There is an abundance of statistics outlining the prevalence and danger of car accidents in California. What is often lost in those statistics is the personal element to each of those accidents, which involve individual victims with lives that are destroyed in a matter of moments. Car accidents are an unfortunate reality for far too many victims forced to face the costs of medical treatment, loss of income and emotional pain and suffering. Motor vehicles are an invaluable source of transportation for much of the modern world but that does not remove the responsibility that each driver has to themselves and others to practice care when driving on the roads. Negligence in the car can lead to devastation on the road for innocent passengers, drivers, and pedestrians.
Of all the types of vehicle accidents that can occur on the road, car accidents are the most frequent and are the leading cause of injury among young drivers. There are many things that can go wrong on the road leading to a car accident, but the majority of accidents are caused by driver error, which accounts for 80% of all auto accidents.
Some common driver errors leading to car accidents include:
In addition to driver error, other causes of car accidents may occur and other parties can be held responsible if their negligence caused an accident. Mechanical failure has been known to cause car accidents in San Fernando Valley, and whether a part manufacturer, mechanic, or engineer is proven to be negligent, they may also be held liable for damages resulting from a car accident.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a car accident that was caused by another driver's errors, a San Fernando Valley personal injury attorney can help you. When a driver commits an error on the road that leads to the injury or death of another person, they can be held liable for damages. The lawyers at The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus assist car accident victims with personal injury claims and wrongful death suits, and we will fight hard to make sure negligent parties provide compensation to injured victims and their families.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 2,700 fatalities occurred from car accidents in 2011, which was a slight rise from 2010 data, but overall, a decline from previous years. Of these, more than 700 were linking to accidents involving alcohol-impaired drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of more than 0.08 percent. In 2011, most fatalities occurred during a single-vehicle accident with more than 1,700 crashes attributed to this type of accident.
The other most common fatal crash types in 2011:
For 2011, Los Angeles County was ranked as the most dangerous California county for car accident fatalities – with almost one-fifth of all fatalities coming from within its borders (516 fatalities). Second was San Bernardino County with 8 percent, third was San Diego County with 7 percent, and fourth was Riverside County with 7 percent. It is therefore important for residents of the San Fernando Valley to recognize the danger whenever they get behind the wheel on Los Angeles County roads.
If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident, or if you lost someone close to you in a fatal crash, it is important that you work with experienced legal counsel in the efforts to fight for maximum compensation. At our firm, we have more than two decades of legal experience that we can put to work for you. Since 1987, we have been working to help the injured throughout San Fernando Valley – you can trust us to help represent your best interests as we fight to help you recover just damages following a car accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, you should immediately contact a San Fernando Valley car accident attorney at The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus!