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Speed-Related Collisions: Although the California Vehicle Code mandates that all drivers travel at a safe speed in light of roadway conditions, traffic, weather and other factors, far too many people are still simply going too fast down the freeways and streets in "SoCal." Speed is probably the number one cause of traffic collisions.
Following Too Closely: Following too close to a vehicle in front of you is a major cause of rear end collisions, which are probably one of the most common types of auto accidents. In the "stop and go" traffic of our Southland freeways, we all know that you can be going along at 50 or 60 m.p.h. and then come to a grinding halt. Without the proper distance, this can result in a crash.
Failing to Stop At Intersections: Blowing through red lights or stop signs can lead to "t-bone" accidents that can be very high impact. Often times, vehicles are trying to "beat the light", which leads to high rates of speed and significant velocities capable of causing major injuries or even death.
Failing to Yield the Right of Way to Oncoming Traffic, Cyclists or Pedestrians: Under the CA Vehicle Code, the right of way must be yielded in many circumstances and should always be yielded unless and until it is safe to proceed. Despite this rule, many drivers become impatient and attempt to cut in front of traffic even when this creates a collision hazard. One prime example would be vehicles attempting to make a left-hand-turn prior to all traffic in the opposite direction of travel passing safely. Other examples including pulling out from a driveway, parking lot or side street into traffic and misjudging the distance of oncoming cars or failing to stop at a cross walk or to notice the cyclist travelling alongside.
Making Unsafe Movements Between Lanes: Let's face it, in Southern California, we have some of the largest and busiest freeways and roadways in America. Many of these thoroughfares have upwards of 4-6 lanes of travel in either direction. It only takes one misjudgment or failure to signal for a truck, automobile, or SUV to cause other vehicles to swerve out of control and then you have a major multi-vehicle pile up. This is a major cause of auto v. motorcycle collisions as motorcycles and bicycles are harder to spot due to their smaller size.
California law requires that you stop after any traffic accident. If the incident is minor, you should pull to the side of the road. In major impact collisions causing serious bodily injury, you should call 911 remain in your vehicle until emergency medical help arrives. California requires that any motor vehicle accident involving personal injury and/or causing $750 or more in property damage (either to a vehicle or stationary objects like sign posts, traffic signals, parked cars, or residential or commercial property) must be reported to the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
It is also best to "document the scene of the accident". A smartphone is a great way to do this. If possible, take photographs of the position of vehicles when they came to rest after impact, property damage to the cars involved, and other physical evidence such as skid marks or debris on the roadway. If the police are called to the scene, get the name of the law enforcement agency (e.g. LAPD, Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, San Bernardino or Riverside County Sheriff), the badge number and name of any investigating officer and request the "NCIC#" (or traffic collision identification number) This will make is easier to request a police report later. Also see if you can obtain the name, phone number, address, and record a statement, if possible from any witnesses to the accident. All auto insurance policies also require prompt reporting of any accident to them as a condition for coverage.
The Law Offices of Steven M. Sweat, APC have been fighting for the rights of car accident victims for over two decades. While no attorney can guarantee a result in a personal injury claim, we have a track record of obtaining settlements and verdicts in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
Our team of trial lawyers includes the cream of the crop of injury attorneys. We have received numerous awards for excellence in representation of plaintiffs involved in motor vehicle collisions throughout the State of California including San Diego, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura Counties. We also have a team of medical professionals to which we can recommend in all specialties including Orthopedics, Neurology, Physical Therapy, Pain Management, and Psychiatric treatment.
Our lawyers all work on a "contingency fee" basis in auto accident claims, which means we charge no fees unless and until we recover money for you. Having a zealous legal advocate in your corner allows you to concentrate on treatment and healing and puts a needed "buffer" between the injured victim and insurance representatives whose sole job it is to deny or delay payment of claims.
Two vehicles striking each other at any significant rate of speed causes a major jolt to the human body. Glass is usually shattered, air bags often deploy, and car parts made of metal, plastic and other hard materials can be shattered. This causes the following most common car & auto accident injuries:
If you have been involved in an accident, you will have questions - Steven Sweat talks about these issues and questions you may have.
What Does California Tort Law Allow By Way of Monetary Compensation for An Auto Accident Claim?
Under the laws of the State of California, any person who is injured as a result of negligence or gross misconduct behind the wheel is entitled to seek compensation from the wrongdoer. The law defines "negligence" in this context as follows:
In addition, if an individual driver of a private automobile or a commercial vehicle such as a bus, delivery truck, limo or cab is found to be negligent, liability would be imposed on their employer if they were acting within the "course and scope" of their employment at the time of the incident.
Liability would extend to any and all damages that were caused either directly or indirectly from the negligence or wrongdoing including the following:
Our attorneys welcome the opportunity to help you in any matter where you or a loved one has been injured, or suffered damages due to being involved in or affected by a car accident. Call us today for a free consultation or case evaluation at (888) 509-8963