Car Accidents in San Diego County
According to California Office of Safety, there were over 10,000 people injured or killed an automobile accidents in San Diego County in 2013. If you have been injured in an car accident, then you may have a claim for personal injury. When an auto accident occurs, someone is usually at fault. Whether the person at fault collided with your vehicle, or drove a vehicle in which you were a passenger, you may have the right to recover a substantial sum of money. You may have the right to be compensated not only for medical expenses but also for lost wages and any pain or suffering resulting from the accident with the help of a San Diego car accident attorney.
Another related claim in a car accident case is called loss of consortium. Loss of consortium is a claim that is brought by the spouse of a person who has been injured in an accident case. The type of injuries alleged in a loss of consortium claim are loss of companionship, loss of assistance with housework, loss of a partner for sexual relations and loss of assistance with child care. If you have been injured in a vehicle accident, chances are that not only you have suffered but your family has suffered as well. Consulting a San Diego car accident attorney will help you understand your rights and learn your best options.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
There are many ways of determining that a person is at fault for auto accident. For example, changing lanes without signaling, failing to stop in time, or running a red light are all negligent acts that can mean that the driver is at fault in a car accident. There are some cases in which the driver who rear-ended the car in front of them would not be at fault for an accident. For example, let us suppose that a driver in automobile one is cruising along at 65 mph on the freeway, and car two swerves into the lane occupied by car one, just 5 feet in front of car one, and car two slams on its brakes in front of car one for no apparent reason. In a case like that the driver in car two would probably be at fault, not the driver in car one.
However, in the vast majority of cases, the driver who rear-ended the car in front of him is the party at fault. The reason why is because the California vehicle code imposes a duty on drivers to reduce speed to avoid an accident. It is usually pretty easy to show that a driver who rear-ended another car failed to reduce speed to avoid an accident because, had the driver slowed down, the collision would not have taken place. A auto accident injury lawyer may make the argument that a driver who rear-ended another car failed to reduce speed to avoid a collision.
A automobile accident can really be a life-changing experience. Some people lose their job as a result of a an accident. For example, some people who have a desk job that requires them to sit for long periods of time are unable to continue at their job after a auto accident. Other people who have a job that requires them to lift heavy objects will be unable to continue at their job after a car accident. It is always recommended to contact a reputable injury attorney in San Diego if you are in a auto accident.
A San Diego car accident lawyer may argue that the driver involved in a low-speed collision is not susceptible to suffering serious injury. However, numerous drivers who have been seriously injured in low-speed crashes would certainly disagree with this position. Unfortunately, insurance defense attorneys have hired guns that testify for them on a regular basis, and will say just about anything they need to say in order to help the insurance company avoid liability. Accordingly, it is necessary for the plaintiff’s car accident lawyer San Diego to retain an equally qualified expert to testify that low-speed accidents can in fact cause serious injuries. Therefore, it is imperative to retain a law firm that is willing to finance the costs of a qualified expert in order to successfully present your case to a jury or reach a favorable settlement.
Accidents involving trucks, busses and big rigs and very different from your run of the mill automobile accident. Due to the size and weight of these vehicles, special rules apply to the drivers of trucks, busses and big rigs. The size and weight of these vehicles also make the consequences of not following the special rules devastating. The damage these vehicles can cause is catastrophic and you will need an accident attorney that is not only knowledgeable about the special rules applicable to trucks, busses and big rigs, but also knowledgeable about catastrophic injuries caused by these special vehicles.
Many trucking accidents are caused by the blind spots, squeeze play, brake failure and stopping distance. Blind spots for truck and busses are much larger than for cars simply because the trucks, busses and big rigs are larger than cars. Drivers have to use special mirrors and take extra precautions to make sure there is nobody in the blind spot. The squeeze play is cause by the larger turning area needed to turn a truck, bus or big rig. Often times trucks crush cars as they makes these turns. Brake failure and stopping distance accident often create the most devastating injuries. That is because of the mass necessary to stop a truck, bus or big rig when the driver has failed to judge properly.
If you are in an accident involving a truck, bus or big rig, contact our law firm at (619) 330-5882 for a free, no obligation consultation with a San Diego auto accident lawyer. We advance all the costs of the case and if there is no recovery, there is no fee.
By Douglas Gilliland