In the state of California, there are approximately 3,000 traffic fatalities each year. In the year 2009, California was number one in the United States for the highest number of speeding related traffic fatalities in the entire United States. Driving over the speed limit is just one type of reckless driving practice among many. Reckless driving involves any failure to heed traffic laws and a disregard for the safety of other drivers and passengers on the road. If you were injured in an accident that was caused by a reckless driver, you can take legal action. Filing a personal injury lawsuit on the basis of negligence might be successful with the help of the right attorney.
A Santa Clarita car accident attorney from the firm can provide you with the representation you need. Tailgating is another type of reckless driving practice that also falls under the category of aggressive driving. When drivers follow too closely behind others, they are at an increased risk of causing an accident such as a rear-end collision. Leaving little room between cars can make it nearly impossible to break in the event that traffic slows. When determining liability, rear-end accidents are almost always the sole fault of the driver that was doing the tailgating. Disregarding traffic signals is another type of reckless driving that is also a type of carelessness.
Failure to stop or yield can cause serious collisions since two vehicles will likely impact each other going at full speed. Aggressive lane changing is a type of road rage that is not only dangerous, but it can warrant a traffic citation. Drivers in California are required to signal for three seconds before changing lanes. With aggressive lane changing, drivers will change multiple lanes at one time, often without using the proper turn signals.
If you were hit by a car while the driver was changing lanes, you may be entitled to filing this type of claim for compensation. Reckless driving and road rage not only cause damage to vehicles, but they can also turn fatal. Some of the most severe accidents that occur on California's roadways are caused by reckless drivers. If you were involved in this type of accident, speak with someone from The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus.
If you are involved in a car accident, one of the first things that will happen is that law enforcement will arrive at the scene. These officials will be able to take down initial information as well as witness statements (if any). If your injuries are serious, you may be transported to the hospital for a medical evaluation. Police reports and medical records are vital pieces of information when evaluating liability in a car accident. They may also prove useful if you are considering filing a personal injury lawsuit against the reckless driver who hit you.
At The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus, we can evaluate your case to determine what kind of legal action you may be able to take. We offer free consultations, so do not hesitate to call and speak with us. You may be entitled to financial compensation to cover the cost of your medical expenses, damage to your vehicle and even emotional trauma that you suffered as a result of the accident. To learn what you might be entitled to, please contact a Santa Clarita car accident attorney from the firm today!