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CA injury lawyerAs the end of another school year fast approaches, college students throughout the area have been enjoying the chance to relax and recharge their energies. Spring Break provides an opportunity to get away from classroom lectures, studying, and endless testing in order to blow off steam before the pressure of final exams. While some use this time to travel, others enjoy having the time to explore the local area and catch up with friends. Unfortunately, the emphasis on having fun can lead young adults to make errors in judgment and to take risks they otherwise would not. As a result, Spring Break accidents resulting in serious personal injuries are common. The following highlights potential dangers and ways you can protect yourself.

College Students and Car Accident Risks

According to studies conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), car accidents are one of the biggest risks college students face, both at spring break and over the course of the school year. As young adults, college students tend to have less experience behind the wheel. As a result, they may not be as aware of general safety precautions or how to respond when unexpected situations occur. They are also more subject to lapses in judgment, which put them, their passengers, and others on the road at risk. Among the most common causes of car accidents among college students include:

  • Speeding and going too fast for conditions;
  • Disregarding traffic signs and signals;
  • Distracted driving, such as texting, taking pictures, using cell phones, or simply talking to other passengers in the vehicle;
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or medications; and
  • Driving while excessively tired and falling asleep behind the wheel.

When hanging out with friends, it is important to use good judgment in assessing your own driving skills and in being cautious about who you travel with. Getting into a car with a driver who is under the influence or given to engaging in daredevil stunts could end up leaving you with serious and even life-threatening injuries.

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CA injury lawyerOn November 4, 2018, daylight savings time officially ends. With a proposition on the ballot in the upcoming elections to extend daylight savings practices year round, this could be the last time we set the clocks back. Either way, the change in seasons means it gets darker earlier and one side effect is an increased risk of car accidents and injuries.

Proposition 7 Would Make Daylight Savings Time a Permanent Fixture

To take advantage of extra daylight over the traditional growing season, we set our clocks ahead one hour in March each year. A new proposition on the ballot in November, sponsored by a San Jose Assemblyman, aims at avoiding the habit of setting the clocks back in the fall, making it daylight savings time year round.

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San Jose car accident attorneys, car accident risks, weather-related accidents, prevent car accidents, car safetyAs the weather system known as the Pineapple Express moved through our area recently, it wreaked havoc for drivers in San Jose and throughout the Bay Area. In addition to closing down bridges and entire transportation systems, it made car accidents and injuries more likely for anyone unlucky enough to be caught out on the roads.

While reckless driving behaviors often bear the brunt of the blame when crashes and collisions occur, weather events can be just as dangerous for you and your passengers.

Moisture from the Tropics Creates Chaos in NorCal

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San Jose car accident attorney, car accident risks, DUI, driving impairments,  drunk driving accidentsWhen out for an evening with friends or at other social events where alcohol is served, one may develop different strategies to prevent being pulled over and cited for driving under the influence (DUI). Unfortunately, studies show that even modest amounts of alcohol can result in serious driving impairments, making potentially life-threatening car accidents and injuries more likely to occur.

The Effects of ‘a Few Drinks’

If you are pulled over when driving in San Jose and appear visibly intoxicated or register a .08 blood alcohol content (BAC), then you will be charged with a DUI under the California Vehicle Code. Penalties include heavy fines, mandatory community service and counseling, potential jail time, and the loss of your driving privileges. To avoid this, many limit alcohol consumption to just a few drinks. Still, even modest amounts could put you and other drivers in danger.

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