Richmond, California Car Accident & Personal Injury Lawyer
When a car accident occurs, the consequences can be life-altering. For example a 21-year-old woman was killed in an accident that occurred at the Cutting Boulevard exit off Interstate 80 (I-80) in Richmond. The 21-year-old woman was a passenger in a 2003 Lexus that was reportedly being operated by someone under the influence of alcohol, according to East Bay Times.
Unfortunately, far too many California residents are finding themselves seriously injured and dead in major car wrecks. In 2016, it was reported that over 3,600 people in California were killed in automobile collisions, according to the National Safety Council. That represents a 13 percent increase from the number of fatalities in 2015.
Nationally, the numbers are not much of an improvement. It has been reported that more than 37,000 people die in car wrecks each and every year with an additional 2.35 million suffering bodily injuries.
Understanding the Most Common Causes of Car Wrecks
A car accident can occur in a variety of circumstances. Nevertheless, there are some fact patterns that appear more frequently on Richmond roads and highways. For example, a common cause is distracted driving. This has become more prevalent with the advent of mobile smart phones and texting. Drivers often stare at their phones while driving, which creates an environment where a serious collision can occur. According to the CDC, approximately nine people are killed in distracted driving accident and more than 1,000 others suffer serious injuries in these types of collisions.
In addition to distracted driving, a common cause of Richmond car wrecks is speeding. In fact, an excess of 50,000 collisions involving a speeding driver occur each year in California.
Another common cause of serious wrecks is drunk driving. In fact, roughly 12,000 collisions occur each year in California where a drunk driver was the culprit of the wreck. Of these 12,000 accidents, more than 500 involve someone losing their life.
Other common causes of car wrecks include motorists who fail to pay attention to the road, neglect to be vigilant of other drivers and pedestrians, and failing to fully stop at a stop sign or stop light.
Car Accident Injuries Can Be Devastating
When a car crash happens, the injuries inflicted on the drivers and any occupants can be devastating and so severe that you require weeks or months of medical treatment to try and repair the damage to your body. Some of the most commonly reported car accident injuries include:
- Bone fractures
- Cuts and facial lacerations
- Traumatic brain injury or open head wound
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
- Partial or full paralysis
- Nerve damage
- Neck injuries
- Loss of a limb
These are injuries that you do not simply bounce back from. The injuries described above will entail multiple visits to your primary care physician, physical therapist, and other medical professionals. You may also need surgery.
Pursuing Financial Restitution Through a Car Accident Injury Claim
As you can see, a serious injury from a car accident can place a major strain on your bodily health and finances. You could be looking at massive medical expenses and lost income (if you cannot return to your job for an extended period of time). To make matters worse, the insurance company for the other driver is not responsible for paying your medical expenses and lost wages immediately after the accident. This means you are responsible for paying your medical expenses. You can seek to be reimbursed for those costs through a personal injury claim.
The types of monetary damages you can pursue through a car accident personal injury include, as mentioned, a financial recovery for the medical costs you incurred and are likely to incur in the future and the wages you lost due to your injuries. You can also pursue damages for the more imperceptible harms associated with a car accident injury such as emotional distress, anxiety, mental anguish, inconvenience, and other forms of pain and suffering.
After a serious car wreck, you may be unsure about whether you have a viable personal injury claim. To be clear, in order to have a viable claim there needs to be: (i) evidence that the car accident was caused, even if only partially caused, by the negligence of the other driver and (ii) you or a loved one suffered harms and losses from the collision.
Be Prepared for a Call from the Other Driver's Insurance Company
Do not be surprised if you receive a call from an insurance adjuster for the other driver's auto insurance company. This is a common tactic used by virtually all insurance companies. They want to make contact as soon as possible, convince you to give a recorded statement, and make you a low-ball settlement offer. This is why it makes more sense to avoid speaking with the adjuster until you have had a chance to speak to an experienced Richmond, California car accident attorney. During the recorded statement, seemingly innocuous and innocent comments can be twisted by the insurance company in an effort to reduce or deny your claim. This is why you should only give a recorded statement with your attorney on the line.
Be Aware of the Car Accident Statute of Limitations
Waiting to contact an accident lawyer is bad for a number of reasons. One of the big reasons is the statute of limitations. This is a statutory deadline that all plaintiffs must comply with when filing a personal injury lawsuit in a civil court. According to the California Code of Civil Procedure § 335.1, there is a two year window to file a personal injury action against the other driver. When you factor in the time needed to investigate your car accident, contact witnesses, analyze medical bills, etc., it is apparent that taking action right away is extremely important to improve your chances of obtaining a financial recovery. Contact a Richmond CA car accident lawyer to help you navigate through the complex personal injury claims process.Richmond, California Car Accident & Personal Injury Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Richmond CA car accident lawyer. If you or someone you hold dear has suffered injury or death in a Richmond car accident, please reach out to me for compassionate, free and friendly legal advice. I can be reached at (510) 631-0200 or toll free at (800) 404-5400.
I am a member of the California Million Dollar Advocate Forum. We are a group of top ranking injury lawyers in the United States. Attorneys in the forum have obtained minimum verdicts of $1 Million Dollars or more.
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