Two of the most commonly reported reasons that car accidents occur throughout the Sacramento area are speed and distracted driving. Often distracted driving is brought up in the context of texting or cellphone use while operating a vehicle. Another type of distracted driving that was most likely usurped when texting became commonplace, is still sometimes the cited reason for car crashes however. This distraction is eating while behind the wheel.
As any licensed motorcyclist in the state of California is likely aware, state law requires all riders, regardless of age, to wear a helmet while riding. Presumably the reason behind this law is to save lives. According to a recent study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if in fact that is the reason behind the law, it appears to be working.
Acknowledging that distracted driving on the part of teen drivers is an issue throughout the nation, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood , recently announced that two states will be involved in pilot programs aimed at reducing the number of people who engage in distracted driving. California is one of those states that will be partaking in the pilot. The idea behind the pilot is ultimately likely a reduction in the number of car accidents.
There are many things throughout the Sacramento area that are done to try to make the roads safe for motor vehicles. Traffic laws are enacted and signs and stop lights are erected. Despite these efforts car accidents still regularly occur. One reason for the high frequency of these accidents is the behavior of the person behind the wheel. Drivers routinely ignore the traffic laws and posted signs and signals.