Articles Tagged with Northern California car accidents

Toasting_Champagne-214x300The holidays are among the busiest times of the year on the roads. Many people take to the highways as they travel to visit their friends and families. With so much traffic on the roads, it is not surprising that Christmas and New Years are two of the most deadly days on our nation’s highways.

Driving Hazards on Christmas

If you plan to drive on Christmas, be aware of the potential hazards. The roads can be busy with people traveling both across town and across country. There are plenty of families on the highways, and people may be under stress and in a rush to get where they need to go. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute, IIHS HLDI, accident insurance claims increase by about 20% in the month of December. An increase in accidents may be linked, in part, to more aggressive driving and cases of road rage.

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California is one of the largest states in the US, with a large population, as well. With some rugged terrain, our highways are the only way to get from here to there in some areas. One of the most traveled roads is State Route 99, also commonly called Highway 99. Running mainly north and south along the entire stretch of the state, almost everyone has traveled on it at one time or another. Recently, data was compiled and a report was released of America’s most dangerous roads. US 99 topped the list, being named the most dangerous road in the United States.

Factors That Make Roads Dangerous

There are a number of factors that are considered when rating dangerous roadways. Some of these factors include:

treecrashA new study gives parents, and the public, another reason to be wary of distracted teen drivers. In a study of about fifteen-hundred teen drivers, almost half admitted to using their cellphones while driving. Startlingly, the subset of teens who considered themselves safe drivers, fared no better.

It’s the Parent’s Fault?

A whopping 88% of the “safe” teen drivers admitted to using their cell phones on the road. When asked to explain why they would take such risks, the teens expressed confidence in their ability to send a quick text message or glance at the latest social media post without causing much harm. But if you or someone you love has been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, then you know just how much harm a momentary glance can cause.