Car Accident Attorney Serving Riverside & Orange County
If you have been involved in a car accident it is likely you have already discovered the many complexities associated with the accident and your injuries. You must deal with your injuries—not to mention the financial burden associated with those injuries. Your injuries could be severe enough to prevent you from returning to work, meaning you are without a regular monthly income. You are also left to deal with an insurance company which likely has little interest in the difficulties in your life caused by the accident.
While there are hundreds of thousands of car accidents which end up being nothing more than a minor annoyance (where vehicle damage and minor bumps and bruises are the only consequence), others can result in catastrophic injuries, changing lives forever. When victims are left with such severe injuries, they rarely receive what they need from the “system.” Catastrophic injuries may require multiple surgical procedures, significant levels of rehabilitative therapies, medical expenses which seem as though they will never end, and even lifelong assistance simply to get through each day.
The attorneys at Greenberg & Greenberg have extensive experience in Car Accident law and dealing with insurance companies who attempt to take advantage of everyday hardworking citizens. Top litigators at our firm will make sure that your voice is heard no matter the minor annoyance or catastrophic injury.
Car Accident Statistics
According to Driver Knowledge, there are about six million car crashes in the United States each and every year, with more than 90 people dying in car accidents every day. Further car accident statistics include:
- Those who do not wear seatbelts are about 30 times more likely to be ejected from the vehicle during a car accident—and one in 7 people do not wear a seatbelt while in the car.
- Seat belts reduce the risk of a fatality during a car accident by 45 percent, and the risk of serious injury by 50 percent.
- About two million drivers who are involved in car accidents each year will be left with permanent injuries.
- There are three million people in the United States who will experience some level of injury following a car accident each year.
- Every day, more than 9 people are killed as a result of distracted driving; other causes of car accidents resulting in death include impairment, excessive speed and reckless driving.
- Distraction is a factor in as many as 1 in 5 car crashes resulting in injury.
- Drivers are 23 times as likely to crash if they are engaging in texting while driving.
Where are You Most Likely to Experience a Car Collision?
You may have heard that most auto accidents happen close to home, and, according to an Esurance Insurance survey, this is actually true. This survey concluded most auto collisions occurred within five miles of the driver’s home. Obviously, many of us do the bulk of our driving close to home, so this is certainly a factor, however, another school of thought attributes the fact that most accidents happen near home to drivers becoming less vigilant in familiar territory. If you are curious as to the “who” as well as the “where,” then you would be interested to know that men are involved in twice as many car accidents as women.
Further, late afternoon and evening are the most dangerous times to drive, with 16 percent of fatal accidents occurring between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. and 31 percent of fatal accidents occurring between 6:00 p.m. and midnight. While you would think city driving would be more dangerous than rural driving, in 2013, 3,000 more fatal car accidents occurred on rural roads than on busy city streets. The most populous states do have the most traffic accidents, with Texas having more fatal auto accidents than any other state, followed closely by California and Florida.
Distracted Driving as a Cause of Auto Collisions
Distracted driving has become a huge issue in the United States, causing a significant number of car accidents. It seems we are all so busy, that multi-tasking has become a way of life—even behind the wheel. The most dangerous form of distraction involves cell phones—both texting and talking. While many states are passing laws which address the use of a cell phone while driving, it is an offense that is seldom ticketed, simply because it is difficult to prove.
Having children in the vehicle is another serious form of distraction. Having multiple children in the car is considered to be four times as distracting as driving with adults and having an infant in the car is eight times as distracting. Far too many parents will turn completely around to see what the children are doing in the back seat, or to pick up a bottle and toy—while driving. Other common distractions include eating while driving, fiddling with the radio or GPS or adjusting your car’s climate controls.
Supporting Your Claim of Negligence
When negligence is involved in a car crash, four distinct elements must be proven. You must first show the other driver owed you a duty of care, meaning they had an obligation to drive in a reasonable, safe manner. The standard is to ask whether another reasonable driver would have acted in the same manner under the same circumstances. You must then show the other driver breached his or her duty of care. Next, you must prove that breach was responsible for your injuries. Finally, you must be able to show clear evidence of your injuries, whether physical, financial or mental.
What Compensation Can I Expect for My Injuries and Damages?
Of course, the actual compensation you could receive following your auto accident will be dependent on the specific circumstances surrounding your auto accident as well as the seriousness of your injuries. You could be entitled to one or more of the following:
- Medical expenses are likely to be your primary worry if you sustained serious injury. You may have hospital expenses, emergency room charges, surgical expenses, follow-up physician care, rehabilitation costs and prescription drug costs.
- Your family may be seriously impacted by your lost wages, particularly if you will be unable to return to your job for a significant length of time. A skilled California car accident attorney will be able to reach an accurate calculation regarding your current lost wages, as well as lost future income.
- You may also be entitled to non-economic damages which can be more difficult to prove. Pain and suffering could be awarded in your case if you suffered significant levels of physical pain as a result of your injuries. An important factor will be your doctor’s assessment of how long your pain can reasonably be expected to last.
- Mental anguish refers to the emotional pain many victims of serious car collisions experience. Included under the “umbrella” of mental anguish are chronic anxiety, embarrassment, prolonged grief, fear and nervousness.
- If your spouse has been deprived of comfort, affection, companionship and/or sexual relations as the result of your car collision, you may be able to collect damages for loss of consortium.
- Finally, if the actions of the defendant in your car collision could be considered malicious or deliberate, then your attorney may also ask for punitive damages which are meant to punish the responsible person.
DUI Causing Auto Accident
According to the CDC, in the state of California, between 2003 and 2012, 10,327 people were killed in a car crash which involved an impaired driver. Across the nation, one in three traffic deaths in the U.S. involves a drunk driver. While the number of drunk driving accidents has gone down in recent years, drunk drivers still get behind the wheel of a vehicle literally millions of times in any given year.
Driving under the influence accidents can be devastating to victims who have been injured or killed by an impaired driver. Under California law, perpetrators of these crashes are considered to be intoxicated if they get behind the wheel at .08 blood alcohol level or are determined to be overly “impaired” to safely operate a vehicle.
Lead Personal Injury Attorney, Elan Zektser, has an extensive background in DUI investigation, vehicular homicide, and driving under the influence with injury cases. Elan Zektser has gone to numerous DUI fatality scenes, assisted law enforcement with investigations, and fought in the courtroom to obtain justice for victims of DUI drivers. If you or a loved one have suffered from an accident at the hands of a DUI driver, contact the experienced California DUI attorneys at Greenberg & Greenberg to ensure you have an advocate fighting for fair and just compensation.
Getting the Help You Need from Greenberg & Greenberg Car Accident Attorney
The trial attorneys at Greenberg & Greenberg have over 70 years of experience in the courtroom, taking over 150 cases to verdict. Our attorneys understand that every auto accident, regardless of how minor the collision, can be extremely traumatizing for you or your loved ones. Sadly, every year thousands of people are killed and severely injured due to a car accident. Whether you were a driver, a passenger or a pedestrian it is extremely important to have the strongest advocate supporting and representing you. At Greenberg & Greenberg we will fight for your rights against overbearing insurance agencies and aggressive opposing attorneys.