Whether you have kids or are just a kid at heart, nearly everyone loves Halloween. This Friday night, children from around the Bay Area will be going door to door, showing off their costumes and collecting candy. Many teenagers and adults will be celebrating with costume parties and a night out.
Motor vehicle accidents are so common that they are viewed as unavoidable and inevitable. But is this really true? Are car accidents just the “cost of doing business” in a country that relies heavily on motor vehicles for both shipping and travel?
We have previously written about the dangers motorcyclists face on California roads and highways. In some cases, motorcyclists are their own biggest hazard due to behaviors like speeding, riding without a helmet and riding while intoxicated. That being said, motorcyclists are often at greater risk than drivers even when they ride defensively and obey all traffic laws.
In our last post, we mentioned that California is one of only about a dozen states to ban the use of handheld cellphones and other electronic devices behind the wheel. The reasoning is that these devices take a driver’s hands off the wheel in addition to taking his eyes and mind off of the road.
California has proven itself to be a leader in the fight against distracted driving and other behaviors that lead to preventable car accidents. Most states have a ban on texting while driving, but California is one of about a dozen states to also ban the use of handheld cellphones.