Car Crash Injuries
Car Accident Lawyer San Jose
What Causes Car Accidents? Automobiles have become significantly safer over the last couple decades due to the fact that auto companies began using more of their funds to invest in advances to prevent car accidents. Although these preventative measures have made cars safer to drive, a study in the United States in 2016 found that there were still 7.2 million accidents reported to the police. Some of the main reasons that car accidents occur include (but are not limited to):
- Getting Distracted – Cell phone use, loud music, and engaging with passengers can take the driver’s focus away from the road and cause an accident.
- Driving Drunk – A study found that 29% of all traffic accidents were caused because of impairment from alcohol.
- Dangerous Conditions on the Road – Weather conditions such as heavy rain or wind can cause an accident on the road. The vehicle could spin out of control and hit another car because the road is slippery or vision is impaired.
- Technical Defect – If a vehicle has the wrong parts or parts that were not properly designed, it may lead to an accident because of a malfunction with the car.
What Kind of Accidents are the Most Common?
- Hit and run crashes
- Left turn accidents
- Head on collisions
- Single car crash
- Multiple car crash
- Rollover accident
Common Car Crash Injuries A recent National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration study reported that about 3.2 million people were hurt because of a car crash, whether it was minor or major. Even minor car accidents can cause major lifelong injuries. The injuries that are most common from vehicular accidents are:
- Injury to the spine
- Bleeding internally
- Emotional Distress
- Having to get a limb amputated
- Bones breaking
After an accident, passengers may have an intense amount of adrenaline and may not be aware of the severity of their injuries. If you have been in a car accident, it is detrimental that you seek medical attention to make sure your adrenaline isn’t masking the severity of your injury. How to Lessen Your Chances of an Accident: There are ways drivers can be extra cautious in order to lessen the likelihood of getting into an accident. Make sure to comply with these tips whenever you drive in order to keep yourself and your passengers safe.
- Make Sure Your Car is Ready for the Road – It’s very possible for an accident to occur if you don’t ensure your car is ready for the road. Make sure your car doesn’t have any safety issues by getting regular maintenance checks.
- Don’t Drive After Consuming Drugs or Alcohol – It’s important that drivers are not under the influence of drugs or alcohol when behind the wheel. Consuming drugs or alcohol can cause impairment of vision and inhibitions and it can be very dangerous to be under the influence while driving.
- Keep your Eyes on the Road – Make sure you don’t look at your phone or have your music too loud when driving. Little distractions can have very big impacts on the safety of your vehicle because they take away from your focus on the road.
What Do I Do After an Accident?
- Stay calm
- Check if you’ve been injured
- Call 911 to get the police involved
- Get contact information of the other driver involved
- Collect evidence by taking photos of the accident
Compensation After an Accident If you have been hurt because of someone else’s negligence, inattention, or recklessness on the road, you deserve money to compensate for your monetary and psychological losses. Accidents can be very expensive, especially if you’ve been hurt and need to seek medical attention. You may be eligible for the following compensation:
- Specific Destruction – Lost monetary income from missing work, medical bills, vehicle or home replacement or repairing services.
- General Damages – Pain caused by the accident; both physically and mentally.
What Limitations are There for Filing a Claim? Usually, the time period for filing a claim is two years from the day the accident happened. However, there are various circumstances that can change the statute of limitation for filing. The way the victim of the accident handles negotiations with insurance companies can have a large impact on whether or not the claim is successful. Let us worry about that while you focus on recovery. If you have any questions, or would like a FREE case consultation, do not hesitate to contact us by email: email@example.com Or by telephone: 800-291-9000