The California Highway Patrol has reported that in 2015 alone, there were 254,561 people injured in California auto accidents, and another 3,435 people killed.
The California Car Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of Justin R. Heim have recovered Millions of Dollars for car accident victims throughout Orange County and Los Angeles County. If you have recently been in a car accident in the city of Long Beach, Seal Beach, Huntington Beach (Surf City USA), or Newport Beach, it is essential that you contact a car accident lawyer right away. When you retain a trial lawyer with winning results, you can rest easy knowing that you will receive maximum compensation for your auto accident claims.
If you suffered injuries or lost a family member in a wrongful death car accident, call one of our trial lawyers. It is essential to discuss your rights and compensation as soon as possible.
Our law firm offers free consultations to any person involved in a car accident. We handle all types of car accident claims. These include Uber and Lyft claims, auto vs. pedestrian, auto vs. bicycle, motorcycle accidents, and truck accidents. We put our clients first. If we don’t win, you don’t pay!
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Driving on a Southern California roadway can be one of the most dangerous things we do on any given day. It’s no secret that our increasingly gridlocked roads feature countless hazardous drivers. Drivers are on their cellular phones, are speeding, are angry or just tired, or worst are driving under the influence. Each of these drivers has one thing in common; they place the safety of other drivers at risk.
Whatever the cause, one of our California Car Accident Lawyers are prepared to help prove which driver was at-fault.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has stated that 94% of car accidents nationally, occur as the result of some form of driver error. The NHTSA categorizes driver error into five distinct categories.
- Recognition errors include driver inattention, internal and external distraction, and inadequate surveillance.
- Decision errors include driving too fast, misjudging other’s gap or speed, and illegal maneuvers.
- Performance errors include overcompensation and poor directional control.
- Non-Performance Errors which include falling asleep at the wheel.
- Other Errors.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in one year, 391,000 people were injured in auto accidents involving distracted drivers, and another 3,450 killed.
Distracted driving is considered any activity that takes a driver’s attention from the road. Distracted driving includes talking or texting on the phone, eating and drinking, talking to other people in the vehicle, adjusting the stereo, and fiddling with the vehicle infotainment system. Any time a driver takes their attention from the road, they place other drivers at risk.
Drivers Under the Influence / Impaired Drivers
According to the California Highway Patrol, in 2015, 17,604 people were injured by California drunk drivers, and 1,023 killed. Recently, one 24-hour period in Orange County saw four separate drunk drivers injure and kill people. In 2018, a drunk driver in Huntington Beach killed three teenagers.
It is no secret that drivers driving under the influence (DUI) often end up in severe car accidents. Drunk drivers frequently injure or take the lives of other drivers and bystanders. With the legalization of cannabis, driving under the influence is likely to include driving while drunk or high even more frequently. Victims of drunks drivers find themselves forced into the position of having to be the ones who hold drunk drivers accountable.
If you were in an auto accident with a drunk driver, reach out to us immediately to discuss your case.
Road Hazards and Obstructions
California sunshine affords drivers on our highways, many days of clear dry roads. However, when the weather turns poor, or there is snow on the ground, California drivers find themselves in new territory.
Nationally, 2% of estimated auto accidents are attributable to an environment related condition. The single most significant environmental factor for auto accidents is slick roads, including ice and loose debris. Authorities have identified many other environmental factors involved in auto accidents. These factors include glare, view obstructions, other highway-related conditions, fog/rain/snow, other weather-related conditions, signs/signals, and road design.
If you have been in an auto accident as the result of a road hazard or obstruction, you must seek legal advice. A California Car Accident Lawyer will be able to determine all the parties who may be at fault for your injuries.
Mechanical defects account for about 2% of car accidents nationally. Common defects include tire/wheel/brake related problems. Other mechanical defects include steering/suspension/transmission engine-related problems and other unknown problems. Tractor-trailers that lose their brakes are one of the most frightening issues of mechanical defects. Southern California has seen too many stories where a tractor-trailer loses its brakes causing the death of innocent people.
Inspect your vehicle and conduct regular maintenance on your vehicle so that other drivers are not placed at risk.
Types of Injuries Commonly Caused by Car Accidents
The results of a car accident can be anything from frustrating to devastating. We routinely see drivers rushed to the hospital for broken bones, concussions, traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, and other spine injuries. Even car accidents without much visible property damage can result in severe injuries. The worst car accidents often lead to the wrongful death of a driver or passenger.
Regardless of what type of injuries you suffered in an auto accident, you should seek medical care as soon as possible. On you have received proper medical care, seek out legal advice.
Spine injuries caused by a car accident are some of the most serious injuries suffered by drivers. However, spine injuries caused by car accidents are also highly disputed by car insurance companies. As a result, auto accident victims with spine injuries regularly find themselves asking what they can do?
While attempting to recover from their spine injuries, drivers frequently find themselves in front of medical providers. Spine injury victims hear, sometimes for the first time, all sorts of new medical terms. Medical terms associated with spine injuries include spinal stenosis, spondylosis, disc desiccation/degeneration, fracture, bulge, and herniation. Frequently, doctors will send auto accident victims with spine injuries to physical therapy, acupuncture, pain management, and sometimes surgery. It is crucial that people with spine injuries get the best possible medical care and leave the confusion of all this to a lawyer.
Let a California Car Accident Lawyer help you navigate this process. We will communicate with the car insurance companies so that you can focus on your health.
Auto accident cases result in all types of fractures. We have seen clients with broken arms, broken legs, broken orbital bones, broken clavicles, and all sorts of other breaks. Each of these types of bone breaks can lead to excruciating pain. It is crucial that any person with a fracture get to a hospital right away. A hospital will diagnose and treat the injured area.
After getting initial medical treatment, car accident victims with broken bones sometimes face a significant road to recovery. The recovery process can include immobilization of the fracture for an extended period. The recovery process can also sometimes include physical therapy or surgery.
During the recovery process, it is crucial that you find a lawyer who can help you recover compensation for all of your damages.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Brain injuries are daily occurrences. Brain injuries are caused by all sorts of things such as things such as dangerous activities, car accidents, or any other random event. Regardless of how they occur, brain injuries are often permanent and irreversible.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC), roughly 1,700,000 suffer traumatic brain injuries yearly. The speed and size of vehicles involved in car accidents can lead to some of the most severe traumatic brain injuries.
If you are confused or unconscious after a car accident, it is critical that you seek immediate medical assistance. Each of these symptoms is a sign of traumatic brain injury.
Wrongful Death Actions
The worst car accidents can cause the death of a loved one. Wrongful death actions are not limited to car vs. car accidents. Frequently, wrongful death car accidents include auto vs. pedestrian or auto vs. bicycle and many others.
However the wrongful death auto accident occurred, we extend our condolences to your family. Our lawyers are prepared to assist in your time of need.
Have you been in an auto accident and find yourself feeling sore all over? Did the hospital tell you they couldn’t find anything structurally wrong? If so, you might have suffered a whiplash injury caused by your car accident.
Whiplash injuries regularly refer to muscle sprains and strains. Regular medical treatment for whiplash injuries caused by car accidents includes chiropractic care, physical therapy, and acupuncture.
If you have suffered whiplash injuries as the result of an auto accident, our California Car Accident Lawyers are prepared to help.
What to do After a Car Accident
How you choose to proceed after an auto accident can have a severe impact on the results of your claim. For people who have not been in a car accident, or are not lawyers, it is essential to contact an attorney as soon as possible.
Every driver who is involved in a car accident should, at a minimum, take these steps:
- Prioritize safety and check on everyone involved in the car accident.
- Call the police and request to file a traffic collision report.
- If you or anyone else is hurt, call a paramedic and seek immediate medical care.
- Tell your medical provider all of the symptoms that you have experienced since the car accident.
- Take as many photos as you can of the vehicles and your injuries.
- Collect as much information as you can from witnesses including their contact information.
- Do not discuss fault with the other driver. Insurance Companies will come to a conclusion based on the facts of the accident.
- Do not discuss the matter with any insurance companies before seeking legal advice.
Common Mistakes After a Car Accident
Many drivers try to handle car accident claims on their own. They choose to do so to save money or because an insurance company told them not to hire a lawyer. Understandably, drivers routinely fall for this tactic. As a result, drivers end up making mistakes along the way and are taken advantage of by insurance companies. These drivers end up negatively affecting their demand for compensation.
Drivers who attempt to handle their insurance claims on their own, frequently make the following mistakes:
- Drivers regularly wait too long before seeking medical care.
- Drivers often do not take photographs of the vehicle damage or their injuries.
- Drivers frequently talk to car insurance companies who are trying to limit the claim.
- Drivers regularly post things on social media that can be taken out of context and used against them.
- Drivers sometimes wait too long to file a lawsuit.
Drivers who wait too long to file a lawsuit can make the most serious of mistakes. For each claim, there is a personal injury statute of limitations and wrongful death statute of limitations. These statutes dictate the amount of time someone can bring a lawsuit. They apply to people who have lost a loved one or sustained injuries in a car accident. If a driver or passenger waits too long to file a lawsuit, a court may not allow them to pursue their claim.
It is crucial to seek legal advice and contact a California Car Accident Lawyers as soon as possible.
Obtaining Compensation for Property Damage After a Car Accident
Drivers in an auto accident routinely find themselves trying to determine how to pay for the damage to their car.
Our attorneys have extensive experience helping drivers make sure they don’t come out-of-pocket for any of the following:
- Property damage to the vehicle owners car.
- The cost of a rental car for the vehicle owner.
- The comprehensive or collision deductible with your own car insurance.
Obtaining Compensation for Personal Injuries After a Car Accident
A car accident often leaves a driver physically and emotionally scarred. These pain and suffering damages are regularly discussed in the media.
Often lost in the discussion are the economic losses drivers incur after a car accident. Drivers regularly incur substantial medical expenses from ambulance companies, emergency rooms, and subsequent hospital visits. Auto accidents also cause drivers to suffer large sums of lost wages while they miss time from work during recovery.
Victims of auto accidents also frequently want to know if they are entitled to punitive damages.
Regardless of what type of damages you have incurred, don’t be left with a debt caused by someone else. Talk to our California Car Accident Lawyers about all of your available damages.
Obtaining Compensation in a Wrongful Death Action After a Car Accident
The worst car accidents can lead to the death of a family member and loved one. During the most trying of times, families have to find a way to arrange for funeral or burial expenses. Families also often find themselves receiving medical bills incurred while healthcare providers provided essential services. Most painfully, families find themselves receiving phone calls from insurance companies while they are still grieving.
The goal of our attorneys is to get maximum compensation for your families’ loss and let you focus on the important things. Our attorneys are prepared to discuss all of your family’s damages when you are ready.
Why Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Our goal for each of our clients involved in a car accident is to let them prioritize their health. As part of this process, we assist our clients in obtaining the medical care they require. Moreover, we fight to ensure that those who caused our client injuries are held responsible. We hold at-fault drivers responsible by maximizing your claim for damages.
We will fight to recover damages on your behalf through the insurance claims process and trial court system if necessary.
Dealing with the Insurance Company
Drivers who have never dealt with an insurance company are often misled to believe that they are there to help. Contrary to this belief, the duty of a car insurance company is to their insured. Insurance companies do not owe a duty to the injured driver. As a result, car insurance companies often engage in deceitful tactics. Their goal is to provide you with as little compensation for your injuries as possible.
Hiring an attorney who knows how to deal with an insurance adjuster, and knows how to navigate the insurance claims process, is vital. Let one of our attorneys help you maximize the compensation you receive for your insurance claim.
Drivers who try to navigate the insurance claims process frequently think the insurance companies will treat them fairly. Contrary to this belief, car insurance companies regularly take advantage of drivers who do not retain a lawyer. They do so by attempting to pay drivers pennies on the dollar for their auto accident claims.
If you have been involved in a car accident and suffered injuries or lost a loved one, talk to a car accident lawyer before you settle your claim. Don’t be one of those drivers who are penny wise and pound foolish. Talk to one of our California Car Accident Lawyers and maximize the value of your car accident claims.
Trying Your Case
Contrary to popular belief, not all lawyers try cases. Unfortunately, if you hire a lawyer that does not try cases, the car insurance companies will know and will not be afraid of them. The result is that you end up with less than maximum compensation for your car accident claim. Therefore, it is critical that you retain a lawyer that has a track record trying car accident cases all the way to a verdict.
Our attorneys are regularly retained by drivers and other law firms to try cases that are too difficult for other lawyers. If you were in a car accident and suffered injuries or lost a loved one, retain a law firm that you know is willing to take your case the distance.