Car accidents can have tragic consequences for everyone involved. While some victims may eventually recover from their injuries, others will find that their lives are permanently altered after an accident. If you were involved in an accident caused by another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Unfortunately, residents of California are more likely to be injured in a car accident than those living in other metropolitan areas. With millions of drivers sharing the roadways of California each day, it’s no surprise that our state leads the nation in car accident fatalities. Insurance companies seek a quick settlement, which is often not in the victim’s best interest. If you have been involved in a car accident in California, you need an experienced auto accident lawyer to ensure that you receive a fair settlement.
CAR ACCIDENT STATISTICS
The California Office of Traffic Safety has recently published some important statistics about car accidents that occurred in 2014. These include:
- In 2015, there were 4,994 traffic fatalities in the state of California
- Of these, 28% of all fatalities were caused by a driver who was driving under the influence of alcohol
- Speeding was involved in approximately 34% of all accidents
- In 2015, traffic fatalities rose by the largest percentage in 50 years
- Cell phones
COMMON CAUSES OF CAR ACCIDENTS
Over and over again, we have noticed common factors that have contributed to car accidents in our clients’ cases. These include:
- Driver distraction
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Defective or poorly maintained vehicles
- Driving in adverse conditions
In addition to these, there are many other causes of car accidents that can be contributed to driver negligence. Regardless of the cause, we are confident that we can help you achieve a fair and just outcome.
ASSIGNING RESPONSIBILITY IN CAR ACCIDENT CASES
In California, you are entitled to compensation if you have been injured or suffered losses due to a car accident that was not your fault. The California Vehicle Code states that all drivers must exercise a degree of care that is reasonable for the circumstances. In order to be successful, your lawyer must successfully demonstrate that the other party did not act with reasonable care and that this contributed to the accident.
Why Choose Us
After a car accident, the involved insurance companies will seek to quickly identify the responsible party and calculate damages. While it is in their best interest to make a fast settlement, it is rarely a fair settlement for the victim(s). If you have been in an accident, we recommend that you do NOT speak to the other party’s insurance company until you have consulted with our professional and committed team.
At California Personal Injury Attorneys, we will fight relentlessly to help you achieve a fair settlement. We know that you may be suffering physically, emotionally, and financially as a result of the accident and will work with great sensitivity to support you during your recovery and lawsuit. We are dedicated to pursuing justice for all car accident victims – please contact us today to set up an initial consultation with one of our experienced lawyers.