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How bad are California drivers?

There is a longstanding saying that drivers in California are some of the worst in the country. You have lived in California most of your life, and after some of your harrowing traffic experiences in the Golden State, you may be inclined to agree. A large population, congested traffic and a busy lifestyle can combine to create a dangerous mix of angry or distracted drivers. However, just how terrible are drivers in California?

As Inc. explains, California ranks no. 35 on a list of the best drivers in America, which may come as no surprise to you. Using data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it was determined that California is the ninth worst for careless driving. What qualifies as careless driving, you may wonder. The following examples, which are common on California roads, can clarify:

  • Distractions caused by cellphones, food, music, scenery or other passengers
  • Drowsy driving or falling asleep behind the wheel
  • Running stop signs or red lights
  • Tailgating, speeding or swerving around other vehicles to get in front

Why you should act immediately if you are injured in an accident

If you are the victim in an accident with a negligent driver, one of the most crucial things to keep in mind is that time is of the essence. You need to act fast.

This may not be easy, especially if you have suffered serious injuries as a result of the accident. However, under California law, the clock starts ticking from the time you suffer your injury, so it is important to take action as soon as possible.

Sleeping and driving do not mix

It seems as if sleep-deprivation is an American way of life. Between managing career and family responsibilities, you probably do not get as much sleep as you should. It is important to understand that addressing sleep deprivation is not as simple as grabbing a cup of coffee or two before heading to work. The safety of you and other Californians may be at stake when people drive on too little sleep.

Recent studies on drowsy driving in America have unearthed statistics that you may find concerning. Out of thousands of adult drivers polled, 60 percent admitted that during the past month, they had driven drowsy at least once. Additionally, 37 percent said they had fallen asleep while driving before, and 4 percent said they had either been in a car accident or had a near miss due to driving drowsy.

Don't wait. Get the medical treatment you need after an accident.

If you were injured in a car accident that wasn't your fault, you are likely facing a variety of legal and medical challenges.

As you try to recover from your injury, the importance of getting proper medical treatment cannot be overstated. Following are the basic and most important reasons for you to get the specific medical care you need.

Understanding the Triple Threat of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is a huge problem in today's world, and far too often, driver distraction leads to serious injuries on California roads. A combination of driver education, increased law enforcement and recognition of individual responsibilities is needed to combat this growing problem.

Put simply, there are three main types of distracted driving, and understanding how drivers become distracted is one step toward preventing crashes. Keep in mind, too, that the three types of distraction can occur simultaneously, posing an even higher risk of a collision.

Are You Following California's Car Seat Laws?

As a parent, your greatest responsibility is the welfare of your children. Because there is so much out of your control, it is your job to do what is in your power to keep your kids safe. One of the most important places to follow safety rules is on the road, especially when it comes to using car seats. Do not let inconvenience tempt you to be lax, because properly securing your children can save their lives or prevent injury in an accident. Know the laws and follow them.

This Thanksgiving, Southern California to See Highest Traffic Levels Since 2007

For people across the U.S., the holiday season means not only spending time with family and friends -- but also lots of traveling.

In fact, according to AAA SoCal, about 3.14 million people will be hitting the roads in Southern California to go home for Thanksgiving. That number represents a 3.4 percent increase from last year.

Rise in Distracted Driving Sparks New Restrictions for California Drivers

Despite widespread education and law enforcement efforts, distracted driving has been on the rise in California in recent years.

Still, the reality is that distracted driving can have devastating consequences, annually taking the lives of more than 3,000 people and injuring more than 430,000 nationwide.