Riverside Car Accident Attorneys
Riverside has a population of nearly 314,000 people and is less than 60 miles from downtown Los Angeles. Riverside’s size and proximity to California’s largest city, make it one of the state’s most highly traveled areas. It is not surprising that many people are involved in car crashes each year and need a Riverside car accident lawyer. An auto accident can be one of the most traumatic and difficult times of a person’s life. Even a minor fender bender can be a huge life disruption. If your crash was caused by another party’s negligence, you deserve to be compensated. For this reason, it is important to have a skilled personal injury lawyer on your side.
Car Accidents in Riverside, California.
California is known for many wonderful things: beautiful scenery, Silicon Valley, delicious wines, and so much more. Unfortunately, California, especially the area surrounding Riverside, is also known for congested roads. Packed roads mean more accidents. Listed below are some California statewide statistics from 2011, the last year that has data available:
Total Auto Collision Fatalities: 2,628
Total Auto Collision Injuries: 159,115
Alcohol or Drug-Related Collision Fatalities: 539
Alcohol or Drug-Related Collision Injuries: 12,347
Speeding-Related Collision Fatalities: 410
Speeding-Related Collision Injuries: 48,272
Improper Turning-Related Collision Fatalities: 526
Improper Turning-Related Collision Injuries: 21,617
The number of people who were hurt in 2011 is more than half of the population here in Riverside. As you can see from these statistics, driver negligence caused a significant number of fatalities and injuries. Some of those killed or injured were the ones being careless. However, many, if not most, were innocent victims of someone else’s careless or reckless behavior. In those cases, the victims need a Riverside auto accident attorney to fight for their right to compensation.
In some cases, the victims were children. In Riverside County alone, 3 children under 5 years old were killed and 196 children under 5 years old were injured in a car accident in 2011. Here are some more Riverside County accident statistics:
- Total Collision Fatalities: 186
- Total Collision Injuries: 7,262
- Alcohol or Drug-Related Collision Fatalities: 74
- Alcohol or Drug-Related Collision Injuries: 842
- Pedestrian-Related Fatalities: 37
- Pedestrian-Related Injuries:338
- Total Collision Fatalities in the city of Riverside: 20
- Total Collision Injuries in the city of Riverside: 1,307
Riverside accounted for 7% of all California car accident deaths in 2011. It also accounted for 4.6% of all injuries. Sadly, nearly 14% of the state’s alcohol- and drug-related accident deaths and about 7% of all drunk- or impaired-driving related injuries happened here in Riverside. Driving while drunk or high is the epitome of reckless behavior. If you were injured by someone who is operating any kind of motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or if a loved one is killed in such an accident, you absolutely need to contact a Riverside car accident lawyer as soon as you possibly can.
Compensation in Car Accident Cases in Riverside
If you were in a car accident that was entirely or partially someone else’s fault, then you likely have a personal injury claim. In order to be compensated, you have to show that the defendant caused your injuries by breaching his or her duty of “reasonable care.” A defendant is someone who is defending against a claim in court. Someone breaches their duty of reasonable care when they do something, or fail to act, resulting in an injury to someone and the harm done was foreseeable. If you look to the above statistics, you can see that “improper turning” caused quite a few deaths and injuries. Failing to properly turn is a breach of a driver’s duty of reasonable care to other people on or near the road.
Most drivers are insured because the law demands that drivers have insurance. When you are due compensation, it is usually the insurance company that will end up paying you. The insurance companies usually want to settle their claim with you as quickly as possible. They will certainly want to pay you as little money as possible. Do not accept any offers from an insurance company without talking to a lawyer.
Many personal injury cases never go to trial. The reason is that most cases settle privately between the parties. Insurance companies are specially trained in these types of negotiations and they have attorneys representing them. You deserve the same level of skill and representation on your side during these negotiations as well.
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in an auto accident, then please contact a skilled and experienced Riverside car accident lawyer at The Reeves Law Group today by calling (951) 324-5174.