Every day, sadly, a car crash or deadly collision occur on our roads, freeways, streets and intersections. Passengers and drivers alike can be subject to fatal injuries and risk dangerous consequences as a result of the car accident they were involved in. Many cars may have young children who are minors, or elderly victims, or even pregnant women traveling to their destination. These accidents may be preventable but the damages that arise both physically and emotionally to their victims can be traumatic, significant and long-lasting. The need for medical treatment, health care, surgery and even immediate transportation by ambulance are all considerations one must think about. The cost and burden of payment for these medical bills, and possibly even the potential inability to work are secondary thoughts that come to mind in a tragic car accident. Property damage may be the last consideration that comes to mind when the injuries are severe. Injuries can range from soft-tissue injuries needing only physical therapy to back surgery and broken bones, burns, amputations, paralysis and worse.
Causes of California Car Accidents
Individuals who have been drinking, pedestrians, speeders, people driving at night, and drivers who flee the scene (hit and run) most commonly cause auto accidents. Incidents of speeding and being unable to break in a timely manner due to their unsafe driving speed which is a violation of California Vehicle Code Section 22350. Auto accidents also occur when a person operates a car in a careless or unsafe manner. This might include ignoring traffic signals, following too closely, or being distracted by eating, texting, or talking on a cell phone.
In all of these cases, a person has been “negligent” in following general rules of automobile safety and using “reasonable care” in operating a car. The negligent person is considered to be at fault in the accident.
Auto Accident Statistics
An average driver in the U.S. drives more than 13,000 miles a year on streets and highways that may see average traffic of 11,000 to 50,000 vehicles a day. Driving a car has become even more challenging with the increase in the number of motorcyclists, bicyclists and distracted drivers who are flooding the freeways. Car accident attorneys assist drivers who are involved in car accidents.
In 2009, more than 13,000 people died in passenger car accidents alone across the United States.
Faced with these statistics, motorists should be prepared for auto accidents, know how to handle themselves in an accident, and know in advance a reliable accident attorney. Contact auto accident attorney Los Angeles firm Jacoby & Meyers before an accident so you are prepared!
What To Do After a Car Accident
Once an accident occurs, it is important for both the injured passenges and drivers to seek out immediate medical attention. Where the injuries are severe, an ambulance must be called. In devastating car accidents, always call the police to arrive and take a full police report of the scene, weather conditions and a determination of who is at fault for the accident. A police officer may even issue a citation to one of the drivers if a California Vehicle Code section was violated such as 2250, for unsafe speed. Before the drivers can leave the scene, they should exchange their driver's license and insurance policy. Make sure to copy the information onto a piece of paper, take a photograph with your phone or somehow make a record of it and keep it safe. If there is still time, make a note of the intersection or location of the accident, take photographs of the street and vehicles involved and keep a file for yourself and your attorney.
Some things you may want to consider or remember if possible to do so include:
- Road and weather conditions.
- Specifics about other cars involved in the accident: license number and registration at a minimum.
- Names and contact information of witnesses and passengers inside the vehicles.
- Pictures of the accident and the cars.
- Names of witnesses, including contact information.
- Do not say or do anything that would indicate that you accept responsibility for the accident. This is particularly important if there are police at the scene
- Contact a reliable car accident attorney.
- Delay settling with your insurance company until you know the full extent of the accident.
- Get a copy of the accident report.
Jacoby & Meyers can quickly respond to an accident, gather necessary information and preserve evidence. Contact Jacoby and Meyers as soon as possible after an accident.
Jacoby & Meyers: America's Most Trusted Law Firm
The lawyers at Jacoby & Meyers have demonstrated over and over again that they are reliable car accident attorneys. Jacoby & Meyers has more than 40 years of experience and has successfully handled more than 100,000 auto accident cases. In addition to the extensive experience of its lawyers, Jacoby & Meyers uses proven experts in investigation, economic analysis and other areas that are essential for documenting the costs and compensation required in an auto accident case. To date, our clients have received more than $1 billion in compensation.
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