Causes Of Car AccidentsA car accident can occur at any point in time in any location. There may be head-on collisions in parking lots, rear-end accidents on the freeway, T-bone crashes at intersections, and sideswipes in residential neighborhoods. The accidents can cause irreparable damage to the vehicles and to the bodies of those involved. Given that the majority of car accidents are caused by lack of attention, all drivers should be more wary and careful when on the road. All drivers owe a duty of care to everyone else ad should not place anyone in danger by driving recklessly. However, some examples of the causes of car crashes include:
- Driving while drunk
- Texting while driving
- Exhausted driving
- Running red lights and yellow lights
- Running stop signs
- Improper merging
- Vehicle defects
- Road hazards
- Street defects
- Turning left into oncoming traffic
- Ignoring right of way laws
- Turning into crosswalks while pedestrians are crossing
- Failing to give the right of way to trucks, buses, and other such vehicles
- Driving in the bike lane
Injuries From Car AccidentsA car accident can result in any number of injuries, some of which may be minor and others of which may be permanent and severe. The type of accident can contribute to the form of injury you receive; many individuals who are involved in rear-end accidents suffer more back and whiplash injuries, while there are more fatalities in head-on collisions than any other type. Some of the injuries we have seen from accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Closed head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Nerve damage
- Muscle damage
- ACL, LCL, and MCL injuries in the knee
- Hip injuries
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
- Herniated or slipped discs
- Sprains and strains
- Abrasions and lacerations
- Facial injuries
- Crushing injuries
- Puncture wounds
- Severed limbs and digits
- Paraplegia and quadriplegia
- Limb paralysis
Steps To Take After A Car AccidentAs confusing as it may be to be involved in a car accident, it is important that you stay calm and gather evidence for your case. You should have ample proof of the situation so that you are not out of luck when it comes time to sue. Often, victims will be flustered or just want to go home; some may even leave the scene of the accident and not get the information they need. This can completely ruin the chances of success with a claim. If you want the best path to winning compensation, you can follow these steps: Get medical help from the paramedics or go to the doctor as soon as you can after the accident to prevent a gap between the injuries and the treatment. If you were not hurt, you should still get checked out, as some injuries may not show up immediately or may be masked due to adrenaline. Take photos of your injuries, the damage to your vehicle and the other cars involved, the scene of the accident, and other things in the environment that were harmed. You should always be sure to have ample photos, even videos, as they can showcase the angle of impact and extent of damage. Write down the contact information and insurance details of the driver who hit you so you have the proper target for your claim. Interview eyewitnesses nearby and passengers in other vehicles who saw the accident and who can provide statements and testimonies to back up your claim. If the police were involved and came to the scene to investigate, you can request a copy of the police report. It is important that you contact a car accident attorney in San Clemente who can handle your lawsuit for you. You may not have the legal experience necessary to win your case, or you may be too injured to adequately pursue legal action. We can help you gather evidence and deal with the legal legwork of the case while you focus on recovering.
Car Accident CompensationThe results of a car accident can be devastating and could result in you having numerous expenses and debts. You may not have the funds to cover these fees and if you do not act, you’ll be stripped of some privileges. You may not be able to drive if you can’t make payments, fall behind on rent due to being unable to work, damage your credit because your money was directed elsewhere, and much more. Our team of San Clemente car accident attorneys will strive to secure you every penny you deserve from the insurance agency to cover your various debts, including:
- Medical expenses from the past and future for surgery, hospitalization, medication, physical therapy and rehabilitation, and more
- Property damage to your vehicle and replacement of any lost or broken items and personal belongings
- Lost wages from the past and future if you were unable to go to work due to the injuries or ensuing recovery time
- Pain and suffering damages to cover emotional trauma, PTSD, fear, anxiety, psychological suffering, and more
- Wrongful death expenses in the event a loved one or family member died in the crash or due to injuries from the crash, which may include compensation such as funeral fees, burial costs, coffin or casket expenses, pre-death medical expenses, pre-death pain and suffering, loss of consortium and relations, loss of inheritance and savings, and more
- Punitive damages, which are additional sums of monetary compensation handed out to when the defendant acted with gross negligence or intentionally tried to harm you, but these funds are difficult to win due to judges and juries viewing them as excessive or unnecessary
Learn more about your legal options by chatting with a representative now.For the best chance at earning the maximum settlement from your car accident lawsuit, get in touch with our San Clemente car accident lawyers today.
Deadline To Sue For A Car AccidentYou do not have an unlimited amount of time to file a lawsuit against the responsible party in a car crash. California State law dictates that personal injury lawsuits must be filed within 2 years of the injury or you will be barred from receiving compensation. Claims should be filed quickly because evidence can get corrupted or lost, memories can become foggy, and the damages may be fully covered with no reason to be compensated. It is in your best interest to take action quickly to ensure that you have the maximum settlement given to you for your damages. The statute of limitations can be tolled, or extended or suspended, in some circumstances. The most common circumstances include:
- Age of the plaintiff: Plaintiffs who are underage do not have to adhere to the statute of limitations for their claim until they turn 18 years old and can legally sue.
- Mental or physical status of the plaintiff: If a plaintiff is severely wounded and physically unable to file a claim, or if he is mentally unfit to sue, the statute can be temporarily suspended until he returns to a fit and functional state.
- Defendant’s location: If the defendant has left the state, the plaintiff cannot file a claim against him. The statute would then be suspended for as long as he is gone and would be reinstated when he returns.
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