclists

Sacramento winters may not be as severe as those in Chicago, but there are still important safety precautions to take when you’re riding during the winter months. Keeping these safety tips in mind can help you enjoy a safe ride even when weather conditions are bad.

Remember Wind Chill

Know these car insurance dos and don'ts

Navigating the complicated waters of car insurance claims-- particularly after a car accident that resulted in a personal injury is rarely easy. Dealing with the pain and suffering that come with an injury is daunting enough, let alone trying to cope while you are also figuring out the complexities of a car insurance claim.

Although the legal details of car insurance can be exceedingly complex, there are a few main points that you should know. Victims of personal injuries resulting from car crashes can defend their legal rights by understanding a few crucial points regarding car insurance. Even if you have not yet been in a car crash, you can prepare yourself by understanding these major dos and don'ts of filing a car insurance claim.

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