If you’ve been in and around Los Angeles then you know that Interstate 5 is the life support of Southern California, connecting Los Angeles County with other nearby states. Parallel to the Pacific Coast, the interstate connects California with Oregon, Washington, and most of the West Coast.
With millions of travelers using the Interstate 5 annually, there are high chances that a few don’t make it to their destination. Some of the leading causes of car accidents on the I-5 are drunk, distracted, and reckless driving. You can receive a free consultation with a Los Angeles accident injury lawyer, or keep reading to learn more.
If you got into a car accident that was not your fault, contact Ehline Law and our auto accident attorneys today for a free case evaluation.
Starting in the South, the I-5 leaves the Federal Highway 1 from the Mexican border and connects with SR-15 in San Diego, California then heads to the US 101 in Los Angeles passing through major suburbs in Orange County.
The San Diego freeway turns into the Golden State Freeway as it exits the Los Angeles interchange and goes to Santa Clarita Valley ending at Bakersfield where the Golden State Freeway transitions to the SR-99.
There are multiple junctions and intersections that allow travelers to travel to many different cities. Drivers can also join the US 50 and I-80, the major junctions at Sacramento California before they head to Oregon.
In Oregon, the highway travels through the Siskiyou Summit dropping to the Rogue Valley before passing through different towns such as Ashland, Grants Pass, and more. From there it heads to Cottage Grove and also passes Albany, Salem, and Woodburn. It heads North East to the Portland metro area and then into Portland before crossing into Washington.
The I-5 ends at the North end near the Canadian border at Blaine in Whatcom County in Washington. As it enters from Portland, the highway follows the Columbia River into Vancouver before taking a turn to Kelso and Longview. The freeway continues heading North and exits from the Seattle metro area and reaches Bellingham into Peach Arch, the crossing between the United States and Canada in Blaine.
With so many different intersections, junctions, and exits/entries, the I-5 witnesses many accidents throughout the year due to driver errors. The I-5 has had a history of truck-related accidents and motor vehicle accidents leading to closures of some routes for certain duration causing inconvenience to other drivers.
The I-5 not only has motor vehicles but also motorcycles, different types of trucks, SUVs, and pedestrians. For filing personal injury claims against a party, you need to know which party is responsible for the accident.
For example, in an accident with a truck, you may want to hold the truck driver responsible for the accident but upon further investigation, it may be the trucking company that prolonged the repairs to the truck causing the accident.
This is just one of many situations that can happen. For a car accident, you may also hold the local municipality responsible for unmaintained roads or the manufacturer for vehicle defects.
It can be a challenge to figure out who is responsible and who you should file claims against. Having a qualified personal injury attorney can help identify the responsible party and take legal action against them.
For example, sometimes people die and you could be out of state. Our Los Angeles wrongful death attorneys can help deliver vital assistance to stranded travelers and others in need of legal assistance, and a listening, compassionate ear.
This saves a lot of time and ensures a much smoother claims process. It also builds trust during the formation of the attorney-client relationship.
In short, yes. You need a car accident lawyer to help you with your claims process and deal with the insurers. In a car accident case or any other accident, the claims process is much different depending on the state you’re in.
Fault-based states have a different process as compared to no-fault states. A Los Angeles car accident claim gets treated differently than if you were to be in no-fault states such as Florida or Michigan.
Victims can only claim compensation for their car accident injuries in fault-based states like California according to the degree of fault. This means that the victim must prove that the other driver was acting negligently.
An attorney can help establish the important elements for a personal injury claims case.
Our experienced car accident attorneys can prove:
Los Angeles car accidents are different than what you would usually see on a highway. With so many vehicles traveling at high speeds, the impact of the accident can have devastating consequences.
Even with some of the common car accident injuries like whiplash injuries or spinal cord injuries, the extent to how much compensation an attorney can get for car accident victims depends on the unique circumstances of each accident.
Our car accident lawyers have helped clients recover compensation for current medical expenses, future medical bills, current lost wages, future lost income, emotional trauma, pain and suffering, punitive damages, and more.
A California motor vehicle accident can cause a lot of emotional trauma to the victim and deplete their financial resources. Having to shoulder the financial burden of an accident that you did not commit is unfair.
Our auto accident attorneys will help investigate the car crash and the accident scene, gather evidence, determine who is at fault, and file claims against the negligent party.
We have had more than 3,000 successful clients and have recovered more than $150 million in compensation. Let us help you get out of this darkness by dealing with the insurance company on your behalf and getting you fair compensation for your loss.
Contact us for more information on car accident claims and how we can help. If you got into a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, call (213) 596-9642 and get a free consultation with our legal experts. Use our online contact form for a faster response.
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