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Orange County Car Accident Cases and Laws

Posted by Timothy J. Ryan | Feb 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Orange County California SignOrange County has its share of car accident cases due to the driving conditions and the congested traffic. When a car accident happens, the victims have legal rights to receive compensation for their injuries. When another driver's negligent, reckless, or careless behavior causes injury to someone, you need to contact an experienced automobile accident attorney to discuss your legal options. Below are two examples of Orange County accidents that resulted in the victims, receiving compensation for their injuries.

Woman Killed in Orange County Car Accident

A 43-year-old wife and mother were killed, and three occupants in the vehicle were injured in an Orange County automobile accident on the 15 freeway. A driver rear-ended the vehicle that the woman was in, causing her death and the injury of the other passengers. After a thorough investigation, attorneys determined that the negligent driver was working; therefore, they sued the driver's employer. It was also discovered that a potential defective restraint system contributed to the injuries. The recovery from all three defendants totaled $5,500,000.

Orange County Low Impact Car Accident

A man was injured in a low impact automobile accident that required surgery for extensive injuries. The insurance company for the other driver refused to settle for the policy limits of $15,000. The day before the trial, the insurance company attempted to settle the policy limits; however, the plaintiff proceeded with the trial. After three days of trial, the insurance company offered $62,000 above the policy limits for a total settlement of $77,000.

How Can You Receive Compensation for Injuries from an Orange County Car Accident?

If you have been injured in a car accident in Orange County, you need to contact an experienced personal injury or automobile accident attorney as soon as possible. These attorneys are experienced in helping victims of automobile accidents receive the compensation that they deserve for their injuries. Having an experienced attorney on your side will help ensure that you are able to hold the negligent, reckless, or careless parties responsible for your injuries.

Your first step is to seek the appropriate medical care for your injuries and to document everything that you suffer due to the accident. Having medical information to substantiate your claims will help you receive the compensation that you deserve. Take photographs of your injuries, the vehicle, the accident scene, and any other evidence that is relevant to your injuries.

Your personal injury attorney will begin with what you can provide to him and investigate further to determine all of the relevant facts related to your case. However, do not assume that you must have all of this detailed information to hire an automobile accident attorney or to receive compensation. The key to receiving compensation is contacting an attorney as soon as possible after the accident to protect your rights. Your attorney will walk you through the claims process and take care of the legal aspects of seeking compensation for your injuries.

Common Causes of Car Accidents in the OC

There are many reasons why automobile accidents occur in Orange County. Our personal injury attorneys are able to help you navigate the complex automobile laws in California to hold negligent parties accountable for their actions.

Some examples of the causes of car accidents in OC include:

  • Distracted driving – cell phone use, texting, eating, reading, putting on makeup, etc.
  • Speeding
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Poor driving conditions and constructions zones
  • Defective automobile parts
  • Reckless driving
  • Driving while fatigued or falling asleep at the wheel
  • Weather related accidents
  • Running traffic lights or failure to above traffic signs
  • Tailgating and road rage

Injuries That Can Receive Compensation

If you are injured in an automobile accident in any way, you can receive compensation for those injuries. The level of injury depends on the circumstances of the automobile accident; however, even low impact accidents can result in severe and life-altering injuries. Injuries from automobile accidents can have devastating effects on the victim and his or her family.

Common injuries sustained in automobile accidents that clients can receive compensation for include:

  • Severe brain trauma and closed head traumas
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Wrongful death
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Loss of limbs or amputations
  • Permanent disfigurement

Areas Prone to Car Accidents

While car accidents can and do occur in a variety of locations, there may be areas that are prone to car accidents in Orange County. For example, if an intersection with a two-way stop sign has a high occurrence of automobile accidents, this area may be dangerous due to some type of physical condition such as overgrown trees, inadequate road signs, or improperly maintained roads.

If an attorney can show that the city or county was negligent by not fixing the intersection, the city can be held liable for your injuries in an automobile accident that occurs at this intersection.

Driving in highly populated urban areas increase your chances of being involved in an automobile accident due to the higher number of vehicles on the road. However, driving on rural roads can be even more dangerous because the roads are not maintained as well as those that are in a large city or urban area. Roads that have potholes and no shoulders can result in accidents.

Neighborhoods are another area that is prone to accidents as over one-half of all accidents occur less than five miles from a person's home. Common neighborhood accidents include backing into other vehicles or obstacles, sideswiping parked vehicles, and swerving to avoid pedestrians and other items in the road. Parking lots are also another area that is prone to accidents because of the number of cars and the tight space in which you have to maneuver your vehicle.

Receiving Compensation for Your Injuries

You have rights under the law to receive compensation for injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Contact an experienced Orange County car accident lawyer to discuss your legal options and protect your rights to a fair and just settlement for your damages.

Those who have been injured in an OC car accident can obtain a free consultation from one of our skilled lawyers. Call (800) 838-6644 to speak with a live person 24/7.

About the Author

Timothy J. Ryan

Personal injury attorney Timothy J. Ryan has helped California injury victims recover more than $1 Billion since 1981. Tim is on the board of governors for the Consumer Attorneys of California and received the 2020 award "10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys" for client satisfaction.


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