Legalization of Marijuana Leads to Increase in Drugged Driving

In 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64 which legalized marijuana use for recreational purposes.  The law, which went into effect January 2017, allows any California citizen over the age of 21 to smoke marijuana in their private home or business without restriction.  Since January, the California Highway Patrol has found that California citizens have consumed more marijuana than previous years, and found more instances of individuals driving under the influence of marijuana, aka “drugged driving.”

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Deadly Crash in Canoga Park Sheds Light on Impaired Driving

Recently a high-speed crash in Canoga Park, California took the life of young driver Steven Rodriguez, just two weeks after his 21st birthday.  Authorities believe than an excessive rate of speed combined with possible alcohol consumption led to the catastrophic accident.  Reports from the scene of the car crash state that Steven was driving at such an excessive rate of speed that upon impact with a fire hydrant the car was cut in half and split apart, and the hydrant flew into one of the nearby buildings.  According to one witness who spoke to local station KTLA 5, “It was like a giant river of … car parts floating by,” said witness Angel Cerda. “Half of the car was on one side of the street, and the other half was on the other side of the street. The man was still in the car, sitting down, his seatbelt on. … It was a complete mess.”

We are devastated for Steven’s family and loved ones.

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When Auto Accidents Injure Children

According to the CDC, auto accidents are among the leading cause of injury and death among children in the U.S. While most parents go out of their way to ensure that their children are safe from every harm, the fact remains that children will likely suffer an injury at some point in their life. Indeed, according to the World Health Organization, auto accident injuries are the leading cause of death for persons between ten and nineteen years old. What’s more, car crashes still cause 1 of every 4 unintentional injury deaths in children under 13.

What do you do if that injury is the result of a car accident that was not your fault?

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Pedestrian Accidents Increase in Canoga Park

Pedestrian accidents can be a terrifying experience for the victims, resulting in long-term emotional pain, such as PTSD, as well as numerous physical injuries. The feeling of the impact, the crunch of metal, and the smell of burning rubber from the tires may be ingrained in your memory for life. Unfortunately for the victims, pedestrian accidents are all too common in Canoga Park.

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