After you’ve been in a car accident, it’s not uncommon to be in shock.
It’s normal to be shaken up and perhaps even confused—and, early on, you may not even realize the extent of your injuries.
When these injuries are the result of another person’s negligence, their insurance company may pressure you to accept a quick settlement, right when you’re struggling to deal with potentially serious injuries and consulting with medical professionals.
Plus, life may feel overwhelming if you can’t work and are watching medical bills and living expenses pile up.
In some circumstances, you (or a loved one) may be eligible for compensation for your injuries.
Within the city limits of Anaheim, there are an average of 5,004 collisions annually, with 43% of them having at least one party injured in the crash. When looking at Orange County and its three million-plus residents, accident and injury numbers increase significantly.
But, when you or a loved one are injured in an accident, statistics don’t really matter. What’s important is for you to know how to reach out for help from experienced Anaheim, California car accident lawyers.
After the accident takes place, the other party’s insurance company may offer you a basic settlement—or they may say you aren’t entitled to any compensation at all. The reality is that this insurance company has its own interests at heart, not yours.
That’s why it makes sense to talk to an Anaheim car accident attorney as soon as you can, post-accident. That way, your rights can be protected from the get-go.
We’ll investigate the specifics of your case and aggressively negotiate for the compensation you deserve or represent you in court if the insurance company won’t agree to a fair settlement.
Each case is unique, of course, and the specifics of yours will guide how we would proceed. Most accidents, though, have one or more of these underlying factors.
At any given time, a good percentage of drivers are likely distracted by one or more things, which is why many experts believe distraction is the biggest underlying cause of auto accidents and resulting injuries. Let’s face it. We’re a nation of multi-taskers.
Ways drivers get distracted include:
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 3,100 people lost their lives in 2019 because of distracted driving alone and this is likely to be a conservative estimate. Plus, it doesn’t account for the untold bodily injuries and pain and suffering that distracted driving can create in non-fatal accidents.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, a full 60% of drivers admit that they’re behind the wheel when feeling quite tired while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has data showing how one in every 25 adult drivers actually dozed off while on the road in just one month’s time.
Not surprisingly, this plays a significant role in vehicle crashes, with NHTSA recording at least 91,000 collisions in 2017 where drowsy driving played a role. This led to approximately 50,000 injuries and 800 fatalities. Just like with distracted driving, drowsy driving is likely to be under-reported because no test exists to determine driver fatigue. This means that data relies on self-reporting and many drivers aren’t willing to admit they drove while exhausted.
This takes place when someone shows a willful or wanton disregard for others on the road, negligently driving in a careless manner.
Reckless driving is a criminal offense. Although often punishable as a misdemeanor, it can lead to more serious consequences, including jail time of five to 90 days, a fine of up to $1,000—or both.
When someone drives recklessly, this can involve:
Then there are situations where an impaired/drunk person was driving. That leads to nearly a third of all the traffic deaths in the United States. If you’re the victim of an accident involving a reckless driver, it’s time to contact an auto accident attorney in Anaheim.
Weather can play a key role in automobile crashes, including high winds that can cause visibility issues; rain that, besides, impacting visibility, can create wet pavement; fog, and more.
Auto defects can also contribute to accidents, especially when there are issues with tires and/or brakes. Problems with vehicle suspension can prevent someone from effectively navigating the road, which can be especially problematic when obstacles exist.
Car accidents can be attributed to one main factor or, in other cases, several reasons can play a part. What’s important to you as an accident victim is that you are fairly treated and get the compensation you deserve for injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and so forth.
Car accidents occur every day on California roads and can result in many types of injuries. Some of these injuries are minor while others are life-threatening. It is important to seek immediate medical attention no matter what types of injuries you sustain. Here are the most common car accident injuries.
If you or a loved one are involved in an accident, you can count on the Anaheim personal injury lawyers at Glotzer & Leib to represent you in the same way we would for our own family members.
We’re available to discuss your case, 24/7, with a free, 100% confidential consultation. Our legal team will tirelessly work with one goal in mind: to ensure you get the full amount of compensation you deserve, whether that’s through a negotiated injury settlement or a jury award.