California safe driving initiatives and unsafe driving behavior

A nationwide initiative to improve safety among drivers may result in stronger regulation on California roads. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Administration's Operation Safe Driver Week will run from Oct. 16 - 22 with a focus on reducing unsafe behavior among motorists. The program emphasizes safety among passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles alike.

Unsafe driving is the leading cause of car accidents, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. A staggering 88 percent of large truck accidents and 93 percent of passenger vehicle accidents are the direct result of driver behavior. Operation Safe Driver Week was developed to reduce fatal accidents and injuries from crashes caused by unsafe driving behaviors.

During the Safe Driver Week, there will be increased vehicle traffic enforcement. Unsafe driving behaviors that will be tracked include speeding, driving without a seat belt, distracted driving and traveling too close to another vehicle. Other instances of unsafe driving behavior include improper lane changes and the failure to obey traffic control devices such as stoplights. The initiative is sponsored by the CVSA and FMCSA with the goal of improving driver behavior and addressing high-risk behaviors among passenger vehicle and commercial drivers.

Truck accidents can result in catastrophic or fatal injuries for passenger vehicle drivers and occupants. Injured victims may be eligible for compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. A personal injury lawyer may be able to provide guidance when filing a lawsuit and help the victim obtain compensation for any damages related to the accident. From long-term medical costs such as therapy and rehabilitation to pain and suffering associated with the traumatic event, there are a variety of damages an at-fault driver may be ordered to pay.

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