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Car accidents can be devastating and significantly affect people’s lives. Many motor vehicle crashes cause severe injuries that require extensive and expensive treatment. Besides experiencing unbearable pain, victims see their bills piling up and harming their finances. Unfortunately, many families also lose their loved ones in fatal collisions.

However, most car accidents are caused by parties acting negligently and risking other people’s lives. This is unfair. No one deserves to experience pain and stress because of someone else’s careless or reckless behavior.

Victims aren’t alone, though. If you’re planning to take legal action against the party that caused the accident where you or your loved ones were injured, count me in! I’m Michael Ehline, an experienced personal injury lawyer who has successfully handled hundreds of similar cases and recovered over $150 million in compensation.

The seasoned legal team at my law firm will work tirelessly to help you hold at-fault parties accountable for the harm they’ve caused. Get in touch today!

California Car Accident Statistics

Based on information about motor vehicle crashes collected for its Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) report, the California Highway Patrol estimated that over 3,980 people died in traffic crashes in 2020 alone.

This report also showed that nearly 204,000 individuals were injured in motor vehicle accidents during the same period.

The California Office of Traffic Safety published updated reports in 2021, explaining that the number of people who died in fatal crashes increased by approximately 7.6%. About 4,285 fatalities were recorded that year.

Between 2020 and 2021, the number of traffic fatalities caused by alcohol-impaired driving increased by 16%. Also, almost 53% of the drivers who lost their lives in these accidents tested positive for legal and/or illegal drug consumption.

How many car accidents resulting in fatalities occur each year in California? The 2021 Mileage Death Rate (MDR) was 1.38, which was higher than the national average of 1.37 deaths per 100 million miles traveled.

According to reports published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 19,500 people lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes in the first half of 2023 alone.

Such figures show that car accidents happen quite often in California, becoming a major problem.

Common Causes of Car Accidents in California

Most car accidents are caused by another party’s negligence or recklessness, whether it’s another driver, the government entity in charge of maintaining roads in good condition, or the company that manufactured the vehicle.

These are some of the actions and behaviors that often lead to car crashes:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Failure to yield the right of way
  • Drunk driving
  • Failure to spot or fix auto defects
  • Driving errors
  • Running a red light

Regardless of the cause of a car crash, at-fault parties can be held liable for victims’ injuries and monetary losses if their negligent or reckless actions contributed to the accident.

If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by someone else, or a loved one has lost their life in similar circumstances, get in touch with Ehline Law Firm’s legal team as soon as possible.

We have extensive experience in car accident cases and can guide you through the legal process to help you understand your rights, build a case, file a claim, and fight for fair compensation.

Types of Car Accidents that Often Occur in California

Car accidents can be divided into several types based on their nature. These are the ones that often occur in California:

  • Rear-end collisions
  • T-bone collisions
  • Head-on collisions
  • Sideswiping
  • Hit-and-run incidents involving passenger cars
  • Dangerous lane changing

Examples of Common Car Accident Injuries

A car crash can have severe consequences on the lives of all parties involved. Both drivers and passengers are vulnerable to different types of injuries, including the following:

  • Broken bones or fractures
  • Lacerations and bruises
  • Cuts and burns
  • Whiplash and other neck injuries
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Head and brain injuries
  • Chest injuries
  • Back and spine injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Amputation

While many of these injuries only need short-term care, others are disabling and require lifelong treatment, expensive medications, and surgeries. Some victims suffer permanent pain, disfigurement, and limb loss, which may affect their personal and professional lives. In the worst-case scenario, people involved in car accidents lose their lives.

Were you or your loved one injured due to another party’s negligence or recklessness? You can seek help from a lawyer and file a car accident lawsuit. This is a right granted by California laws!

As an attorney with extensive experience and a proven track record of successful claims, I know California traffic laws and can help victims build a solid case to hold responsible parties accountable for their actions.

My law firm’s team is ready to offer the legal assistance injured people and victims’ family members need. Don’t hesitate to contact us to get your case evaluated!

Why Victims Should Seek Help from California Car Accident Lawyers

Car accidents are complex matters that must be handled with the utmost care. Insurance companies will try to dismiss injured people’s claims to reduce the settlement or compensatory amount. Also, the at-fault party will be defended by an aggressive legal team.

However, people who work with an experienced attorney will have the best chances of winning their cases and recovering fair compensation for their injuries.

At Ehline Law Firm, we’re fully committed to helping car accident victims with their personal injury claims. This is what we’ll do:

  • Build a solid case to file a car accident lawsuit under California laws
  • Negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company
  • Collect evidence to support the case
  • Help victims understand their legal rights
  • Represent victims in court
  • Help victims get fair compensation

Types of Compensation Car Accident Victims Can Recover in California

California laws state that injured people and the surviving family members of victims who die in traffic accidents caused by negligent parties have the legal right to seek compensation.

Every car accident case is unique, and the value of a claim may vary based on different factors, such as the severity of the injuries and each party’s percentage of fault. However, rightful compensation often covers the following:

Special Damages

This type of compensation usually includes damages that are quantifiable and can be proven with bills and other documents, such as:

  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of future income
  • Property damage
  • Ongoing care
  • Lost wages
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Cost of living with a disability

General Damages

In some car accident cases, victims can recover compensation for damages that aren’t easily quantifiable and verifiable, such as:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Mental anguish
  • Disfigurement
  • Humiliation
  • Loss of consortium

Punitive Damages

If it’s proven that the at-fault party’s actions were oppressive, fraudulent, malicious, or deliberate, victims could also be awarded punitive damages, which aren’t meant to compensate injured people but to punish defendants.

No one deserves to suffer the pain and stress that car accidents cause. If you or a loved one is going through this horrible experience due to another person’s negligent actions, remember that you have the right to contact an attorney.

I’m Michael Ehline, and I understand how difficult car crashes can be for victims. As a former U.S. Marine, I’m committed to serving people and helping the innocent seek justice.

Whether you’re in San Diego, Los Angeles County, or any other part of California, my legal team can give you a hand! If you need legal advice after a car accident, call (833) LETS-SUE and get a free case evaluation.

Michael Ehline is an inactive U.S. Marine and world-famous legal historian. Michael helped draft the Cruise Ship Safety Act and has won some of U.S. history’s largest motorcycle accident settlements. Together with his legal team, Michael and the Ehline Law Firm collect damages on behalf of clients.
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