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Wide Gap between Teens, Parents in GDL Compliance

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

No Burbank car accident lawyer would deny the fact that California‘s strict graduated driver licensing program has been responsible for reducing the number of teenage drivers injured or killed in accidents every year. However, new research finds that there are wide differences in the way teenagers and parents view compliance with these rules.

According to the results of the study, which were released recently by insurer State Farm, teens seem to find it easy to get away without complying with many of the restrictions that are outlined under GDL programs, while parents overestimate their own ability to track and monitor their children's driving habits.

According to the results of the study, for instance, 87% of the parents believed that their children would follow GDL restrictions because of parental monitoring. However, just 56% of teenagers admitted that they would obey those provisions.

Even more startling was the wide parent-teen gap when it comes to critical nighttime driving and passenger restrictions. Many successful Graduated Driver Licensing Programs, including the one in California imposes strict restrictions on teenagers driving with teen passengers in the car, as well as restrictions on the amount of driving novice drivers can do at night. This is mainly targeted at helping reduce the risk of accidents in these dangerous situations. According to the study, approximately 55% of the parents claim that they monitor their children's driving habits to ensure that their children are not driving at night or driving with teenage passengers. However, just 27% of teenagers said that their parents bothered to monitor them.

The results of these studies seem to indicate that parents need to take Graduated Driver’s Licensing Programs more seriously, and get more involved in monitoring their children's driving habits.

Tips on Choosing a Motorcycle Helmet

Monday, September 23, 2013

Every motorcycle accident lawyer would agree that wearing a helmet offers the greatest degree of protection during an accident. However, it is not enough to wear a helmet. It is equally important to make sure that you wear a helmet that is built to adhere to federally approved standards, is comfortable to wear, and strong enough to protect your skull from injuries in an accident.

To make sure that your head is protected at all times while riding, wear a helmet that adheres to the standards set by the Department of Transportation. The helmet must be certified and approved by the federal agency. Many motorcyclists make the mistake of choosing a helmet based on the look and style, and not on whether these have been approved by the DOT. An approved helmet has been tested to make sure that it adheres to the standards set by the DOT, and therefore, is likely to protect your head from brain injuries in an accident.

When it comes to the style of a helmet, choose one with maximum protection for your head and neck. As much as possible, try to avoid helmets that expose large areas of the back of your head or your neck. Half helmets and quarter helmets fall into this category because they offer minimal protection. Flip up or modular helmets are most effective because they offer full face helmet protection, while also being convenient to wear.

Check if the helmet fits you well. Try it on for size, and make sure that the helmet is not too big or too small. A helmet that is too small will be uncomfortable to wear, while one that is too big may not cushion your skull adequately.

Binge Drinking Higher among Women

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Contrary to popular belief, women are very likely to drink heavily, even though the overall rates of binge drinking or excessive drinking are much lower among women than men. However, women are definitely bridging the alcohol gap with males.

According to data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, women are not only likely to binge drink, but are also much more likely to drink more alcohol in a single bingeing session. Binge drinking is defined as the drinking of four or more alcoholic beverages during a single session of excessive drinking.

However, statistics indicate that women, who binge, drink more than the minimum 4 beverages during the session. On an average, these women drink six beverages during a single session of binge drinking. They are also more likely to drink excessively, bingeing, on an average, at least three times a month.

Those are scary statistics, and they seem to indicate that the problem of driving under the influence of alcohol involving women is something that must be addressed by tackling binge drinking. Many women may believe that bingeing like this at least three times a month, is fun, liberating, and places them on an equal footing with males. However, this is not the area in which women should strive for equality of the sexes.

Bingeing may have an even worse effect on women than men. Women absorb alcohol much more quickly, which means drinking six or more alcoholic beverages in a single session, could lead to a severely intoxicated state. A woman, who attempts to drive in a severely impaired state like this, is likely to cause a serious or even fatal car accident.


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