Have you recently been involved in a West Covina car accident? If so, you may be entitled to compensation from the person who is responsible for the crash. Contact the West Covina personal injury attorneys at Joshua W. Glotzer to learn about the benefits of filing a claim for damages. With our help, you can maximize the financial settlement or award you receive. Call today to schedule your free case evaluation.
West Covina Car Accident Statistics
If you’ve recently been to West Covina, you’re not alone. More than 106,000 people call the Los Angeles-area city home, and tens of thousands of tourists pass through the city each year. West Covina has become particularly popular in recent years, thanks, in part, to the popular television program Crazy Ex Girlfriend. The show takes place in West Covina and has highlighted many of area’s attractions.
While the city’s economy has certainly benefited from an influx of tourists, West Covina’s roads have been overwhelmed with traffic. On an average day, more than 1.1 million miles are driven on West Covina roadways. With so much traffic, accidents are inevitable.
In recent years, the number of injury-causing and fatal car accidents has increased. In fact, between 2010 and 2015, there was a 43 percent jump in the number of reported accidents in the city:
- 2010: 489
- 2011: 508
- 2012: 489
- 2013: 480
- 2014: 736
- 2015: 698.
The most recent statistics available indicate that the overall upward trend of car accidents is not slowing down.
Causes of West Covina Car Accidents
Car accidents can happen for a variety of reasons. However, statistics tend to show that certain causes are reported more frequently than others.
Alcohol Use: In 2015, 8.8 percent of all car accidents in West Covina involved a driver who was under the influence of alcohol. This does not necessarily mean that a driver’s BAC exceeded the legal limit. Consuming any amount of alcohol can impair a driver’s ability to navigate a vehicle safely on West Covina roadways.
Speeding: Speeding is one of the leading causes of car accidents in the city of West Covina. In 2015, speeding was a factor in 21.6 percent of all crashes.
Driving at Night: Many accidents happen at night. Why? Drivers are more likely to be fatigued and/or under the influence, and visibility is significantly reduced. In 2015, 9 percent of all car accidents in West Covina happened between the hours of 9PM and 3AM.
Hit and Run: Hit and run accidents are some of the most dangerous crashes that can occur. Unfortunately, hit and runs are not uncommon in West Covina. 5.4 percent of all car accidents in 2015 were of a hit and run nature.
Other Vehicles: Cars often share the road with other vehicles and pedestrians. In some cases, these other vehicles (or pedestrians) can be responsible for causing or contributing to an accident. Approximately half of all accidents reported in 2015 involved not only passenger vehicles, but motorcycles, bicycles, and/or pedestrians.
Intersections: Approximately 40 percent of all car accidents occur at or near an intersection of two roads. According to a survey of California’s most dangerous intersections, West Covina is home to two of the state’s more dangerous crossroads: (1) Amar Road and Azusa Ave, and (2) Cameron Avenue and Sunset Avenue. Many intersection-related accidents happen when drivers:
- Try to “beat” a yellow light before it turns red;
- Execute an illegal turn; or
- Fail to pay proper attention to other traffic or pedestrians.
Common West Covina Car Accident Injuries
Car accidents have the potential to inflict a wide range of injuries. Whether you’ve suffered a relatively-minor injury or lost a loved one unexpected in a West Covina crash, you may be entitled to an award of monetary damages. At Glotzer & Leib, LLP, our West Covina car accident attorneys have successfully helped clients recover compensation for a variety of injuries, including:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Degloving injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Chest injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Catastrophic injury, and
- Wrongful death.
Have you been injured in a West Covina car accident? Contact our experienced legal team to find out how we can help you get the money you deserve.
Why Should I File a Car Accident Lawsuit?
An unexpected car accident has the potential to change your life forever. Car accidents can have devastating physical, emotional, and financial consequences. According to a 2013 survey of insurance reports, the average cost of a bodily injury claim following a car accident exceeds $15,500. More serious injuries can even generate costs exceeding $1 million in medical costs, alone.
While the cost of an accident is high, most Americans don’t have enough saved away to cover unexpected expenses. Filing a personal injury lawsuit to recover damages from the person who is responsible for causing your accident may be your best option.
A successful lawsuit can allow you to recover both economic and non-economic damages, including those for:
- Past, present, and future medical bills
- Transportation and lodging necessary to receive medical treatment
- Property damage
- Lost wages and/or earnings
- Disability and reduced earning capacity
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of sexual relations
- Disfigurement and scarring, and
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
Contact West Covina personal injury attorney Joshua W. Glotzer to find out how he can help you recover all of the damages to which you are entitled.
Statute of Limitations for California Car Accident Claims
You have the right to file a personal injury claim for damages if someone else has caused you to suffer an injury in a West Covina car accident. However, it’s important to act quickly, because California limits the amount of time you have to file this claim. The state imposes a strict statute of limitations on all bodily injury claims, including those arising from West Covina car accidents.
In most cases, you will have two years from the date of your car accident to file a legal claim for damages. Your ability to recover the compensation you need and deserve will be compromised if you do not file a claim before the statute of limitations expires.
There are certain times when the statute of limitations will differ. You may be able to toll (or extend) the statute of limitations if there are certain circumstances beyond your control that prevent you from filing a timely claim. Tolling factors include:
- You were a minor at the time of your accident;
- The defendant cannot be located or is incarcerated; and/or
- There was a reasonable delay in the discovery of your accident-related injury.
The statute of limitations can also be accelerated, giving you less time to file a claim. For example, claims filed against the government are subject to a special set of rules. If you believe the city of West Covina, Los Angeles County, and/or the state of California is responsible for your accident, you will only have 180 days to file a claim. That claim must also be filed directly with the agency you are blaming for your injury.
You can make sure that your claim is filed within the applicable statute of limitations by contacting an attorney as soon as you can. Call Glotzer & Leib, LLP for immediate legal assistance.
What If I’m Partially Responsible For My Car Accident?
In California, anyone who contributes to the cause of an accident can be held financially responsible for damages that result. This includes individuals who also suffer injuries in the crash. Liability is simply apportioned between each responsible party. The greater your role in causing the accident, the more liability you will shoulder. If you suffer an injury, your ability to recover compensation will be reduced.
Here’s an example:
A and B are involved in a crash in West Covina. An investigation into the accident finds that A drivers contributed to the cause of the accident. A was speeding and B was texting. It is determined that A is 80 percent responsible for the crash, and B is responsible for the remaining 20 percent of liability.
Since A is attributed 80 percent of fault for the accident, A will be liable for 80 percent of B’s damages. B suffers $100,000 in damages as a result of the crash. Since B was 20 percent to blame, his ability to recover damages will be reduced by 20 percent. As a result, B will only be entitled to recover $80,000 in compensation from A. ($100,000 less 20 percent liability = $80,000.) If A suffered losses, B would be on the hook for 20 percent of those damages.
Get Help Today from our West Covina Car Accident Attorneys
Have you been injured in a West Covina car accident? Contact Glotzer & Leib, LLP to find out how we can help you maximize the compensation you recover from your personal injury lawsuit. Our personal injury attorneys have over two decades of experience handling all complex personal injury matters. We know that an unexpected accident and injury can change your life forever and will fight to get you the money you deserve. Call today to schedule your free case evaluation with our skilled legal team.