Why Having Good Headlights is More Than a Bright Idea

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently released its list of this year's safest passenger vehicles, and in doing so shined a light on a part of our cars we definitely don't spend enough time thinking about:  headlights. Sure, you probably spend every commute home silently cursing that pickup truck behind you because of how [...]

2020-02-21T17:16:09-08:00February 21st, 2020|Car Safety, Safe Driving|0 Comments

8 Fast Facts That All Motorcyclists Need to Know

At the end of every year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety releases an annual snapshot of the previous year’s motorcycle fatalities based on its analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). Each year’s snapshot is another sobering reminder of how short life is, and how important it [...]

2020-02-10T15:06:20-08:00February 10th, 2020|Motorcycle Safety, Safe Driving|0 Comments

A Motorcycle Safety Checklist: Things to Think About the Next Time You Ride (Part 1)

To ride a motorcycle is to make a million decisions with each passing minute. Some of those decisions are big. Some of them are small. But all of them are in pursuit of the same ultimate goal: stay on the bike, and stay alive. That’s kind of the fun of it though, isn’t it? The [...]

Medical Professionals Say Electric Scooter Injuries Are Public Health Emergency

A few years ago, “birding around Santa Monica” would have had a whole different meaning. The introduction of dockless scooter-sharing has meant a lot of things to a lot of people. Some view Bird and Lime-S as making huge strides towards democratizing transportation; others consider it not a black and white issue, but a green [...]

2019-05-03T14:19:05-08:00May 3rd, 2019|Public Safety, Safe Driving, Safety|0 Comments

Recent Survey Shows the Worst States For Driving. Can You Guess Which Ones Top the List?

If your first instinct is to say California, you would not be far off the mark. While everyone complains about the disrepair of their state’s roads, ours in particular seem a special kind of terrible. Unless you’re a sucker for potholes, poor drainage, and an hour of nightly stop-and-go, Southern California roads are far from [...]

Lane-Splitting and You. (Yes, Even You.)

Ah, the law. It's what makes us get up in the morning. Even if you think a particular law doesn't apply to you — perhaps you never did have any plans to drive 2,000 or more sheep down Hollywood Boulevard (an actual law prohibits this, by the way) — it's nonetheless important that you understand [...]

Catch-45: Outdated Traffic Laws Ensnare Los Angeles In a Speed Trap of Its Own Making

If you’ve ever driven through Los Angeles and found yourself wondering if all the speed limit signs were abruptly raptured when you weren’t looking, you would not be alone. It’s a strange, off-kilter experience — even more so once you realize you have no idea how fast you should be going. Have you ever asked [...]

Safely Mobile: When Advanced Age Means Pumping The Brakes On Driving

Given the freedom being behind the wheel provides—the wind in your hair, the wondrous Route 66+ unfurling before you at speed—it’s no wonder we don’t want to hang up our keys as we age into our golden years. But with safety on the line, and the brash temerity of youth in the rear-view mirror, it [...]

Storm Safety UPDATED – Powerful Rains This Week in Southern California

The Thomas Fire was not even at full containment before Southern California was slammed with disaster again in early January. Heavy rains triggered the deadly and devastating Montecito mudslide, crippling the area for about two weeks as crews worked tirelessly to clear the 101 freeway that had been clogged with mud and debris. This week, [...]

Need to Know Basics: Road Safety for Parents & Children

A good parent will want to do anything they can to protect their children from harm, and many do put in great efforts to be proactive in taking preventative measures for the well-being of their children. As our children age, their safety needs also change and road safety is no different. Below, Howard Blau Law [...]