California motorists have a duty to share the roads, respect one another's safety, and behave in a way that guarantees the safety of others. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Different forms of negligence, carelessness, or recklessness can be the direct cause of a serious accident.
Because California courts will decide who is at fault in a car accident based on the laws that establish and define negligence, it will be crucial to speak with a Los Angeles personal injury attorney who understands the laws. Determining the severity of your damages and directly correlating your injuries with the degree of someone else's negligent behavior can help you maximize your money.
Many times, when someone fails to operate a motor vehicle responsibly, the reckless driver will be putting the lives of others in direct danger. If you were injured in a car accident that was caused by no fault of your own, you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation.
Common causes of accidents can include any of the following:
Speeding, Tailgating, or Other Forms of Aggressive Driving
Reckless behavior such as speeding and tailgating are incredibly dangerous. Driving over the speed limit or following too close behind another car, truck, or motorcycle will not only put you at risk, but will also endanger the lives of other motorists on the road.
Texting While Driving
Despite recent legislation that has made texting behind the wheel illegal, many drivers still cannot put their phones down while driving. Californians are known for living their high-paced lives and juggling multiple tasks at once. Unfortunately, distracted driving such as texting, sending emails, or talking on the phone can take your attention away from what is in front of you.
Like texting or talking on the phone, distracted driving is a huge contributor to fatal car crashes in California. Distracted driving takes many forms, including applying makeup or self-grooming, changing the radio station, adjusting the GPS, eating, or reaching down to pick up something. Simply taking your eyes away from the road for a split second could cause serious injuries or even death.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
Driving while intoxicated is not only illegal, but it is generally thought of as one of the most negligent and irresponsible decisions a driver can make. Any time a person gets behind the wheel while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol, they can be jeopardizing the lives of everyone on the road.
Perhaps one of the most underestimated causes of car accidents and truck accidents, driver fatigue is known to be one of the leading causes of fatal collisions. In fact, studies have proven that driving fatigued is just as dangerous as driving under the influence.
Product Failure and Auto Part Defect
Automotive defects have caused some of the most publicized car accidents. Negligent manufacturers have released defective car parts that have been used by drivers across the nation. Mass product recalls have included defective brake systems, tires and wheels, seatbelts, airbags, and even engines.
Do not think that another driver will always be responsible for a car accident. Other factors like bad weather or bad road conditions can contribute to a crash as well. In these circumstances, only an attorney can determine other options to seek compensation or determine if a company, manufacturer, municipality, or entity can be held responsible for the damages.
At The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus, we have a reputation in California and throughout the nation for conducting thorough and meticulous investigations on behalf of our clients. We aren't afraid to hold major product manufacturers, trucking companies, municipalities, or individuals accountable for your injuries.
Though we believe that the proof of our skills can be seen in our unmatched trial victories and case results, we are most proud of how satisfied our past 12,000 clients have been with our level of advocacy. As an innocently injured victim, you deserve justice. We work tirelessly to make certain that you receive the justice to which you are entitled.
If you still have any doubt in our abilities, we encourage you to consult our firm as soon as possible!