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Long Beach Car Accident Attorneys

If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries or worse, in Long Beach, it’s a good idea to seek legal counsel sooner than later. It’s important you talk to an attorney before an insurance company, as they don’t have your best interest at heart.

The May Firm represents clients on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay nothing for your case until we’ve made a financial recovery for you. At our Long Beach car accident law firm, your consultation is entirely free.

Long Beach Car Accidents Are On The Rise

In August 2013, the Orange County Register reported that a report from Allstate Insurance Company ranked Long Beach among the cities with the most traffic collisions in the United States. Drivers were 15.8 percent more likely to get in a collision in Long Beach compared to the national average, and the Los Alamitos Traffic Circle was identified as topping the list of accident prone intersections in the city according to its Traffic Engineering Division.

While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that 2017 highway fatality numbers were down and preliminary estimates for the first 6 months of 2018 indicated the downward trend was continuing, this came after two consecutive years of large increases. According to NHTSA, there were 3,602 traffic fatalities in 2017, which was a decrease from the 3,837 in 2016 and the state’s rate of 9.11 fatalities per 100,000 population in 2017 was less than the national average of 11.40.

Causes of Long Beach Auto Accidents

Car crashes can occur for a variety of reasons, but it is usually one driver or one vehicle that is at fault for a collision. Some causes are more immediately apparent than others.

You will want to contact a lawyer right away so they can commence an independent investigation to preserve important evidence relating to your accident. You can also do yourself a huge favor by taking as many pictures as possible of everything involved in the scene of your crash.

Some of the most common causes of car accidents generally include, but are not limited to:

  • Driver Fatigue — People who drive while they are exhausted are much more prone to making any number of mistakes that could be extremely consequential.
  • Distracted Driving — Cell phones are regarded as the most common kind of activity that can be distracting, and writing a text message is indeed one of the most dangerous kinds of distractions. Other types of distractions include eating, drinking, changing radio stations or adjusting climate controls, and reading maps.
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of Alcohol or Drugs — People who are arrested for drunk or drugged driving will usually face criminal charges, but your own action against these individuals will be a civil claim. That means that DUI offenders could possibly be acquitted or avoid criminal convictions but can still he held civilly liable because the burden of proof in a civil case is far lower than a criminal case.
  • Failure to Maintain Vehicle — Some accidents are simply the result of faulty motor vehicles that may have stemmed from the owner’s failure to properly care for the automobile.
  • Defective Parts — When certain parts are defective, they can easily cause loss of control or other issues that lead to crashes. Manufacturers could be liable in some cases.
  • Defective Highways — Certain roadways may have potholes or other kinds of dangers that are usually the responsibility of governmental entities to correct.
  • Construction Zone Violations — Construction zones require people to drive at lower speeds and possible follow detours, and some crashes are the result of drivers not obeying posted signs.
  • Inclement Weather — While Long Beach is usually sunny, there are days with rain or other unwelcoming conditions that can make driving more difficult. All drivers still remain responsible for operating safely in adverse weather.
  • Improper or Illegal Turns — A driver may cause an accident by performing a prohibited turn in a variety of settings.
  • Following Too Closely (Tailgating) — People who are tailgating are far more likely to cause rear-end accidents because they are not providing themselves with enough stopping distance in the event that the vehicles they are trailing do stop suddenly.
  • Overcompensation — When a driver overcompensates while turning, they are more susceptible to rollover accidents.
  • Medical Emergency — Some drivers may have heart attacks or other sudden medical episodes that may leave them unable to continue driving and causing accidents.
  • Reckless Driving — California Vehicle Code § 23103 defines reckless driving as driving “a vehicle upon a highway in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.”
  • Speeding — People who are operating in excess of posted speed limits are far more likely to cause all kinds of accidents because increased speeds translate to decreased ability to stop.
  • Failure to Obey Traffic Signs or Lights — Many accidents involve people disregarding stop signs or red lights. Crashes can also stem from failure to adhere to many other signs or lights, such as yield signs.
  • Other Traffic Violations — Any one of a number of other common California traffic offenses could also be the basis of an accident.

 

Some car accidents can involve other complicating factors. For example, some negligent drivers may quickly flee the scenes of collisions, making them hit-and-run crashes.

Other cases can be complicated by another driver’s failure to have car insurance. Some crashes could involve larger vehicles like buses or trains that make larger agencies responsible for damages.

Types of Long Beach Car Accident Injuries

The possible injuries that people suffer in car crashes in Long Beach can vary, depending on numerous factors. The speeds of the vehicles involved, the point of impact, and where people were seated all factor into the severity of injuries.

Some injuries are minor and people heal within a matter of days or weeks. Many other injuries, however, are far more catastrophic and cause several months or even years of rehabilitation.

Some of the most common kinds of injuries can include, but are not limited to:

  • Lacerations
  • Fractures
  • Muscle Strains
  • Sprains
  • Internal Organ Damage
  • Burn Injuries
  • Neck Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Paralysis

A person could also die because of the injuries they suffer in a car accident in Long Beach. The family of the deceased person can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party or parties.

 Contact a Car Accident Attorney in Long Beach

Did you or a loved one suffer severe injuries, or was your loved one killed in a car accident in Long Beach? Do not wait to contact   today.

Our firm has been named one of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators and are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

 

 

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