Every year across the United States millions of people are injured in car accidents and many of them die from their injuries. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of injury for people ages 3-34, and injuries can range from minor to severe depending upon the circumstances of the accident. Broken bones, cuts, whiplash, brain injury, spinal cord injury, knee damage, and back injuries can all result from car accidents.
Regardless of your specific injuries you will want to speak with a Santa Clarita personal injury lawyer who will determine what should be done in your situation. A close examination of your case may reveal that another driver, auto manufacturer, or auto mechanic was responsible for the car accident and the subsequent injuries and our lawyers will do everything they can to make sure compensation is provided by the responsible parties. Driver errors are responsible for a majority of car accidents in Santa Clarita and if your accident was caused by another driver who was acting carelessly or recklessly behind the wheel you may be entitled to compensation for medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Some of the most frequently occurring driver errors include:
Distracted Driver Accidents
Driving while distracted is one of the leading causes of accidents in California and the United States. One of the largest contributing factors is cell phone use, but other forms of distracted driving include changing the radio station, eating, talking to other passengers and more.
Drunk Driving Accidents
If you were hit by a drunk driver, that individual will likely be arrested and charged with a DUI. These accidents often result in injuries. While the driver is already facing criminal penalties, you could bring a personal injury lawsuit against them for the damages that you suffered.
These types of accidents are most commonly caused by tailgating and other types of aggressive driving. Rear-end collisions are almost always determined to be the fault of the driver in back. These collisions can cause significant body damage to vehicles as well as put the passengers in serious danger of being injured.
Reckless Driving Accidents
Reckless driving is also often referred to as aggressive driving or even road rage in some circumstances. Reckless driving is careless driving, and these drivers pay little regard to the safety of others on the road. Those hit or injured by reckless drivers may be able to file claims or lawsuits for compensation.
One of the most common types of aggressive driving is speeding or excessive speeding. Statistically, California typically leads the entire United States in number of speeding-related traffic fatalities per year. Speeding drivers can face traffic citations, but they can also face civil penalties. If you were hit by a speeding driver, you may be entitled to legal representation.
Texting While Driving Accidents
Cell phone use, particularly texting, and driving is one of the leading causes of avoidable accidents in the United States. Although it is now illegal to text and drive in California, many people continue to do so. This may have contributed to your car crash.
Sometimes a car accident may occur that is not your fault or the fault of the other driver. Instead, it may be a topographical factor that causes the collision. For example, a massive pothole on a road or poor lighting may be reasons for an accident that would have been avoidable if the city was more careful to maintain the roads. Also, if the city fails to post necessary warning signs then this can be grounds for a dangerous road lawsuit.
According to the United States Census Bureau, there is an average of three to five thousand car accident fatalities each year in the State of California. Statistically, California has the highest car accident fatality rate in the entire United States. Throughout the United States, there are around 40,000 to 50,000 drivers involved in fatal motor vehicle collisions due to alcohol related causes, making drinking and driving one of the deadliest types of negligence on America's roadways today. Unfortunately, many car accidents could have been avoided had the necessary precautions been taken. If a negligent driver hit you, then they will likely be issued a traffic citation or even a criminal allegation such as a DUI. These actions do not necessarily translate into compensation for victims, which is why our firm encourages car accident victims to contact a Santa Clarita car accident attorney at our firm to inquire about taking civil action against the other driver.
Drivers, passengers, and pedestrians can all be injured in car accidents and no matter what your injuries are we highly advise you to speak with a personal injury lawyer at our firm. Your first consultation is free, so you take no risk by consulting with a lawyer who will determine if any action needs to be taken in regards to the car accident that caused your injuries. Take the first step toward the compensation you deserve and contact a Santa Clarita car accident lawyer from our firm!