California is home to some of the busiest roads in the country. Tourists, commercial trucking, and residents create crowded roads, resulting in a large number of serious injuries and fatalities each year. Serious car accidents frequently result in victims facing substantial costs and emotional suffering.
The Numerous Causes of Car Accidents
Car accidents have numerous causes. Many of these are related to motor vehicle operators who fail to pay an adequate amount of attention while operating a vehicle. Some of the most common factors include:
Distracted driving: One of the primary causes of car accidents in California is distracted driving. While distracted driving often includes texting while driving, it can also include any other activity that takes a driver's attention off the road.
Reckless driving: Drivers who operate their vehicles negligently by speeding, changing lanes carelessly, failing to use signals, and failing to a keep a safe distance create unsafe conditions that cause collisions.
Impaired driving: Many people in California understand that any blood alcohol content above .08 constitutes intoxicated driving. In reality, a person whose ability to operate a vehicle is impaired after taking any amount of drugs or alcohol can be charged. As a result, motorists should be cautious about what substances they consume shortly before or during the operation of a vehicle.
Mechanical defects: Unfortunately, sometimes the parts inside vehicles are defectively designed or manufactured, which can lead to deadly accidents that jeopardize the lives of drivers. In these situations, accident victims frequently pursue legal action against the parts distributor or manufacturer.
Road obstructions: Numerous obstacles in the road including large trees, potholes, or other debris can result in deadly collisions. In some cases, improperly designed roads are the cause.
Steps to Take After a Car Accident
If you are involved in a car accident, taking some safety precautions can greatly reduce the amount of resulting damage. Some of this advice includes:
- Safety First. Move the vehicle to the side of the road if it can be done so safely.
- Call the Police. Make an official record of your incident with the police and communicate your injuries to officers in as much detail as possible.
- Check for Injuries. If your injuries are serious, make sure to seek immediate medical attention. Delaying medical treatment is never a good idea.
- Collect Information. Get the names, addresses, phone numbers, driver's license numbers and insurance information for all parties involved in the accident. Take pictures of your vehicle, as well as all other vehicles involved, the surrounding road, traffic signals, etc.
- Talk to Witnesses. Obtain the names and contact information of the witnesses at the scene.
- Contact a Lawyer. Contact an attorney before you open a claim. Do not discuss the case with insurance companies on your own. Retain counsel to competently and effectively represent your interests and protect your rights.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, contact our office at (818) 740-2122 for a free consultation.