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How can I cover my bills if I'm involved in a hit-and-run crash?

If you've been involved in a hit-and-run crash, you may be wondering how you're going to afford to either get your car fixed or replaced and even worse, how you're going to cover the costly medical bills you've amassed. Fortunately, there are various avenues that can be pursued. Even if the person who struck you is never caught, your own auto insurance policy can help you cover many of these expenses.

As for the damage to your vehicle, as long as you have collision coverage on your policy, you'll be able to use it to cover damage to your vehicle, even if you weren't at fault for the crash. In many cases, you'll be required to pay a deductible when repairs are made.

What is the goal of conducting a crash reconstruction?

In reading the news, it's commonplace to hear about a reconstruction of a crash scene being done. Accident investigators involved in reconstructing crashes often return to the site where a collision occurred in an attempt to figure out what caused the crash when it's not readily clear.

Oftentimes, they'll apply different physics principles in an effort to understand more about angles of impact and just how fast motorists involved may have been traveling at the time the crash occurred. Reconstructionists are also trained in identifying other factors that may have caused a crash including brake issues, car defects or mechanical failures, driver error or poor roadway conditions.

What's safer in a crash: SUVs or sedans?

While it's important to look at crash-test ratings when you go to buy a new vehicle, they aren't the only factor you should consider. That's because crash-test scores only tell a portion of the story in terms of your risk for becoming seriously injured in a car crash. Even if crash-test ratings are high, you may still find yourself at a significant risk of becoming involved in a potentially deadly crash, especially if the cars involved are mismatched in size.

Researchers who collaborated on a recent University of Buffalo study found that when two cars mismatched in size collide, the lighter of the two is most apt to sustain the brunt force of the damage.

4 common distractions to avoid while driving

Because driving becomes an activity that many California residents become used to, it is not unusual for drivers to forget about the serious dangers they could face and that they could pose to others while behind the wheel. This issue could easily result in drivers not having their complete focus on the task of driving. Unfortunately, distractions play a considerable role in car accidents that take place every year.

Though you certainly want to do your best to remain safe on the road, it is very easy to get distracted. Even if you think you have your mind on driving, you may not have realized that you began thinking about other tasks you need to complete for the day. Because this type of situation could quickly happen to you, it could also happen to other drivers, and you could end up in an accident.

Sleep apnea blamed for a deadly Southern California bus crash

A panel of investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced on Tuesday, Oct. 31 that they've completed their investigation into a 2016 Southern California bus crash. They determined that driver fatigue was the primary contributing factor for the crash.

On the day of the accident, a bus driver was reportedly driving westbound along Interstate 10 en route back to Los Angeles. He had taken a group of individuals to a casino and was nearing Palm Springs at the time.

An alleged drug-induced Canyon Lake crash kills 1, injures 3

It's believed that a motorist's use of drugs may have been a contributing factor to a fatal 5-car crash just 35 miles southwest of San Bernardino the evening of Thursday, Nov. 2. The 6:30 p.m. crash, which occurred in Canyon Lake, killed one and seriously injured another.

According to witnesses, a motorist was seen speeding in the westbound direction along Railroad Canyon toward South Canyon Lake Drive immediately before the crash. As the driver approached the intersection of those two roadways, he reportedly didn't make any attempt to stop. It's then that he crashed into the cars of several other motorists that had begun to build up at the red light.

Coping with big rig hazards -- How to safely share the roadways

Trucks deliver almost all the merchandise and food you see in your local stores. Therefore, sharing the busy California roadways with commercial vehicles is unavoidable.  Working with them rather than against them might improve your chances of a safe arrival at your destination.

Due to their sheer size and weight, it is a challenge to maneuver commercial vehicles. Simple adjustments to your driving habits may help to improve your safety during your travels.

An alleged drunk San Bernardino motorist crashes, kills passenger

A San Bernardino woman, who'd been riding as a passenger in a male companion's car, was killed in an early morning crash on Wednesday, Oct. 25. The accident, which resulted in the woman's death, occurred a few minutes after 1:00 a.m. that fateful morning.

Witnesses reported having seen the vehicle's male operator driving along Mountain View Avenue as he was approaching Base Line immediately prior to the accident occurring. They also told responding San Bernardino police officers that immediately after crashing his vehicle, the man exited his car and began fleeing by foot from the accident scene.

Why older motorcyclists are at higher risk of fatal crashes

Many people dream of purchasing a motorcycle to take on joy rides once they retire. Those who long to do this, though, often haven't ridden a motorbike since they were in their 20s or 30s.

During that 40- to 50-year gap since they've mounted their bike, they don't realize that many things have changed, both in terms of how bikes are made and the rules of the road. They're reflexes aren't as keen as they used to be so many years ago either.

An alleged drunk driver denies blame for a fatal Riverside crash

A 34-year-old Riverside woman was arrested after having been suspected of driving drunk when she allegedly caused a fatal chain-reaction crash on June 3. On Monday, Sept. 25, though, she entered a not guilty plea to driving under the influence (DUI) charges that had been waged against her.

The crash report in the case outlines how witnesses had reportedly seen the defendant fast approaching the intersection of Fifth and H streets shortly before the crash. The light was reportedly red at the time.

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