Helping the Injured Recover Since 1984
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, your life has been turned upside down. Your normal routine of working and caring for your family has suddenly come to an end. You are not only coping with an injury that may disable you, but without an income, who will pay for your family's needs and your medical care?
If you or a family member find yourself in that situation, you need an experienced legal team that understands your situation and can ensure:
- Your rights and your family are protected
- Your medical bills are paid
- Your legal claims will be resolved with the best possible outcome
You need to focus on recovery while AgnewBrusavich takes care of your legal claims and deals with the insurance companies. Since 1984, we have been meeting the legal needs of victims of serious accidents, including those injured due to automobile accidents.
How Common Are Car Accidents?
We all too often take our safety for granted when we drive. We go to the same places so often that driving can feel automatic. While driving is an everyday activity, over the years we have learned how dangerous it can truly be – more than 6 million car accidents occur every year, injuring over 2 million people. We have represented the families of those killed in these accidents and also those seriously injured, sometimes facing lifetime disabilities because something went terribly wrong during what was supposed to be just another trip.
The motor vehicle fatality and injury statistics for the state are sobering. According to the California Highway Patrol, in 2011:
- 2,835 people were killed, and 225,602 were injured in motor vehicle accidents in California.
- The number of those injured could fill the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum about two and a half times. With 28,463,152 motor vehicles registered in the state that year, these statistics should not come as a surprise.
- Nationwide 726 cyclists were killed, and about 49,000 were injured in motor vehicle accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. About 17 % of those fatalities, or 124 people killed, were in California.
How Drivers Cause Car Crashes
Drivers are most often the individuals who can be held responsible for damages in personal injury claims after car accidents because everyone on the road has a responsibility to drive safely. Any mistakes drivers make that contribute to crashes can be cited as negligence.
Some of the most frequent types of driver negligence involve:
- Distracted driving: Anything that takes a driver's eyes or attention away from the road or their hands away from the wheel can be considered distracted driving. These days texting while driving is the most common distraction, and taking just a couple of seconds to send a text is more than enough time for a collision to occur.
- Drunk driving: Though most Americans today know the dangers of driving while intoxicated, this unfortunately doesn't stop people from continuing to do it, which creates dangers for themselves and everyone else on the road. Alcohol impairs your motor functions and judgment, and encourages impulsiveness and risky decisions. All of this can create dangerous driving conditions.
- Speeding: When you drive above the speed limit, you inherently decrease the amount of time you have to respond to a road hazard before you collide with something or get into an accident. The higher the speed, the more forceful the impact of a crash can be, which means injuries will most likely be serious. Drivers who speed are also more likely to lose control of their cars when they make turns or have to swerve to avoid hitting an object.
Are Drivers Always to Blame for Accidents?
Though most car accidents are caused by driver errors, there are some instances in which other parties may be at fault. If you've ever seen an automaker put out a recall, then you know that sometimes faulty or defective car parts can contribute to accidents. Manufacturers and designers can be held liable for damages when their mistakes cause serious injuries.
In rarer cases, local governments and other parties can be at fault when cracked cement, road blocks, and wet roads create dangerous roadways. Poorly designed and maintained roadways are a hazard to all those who travel on them, whether they are pedestrians, in cars, in trucks, or on bicycles.
Some reasons why roads can be ultimately responsible for car crashes include:
- Roads may not have the capacity for the traffic
- They could be designed in a way that makes intersections hazardous
- Vehicles could lose traction due to water pools on the roadway instead of draining properly
- Poor pavement and potholes may cause drivers to swerve around these defects and collide with other vehicles
- Roads may be poorly lit
- Malfunctioning stop lights could endanger drivers
One 2012 survey estimates that the majority of California's counties' pavement quality is “at risk,” while only eight counties have a pavement rating of “good.” The American Road and Transportation Builders Association estimates that 10 percent of the nations' bridges are in urgent need of repair. Of the top one hundred bridges described as in most need of repair based on daily crossings, 79 are in California.
Don't worry if you're unsure who caused your accident – our Torrance car accident attorneys can handle the details of your case while you rest and heal. Call us for a free consultation today at (310) 793-1400.