Irvine Car Accident Lawyer
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If it seems that there are now more people and cars throughout the city of Irvine, it is not just your imagination at work. The population of the Orange County area has exploded throughout the past few decades.
Even Irvine, a once distant suburb of the greater Los Angeles area has experienced the effects of these rapid changes and sudden growth in population. As the population continues to swell in numbers--278,000 people and counting, according to recent data--so have the number of cars and accidents. Sadly, as recently as 2017, ten people lost their lives in traffic related collisions.
If you suffered injuries after a car accident in the city of Irvine, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Please don’t hesitate to contact us 24/7 at (949) 334-9200 or feel free to email us at [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring and compassionate legal team. At West Coast Trial Lawyers, we are always here to answer any questions you may have about car accident claims and whether you are entitled to damages for your injuries and losses.Types Of Car Accidents We Handle
Our experienced Irvine car accident attorneys are prepared to handle all types of car accident claims that are caused by just about any type of circumstances imaginable. The reality is that car accidents can be caused by an infinite variety of circumstances. Therefore, every type of car accident will involve unique circumstances, including the cause of the accident, the specific injuries, and liability. Below, our experienced car accident attorneys will discuss some of the types of car accident claims we are able to handle.
Accidents Caused By Drunk Driving: Driving while intoxicated on drugs or alcohol is a serious criminal offense that, because of its recklessness, almost always qualifies for punitive damages. Punitive damages are a special type of monetary award that is determined by a court when a defendant acted in a particularly reckless or deliberately harmful manner. Just like speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol is especially destructive and has the potential of causing harm to everyone on the road.
Accidents Caused By Speeding: Along with accidents caused by intoxication, accidents caused by speeding, are also particularly dangerous and have the potential of causing serious harm and property loss to multiple parties. These types of accidents, again, due to their reckless nature, almost always entitle a victim to punitive damages. A driver who is speeding does not have enough time or space to react to sudden changes or emergencies and can easily lose control of their vehicle.
Accidents Caused By Aggressive Driving: Due to how common and destructive it is, road rage has been added to California’s reckless behavior laws. Reckless behaviors are any number of actions that may not necessarily have a deliberate intention to cause someone harm, but which go beyond simple negligence.
Accidents Caused By Distracted Driving: This type of accident is becoming more common by the day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about nine people a day are killed because of a driver who is distracted. The most common example of distracted driving is texting while driving.
Consider this fact. It takes five seconds to send or read a text. To make sense of how long that really is, if you’re driving on the freeway and driving 55 mph, that’s comparable to closing your eyes and driving across the length of an entire football field.
As discussed above, there are so many circumstances that can cause a car accident. But what about injuries? Again, these can vary widely, but there are essentially two types of car accident injuries: impact injuries and penetrating injuries.
Impact injuries: These injuries are typically caused when an accident victim’s body hits the hard interior of the car they are riding in. A classic example is when someone’s head clashes with the side window or when a knee slams on the dashboard. These types of injuries can cause damage that ranges from bruises, broken bones, and even brain damage.
Penetrating injuries: These injuries cause a range of injuries, from cuts, scrapes, and more serious internal injuries. Penetrating injuries can be caused by shattered glass, twisted metal, and loose objects flying out of the car after an accident.Typical injuries resulting from a car accident may include:
- Brain damage
- Arm & leg injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Broken ribs
- Chest injuries
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
If you were injured in a car accident that was caused by someone’s negligence, you are typically entitled to file a personal injury claim to recover monetary compensation for your losses.In most cases, a car accident victim is entitled to damages for:
- Property Loss
- Medical Bills
- Pain And Suffering
- Lost Wages
- And More
An injured car accident victim is, in rare cases, also entitled to punitive damages. Punitive damages are rare and will be added to the normal damages a car accident victim is already entitled to.
A court awards punitive damages, but only when a defendant deliberately tried to cause someone harm or behaved in a very egregious manner. Driving under the influence or being guilty of a hit and run are two examples of incidents that may qualify a victim for punitive damages.
Whether you are entitled to compensation generally will depend on one thing: liability. Determining liability after a car accident is challenging. Determining liability is based on the legal concept of negligence. This basically means that whoever was negligent in causing an accident is typically held liable for any injuries caused, as well as the corresponding damages.
What is negligence as it relates to car accidents? It is a type of careless or reckless behavior. Below are just a few examples of driver negligence that may subject someone to liability for an accident:
- Not paying attention to the road
- Driving under the influence
- Texting, or
- Disobeying traffic laws
- And many more
All drivers have a duty of care when driving. In other words, they must be mindful of pedestrians and road conditions, control their vehicle, and obey traffic laws.
It is also very important to understand that even an injured driver may share some degree of responsibility, which may limit the compensation they are entitled to receive. California is a comparative negligence state. This means that more than one entity can be responsible for a car accident.
In cases where more than one entity is responsible for a car accident, liability will be divided according to each individual’s degree of negligence. Damages will then be divided based on share of negligence, or fault.West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Always Here To Help
Call us today at (949) 334-9200 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring and compassionate legal team.