Category: Road 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

Holiday Driving Safety Tips: Video

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: December 22, 2009

Happy Holidays to You! I’m posting seven holiday driving safety tips both in text and in a video! So here are the tips: Don’t Speed — speed kills Don’t Drive Impaired — if you want to party, great! BUT designate a non-drinking driver ahead of time Motorcyclists and Bicyclists Protect Yourselves — you may know what you’re doing and where you’re going, but people in cars typically are not looking for you. Wear protective gear: Helmet, jacket, pants, boots, etc. Get Rid of Tailgaters: They may just seem annoying but they’re really quite dangerous. I’ve represented many people who have… 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

Fatalities on the Rise in Vehicle-Animal Crashes

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: November 2, 2008

I was fascinated by the Associated Press report which begins with “Fatalities from vehicle crashes with deer and other animals have more than doubled over the last 15 years…” Click here to read the entire story. Being an animal lover, it pains me to think that the phrase “deer caught in the headlights” has real life and death consequences both for the deer and unsuspecting motorists and their passengers. But is it just the deer? What about farm animals who unwittingly escape the confines of the land in which they live? And the dog or cat whose owner turned their head for… 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

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

Toyota, GM Recall 662,000 Cars: Power Window Defects

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: April 10, 2008

DETROIT (Reuters) April 10, 2008 – Toyota Motor Corp and General Motors Corp are recalling more than 662,000 vehicles sold in the United States due to defects in power windows, the two companies said on Wednesday. Toyota will recall 539,500 Corolla and Matrix vehicles for the 2003 and 2004 model years, it said in a statement. GM said it would recall 122,598 Pontiac Vibe hatchbacks, which share the same platform with Toyota’s Matrix and are built by GM in a joint venture with the Japanese automaker. On vehicles equipped with power windows, the driver and front passenger glass bolts may… Read More

Top 10 Reasons for Failing the Driving Test: DMV Video #10

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: March 25, 2008

An excellent video series, produced by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, which explains the 10 Reasons for Failing the Driving Test. Many of the cmmon mistakes that lead to failure of the test are the same mistakes that cause injury related accidents — something that we should all try to avoid! To see the rest of this series, and other DMV videos, click here. Another fascinating video is the DMV Video entitled “Kyle’s Test Drive.”

Speeding Tickets: Practical Tips and Advice

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: March 25, 2008

Advice on Speeding Tickets Good advice: don’t speed Best advice: FIGHT IT! We’re at a time where speed enforcement is more vigilant than ever, yet we’re also taunted with the availability of faster and faster cars. Horsepower comes cheap these days, with even minivans having 250 horses. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cites speeding as the factor in 1/3 of all crash-related fatalities. With federal officials are urging states to increase speed enforcement, causing lawmakers in California to have added surcharges of as much as $30 on top of fines for speeding. Paying the fine might not change your life, but… Read More

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