In a recent press release, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) announced that CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow now has a Twitter account. You can tweet Commissioner Farrow at @CHPCommissioner. The Twitter account allows drivers from all over California join in the conversation to voice your concerns about California roads.

The CHP already had a social media presence with its Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and Vimeo. The Twitter accounts gives drivers and citizens one more way to access the CHP. By following the CHP on social media, you can get information about AMBER alerts, traffic safety news, public safety programs, and urgent traffic safety announcements. You can also voice your concerns and questions about traffic safety in California.

Traffic Safety in California

Traffic safety is a topic that everyone in California should be discussing, especially given the crash statistics. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2015 was a deadly year on our nation’s roads. Crashes in the United States during 2015 resulted in 35,092 deaths and 2,443,000 injuries. The police responded to 6,296,000 crashes in 2015. In California, 3,176 people died in car crashes during 2015. Even though federal agencies and state governments have instituted various traffic safety programs, the number of car crashes continues to rise.

Some people blame the increasing number of car crashes on distracted driving. Distracted driving has become the most common factor in car accidents throughout the country. Examples of activities that drivers engage in while behind the wheel of a vehicle include:

  • Reading, writing, and sending text messages
  • Eating and drinking
  • Watching and making videos
  • Posting to social media accounts
  • Reading items on social media accounts or other websites
  • Reading emails
  • Programming their GPS or other electronic device
  • Adjusting the vehicle’s controls
  • Falling asleep (i.e. drowsy or fatigued driving)
  • Making and taking telephone calls on both handheld and hands-free devices
  • Searching for something on the car’s floorboard, in the glove compartment, or in another area of the vehicle.

Any activity that removes your attention from the primary task of driving is a potentially deadly distraction. For example, writing and sending a text may only take a few seconds, but the time your eyes are off the road, your hands are off the steering wheel, and your mind is focused on something other than the road ahead is long enough to cause a tragic accident that takes another person’s life.

A driver MUST remain completely focused on driving. Any distraction can result in a car crash that takes another life or results in a permanent disability for another person.

Car Crashes in Fresno, CA

When a distracted driver or reckless driver injures you, you deserve to be compensated for your property damage, lost wages, medical bills, pain, and suffering. To receive compensation for your damages, you must file a personal injury claim. Because insurance companies can delay and deny valid claims, it is important to work with an experienced Fresno car accident attorney.

The Fresno car accident attorneys of Torem & Associates fight for your right to receive full compensation for your damages in a timely manner. Call our office at 1-800-954-4444 or use the online contact form on our website to request a free, no-obligation consultation and case evaluation with our experienced Fresno car accident attorney.