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New California Driving Laws to Know About in 2019

State lawmakers recently passed multiple new laws that went into effect at the start of the year. Failing to follow these laws could put you and others at risk. At a minimum, you could receive a citation or even jail time. To avoid these outcomes, we encourage you to continue reading our blog to learn […]

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5 Tips To Prevent Tire Related Accidents

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates show that car accidents are a major cause of injuries and deaths in the United States. According to CDC estimates more than 2 million people suffer injuries in car accidents each year, and 200,000 require hospitalization. An additional 35,000 plus lose their lives during or after the […]

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Safety Tips for the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer

Summer is finally here, and you know what that means. The weather is nice and warm, school is out, and tourist season has begun. People all over the country are going out on road trips and taking family vacations, but there is a darker side to this time of the year. With more people on […]

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Safety Issues You Need to Know About When Ridersharing with Uber or Lyft

The ridesharing industry continues to grow as word of Lyft going public spreads through news outlets. Rumors also indicate that Uber could soon launch its own IPO, which could make ridesharing an even stronger component to our national economy. This amplifies concerns when it comes to passenger safety and traffic accidents involving Uber and Lyft. […]

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How Can This New App Help Fight Distracted Driving?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that over 330,000 auto accidents are caused by texting while driving every year. In 2015, 391,000 injuries were caused by distracted driving. And as technology improves and becomes increasingly entertaining, these statistics are poised to keep rising. How do we fight distracted driving and reduce traffic collisions? Many […]

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How Can San Luis Obispo Residents Drive Carefully During Harvest Season?

A 59-year-old man was killed late August when a farm tractor-trailer struck his Chevrolet Silverado east of Interstate 5. The truck had hit the farm implement from behind which caused the driver to lose control and drive into the northbound lanes, hitting a semi-trailer head on. After the fatal accident, the Modesto Area CHP issued […]

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Who Is Liable in a Car Accident with an Autonomous Vehicle?

The new technology associated with autonomous, or self-driving, vehicles has raised some legal questions among curious drivers. Is the driver or the vehicle responsible for a self-driving accident? Companies such as Uber and Toyota have withdrawn their autonomous vehicle fleets after pedestrian accidents involving vehicles in autonomous driving mode resulted in fatalities. Car manufacturers and […]

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Should Commercial Vehicles Be Equipped with Automated Driving Systems?

You have probably heard about automated driving systems that are being installed in self-driving, or autonomous, vehicles. Automated driving systems, or ADS, were designed to improve safety in all types of vehicles and to prevent serious accidents to occur. The U.S. Department of Transportation has played a huge role in improving ADS technology, and one […]

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What Are the Common Causes of Car Accidents During the Summer?

Summer is an exciting time for teenagers and adults to celebrate the summer holidays and take roads trips. Unfortunately, with this increase in traffic comes an increased risk of car accidents, especially for inexperienced teenage drivers. There are several factors that contribute to this period of dangerous driving for teens, also known as the 100 […]

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Rollover Crash Shuts Down Several Streets in Santa Maria

Santa Maria Police have shut down several streets near Battles and Shepherd Street because of a rollover crash overnight Wednesday. First responders said around 12:05 a.m. Wednesday, two vehicles collided at Battles and Shepherd Street. Three ambulances and multiple units responded. Officials said there were several injuries reported, including three minor and three moderately injured […]

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