Your headlights aren’t good enough

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, well known for crash testing cars to see how well they protect people in an accident, tested the performance of 82 headlights on 31 different cars. The reports were dismal. Only one car tested was rated “Good.” And that was just with LED headlights. The Prius equipped with headlights passed the test with a Good rating, when it was equipped with LED lights and high beam assist. The other 30 cars failed, and the Prius also failed when equipped with Halogen lights. LED lights do better on the tests than Halogen lights in general. The IIHS thinks that headlights shoot illuminate at least 330 feet straight ahead. Motorists going at least 60 mph might not have enough light to see hazards in time to stop.   Read more here  

Seatbelt usage will reduce injury in car accidents

Seat belts are extremely effective in reducing injuries and the severity of those injuries passengers suffer in car accidents. Despite this, many people choose not to buckle up. There are many reasons that show why this is a terrible idea. First, the stats. Seat beat usage reduces injury by up to 50%. Airbags are not a replacent for a properly secured seat belt, but an airbag + seatbelt is the best protection 2.3 million people are treated in emergency rooms each year due to car accidents Younger passengers are less likely to wear a seatbelt Men are less likely to wear one than women People in rural areas are less likely to wear a seatbelt than those from urban areas. So, the evidence shows, it’s a good idea to wear your seat belt. How wearing a seatbelt can destroy your car accident case But that’s not all. There is a … Read More

Is your car recalled, or in need of repairs?

San Diego Car Accident Attorney Discusses Used Vehicles Under Recall According to research conducted by Carfax, there were 2 million cars advertised in 2012 … that were under a product recall and in need of repairs. And those were just from the cars sold online that Carfax was able to catalog. The real number is actually much higher. So how does Carfax even know which cars have not been repaired? Because car manufacturers and dealers track the Vehicle Identification Number of each car that is repaired. So is selling a car that is under recall but not repaired, a good thing or a bad thing for you? Both. It’s bad because vehicles with potential defects large enough to warrant a recall are not repaired, and you may end up driving yourself, family and friends in that car. On the other hand, if you are aware of the recall, you can … Read More

Turning left over double solid yellow lines in California

San Diego Car Accident lawyer discusses what happens when you turn left over double yellow lines In California, what happens when the road has double yellow lines? Can you turn across them? Yes, if there are two solid yellow lines, you can still turn left across them, as long as a few rules are followed. This is important because if you are in a car accident and your car or the other car crossed these double yellow lines, these rules can help determine who caused the accident. Solid double yellow lines indicates the center of the road with two way traffic. If there are solid double yellow lines dividing road, it means simply that you cannot pass a car in front of you by crossing these lines (and driving to the left of the lines). On some roads there may be two yellow lines, but one will be solid while … Read More