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For some, traffic and car accidents are synonymous with Los Angeles, but in the first few months of the California Stay at Home Order, authorities noticed a sudden drop in major accidents. This was likely due to the lack of vehicles on the road, as accidents are largely limited to single-vehicle collisions outside of rush hour in major cities. Sadly, this reprieve appears to be at an end as more and more people are going back to work and crowding LA roads.
Driving through an intersection can be one of the most dangerous acts you do while operating a vehicle. Intersections are hotbeds for car accidents as drivers often ignore the right of way, get confused about who is supposed to go next, and even speed through without stopping. While intersections are often necessary, especially in a traffic-heavy city like Los Angeles, they are still incredibly dangerous. That is why we have compiled a list of the top five most dangerous intersections in Los Angeles.
Distracted driving is far too common among teen drivers as smartphones have become a natural part of life for them. Sadly, this reckless behavior poses a serious risk to others who share the streets, roads, and highways around Los Angeles County. Even with widely disseminated information on the dangers of distracted driving in news stories, at school, and in driver training programs, it is still common for many teenagers to talk, text, or post on social media while behind the wheel. When you combine this dangerous driving behavior with inexperience and limited driving skills, it can be a recipe for disaster.
Anyone who has driven on an LA freeway has witness some form or road rage, from tailgating to swerving at other drivers. This behavior is not only dangerous, but it is also criminal. Many times, it can lead to a catastrophic accident and costly injuries. Unlike accidents that are the result of negligence or careless, road rage is a different matter and requires a skilled hand to pursue compensation.
No one likes dealing with insurance companies or reading through the complex legal language that make up insurance policies. They are often extremely complicated, use vague or ultra-specific wording, and are hardly accessible to the everyday reader. This is done on purpose to keep accidents victims from pursuing a claim and it can be very successful.
Ultimately, no one wants to have to contact an insurance company. We like to treat is as an invisible safety net for injuries that will never happen. But when we do collide with that net, we often find that insurance companies are readily prepared to simplify our wounds or dismiss our claims.
After suffering through your concussion, you finally feel like you’re back on your feet and on your way to a full recovery. But then out of nowhere, your headaches come back and they’re even worse than before. You start to have issues concentrating, and your vision is going blurry. Despite the fact that the accident that caused your concussion was weeks ago, you are getting worse, not better. Eventually, a medical review by your doctor may demonstrate that you’re suffering from post-concussive syndrome, otherwise known as PCS.
Biking and jogging are extremely popular in LA County, and Glendale is no different. But anyone who’s just going for a casual stroll through our neighborhood can attest to at one point nearly being struck by a distracted or careless driver. While we cannot control the actions of drivers, we suggest a handful of safety practices to keep everyone safe when out for a jog or bike ride, especially in the early morning or late evening. The Glendale Police Department has also outlined a number of tips for pedestrians and their children through the “Look to Live” campaign.
With over 170,000 miles of public roads in California, it’s no question that road construction and renovation crews are busy all year round – especially on the I-10 and I-5. And while the constant renovations provide us with continually improved roads, there is the perpetual downside of dealing with “work zones” that give us limited pathways through wider roadways. It is essential to know the laws regarding these work zones, both for you and the construction company – as an accident in these zones can be catastrophic.
If you’re like most Angelenos, you understand the horror of rush hour traffic in one of the worst traffic areas in the US. Between the 101, 105, 110, 210, 57, 5 and other freeways – there’s no avoiding the stop-and-go traffic at certain times of the day unless you’re one of the lucky few who work from home or on a schedule that avoids rush hour. Unfortunately, rush hour doesn’t just mean wasting your valuable time in traffic – it also means a significantly increased risk of being involved in a vehicle accident. One out of every four accidents in Los Angeles occurs during rush hour, possibly due to the increased stress, fatigue, frustration, and distraction that occurs when people are stuck on one of our many heavily traveled freeways.
In California, Prop 213 is a law designed to prevent uninsured motorists, drunk drivers, and felons from receiving significant insurance payouts when involved in an accident. While the purpose of the law sounds positive, unfortunately, it is often used by insurance companies to shortchange compensation for innocent people who have a momentary lapse on their auto insurance.
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