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Car accident statistics make clear that driving in California can be life-threatening. This is true even under ideal conditions, when drivers are focused and when roadways are in good condition. The risk of an auto accident increases significantly with adverse driver behavior or road conditions. Car accidents are mostly avoidable and the cause, in most cases, is human error.

If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident, whether it’s a car or motorcycle accident, tractor trailer wreck, or ATV injury, call our Irvine and Riverside California car accident lawyers at 1.888.333.5009 or contact us online. Avrek Law Firm, represents clients throughout Orange County and Riverside County. We will provide you with a free, no-obligation initial consultation and answer any questions you might have.

Top Causes of California Car Accidents in Irvine & Riverside


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Car crashes are one of the leading causes of death and injury in the United States. Every year approximately 30,000 Americans lose their lives in traffic accidents, and more than two million are injured.

In California alone there were 2,739 persons killed and 229,354 persons injured in auto crashes in 2010. That same year Orange and Riverside Counties collectively saw nearly 300 fatal accidents and more than 20,000 accidents resulting in injury.

Distracted Driving the Main Culprit of Auto Accidents in California

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that drivers make more than 200 decisions per mile traveled. Making the correct decision in every instance requires a driver’s full attention. Unfortunately, the growing use of handheld digital devices, including iPhones, Androids and other smartphones, creates more distractions today than ever before.

A groundbreaking study published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2006 found that driver inattention was the leading factor in most crashes and near-crashes. According to the research, 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes involve a distracted driver. The specific distracted driving behaviors that most often contribute to car wrecks are:

  • Cell phone use
  • Reaching for a moving object within the vehicle
  • Looking at something outside of the vehicle
  • Reading
  • Applying makeup

head on collisions require an experienced car accident lawyer on your sideWhile it is illegal in California to use a handheld cell phone or to text while driving, many people continue to engage in these behaviors. Public perception is that texting while driving—blamed for 1,600,000 accidents per year—is a teenage problem, but adults are actually more likely to text and drive than teens. Regardless of who texts and drives, it’s extremely dangerous. Studies show that texting while driving is six times as dangerous as drunk driving.

The use of a hands-free phone, permitted for drivers over the age of 18 in California, is thought to alleviate the risk associated with cell phone use. While this is true to some extent, hands-free devices do not eliminate cognitive distraction, as talking while driving leads to so-called “inattention blindness.”

Other Causes of Car Crashes in California

Distracted driving is the main cause of car accidents, but certainly not the only one. Other leading causes include:

  • DUI/DWI: Operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs and alcohol slows reaction times and impairs driving. Drunk driving is strongly correlated with fatal car accidents. Approximately 30 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities are alcohol-related. California lost 972 people to drunk driving in 2010 and an additional 17,000 were injured by alcohol involved collisions.
  • Drowsy driving: Driving while sleep deprived is nearly as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. The NHTSA estimates that 100,000 motor vehicle crashes per year are the result of driver fatigue.
  • Speeding: Speed is a factor in about 1 out of 3 fatal crashes, according to the NHTSA, making it the third leading factor in traffic accidents.
  • Roadway conditions: Snow, ice, and other adverse weather make driving more dangerous, especially when drivers are acting in the ways described above. The roadway itself, moreover, can increase accidents. Issues such as potholes, uneven pavement, signage problems, and poor road design make crashes more likely.

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If You Want To Recover Compensation For Your Car Crash Injuries You Need a Top Personal Injury Attorney

The people injured in a California car accident may be entitled to compensation for losses that include:

  • Medical bills
  • Rehabilitation
  • Lost wages and future lost wages
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • And more

Proving Fault in a Car Wreck: The Reason You Need a Car Accident Attorney

Some auto accidents, such as rear-end collisions, leave little doubt as to which driver is at fault. Other cases, however, depend on evidence, police reports, and eyewitness testimony. When cases are disputed, whether by the driver or the driver’s insurer, holding the negligent party responsible comes down to presenting a convincing case. This is where hiring an experienced California car accident attorney is critical, particularly when injuries are serious and medical bills runs into the hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars.

Contact an Experienced Auto Accident Lawyer in California to Get The Compensation You Deserve

When the stakes in a car accident are high, you need an experienced auto lawyer who will fight tirelessly on your behalf. With more than 30 years of combined experience and hundreds of millions of dollars recovered for injured clients, Avrek Law Firm’s car accident attorneys know what it takes to achieve top results. To schedule a free case review, contact us online or call 877-859-2328.

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Commercial Truck Accident Lawyers

Commercial trucks—also known as semi trucks, semi trailers, or tractor trailers—are a familiar site on America’s roadways. 761,000 tractor trailer drivers operate 3 million big rigs a distance of 93.5 billion miles in the U.S. on an annual basis.

Large trucks are responsible for delivering around 70 percent of all goods in the United States. The trucking industry brings in $650 billion in annual revenue, or 5% of America’s total GDP.

Our reliance on commercial trucking, however, doesn’t come without a cost. These trucks, which weigh 10,000 to 80,000 pounds, were involved in 3,341 fatal crashes and 60,000 injury crashes nationwide in 2011.

California has the third-most tractor trailer registrations in the country and the second-most fatal large truck crashes (281 deaths in 2011). Additionally in 2010, California had 5,065 injury truck accidents.

The sheer size of California and volume of vehicles on its roads account, in part, for the high number of large truck accident deaths and injuries in the state. California also has some of the nation’s busiest seaports where many trucks begin and end their journey.

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That doesn’t mean, however, that large truck accidents are simply the cost of doing business. Sometimes, business decisions are made by truck companies that place profits over public safety. In other cases, drivers themselves may act recklessly behind the wheel. When that wheel is guiding a multi-ton vehicle, the consequences are often catastrophic.

Avrek Law Firm, has extensive experience representing the victims of commercial truck accidents and their families. We understand the complex regulations that govern the trucking industry and explore every possible violation of laws or regulations that may have contributed to the crash.

To receive a free no-obligation consultation from Avrek Law Firm, contact us today. Our Irvine and Riverside vehicle accident attorneys represents clients throughout California, Orange County, LA and Riverside County. We will provide you with a free, no-obligation initial consultation and answer any questions you might have.

Truck Accidents in California

Accidents between commercial trucks and passenger vehicles are extremely dangerous for passengers and occupants. This should come as no surprise. Anyone who has ever ridden alongside a big rig in a car, truck, or SUV understands the size and weight differences between these vehicles.

A passenger vehicle that weighs 5,000 pounds is simply no match for an 80,000 pound behemoth. So despite their representing less than 5 percent of vehicles registered in the United States, large trucks do a disproportionate amount of damage, to both people and property, on America’s roadways. Key statistics include:

  • Approximately 1 out of 8 traffic fatalities involves a collision with a commercial truck.
  • 88,000 people were injured in large truck crashes in 2011.
  • In multi-vehicle crashes involving large trucks, 54.9% of fatalities occur to the drivers of other vehicles and 16.8% of fatalities occur to passengers of other vehicles. In injury crashes, drivers of motor vehicles suffered harm in 53.3% of crashes, while passengers were injured in 19.1% of incidents.
  • Commercial motor vehicle crashes cost Americans $87 billion in 2011.
  • Statistically, tractors pulling a trailer account for around 60% of commercial truck fatal crashes and 50% of injury crashes.
  • The most dangerous semi truck accidents are rollovers. These typically occur when truck tires go onto a loose surface and the driver loses control.
  • Nearly two-thirds of fatal truck crashes occur on rural roads. About 25% occur on Interstate highways.
  • Most crashes occur on weekdays.

Truck Accident Injuries

Given the size mismatch between passenger vehicles and commercial trucks, the resulting injuries are often severe and may include:

Truck Accident Types

Wide Turns

Rollovers

Jackknife

Tire Blowouts

Rear End

T-bone

Blindspot

Head-on

Lost Load

 

Truck Accident Liability

Commercial truck drivers are, by and large, responsible. They drive for a living, and losing their commercial driver’s license means in all likelihood losing their job.

According to data compiled by the Commercial Carriers Journal, rear-end collisions involving a tractor trailer and a passenger vehicle were the fault of car and truck drivers more than 75 percent of the time. In head on collisions, motor vehicle drivers were responsible 87 percent of the time. Truck drivers, of course, aren’t blameless.

They do cause accidents, and these accidents are often devastating to the drivers and passengers of other vehicles. The Department of Transportation cites the following truck driver-related factors in fatal crashes:

      • Speeding
      • Distraction/inattention (including cell phone use, eating, and being lost in thought)
      • Impairment (alcohol, fatigue, illness, etc.)
      • Failure to yield right of way
      • Obscured vision

Vehicle-related factors also play a role, albeit small, in severe truck accidents. Tires, the brake system, power train, lights, and other parts of a truck sometimes malfunction or stop working altogether.

At least one large truck vehicle-related factor played a role in 4.3% of fatal large truck crashes in 2011.

When investigating your truck accident case, Avrek Law Firm, will explore every detail in order to ensure that the driver was in compliance with state traffic laws, including things like speeding, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and distracted driving.

Our lawyers will also look into whether any of the many federal and state trucking statutes—overseen by bodies that include the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration—were violated. Common violations that can lead to accidents include:

        • Drivers with insufficient training;
        • Overloaded trucks;
        • Unsecured loads or improperly balanced loads;
        • Skipping mandated sleep breaks and driving too many hours;
        • Improperly maintained vehicles

It is not only the truck driver that can be found liable in a truck accident case. Among the players potentially responsible for a truck accident are:

        • The truck driver’s employer;
        • The truck owner or trailer owner;
        • The company leasing the truck or trailer;
        • The leasing company owner;
        • The manufacturer of a faulty truck part (i.e. product liability)
        • The party responsible for shipping or loading a truck’s cargo (in improper loading cases)

Each of the entities listed above have insurance to protect them in the aftermath of a trucking accident, and it’s not uncommon for these entities to fight among themselves over liability.

Whoever is responsible, Avrek Law Firm, will get to the bottom of it and secure maximum compensation to pay for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses for our clients.

Speak With a Knowledgeable California Truck Accident Attorney

Truck accidents are very different than typical motor vehicle accidents in terms of both the injuries they cause and the liabilities they trigger. Avrek Law Firm, attorneys have dealt with many truck accident cases.

We know how to investigate truck accidents and how to protect the rights of those injured by a big rig crash. To receive a free case review, call us toll-free at 1.888.333.5009 or send a secure online message. Avrek Law Firm, serves the victims of truck accidents in Los AngelesIrvine, Orange County, Riverside, and Riverside County.

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Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

In sunny Southern California, motorcyclists can ride year-round. But California is the third-deadliest state for motorcyclists, with 386 riders tragically losing their lives in the Golden State in 2011.

A pilot study performed by the NHTSA on motorcycle crash causation looked at crashes in Orange County and found that most wrecks occur on interstates and arterial roadways in commercial/business areas.

All too often, motorcyclists are injured despite their best efforts to be safe. Research suggests that accidents between motorcycles and other vehicle are the fault of car and truck drivers in a majority of cases.

Drivers are supposed to share the road with motorcycles. When they fail to do so and riders suffer injury as a result, negligent drivers can be held liable for medical treatment and other damages.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Irvine, Orange County, Los Angeles, or Riverside County, contact Avrek Law Firm, today.

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Avrek Law Firm, represents motorcycle accident victims, and we have a record of obtaining more than $750 million on behalf of our clients in injury claims.

We will provide you with a free, no-obligation initial consultation and answer any questions you might have.

Motorcycle Accidents in California

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is currently performing the most comprehensive motorcycle crash research effort in more than 30 years. The study, expected in 2015, should provide a wealth of information on what causes motorcycle crashes.

Current national motorcycle accident statistics show just how dangerous motorcycle crashes are.

  • 4,612 motorcyclists were killed in crashes in 2011—2 percent more than in 2010. Of these, 94 percent were riders and 6 percent were passengers.
  • 81,000 motorcyclists were injured in crashes in 2011, compared to 82,000 in 2010.
  • Motorcyclists killed in crashes accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2011, despite the fact that motorcycles account for only 3 percent of all registered U.S. vehicles and only 0.6 percent of all vehicle miles traveled.
  • The fatality rate for motorcyclists is 6 times the rate for passenger car occupants.
  • Motorcyclist deaths more than doubled between 1999 and 2008.
  • The highest motorcyclist death and injury rates are among 20-24 year olds, followed by 25-29 year olds.

Until the new study is released, state data is often the most revealing source of motorcycle crash information. In Florida, where motorcycle deaths are the second-highest in the country, the Department of Transportation recently completed a study that analyzed 10 years of motorcycle crashes.

According to the FDOT study, car and truck drivers are at fault 60 percent of the time when there is a collision between two-wheel and four-wheel vehicles. Senior researcher Chanyoung Lee attributes this to drivers failing to yield to motorcycles because they are smaller in size and therefore less visible.

FDOT driver surveys have uncovered another noteworthy trend. Among drivers living in the same area, drivers who have motorcycle licenses report seeing motorcycles more frequently than drivers who do not have motorcycle endorsements. Awareness by car and truck drivers, in other words, is a key factor in motorcycle crashes.

Unaware motorists, or distracted drivers, are a major danger on American’s roadways. More than 3,300 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2011.

That same year, 10% of all injury crashes were blamed on driver distraction. Daily in the U.S. more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 are injured by drivers who take their full attention from the road. Cell phone use, particularly texting, endangers driver, passenger, and pedestrian safety. Texting while driving makes a crash up to 23 times more likely.

Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Study performed by the Centers for Disease Control shows that among nonfatal motorcycle crashes, the body parts injured most are:

A 2008 federal study found that motorcyclists with a single leg or foot injury — common injuries in motorcycle crashes — had a median hospital charge of $20,745. Motorcyclists with a lower-extremity injury, combined with other injuries, had median hospital charges of $56,288.

Helmet use by motorcyclists saves lives. California mandates that all motorcycle operators and passengers wear helmets when riding.

Still, even when helmets are worn, crash injuries can be severe and even fatal. Of the 386 motorcycle riders killed in California in 2011, 93 percent were wearing helmets.

Speak With an Experienced California Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

The statistics presented on this page make clear that a motorcycle accident can leave a rider with severe injuries and thousands of dollars in medical bills and other costs.

If you need help dealing with insurance companies and adjusters, turn to the trusted lawyers of Avrek Law Firm. Our motorcycle accident attorneys have years of experience representing motorcycle accident victims.

To receive a free initial case review, contact us today at 1.888.333.5009 or send us a secure online message.

 

Great Resources and Tips on Motorcycle Safety

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What to do after a motorcycle accident

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Workplace Accidents

Avrek Law Firm, attorneys help injured workers obtain full compensation for their injuries. Our attorneys have the experience and know how to investigate work site injuries and construction accidents to fully assess liability and damages. We represent injured workers in Irvine, Orange County, Riverside and Riverside County.

If you have been injured on the job, call us today at 1.888.333.5009. We are here to help you evaluate your legal rights and damages.

California Workplace Accident Statistics

Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses struck 440,900 Californians in 2011, according to data compiled by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. This marked a slight drop from 2010, when 464,100 workplace injuries in California were reported.

Workplace accidents also can be fatal. Causes vary, such as motor vehicle accidents, fires, explosions, and falls. Californians killed on the job in 2012 totaled 339. The vast majority of fatalities were male (315), and the most number of deaths were related to transportation incidents (129).

Causes of California Worksite Accidents

Unsafe behavior can lead to work-related accidents, such as:

  • Failing to warn others of dangers
  • Driving carelessly
  • Failing to take safety precautions when operating heavy equipment
  • Using unreasonably dangerous equipment

Unsafe conditions can also cause job injuries, including:

  • Inadequate or missing machine guards
  • Defective tools or equipment
  • Fire hazards
  • Exposure to toxic substances
  • Poor ventilation
  • Poor lighting
  • Inadequate safety measures

While careless behavior is not limited to any specific types of jobs or workplaces, more common work-related injuries include: construction site accidents; factory accidents; industrial accidents; and auto accidents. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, reported work-related injuries in California in 2011 included trade/transportation/utilities (92,100 injuries); education/health services (61,400); manufacturing (40,800); warehousing (17,900); and construction (17,200).

Remedies for Injured Workers

Workers who are disabled, maimed, or otherwise injured on the job are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits to help pay medical bills and provide financial support during time away from work. Fault is not an issue in the workers’ compensation system. A worker injured on the job is entitled to benefits.

However, third parties sometimes cause a workplace injury, such as a contractor at a construction site not employed by the injured worker’s employer, or a company that manufactures a defective or unreasonably dangerous work tool. When a third party’s negligence causes a workplace injury, an injured worker has the legal right to seek compensation outside of the workers’ compensation system.

Additionally, power press or punch press injuries are an exception to the workers’ compensation laws in California. The injured worker can sue the employer as a third party and obtain larger compensation.

Building a Worksite Accident Case

Workplace accident cases can be complex. Avrek Law Firm, attorneys have the experience and knowledge to dig deep during investigations in assessing who was at fault. We know how to obtain the needed documents and witnesses to help prove liability. We have access to the very best medical experts to help establish the full extent of injuries.

A personal injury claim typically includes compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Compensation varies from case to case, and will depend on a number of factors, including the severity of an injury, the level of disability, and the length of recovery time. A construction worker, for example, will have a claim for substantial damages if he fractured his hips and legs when scaffolding collapsed, underwent extensive physical therapy, and was left with a permanent limp.

Contact an Experienced Orange County Worksite Accident Attorney

If you have suffered a worksite accident, you owe it to yourself to contact an experienced attorney who can help you assess your legal rights. The attorneys at Avrek Law Firm, will guide you through what you can expect in pursuing a personal injury claim against a third party. We fight tenaciously for our clients, advocating relentlessly for their interests in obtaining full and fair compensation for their injuries caused by others.

To schedule a free case review, contact us online or call 1.888.333.5009.

Bicycle / Pedestrian Attorneys

According to bicyclinginfo.org, there are more cyclists in California than any other state. While most find cycling to be a fun, healthy recreational activity or an excellent transportation alternative, there is a risk of serious injury and death when bicyclists attempt to “share the road” with cars, trucks, motorcycles and buses.

Some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents include the drivers of cars, trucks and buses failing to see, yield or “share the road” with bicyclists. These situations can occur when drivers are distracted (talking on cell phones or texting – which is illegal in California), driving while intoxicated or simply not paying attention to the bicyclists that may be right in front of them.

The bottom line is that when motor vehicles collide with bicycles, the results can be devastating. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 48,000 bicycle-related injuries and 677 deaths were reported in 2011. That accounts for over two percent of all motorcycle vehicle accidents and that percentage has increased every year over the past decade.

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If you were injured in a bicycle accident, call our Irvine and Riverside bicycle accident attorneys at 1.888.333.5009 or contact us online. Avrek Law Firm, represents clients throughout Orange County and Riverside County. We will provide you with a free, no-obligation initial consultation and answer any questions you might have.

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Severity Of Bicycle Injuries After An Accident

Bicycle riders who are injured due to an accident with a car can suffer serious, life threatening injuries which can result in costly medical bills. The severity of most bicycle accident injuries is simply due to the fact that bicyclists are much less physically protected from harm. In addition to death, bicycle-related injuries can result in severe injuries such as:

  • Traumatic brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can last months, years or a lifetime and completely change a victim’s life, as well as the lives of his or her family. This is especially true when the victim was a primary financial provider.
  • Spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries can lead to complete or incomplete paralysis in the form of quadriplegia / tetraplegia (which affect all four limbs), paraplegia (which affects the lower limbs only) and a host of other immobility impairments which can require lifestyle modifications such as wheelchair use, stair and chair lifts, vans specifically designed to transport wheelchairs, ramps and the widening of hallways and bathrooms to accommodate wheelchairs.
  • Loss of limbs. Losing limbs are also life changing events that may require victims to go through rehabilitation to learn how to use prosthetic devices (if available) and affect the overall quality of life for the victim and his or her family.

All of these injuries, as well as fractures, broken bones, scrapes and contusions, can result in extensive hospital stays which can place an extreme financial burden on families – especially when the injured victim isn’t able to work.

Hospital Costs For Bicycle Injuries in California

Although the extent of bicycle injuries depends upon the facts and circumstances of the accident, the type of injuries sustained, the types of medical care required and the length of treatment, the bottom line is that those costs can be overwhelming.

According to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-profit organization which focuses on healthcare issues, the average hospital adjusted expenses per inpatient day in California are $2,706 – the third highest in the nation only behind Oregon and Washington State – and that figure does not include the cost of surgeries or special / non-standard procedures.

Injured victims who remain in the hospital for a week will incur $18,942. Add another week and the total jumps to nearly $37,000. Jump to a month of hospital care and you’re looking at a bill over $80,000. Unless you’re lucky enough to have healthcare insurance that covers 100% of hospital stays (which most do not), you’ll likely be financially strapped for a very long time.

Other Expenses From California Bike Accidents

In addition to hospital costs, injured bicycle victims can suffer other types of expenses and damages such as future medical care / rehabilitation, loss of income, physical and emotional pain and suffering, loss of quality of life and others.

  • Future medical care/rehabilitation. Putting aside the overwhelming hospital costs listed above, bicycle accident victims who have been seriously injured may need months, years or a lifetime of future medical care and rehabilitation.
  • Loss of income. Bicycle accident victims may not be able to work full time, or at all, after their injury. While other forms of supplemental income may be available, such as short or long term disability, those are generally only a fraction of one’s total income. When a bicycle accident is due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to income you’ve already lost and income that you would have earned in the future.
  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering. Personal injury damages can include compensation for the past and future physical and emotional pain and suffering you endure due to someone else’s negligence.
  • Loss of quality of life. Injured bicycle accident victims may no longer be able to have the quality of life they were used to due to their injuries. For avid bicyclists, not being able to ride anymore is a prime example. However, it can affect many other areas of your life such as being able to play sports, exercise or simply go on a long walk.

These are just some of the damages for which injured bicycle accident victims may be compensated. It’s important to understand that every case is different. Having an experienced bicycle accident injury lawyer represent your best interests can get you every bit of the compensation you’re entitle to by fully investigating the accident, determining your overall medical costs, lost income and other damages and making certain that insurance company representatives do not try to bully you into accepting a settlement for less than you deserve.

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If you or a loved one has been injured on a bicycle due to the negligence of another driver we can help you establish liability and collect the damages you deserve. An injured cyclist requires an experienced and committed attorney to protect his or her legal rights and to obtain full and fair recovery. With more than 30 years of combined experience and hundreds of millions of dollars recovered for injured clients, Avrek Law Firm, attorneys know what it takes to achieve top results. To schedule a free case review, contact us online or call 877-859-2328.

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We’ve all heard the term ‘accidents happen’ – and they do. Sometimes, we’re responsible for an accident due to our own carelessness. In other situations, someone else’s carelessness, negligence or recklessness is the cause. When injuries occur, personal injury lawsuits exist for the latter category.

The term personal injury can mean many different things and be viewed at many different levels – from a distracted driver, an incompetent doctor, a corporation who cut corners and manufactured a dangerous product or a medical institution we trusted to care for a loved one that did not provide the care.

While any type of personal injury may be compensable if someone else is at fault, personal injury claims often arise in these situations:

  • Car accidents. Car accidents are a common type of personal injury lawsuits. Auto accidents can be caused by drunk driving, speeding, driving too slow, failure to follow traffic signs and signals, bad weather or dangerous road conditions. Distracted driving is behind a growing number of accidents. It is illegal in California to use a hand-held cell phone or to text while driving, but many drivers continue to do so.
  • Truck accidents. Truck accidents are less common than car accidents, but they cause greater damage and injuries. That’s due to the sheer size and weight of semi-trucks or tractor-trailers. Typical loaded 18 wheeler “big rig” trucks can weigh over 20,000 pounds. Truck accidents may be caused by speeding, overly tired truck drivers or faulty equipment.
  • Motorcycle accidents. While smaller than cars and trucks, motorcycle accident injuries can also cause great damage to riders. Motorcyclists have less physical protection than motorists in cars or trucks. Many motorcycle accidents are caused by other drivers who fail to see the bike in time.
  • Traumatic brain & spinal cord injuries. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and spinal cord injuries (SCIs) may be caused by a blow to the head or back in a car accident, a slip and fall, or a sporting accident. TBIs and SCIs may require expensive medical care, cause lifelong injuries and permanent disability.
  • Premises liability / slip and fall accidents. Accidents that happen on someone else’s property (a home or business) can range from slip and fall injuries to having heavy objects fall on victims. Liability in these cases will generally depend upon whether the injured person was a trespassee, invitee or licensee.
  • Dog bites. Dog bites occur more often than people realize. They can have serious medical consequences – especially when dogs attack children. In California, a dog bite victim is protected by a special law that makes owners responsible for any injuries their pets cause.
  • Elder abuse. Elder abuse and neglect occur in nursing homes and assisted living facilities every day. Abuse and neglect are caused by 1) untrained staff that don’t have the right background; 2) inadequate staffing and 3) general neglect that leads to bedsores, malnutrition, falls, and failure to receive medication.
  • Defective products. Manufacturers can be held liable for personal injuries caused by a defective design or manufacture of a product or for failing to warn consumers about known defects. Defective products can include toys, vehicles, household items, pharmaceuticals and medical devices.
  • Medical malpractice. Personal injuries from medical malpractice affect thousands of Americans every year. Medical mistakes are made when hospitals, doctors or nurses make critical mistakes during surgery, perform unnecessary procedures, perform procedures on the wrong person or prescribe the wrong anesthesia or medications.

Personal Injury Compensation

Personal injury compensation will vary depending upon the facts and circumstances surrounding the accident. Damages are affected by the type of injury suffered, the extent of the injury itself and the time it takes for the victim to recover. It’s easy to estimate how much your personal injury claim is worth. Common types of personal injury compensation can include:

  • Medical bills / rehabilitation. Most personal injury damage awards include payment for medical bills and rehabilitation you’ve already incurred, as well as for medical bills and rehabilitation that are anticipated in the future due to the accident.
  • Lost income. Being in the hospital, in rehabilitation or recuperating at home generally means not working – and not earning income without disability benefits. You may be entitled to compensation in form of salary or hourly wages you’ve already lost and for your “loss of earning capacity” – meaning the income you’ll likely lose to the accident.
  • Physical pain and suffering. Personal injury damages generally include compensation for the physical pain and suffering you’ve endured due to someone else’s negligence. Like the categories above, you may be entitled to these damages for past and future physical suffering.
  • Emotional distress. Unlike physical pain and suffering, emotional distress is meant to compensate victims due to the emotional injuries they may now suffer such as anxiety, fear, depression, nightmares and sleep issues. Again, these damages can be awarded for past and future suffering.
  • Loss of consortium. Loss of consortium damages refer to the impact a victim’s injuries have on their relationship with their spouse such as the inability to engage or enjoy in sexual relations or a general loss of companionship.
  • Loss of quality / enjoyment of life. These damages can be awarded when an injured victim can no longer engage in what used to be his or her hobby or passion due to the accident. It can include not being able to exercise, play sports, an instrument and more.
  • Property loss. Damages for property loss can be awarded when property was damaged due to the accident, such as your vehicle, a computer that was destroyed in the back seat of the car involved in the accident or the clothes the victim was wearing at the time. They are generally awarded at their reasonable market value.

The outcomes of harm inflicted can be catastrophic in terms of the toll it takes on the health and well-being for you and your family, not to mention the likelihood of significant past and future medical costs that you may incur. The bottom line is that there is no need to take on the extra financial responsibility when someone else caused your injury.

The Law Is On Your Side

Fortunately, laws are on the side of the victim and negligent parties can be held responsible for their actions. However, personal injury cases are often complex and can be further complicated by insurance companies with deep pockets pressuring victims to settle quickly.

Depending on the circumstances, victims often find themselves in a state of grief, confusion and fear about the future. They may find it exhausting and overwhelming to deal with insurance companies or zealous attorneys representing the other party.

Competent representation may prove the difference between putting your life back together and a lifetime of financial struggle – especially in situations where you might not know the full extent of your injuries for weeks, months or even years. Never agree to an insurance settlement without contacting a highly qualified personal injury attorney to represent your best interests.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney in Irvine & Riverside California

You need peace of mind to focus on healing, while your attorney focuses on all the details of the case on your behalf. With more than 30 years of combined experience and tens of millions of dollars recovered for injured clients, Avrek Law Firm, attorneys know what it takes to achieve top results.

If you’ve been injured, contact our aggressive, experienced and dedicated Irvine and Riverside personal injury attorneys at 1.888.333.5009 or contact us online. Avrek Law Firm, represents clients throughout Orange County and Riverside County. We will provide you with a free, no-obligation initial consultation and answer any questions you might have.

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Injuries can be devastating. They can completely change a person’s life and the lives of everyone who knows the injured person. Calculating just how much any particular personal injury claim is worth can be difficult and complicated.

Each state has its own laws and regulations when it comes to adjudicating a claim for personal injury. In California, many nuanced laws must be navigated while working through personal injury law. That’s why it is crucial to get a ballpark idea of what your claim might be worth and find an experienced attorney who knows California laws thoroughly.

How Do I Prepare For Making a Claim?

It’s always a good idea to get in touch with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible, but you can do some other things to make sure your case goes as smoothly as possible.

  • Keep all your medical records
  • Make a list of all property damage or loss you have suffered
  • Keep receipts for everything you spend related to your accident
  • Pay attention to expenses that are out of the ordinary and caused by your injury
  • Keep a journal of your emotional health
  • Track your sleep and how your injury has interfered with it
  • Record every time your injury interferes with your daily routine

No amount of money can ever make up for the personal trauma and family suffering that personal injury causes, but bringing a personal injury case can give you a sense of closure as well as protect your rights and help to make life after an accident more bearable. Consult with one of Avrek’s many experts in California personal injury law today to discuss your options.

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Injuries can be devastating. They can completely change a person’s life and the lives of everyone who knows the injured person. Calculating just how much any particular personal injury claim is worth can be difficult and complicated.

Each state has its own laws and regulations when it comes to adjudicating a claim for personal injury. In California, many nuanced laws must be navigated while working through personal injury law. That’s why it is crucial to get a ballpark idea of what your claim might be worth and find an experienced attorney who knows California laws thoroughly.

How Do I Prepare For Making a Claim?

It’s always a good idea to get in touch with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible, but you can do some other things to make sure your case goes as smoothly as possible.

  • Keep all your medical records
  • Make a list of all property damage or loss you have suffered
  • Keep receipts for everything you spend related to your accident
  • Pay attention to expenses that are out of the ordinary and caused by your injury
  • Keep a journal of your emotional health
  • Track your sleep and how your injury has interfered with it
  • Record every time your injury interferes with your daily routine

No amount of money can ever make up for the personal trauma and family suffering that personal injury causes, but bringing a personal injury case can give you a sense of closure as well as protect your rights and help to make life after an accident more bearable. Consult with one of Avrek’s many experts in California personal injury law today to discuss your options.

Accident Attorneys

Accidents often occur in the blink of an eye, with no prior warning. They can take place as you commute to work, run errands, or go through one of the many daily tasks that normally are completed without incident.

One unfortunate incident, however, can drastically alter your life. You’ll be left with injuries, damage to your car or bike, and other losses. Accidents do happen, of course, but many are preventable.

When carelessness or reckless conduct causes an accident, the injured party or parties are legally entitled to compensation for their injuries from the responsible party.

In a perfect world, compensation would be paid promptly and in full to accident victims. In the real world, however, you’re likely to face a fight from the insurance companies – both your own and that of the at-fault party.

The accident attorneys of Avrek Law Firm, have been helping injured accident victims get the maximum compensation they deserve since 1998. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact Avrek Law Firm accident attorneys, at 1.888.333.5009 or online for a free case evaluation.

Types of Accident Cases We Handle

Vehicle Accidents

The most common type of accident cases our clients seek help for is motor vehicle accidents in Irvine, Orange County, Riverside and Riverside County. Injuries can occur from many other types of vehicle accidents. Avrek Law Firm, represents the victims of the following:

Slip and Fall Accidents and Premises Accidents

Injuries that occur from tripping, falling, or slipping on another person’s (private) or entity’s (public) property may constitute a slip and fall accident if that person or entity failed to exercise reasonable caution. For example, if there is no “wet floor” sign in a building lobby and you fall on a freshly mopped floor, you may have a negligence claim for your injuries.

Slip and fall accidents are a specific type of premises liability accident. Premises liability accidents are caused by defective or dangerous conditions on property, either inside or outside a commercial building, residence, or public property. Injuries on unsafe premises are often due to slip and fall accidents but might also be caused by falling objects, objects that hit somebody, fire, exposure to toxic substance, or a swimming pool.

Work Accidents

Injuries that occur in the workplace are typically covered by workers’ compensation insurance. In certain cases, however, it may be possible to obtain compensation beyond what is available from that limited coverage. If, for example, a defective product caused your injury, you might be able to file a products liability lawsuit against the product’s manufacturer. Intentional or egregious conduct by your employer or another third party may also be actionable.

Contact an Aggressive, Experienced and Dedicated California Accident Injury Attorney

No matter what type of injury you suffered, Avrek Law Firm, can help. Our attorneys and staff have decades of combined experience representing injured accident victims. This experience, combined with a devotion to clients’ needs and a relentless approach to obtaining maximum compensation on their behalf, has resulted in numerous multimillion dollar settlements.

To learn more, call Avrek Law Firm, at 1.888.333.5009 or complete our online contact form.