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Automobile Accident Statistics
Motor vehicle accidents are one of the most common causes of serious injuries and death across the United States each year.1 Being the most populous state, California has more injuries and fatalities than any other state.2 Despite close monitoring of the causes of motor vehicle accidents and countless safety improvements in cars, road designs, and technology, traffic accidents are one of the most common types of civil tort cases filed by attorneys, and for good reasons. Cars are a part of most Californian’s lives and injuries from automobile accidents can potentially result in very severe injuries and death. Each year, California motor vehicle accidents are responsible for taking about 3,000 lives.3
Get the Legal Help You Need after a Sacramento Car Accident
Car accidents are generally the result of negligence behind the wheel and, while not all car accidents result in lawsuits, where injuries are considered serious, injured individuals deserve a zealous lawyer who will ensure they receive just compensation. Negligence behind the wheel has a combination of both a high risk of occurring and the potential of inflicting severe bodily injury. Accordingly, 48 out of 50 states require automobile insurance, including California. California is a tort state, commonly referred to as a “fault state,” with regard to car accidents. This means that there is no minimum threshold required to file a lawsuit and sue a negligent driver.
Car Accidents as a Result of Distractions
Drivers often times may become distracted for various reason, including talking to passengers, using their cell phone, adjusting their radio, or intoxication from drugs or alcohol. These distractions can cause serious automobile accidents due to failure to keep a proper distance from surrounding cars, not observing signs, running red lights, or unsafe lane charge, or other distraction-related negligence.
Car Accidents as a Result of Drivers Error
Often times a driver may make an error in calculation or judgement when driving which can result in a serious car accident. Things like failing to yield to pedestrians or other vehicles, failing to observe the proper right-of-way, or making unsafe lane changes can all cause an auto accident which may result in serious bodily injury or death. After an accident that is the result of another driver’s error, it is essential to obtain as much evidence and information as you reasonably can under the circumstances and contact a lawyer who can question witnesses and preserve any pertinent evidence to the case.
Failure to Properly Service Vehicle
Whether it is a car, truck, or bus, vehicles on the road need routine maintenance in order to be safe to operate. In trucks, buses, and even cars, failure to repair and replace bearing can cause numerous types of vehicle failures that can result in a serious accident when negligently maintained. More commonly, however, is the failure to maintain a vehicles breaks, which can negatively impact a vehicles stopping distance.
Larger Vehicle Collisions Such as Trucks and Buses
Larger vehicles often cause the most catastrophic of injuries. When a truck is involved in an accident due to maintenance negligence, the sheer size of the truck involved can cause a severe accident often resulting in serious bodily injury or death to the drivers and passengers in the cars involved in the accident. Buses have the added risk of injuries to the numerous passengers riding within the bus involved. Whether it is a car, truck, or bus, contacting an attorney soon after an accident, including one involving the failure to properly service the vehicle, is essential as evidence such as maintenance records will need to be obtained and preserved for you case.
Failure to Properly Maintain Roads
Often times, an accident may have multiple liable parties, including those responsible for road maintenance. A good example would be where a driver is driving too fast on a road which is poorly maintained by the city and hits a large pothole causing a serious collision with another vehicle. In this example, while the driver may have been negligent for driving too fast, but the city may also be negligent because the pothole may have also been partly responsible for the accident. In this case, it is important to retain a skilled attorney who can send out investigator to take pictures of the scene of the accident and preserve evidence essential to your case.
Failure to Provide Proper and Adequate Road Signals and Signs
Those responsible for road signals and signs may also be responsible where the signals or signs are poorly placed, poorly maintained, or inadequate. Failure to place proper signs and signals of a pedestrian crossing can often result in pedestrian accident. Additionally, intersection without proper signs or signals can cause severe automobile collisions resulting in serious bodily injury or death. Much like in the case of the failure to properly maintain roads, it is important to retain a skilled lawyer who can have investigators to visit the scene of the accident and preserve evidence essential to your case.
What are some of the Most Dangerous Types of Car Accidents?
Any type of car can cause serious injuries, including head-on collisions, rear-ending, side impact or “T-Bone” collisions, or rollover accidents.
Head-on collisions can result in very severe injuries due to the combined speed of the vehicles involved in the collision. After colliding head-on, injuries can include traumatic brain injuries (or “TBI”), neck injuries, back and spinal cord injuries, injuries to the lower extremities including the hip or legs, internal injuries, torn ligaments, and bone fractures.
Rear-End collision, like head-on collisions, can also be very severe depending on the nature of the impact. Cars, trucks, and buses colliding in any manner can cause severe injuries and rear-ends tend to be a very common type of injury inducing car accident.
Side Impacts or “T-Bone” Collisions
Side impact collision, commonly referred to as “T-Bone” collisions have risk of inducing all the same types of injuries as a head-on or rear-end collision. Side impact collisions or any collision affecting the structural integrity of the area surrounding the driver or passenger can be especially severe to those involved.
Much like discussed with side impact collisions, rollover accidents have the increased risk of compromised structural integrity of the objects and area around the drivers and passenger, particularly compressing or collapsing roof tops. Accordingly, the nature of rollover accidents pose a significant additional risk of serious bodily injuries or even death. Traumatic brain injuries and spine injuries are particularly common in rollover collisions due to compression to the vehicles roof top. Rollover accidents tend to be especially common in unsafely designed SUVs. Such SUVs may have the added potential of the vehicle manufacturer also being liable for producing an unsafe or defective vehicle.
What Damages Would I Be Entitled to Claim After an Automobile Accident Caused by Another Drivers Negligence, Defective Roads or Signals, and/or an Unsafely Designed Vehicle?
Car accidents and the injuries that result have the potential to cause more economic costs than just medical expenses already paid. There are usually additional recoverable economic losses, including future medical costs, lost wages, future loss of earnings, and future loss of earning potential. The recoverable non-economic losses include pain and suffering.
What Should I Do if I Have Been Involved In a Car Accident That Was Another Drivers Fault?
After a car accident, the first thing you should do is call for emergency medical treatment, if necessary, and call the police. If you are physically able, exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver and get the names and phone numbers of any eyewitnesses to the accident. Taking pictures of the scene of the accident and the vehicles involved could also prove to be valuable to your case. It is important you see a doctor as soon as you can after an accident. Report any symptoms you are feeling so your doctor is able to give you a full and comprehensive medical examination and order any necessary diagnostic tests to determine the nature and extent of your injuries. Once you or a relative is able, be sure to call a skilled California auto accident lawyer as soon as possible so that witnesses can be interviewed and key evidence can be preserved.
Automotive Accident Attorney In Sacramento
The Law Offices of John Steiner serves Sacramento and Northern California victims of motor vehicle collision, providing skilled, professional, and compassionate legal representation. If you or someone you know has been involved in a car accident, call us today for your no obligation free consultation with an attorney. We are ready to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We will schedule you to come in and meet with an attorney at one of our locations or we can come to you, so give us a call today.
1 U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). DOT HS 812 203 Summary of Statistical Findings. October 2015. (Stating that motor vehicle traffic crashes were among the top 10 causes of death in the United States).
2 United State Census Published State Population Totals Tables. 2010-2017; U.S. Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). (The Unites States census compiled from official state records by the Department of Transportation [DOT] analyzing motor vehicles accidents by state and showing that California leads as the state with the most traffic fatalities).
3 California had 3,107 traffic fatalities 2013 to 3,074 in 2014 according to the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) and the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). http://www.ots.ca.gov/OTS_and_Traffic_Safety/Score_Card.asp (last visited May. 30, 2017).
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