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May 26, 2014

Distraction: Facts About Distracted Driving

Many people do not subscribe to the idea that distracted driving is dangerous. Most people even think that they can really do things while they are driving. But what these people don’t realize is that a second of inattention can lead to very serious danger. Here are some of the facts that you might want to keep in mind that may change the way you see distracted driving forever.

A study made by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) revealed that cellphone users who are using their cellphone while driving. In cases where injuries have happened
The number of people who send and receive text messages has increased though the years.
Contrary to what others think, cellphones are not the only ones that cause distraction to the driver. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has defined the things that constitute distracted driving. More than electronic gadgets, talking to somebody while driving is also one perfect example of it.

California’s Existing State Laws Against Distracted Driving
The state of California implements various laws that help curb distraction driving to help lessen the chances of getting involved in a motor vehicle accident. For one, the use of all hand-held devices are prohibited according to the law. The state also prohibits the use of cellphones while driving for drivers that are younger than 18. However, all drivers, regardless of age group are not allowed to use their vehicles while driving. But these laws mean nothing if they are not implemented well. That is why the authorities of the state are making sure that these laws against distracted driving are observed at all times.

Your Role as Citizens
Time and again, authorities have done their part by coming up with laws to help put a stop to distracted driving. They have also been working hard to help catch offenders of these laws to help prevent accidents from happening because of distracted driving. Ultimately though, the effectiveness of these laws will depend on the compliance of the citizens with such laws.

What Can You Do if You’re a Victim of an Accident Due to Distracted Driving
In personal injury claims, proving that the other party was distracted during the time of the accident is quite hard. But, with the help of an expert car accident attorney in California, you can find ways on how to pin down the other party and prove their guilt of not paying attention to the road while driving. Such can definitely help you with your claims boosting your chances of winning your claims.

May 12, 2014

Fun Field Trip Ends in Tragedy

Secondary Students from Danwon High School were expecting a fun, relaxing, and educational field trip as climate has been starting to warm up in South Korea. The kids were all excited about their trip to Jeju Island. Little did they know that they were in for one big surprise; a bad one though. One of the biggest and most controversial ship accidents every in South Korea.

Wrong Turn to Death
M/V Sewol, a Korean ferry that regularly sails from Incheon to Jeju Island started sailing towards the kids’ destination. Just 25 kilometers after, the vessel made a sharp turn to the left. While conditions were calm, passengers reported that they felt the vessel has tilted. At that time, the captain was in his private cabin while the crew’s third mate was in control. After attempts to re-balance the ship failed, the crew made contact with the Jeju Vessel Traffic Service to notify the coast guard that the ship was in danger as it was rolling. One passenger’s parent however, reported to the Coast Guard that the ship was about to capsize and asked for rescue. The captain asked the passengers to stay in their cabins. Not long after, the ship has in the later stages of capsizing, making the evacuation of the passengers impossible.

A Fun Trip Turned Tragic
Two and a half hours later, the ship sank. A few days after, around 64 people have died, while 238 others are still missing, presumed dead. The tragedy got the whole country abuzz in anger. This is one of the worst maritime accidents in Korea. While the number of people who died were not too many, the manner of which the accident happened have got the authorities overwhelmed. While rescue came quickly, the captain’s decision has jeopardized the evacuation and was indeed liable for the death of the passengers. Now the authorities have arrested the captain and the ship’s crew members who reportedly fled the ship as it was sinking, leaving the passengers to fight for their lives.