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The impact the car crash had on you is devastating. You are living in pain, and you're struggling to get back to normal. You haven't worked in weeks, and you don't know how you're going to pay your bills.

You began a claim against the negligent driver, but the settlement offered to you is extremely low. What can you do? Is there a way to obtain a better offer?

Why intersection accidents occur and how to avoid them

A recent statistic released by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) suggests that four out of every 10 car crashes take place at intersections. Among fatal crashes, at least one in every five happens at intersections as well.

One of the reasons intersections are believed to be so dangerous for motorists is because they're essentially the crossroads where a variety of cars, pedestrians and bicycles, each moving at their own speed, intersect.

Encinitas mom struck and seriously injured while leaving work

A 33-year-old mother was struck by a Ford F-150 truck while crossing the street at Encinitas Boulevard near its intersection with Vulcan Street on Friday, Sept. 22. The woman had reportedly just gotten off of work at Lazy Acres and was walking to catch the coaster back home at around 7:30 p.m.

Witnesses to the crash noted that the driver of the pickup truck got out of his vehicle after striking the woman, told bystanders that she was okay, then proceeded to drive away from the scene. The San Diego County Sheriff's deputies were left relying on witness accounts and surveillance footage in the area as a way of identifying the motorist who caused the crash.

Intoxication, distraction and fatigue can factor into a crash

When you get behind the wheel of a vehicle, you do so intending to safely reach your destination. Unfortunately, no matter how safely you may drive, other people on the roads can put you at serious risk. It only takes a second for a mistake by another driver to become your problem when it results in a collision. When another person causes a crash with your vehicle, there can be financial and legal consequences, sometimes lasting for years.

Sometimes, accidents do happen. Inclement weather, from sleet to fog, could make roads slippery or visibility poor. Sudden mechanical failure, like brakes locking up or a tire blowing out, can also result in a driver losing control of a vehicle. All too often, however, serious collisions are the result of poor decision making on the part of one of the drivers involved. Three particular mistakes, which are driving while fatigued, driving distracted and driving while intoxicated, are far too common in this country.

Pedestrian accidents are up by 11 percent in recent years

A new report, published by the Governors Highway Safety Association, suggests that pedestrians are at even higher risk now for injuries than they ever were previously. In fact, they report that just last year alone, the rate of pedestrian fatalities went up by at least 11 percent from the previous year. It's believed that alcohol consumption and the use of cellphones is at least partially responsible for a large number of these deaths.

The report shows that walking at night poses a significant risk to pedestrians as well. It's at night when at least 74 percent of all pedestrians are fatally struck by cars.

Why it is that fatal bike accidents are increasing in the U.S.

The incidence rate of fatal bike crashes is reportedly increasing across the United States. It's believed that bicyclists being forced to share the road with vehicles has something to do with that.

A researcher with State Farm Insurance notes that there's been a shift in the profile of the average bike accident victim in the past several years. While teens and children used to be those most often injured in accidents involving cars and bikes, now the average victim is around 45.

Pot's legalization and the impact on car crash rates

A recent study, conducted by the Highway Loss Data Institute, suggests that states that have legalized the possession of marijuana for recreational use may be more vulnerable to higher car crash claims than those that have not. They note that states like Washington, Colorado and Oregon have seen a nearly three percent increase in crashes annually since marijuana first started being sold legally in these states between 2014 and 2015.

One of the resachers, who spearheaded the insurance watchdog group's study, contends that he has a reason to believe there is a direct correlation between marijuana's legalization and a higher incidence rate of car crashes.

A multi-car crash claims 1 life, injures 3 others in Murrieta

A late morning crash on Wednesday, September 6th claimed the life of one motorist and injured three others in the French Valley portion of Murrieta. The multi-car accident, which occurred near the intersection of Winchester and Auld roads, was first reported to police at 10:44 a.m.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a 51-year-old Hemet man was driving his pickup southbound along Winchester Road shortly before the crash occurred. Witnesses reported seeing the man cross the roadway's center line soon thereafter. That was when he collided first with a Toyota Rav 4 and then with a Dodge van.

Livestreamed fatal crash highlights dangers of distracted driving

Most everyone is susceptible to distraction while on the road. Whether it's changing a radio station or talking to a passenger, distraction can be incredibly dangerous to you and everyone else on the road. Social media and cellphones can produce very powerful distractions that can result in crashes. Combine them with alcohol and you have the perfect recipe for a tragedy.

An 18-year-old woman in Merced County realized this the hard way at the end of July. She was live-posting her drive with her 14-year-old sister and a friend when the car crashed, killing her sister. In the wake of the accident, the details have many people wondering if this could have happened to their kids. The driver is facing criminal charges related to the death and allegations of intoxicated driving.

Do you have uninsured driver coverage in case of a crash?

No one wants to get into a motor vehicle crash, but they still happen daily in California. In 2014, the most recent year with statistics available, California Office of Traffic Safety reported 3,074 deaths due to car crashes. That's more than eight people who die in a collision every day, and that doesn't factor in serious injuries or disabilities that result from a major car crash.

If you've experienced an accident caused by another driver, that person's insurance (or lack thereof) could leave you with a lot of uncovered expenses. You may think that carrying basic liability insurance when you drive is enough to protect you in case of a crash.

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