According to the latest data revealed by the California Office of Traffic Safety, thousands of people are injured or killed in automobile accidents in San Diego every year.
More than 18,000 people were injured or died in the San Diego County in 2012.
Of those, 5,500 were within the boundaries of the City of San Diego.
While it is true that no one plans to be involved in an auto accident, statistics indicate that thousands of people will be killed or injured each year in road collisions in San Diego County.
After such an incident, hiring the services of an personal injury accident lawyer should be your top priority.
According to police reports, the most common places for car accidents in San Diego are the following:
- Interstate 15
- Mercy Road near Branicole Lane
- Pomerado Road near Fieldstone Drive
- Melrose Drive
Common Causes For Car Accidents in San Diego
The California Department of Motor Vehicles on its website www.dmv.ca.gov has listed a number of distractions that can be very dangerous for drivers:
Changing CDs, adjusting the radio: These small distractions can steal a second of the driver’s time.
Use of the cell phone: One of the most common causes by which accidents happen – accidents that in most cases become fatal, and could have been avoided.
Eating while driving: Although it does not seem like it, eating and driving at the same time is part of the cause of distracted driving and is very dangerous.
Distracted by passengers: External distractions are bad enough, but passengers also play an important role in sharing responsibility for safe travel.
Excessive speed: Definitely not a good idea; our ability to react diminishes.
Drugs or alcohol: being under the influence can definitely impair a persons ability to drive
Common Injuries From Car Accidents in San Diego
There are countless ways traffic accidents happen in San Diego, and even more ways that one of the occupants of the vehicles could get hurt during these incidents.
Here are the most common types of traffic accident injuries (in no particular order).
Injuries to the legs – including fractures of the femur, tibia, fibula or bones in the ankles and feet, tears of cartilage of the knees, nerve damage in feet and legs
Internal injuries – including injury or perforation to the kidneys, spleen, liver, or other organs
Back injuries – including herniated discs and vertebral fractures, sprains and muscle tearing
Spinal injuries – when the spinal cord is injured or broken by fragments of bone or ligaments this can cause chronic pain, limited mobility, or even paralysis
Broken bones – a very common injury from a car accident is broken bones
Concussion – all too common in bad car accidents
Neck injury – common injury in rear end accidents
Contact a Car Accident Attorney
When you are injured in a car accident you’ll definitely want an experienced lawyer on your side to help fight the insurance companies.
Our San Diego car accident attorneys can:
- Get police reports
- Use a network of experts and researchers to reconstruct the facts of the collision
- Help prove who is responsible
- Help explain how injuries occurred
- Such specialists include experts in reconstruction of facts, engineers and experts in biomechanics, among others
Our experienced injury attorneys at the Avrek Law Firm will fight for you and your family.
Work with a top law firm like Avrek Law and get the experts on your side.
What Is My Car Accident Claim Worth?
Our firm strives to recover the full compensation our clients deserve for car accident injuries including:
- All of your past charges, future medical, hospital, physical therapy, psychological, and dental charges
- All past and future loss of income and also all lost time on the job, even if paid for it by absence of sickness, vacation, or other benefits
- Loss of enjoyment of life and activities lost
- All past and future pain, suffering, and emotional distress
- All damages to property as for upgraded cars and other vehicles, rental costs, and all property use losses
- Any decrease in the value of your property, which is the difference in value after it has been repaired compared to its value before the collision
- All appropriate damages allowed under California law
How Long Do I Have to Take Legal Action?
In California, you have a specific amount of time to file a lawsuit or resolve your claim.
The statute of limitations for a personal injury claim in California is two years from the date of the accident if the responsible party is a private person.
What this means is that you have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit or resolve your claim.
Common Types of Car Accidents
Car accidents happen way too often in San Diego and all over California.
Although there are many types of accidents to be aware of, some of the common types are below:
- Rear end accident
- Intersection accident
- Multiple car collisions
Is a Lawyer Necessary and How Much Does It Cost?
Having a car accident lawyer to represent you with your claim is crucial once you start dealing with insurance companies.
Insurance companies are not in the business of paying people money, so you need a great lawyer on your side.
We work based on contingency fees, which means you will not have to pay anything until we win your case.
Car Accident Checklist – What To Do After An Accident
Call 911 – If you are injured call 911 or seek medical attention immediately
Get out of harms way – move your car if possible out of traffic
Talk to witnesses – Exchange information, including names and all contact information for the driver and owner of each vehicle, all witnesses and passengers
Take photos – even using your cell phone to photograph the scene is OK
Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in San Diego here at Avrek Law