If you live in the Los Angeles area, then you are no stranger to traffic and bad drivers. We know that you take steps to be safe when you hit the road in your vehicle, but if you are a Glendale resident, then you may need to be a bit more careful than others.
A recently released insurance report ranked drivers in the top 200 biggest US cities. Glendale was towards the bottom of the list, ranked 196th. Cities around Southern California did not rank much better, but we wonder what this means for drivers in this area.
It means that everyone needs to be aware that the possibility of getting into a vehicle accident is higher here and to be vigilant. It also means you need to know what to do in case an accident does happen.
California roadways are dangerous. Over 3,500 people were killed in traffic accidents in the latest reporting year in the state. There were almost 12,000 serious injuries.
We understand that sometimes accidents happen and nobody is at fault, but often, other people’s negligent behavior causes major harm.
Despite there being more than 150,000 annual DUI arrests in the state, drunk drivers continue to plague California roads. 27 percent of California traffic fatalities happen as a result of alcohol-impaired drivers.
Anytime someone makes the choice to drive impaired, they are choosing to put people’s lives in jeopardy.
Distracted driving can be just as dangerous. There is no amount of time that it is okay to look down at the screen of a phone and continue to be a safe driver. A text message is not worth getting into an accident. Watching a video when you should be watching the road will lead to major injuries or deaths.
Another major problem is speeding and aggressive driving. Nearly 30 percent of California drivers say that is their biggest safety concern when they hit the road.
Getting injured in a car accident can have devastating consequences for you financially, especially if insurance does not cover all of your accident-related expenses. Minor injuries like concussions, bruises, and lacerations can still lead to thousands of dollars in medical bills.
Major injuries such as spinal cord damage, internal organ damage, and head trauma can mean medical bills in the hundreds of thousands of dollars within the first year of care alone.
If you have a disability as a result, you may require long-term care.
What You Can Do
Getting into a vehicle accident can be chaotic, but we know that you will have many questions.
How is it fair that someone else’s negligence can cause you to be in financial jeopardy? Medical expenses are not cheap and if insurance does not cover them, you can take a hit on your credit.
With many people living paycheck to paycheck, a vehicle accident can be devastating.