May is Global Youth Traffic Safety Month, and it’s the perfect time to be aware of and share these tips from the Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at California Injury Attorneys:
Drive without distractions
It’s illegal to use mobile phones in California while driving unless your phone is in hands-free mode. However, even if you’re not using your hands on your device, our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys point out that it can still be a mental distraction from your driving. Additionally, if you have friends with you in your car, don’t be so distracted by them that you can’t concentrate fully on what’s going on outside your car.
Younger drivers may be more likely to speed, and this can leave them unable to handle sharp curves and make them more vulnerable to hitting a car that suddenly slows down in front of them. In fact, just over 35% of fatal crashes involving 16- to 19-year-olds were primarily caused by unsafe speeds.
Take extra care at night
If you’re walking at night, our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys recommend wearing bright or reflective clothing so drivers on the road can see you. Also carry a flashlight, which will help you see curbs, potholes, and other hazards while making you visible to drivers.
Be aware of your surroundings
Pay attention to your surroundings so you don’t step out in front of a car as you’re walking. It can also help to make eye contact with drivers so you know they can see you.
Wear a helmet
If you’re a bicyclist under 18, you’re legally required to wear a helmet in California. Our Los Angeles bike accident attorneys recommend wearing a helmet at any age, because it may be able to help prevent a serious head injury. Make sure that if you’re still growing, you check your helmet’s size and fit every year to make sure you haven’t outgrown it.
Know where to ride
Use a bicycle lane when there’s one available. If you’re on a road without a bicycle lane, our California injury attorneys remind you that the law requires you to ride on the right side of the road with the flow of traffic.
Getting the Help of Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorneys
If you’ve been injured in a driving, pedestrian, or biking accident, contact our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at (323) 732-7363. We offer free consultations and are available during office hours from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. as well as 24/7 to take your call.