Car accidents happen more often in California than any other state in the United States simply due to the volume of traffic on the intricate highway system. This is especially true in urban areas from San Diego to Orange County to Los Angeles and the Inland Empire. In fact it is estimated that over one third of the land area in the L.A. Basin including the San Fernando Valley is covered by freeways.
Why Are Vehicular Collisions So Frequent in The Golden State?
In a recent report taken by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration NHTSA, there were more than 39,000 persons fatally wounded in traffic collisions and 1,743,000 that were injured in auto accidents during a one year period. The amount of injured persons per year is dropping steadily, however, there is still an incredibly high rate of people that are either being hurt, or even killed in auto accidents every year. Due to the high level of automobile usage and lack of mass transit, a high majority of these incidents occur in and around major metropolitan areas like the City of Angels and the surrounding communities like South Bay, the O.C. and the San Gabriel Valley. It is equally true in Orange County and the Inland Empire.
Why Is It Important to Seek Prompt Medical Treatment and Legal Consultation Following a Traffic Mishap?
If you are injured in an auto crash, it is important to follow a procedure that will provide all the necessary information to your insurance carrier and to support your injury claim in the event that you need to file a lawsuit for compensation. As a priority, schedule an appointment immediately after the collision so that a licensed medical professional can provide you with a clean bill of health upon completion of medical treatment. You should also consult with an attorney as soon as possible to keep from reducing the value of your claims.
Common Car Accident Injuries:
* Back – Spinal, cervical, thoracic, lumbar
* Head – Traumatic Brain Injury, concussion
* Neck – Whiplash, cervical fractures, sprains
* Body / Extremities – Broken bones, arm, leg, foot, shoulder, ribs
If you are not able to return to normal activities then it is even more important to keep accurate records of all of your appointments that you have with your physician and to ask for copies of the medical reports so that you will be able to re-produce these documents if necessary. Your insurance carrier will also need a copy of the medical records so that they can process the information as well. If you are injured and plan on filing a claim for injury compensation, contact a personal injury lawyer that is experienced in settling auto accident injury claims as soon as you can. Our office has over 35 years of combined experience representing car accident victims throughout the State of California. Steven M. Sweat has an established reputation as evidenced by being awarded the “Super Lawyer” designation by Thomson Reuters News Service and Los Angeles Magazine for personal injury attorneys who represent accident victims which puts him in the top 5% of car accident lawyers in the State of California. Glotzer & Sweat, LLP has recovered millions of dollars for auto accident victims throughout California. We are experienced trial attorneys with the ability to prosecute even the most difficult personal injury and wrongful death claims arising out of car crashes.
What Damages Is A Victim of a Car Crash in CA Able to Recover?
Under California law, you are able to recover:
- Cost of Present and Future Medical Treatment (including physical therapy, surgery, ambulance transportation costs, and the cost of medical devices like crutches, braces, and walkers).
- Past and future lost earnings and wages.
- Cost of Repair or Fair Market Replacement Value of Any Property (including the vehicle and any other personal property damaged in the incident)
- Current and projected physical pain, mental suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, disfigurement, physical impairment, inconvenience, grief, anxiety, humiliation and emotional distress. These are what are known as Non-Economic or General Damages.
Common Example of Recent Client We Helped Obtain Personal Injury Compensation After a Car Wreck:
Our client was 25 years old, active in various intramural sports and a manager at his place of employment. He was stopped at a red light in a major intersection in Southern California when the driver behind him (distracted by her cell phone and not noticing the traffic had stopped in front of her) rear ended our client at a significant rate of speed. We assisted our client in getting quality medical treatment (including and MRI, which revealed a herniated disc in his back). We found a neurosurgeon to perform a repair of the disc and he followed up with physical therapy and was eventually able to return to work and playing sports. He received a significant 6 figure settlement for his lost wages, medical expenses, and emotional distress related to the accident. Note: “this testimonial or endorsement does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter.”
Note: The types of claims that can be made after a car accident and the parties who may be liable are discussed in our BLOG.
When you need an attorney who will fight for maximum compensation for any car accident claim in California, call us Statewide at our toll free number: 866-229-0101. Consultations are always free and there are no up front fees or cost and no fees at all until we recover money for you!
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