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Strict CA Traffic Laws Can’t Curb Costly Auto Accidents

By Kelly Balamuth on September 9, 2010

The costs associated with the many car accidents across the U.S. amount to hundreds of billions of dollars each year. Often these crashes are caused by the of another motorist or a third party somehow associated with the crash (such as the manufacturer of a defective car part). Despite California’s stringent traffic safety laws, California motorists are no more immune to auto accident injuries than any other motorists are in the country.

According to a mercurynews.com article, the United States has a crash death rate of 15 to 16 fatalities per 100,000 people. Many European countries have stricter traffic laws as well as harsher penalties for violations of those laws. Compared to those countries, the United States has about twice as many fatalities (i.e. Europe boasts an average of about 7 to 9 fatalities per 100,000 people).

When motorists choose to disobey traffic laws, they place everyone on the road in serious danger. In California, cell phone laws are put into place to curb distracted driving practices. Seat belt laws are mandated in order to give motorists as much protection as possible in the event of a crash. Even sobriety checkpoints are intended to remove impaired drivers from our roads to prevent accidents from taking place.

In Alameda County, motorists who have been convicted of driving while under the influence may be required to install an ignition interlock system in their vehicle. However, there are still a large number of drivers on Northern California roads who choose to drive in a reckless manner, either while under the influence or simply while being inattentive. Fortunately, motorists who have been injured in a Northern California car accident do have the right to hold negligent parties responsible for the crash.

For more information about car accident victim’s rights, please contact the Northern California personal injury law firm of Balamuth Harrington, LLP. Our experienced car accident attorneys will fight for your rights in a court of law to ensure you are awarded the compensation you deserve. For a free consultation, please call 888-254-1234 today.

Attorney Kelly Balamuth was profiled in the
September 2013 Issue of Plaintiff Magazine.

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