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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 us now! Avrek Law Firm represents clients throughout California, Nevada and Arizona. We will provide you with a free, no-obligation initial consultation and answer any questions you might have.

Top Causes of Car Accidents

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.

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

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While 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 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 one out of three 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.

Types of Car Accidents

Car accident types can fall into many different categories. How a car accident is classified will determine the laws and insurance policies relating to the incident. The most common types of car accidents include the following:

Pedestrian Accidents

A pedestrian accident is when a person is hit by a car. This type of accident could be the fault of the pedestrian or the driver, depending on the situation. For example, if a pedestrian runs out into the street when the light is green and gets hit by a car, the fault will likely fall upon the pedestrian. But if the driver was speeding through a red light and hit a pedestrian who was obeying the traffic laws, the driver would be at fault.

Rear End Accidents

A rear end accident happens when one car collides into the rear end of the car in front of them. These accidents might take place due to distracted driving, adverse weather, tailgating, or driver error. A rear end accident might also occur if there is an obstacle or person in the road and the front car comes to a sudden stop. The severity of a rear end collision depends on how fast the car was going, but even minor rear end accidents can result in whiplash and back problems. The driver who rear ends the car in front of them is usually the one at fault in this type of accident, but there are some exceptions.

Minor Accidents

Minor car accidents are usually defined as small collisions that do very little harm to the car or people involved in the accident. These accidents usually take place when a car is driving at a slow speed, often in a parking lot or driveway. Some single-car accidents are considered minor accidents. For instance, if a car goes off the road or runs into an obstacle but is not damaged, it would be a minor accident. This type of accident can still be stressful, and it may be expensive to fix the vehicle.

Hit and Run Accidents

Hit and run car accidents occur when a driver knowingly hits another car, person, object, or large animal, and then leaves without stopping to give their insurance information. Even if a driver hits a parked car and the owner of the vehicle isn’t around, they must legally stop and leave a note with their contact information, or else it will be considered a hit and run. This type of accident can be classified as a misdemeanor, felony, or infraction, depending on the state laws.

What to Do After a Car Accident

The immediate aftermath of a car accident can be shocking and stressful, but there are certain steps drivers should take to follow the law and make sure everyone involved is safe or gets the medical help they may need. Drivers should first stop and assess for injuries, then inform the police and, if necessary, call 911. Then it’s important to collect important information from other drivers, including insurance policy numbers and license plate numbers. There’s always a chance someone may choose to file a claim against the other driver involved. In this case, it’s best to hire an experienced lawyer to help you through this process.

Reporting an Accident

It’s important to report any car accident to the police and insurance company as soon as possible. Ideally, accidents should be reported at the scene, but if this is not possible, drivers need to report the accident to the police within 24 hours. Insurance companies have differing rules about how long you have to report an accident.

When doing so, make sure to include contact information, photos of the accident, insurance information for all drivers involved, and other important details about the scene of the accident.


All drivers are required to report car accidents to their insurance company. Once the driver calls their insurance claim department, they will be asked to provide their policy number and then the information to file a claim. The insurance representative might ask questions about the location, time of day, and weather conditions during the time of the accident. They’ll also ask the other information collected at the scene of the accident, like the accident report and information from all drivers involved.

Drivers who do not have car insurance will have to pay for damages out of pocket, and they may face fines or other repercussions like loss of driver’s license, depending on the laws of the state.

Accident Claims

A car accident may lead to injury, car repair expenses, or other emotional damages. Drivers should report any of these claims to their insurance company immediately after the accident. If someone involved in the accident has sustained serious injuries or has died, their family may claim loss of consortium, which is also known as loss of affection or loss of companionship. In loss of consortium claims, the family suffers because the injured person isn’t able to provide love and companionship in the same way that they were able to before the accident.

Accident Injuries

Auto accident injuries can be as minor as a forehead bump, or they can be as big as brain injuries or lifelong back problems. Some common car accident injuries include broken ribs, a herniated disc, whiplash, and knee trauma. If a driver experiences pain after a car accident, they should immediately seek medical attention and report the injury to their insurance company.

Auto Accident Lawyers

Auto accident lawyers can help drivers get the monetary compensation they need to cover costs related to the accident, including car damage, injuries, lost wages, emotional damages, and medical bills. They can also reduce the amount of money a driver might owe if they are at fault for an accident. Experienced auto accident lawyers will also reduce the amount of paperwork and red tape a driver goes through in a car accident-related lawsuit.

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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 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 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 us today.


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Motorcycle Accidents

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.

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Avrek Law Firm represents motorcycle accident victims, and we have recovered over $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:

  • Leg or foot (30%)
  • Head/Neck (22%)
  • Upper trunk (20%)
  • Arm/hand (18%)
  • Lower trunk (8%)

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.



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Bicycle / Pedestrian Accidents

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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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.

Contact Our California Bicycle Accident Attorney Today

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 us today!

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Trucking Accidents

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.

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. 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:

    • Brain injury
    • Neck and back injury
    • Spinal cord injury
    • Internal organ damage
    • Broken bones
    • Scarring
    • Paralysis/permanent disability
    • Amputation
    • Death

Truck Accident Types

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Tire Blowouts

Rear End




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 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 or send a secure online message.

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Rideshare Accidents

Many people depend on rideshare apps on their smartphones to get around and with the increasing number of people using these apps, the more accidents happen in rideshare vehicles. Rideshare accidents can be complicated, whether you are the driver of a rideshare vehicle, passenger in a rideshare vehicle, or a separate party that is struck by a rideshare vehicle. Avrek Law Firm has successfully recovered millions for our rideshare clients because we know how to handle these types of claims.

Rideshare drivers are not required to go through any additional training when they are approved to drive for a rideshare company, though they do have to meet certain requirements. Some rideshare companies require a certain number of years of driving experience in addition to an age requirement to become a driver.

Rideshare companies carry insurance coverage to protect their drivers and their passengers, but drivers can elect to carry additional insurance coverage if they wish. If you are not at fault for the accident, then you should be covered by someone’s insurance, but rideshare accidents can get tricky when trying to determine liability. It is always important to consult with an attorney after you have been involved in a rideshare accident to make sure you protect your rights.

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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.

If you have been injured on the job, call us today. 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 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.

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Animal Attacks

Animal attacks can be an incredibly traumatic experience. Pets are very common, but this does not mean that each owner of a pet has properly trained their pet, or has a pet that is trustworthy around humans. Animal attack injuries, including those from dog bites, 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 animal attack injury claim is worth can be difficult and complicated.

Each state has its own laws and regulations when it comes to adjudicating an animal attack claim. In California, many nuanced laws must be navigated while working through personal injury law. When anyone receives injuries from a dog bite, the victim will need to look for a reputable dog bite lawyer for assistance. Call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation!

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 personal injury law today to discuss your options.

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Burn Accidents

Burn injuries can be caused by heat, radiation, radioactivity, electricity, or chemicals and result in the cells on an individual’s skin being damaged or destroyed. Most burns are minor and occur within the household, but others, such as those caused by an accident, can be devastating. Burns can also leave temporary or even permanent scars on the skin that may require medical treatment or surgery.

Avrek Law Firm has successfully represented burn injury victims for decades. If you have been injured in an accident that has resulted in serious burns, call Avrek Law Firm today to make sure you are compensated for your burn injuries.

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Slip & Fall / Premises Liability

Slip and fall accidents and premises liability accidents arise when people misstep on a surface or walkway. These often-debilitating injuries can sometimes be the responsibility of a property owner or government entity who could be responsible for maintaining the safety of an area. If you are on someone else’s property and injure yourself due to a dangerous condition or the negligence of the property owner, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

There are several ways slip and fall accidents can occur:

  • When there is an object in the walking path (like a box blocking a walkway that was normally open);
  • When there is an obstruction in the walkway that wasn’t there previously (like a power cord laying across the floor);
  • When there is a hole in the walking space (like a manhole cover that is missing); and
  • When there is a foreign substance on the floor that causes you to slip (like grease, water, or some other substance that causes you to slip).

Premises liability accidents can cause very serious injuries, and that is why it is very important that property owners address any damages to their property right away. Damaged walkways, driveways, and other paths must be safe, and any dangerous conditions must be properly noted.

Slip and fall injuries can be very serious. Concussions, traumatic brain injuries, or neck and spine injuries can occur from a slip and fall. Broken bones, such as a wrist or elbow are common because someone might try to catch themselves as they fall.

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident or premises liability accident, it is important that you talk to an attorney right away. Avrek Law Firm has been successfully representing slip and fall and premises liability clients for decades. Call now for your free consultation.

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Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice, or medical negligence, can result when a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional performs some sort of error or negligent act that results in a patient’s injury. Doctors and medical facilities maintain malpractice insurance policies to pay for mistakes that their medical professionals may make, and patients can then file lawsuits against doctors or facilities to receive money for their injuries.

Most medical malpractice cases arise from mistakes made during surgery, but other types of medical malpractice may occur. Mistakes and misdiagnoses made by doctors or other healthcare professionals can lead to infection, unnecessary treatment, further surgeries, delayed treatment and more. If a doctor misdiagnoses a patient, the patient may not receive the treatment needed for their specific condition, which, in some cases, can lead to further injury or even death.

Medical malpractice cases are very complicated. It is often difficult to prove that a doctor or other medical professional acted negligently. Medical records must be carefully examined to determine if malpractice actually did occur. Medical malpractice cases also have a “statute of limitations,” meaning that there is only a certain amount of time to file a claim against a doctor or medical facility. Different states vary on this time frame. In addition to being difficult to prove, medical malpractice cases can often take a long period of time to settle because of the complicated nature of the cases. The more complex the issues are, the longer the case will likely take to reach a settlement.

If you believe you have been a victim of medical malpractice, call Avrek Law Firm today. We have successfully resolved many medical malpractice claims for our clients. Make sure you protect your rights by requesting a free consultation from Avrek now.

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