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There are things you can do to make lane splitting safer

Although traffic can be terrible around Los Angeles, riding a motorcycle can be an exhilarating way to enjoy the open roads. Whether you prefer a Harley or Ducati, a bike can provide access to places a car cannot, as well as the opportunity to get somewhere faster.

However, even though helmets are required while riding a motorcycle in California, more than 5,000 motorcyclists died in traffic accidents in 2017. Considering how common lane splitting is, you must be concerned about keeping your focus on the road regardless of the type of vehicle you are driving. Even if you have no personal interest in riding a motorcycle and feel safer inside your Mercedes, it is important to consider things you can do to help protect yourself and those around you.

Motor vehicle accidents: Fatal crash in California

A fatal car accident in Vacaville has left one person dead and another in custody, according to local sources. The California Highway Patrol has confirmed the death of an unidentified driver after his vehicle was struck by a driver going the wrong way. That driver has been arrested on suspicion of DUI. As with many motor vehicle accidents causing injury or death, this one is still under investigation. 

According to the accident report, around 1:30 a.m. on the morning of Jan. 26, a vehicle headed the wrong way on Interstate 80 eastbound was involved in a collision with another car. The force of the impact injured both drivers, and they were taken to a local hospital for treatment. Unfortunately, the driver of the second car succumbed to injuries suffered in the accident and was pronounced dead later that day. 

Stay safe on the road this winter

Winter can be a dangerous time for traffic accidents, especially if you are traveling to an area that gets snow and ice. In that case, the potential for slippery conditions with low visibility can make for a particularly treacherous drive.

Whatever the weather may be where you live, there are some precautions you can take to help ensure your safety and that of your family during winter driving. As on any other day, make sure to wear your seatbelt, and buckle children in safely to car seats. In addition, follow these tips to make winter driving safer:

What counts as distracted driving?

When most people think of a distracted driver, the image of a motorist texting behind the wheel often comes to mind. While this is common and a serious danger to other drivers, distracted driving is broader than just sending a message.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines three types of distracted driving:

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