Tragically, thousands of drivers are killed in motor vehicle accidents on California’s roads each year. Although the number of deaths has been decreasing dramatically over the past several years, in 2010 alone there were 2,715 people killed in California in motor vehicle accidents. These shocking numbers don’t take into account the accidents in which there were serious injuries, sometimes so serious the victim requires a lifetime of care.
What were the reasons so many accidents occurred? In almost 30 percent of those accidents in which a fatality occurred, alcohol was a factor. Speeding was a factor in about a third of the accidents. Some other common causes of car accidents are distracted driving, running lights or stop signs, failure to yield, racing, bad weather, and failing to maintain control of a vehicle through curves. At times, defective automobile components could be to blame for an accident, such as defective brakes.
Among those fatal accidents, the majority involved only a single vehicle. But not only automobile passengers and drivers were killed in motor vehicle accidents. About 13 percent of the fatalities were motorcyclists, and 22 percent of those killed were pedestrians.
If you are one of the unfortunate victims of an automobile accident in California, your life can be thrown into a tailspin. You may face very high medical bills, physical pain, damage to your vehicle, and emotional stress from the accident. In addition, you may have insurance companies hassling you to settle the accident as quickly as possible. You are probably overwhelmed and dread doing anything.
However, immediately after the accident is the time to act. It can be vitally important to collect as much information as soon as possible after the accident. Witnesses memories may become foggy and evidence will dissipate. Insurance companies will begin their investigation right away and its important that you do too. Do not sign anything offered to you by an insurance company or anyone involved in the accident until youve had a chance to consult an attorney.
When you are choosing a personal injury to handle your claim, choose an attorney who will fight for your rights as well as provide excellent personal service. Donald Sjaarda is ready to help get you the justice you deserve. He focuses his practice exclusively on injury cases, and takes an aggressive approach in dealing with insurance companies and defense attorneys.
If you have been involved in an accident, you are probably wondering how much you could hope to win. Unfortunately, theres not a simple answer to that question. Every accident is different and every victim is different. If liability is established, you could be entitled to recover for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, damage to your vehicle, rehabilitation expenses, and more.
Have you been involved in an accident in California? If so, contact Donald Sjaarda, Orange County automobile accident attorney at 714-963-8216. My firm represents accident victims involved in the following types of vehicle accidents:
Drunk driving accidents
Other motor vehicle accidents
If you have the need for a Personal Injury Attorney that specializes in Vehicle Accidents cases call the Law Offices of Donald S. Sjaarda at 714-963-8216 for prompt attention to your case.
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