Category: Highway Safety


Wear Your Seatbelt – Embrace Life, the Viral Video

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: August 8, 2010

Well, I think I’m coming late to the party because this beautiful video, entitled Embrace Life, has already had over 10 million hits.  My good friend up north, Lynnette Lipp, sent it to me today and, frankly, I was moved.  I think you’ll  be moved, too.  In case you haven’t seen it before, I beseech you to watch this video now. Seat Belts do save lives!!!  Produced by the Sussex Safer Roads Project Seat Belt related links: National Safety Council making our world safer Wikipedia detailed seat belt discussion, examples State Seat Belt Laws Governors Highway Safety Association – seat belt laws state by… Read More

Disturbing Car Accident Compilation Video: This Could Happen To You

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: July 25, 2010

This could happen to you. Every disturbing, graphic car accident in this video could happen to you, to me, to any one of us or our loved ones. Pay attention on the road. One millisecond of inattention can change someone’s life, and the lives of their loved ones, forever… and ever. The original video was posted by Tanvir Ahmad on Facebook and, after some sniffing around on Youtube, I was able to find it. I’ve only been able to watch parts of it, it was too disturbing for me to watch in its entirety. You may be braver. I’d like… Read More

New California Vehicle Laws for 2009: Zero Tolerance DUI; No Text Messaging

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: December 23, 2008

With a new year on the horizon, CHP wants to remind motorists of a handful of new laws that go into effect in 2009. “The overall safety of the motoring public is our primary concern,” says CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Not only will these new laws enhance a motorist’s safety, many of them are a step toward ridding the roadways of drunk drivers and the tragedy they cause.” Below are the changes to driving regulations and vehicle equipment. Texting While Driving (SB 28, Simitian) This new law makes it an infraction to write, send, or read text-based communication on an electronic… Read More

Link of the Day: Report Dangerous Drivers.com

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: December 4, 2008

Will wonders never cease? What an incredible website has now graced the Internet! www.reportdangerousdrivers.com is the ultimate in real life George Orwell (ianism). This site has special meaning to me since part of my practice revolves around representing fault-free people who’ve been injured at the hands of reckless drivers. I get enraged when I see the senseless physical and emotional pain that my clients go through because someone wasn’t paying attention or, worse, was driving erratically or angrily (can you say “road rage?”). This moment of dangerous driving changes innocent lives forever. From the home page of www.reportdangerousdrivers.com comes their description and reason for existence:… Read More

Motorcycle Accidents: Overview, Graphic Videos, Graphic Photos

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: October 5, 2008

Over the years I have represented many, many motorcycle riders who have, through no fault of their own, been involved in accidents with car and truck drivers that, for one reason or another, did not see my client until it was too late. This emphasizes the fact that motorcyclists must proceed with caution, they must realize that defensive riding is one of the keys to their survival. Motorcycle injuries can be devastating. I’ve had clients who have suffered broken bones, brain injury and permanent paralysis in motorcycle crashes. None of these people were at fault yet their lives, and the… Read More

10 Hot Hands Free Devices to Comply With New Hands Free Cell Phone Laws

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: July 27, 2008

From practical to stylish, high tech companies worldwide are developing and marketing new hands-free devices to help you comply with the new hands-free cell phone laws in various states in the union.  Being an attorney who represents injured people, I’m thrilled to see the proliferation of these devices.  I can’t tell you how many clients will come to me after a devastating car accident and say “She/he was on the cell phone and didn’t see me.”  It reminds me of a case that I had several years ago where my client was rear-ended by a guy who was watching a… Read More

Smart Car: How Safe Is It? Miles Per Gallon?

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: July 27, 2008

Have you been noticing the proliferation of the Daimler AG’s Smart Car recently? Sure, it gets great mileage, looks pretty cute and zips right along. But its recent emergence on the scene got me to wondering just how safe this little tiny car would be in a big crash. According to greencar.com, “The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently crash tested the 2008 smart for two and found it performed so well it earned the Institute’s best ratings for front and side crash protection. Plus, its rear crash worthiness was rated as “acceptable,” the Institute’s second-highest rating.” Read the complete IIHS report… Read More

Senior Citizen Driving: Warning Signs and Helping an Unsafe Driver to Stop Driving

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: July 1, 2008

I found an interesting article on the Helpguide.org website entitled Senior Citizen Driving: Warning Signs and Helping an Unsafe Driver to Stop Driving. The article details a great many issues of importance to senior drivers and those who love them: Risk Factors of Aging That Can Affect Driving Ability Warning Signs of Unsafe Driving Steps to Take if You’re Concerned About the Safety of a Senior Driver Talking to a Senior Driver Who Should Stop Driving When a Senior Driver Refuses to Give up the Keys Helping a Senior Adjust to Life Without Driving References and Resources for Helping an Unsafe Senior to… Read More

Cell Phone Laws for 2008: What You Need To Know (and more!)

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: June 25, 2008

As you know by now, I’m a great proponent of the new California hands-free law which goes into effect on July 1, 2008. I blogged about it in May: Click Here. A corollary, of course, are my rants and raves about texting while driving: Click here, here, here and here. So, I’ve decided to post (yet again) on this subject and provide several useful links to articles, videos and hands-free equipment vendors below. What to Expect from California’s New Hands-Free Law: The Public Policy Institute of California writes the following press release: Update: 2009 Law Bans Text Messaging while Driving – See Video As of July 1, 2008,… Read More

Aged Tires: A Driving Hazard

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: June 8, 2008

ABC News investigated the dangers of expired tires. A tire failure can result when the tread peels off of a tire. Tires can sit on the retailer’s shelf for years and still be sold as new. Research shows that even if a tire has never been driven a mile, they begin to dry out while they sit on the shelf. After 6 years of age, they can become dangerous. When a car is traveling at highway speed and the tread comes off, the car violently swerves and weaves. The tires may have plenty of tread depth but, if the tire… Read More

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