Expert Car Accident Attorneys in San Diego, CA
Unfortunately, automobile accidents
are an everyday occurrence in San Diego and across Southern California. However, too many times injured victims don't receive the compensation they need and deserve after they have been in an auto accident in San Diego.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, you need the experience of top rated San Diego auto accident attorneys like Mission Legal Center Personal Injury.
Call us for a free consultation and case-specific guidance today at 619-564-4455
Auto Acccident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- There are more than 1,700 fatalities and 840,000 injuries yearly due to vehicle crashes off public highways
- About 3 out of every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some point in their lives
- In 2009, approximately 33,963 people died in motor vehicle accidents nationwide; the majority of these accidents occurred in urban areas and in non-intersection parts of the road
- In 2014:
- Approximately 32,675 people died in motor vehicle crashes
- An additional 2.3 million people were injured in crashes
- The use of seat belts in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 12,802 lives
- Frontal air bags saved an estimated 2,396 lives
- An estimated 252 child occupants (4 and younger) were saved by the use of child restraints
- 1,669 lives were saved by the use of motorcycle helmets
- An estimated 485 lives were saved due to minimum-drinking-age laws
- An additional 2,814 lives would have been saved if all restrained passenger vehicle occupants (5 and older) involved in fatal crashes had worn their seat belts
- If all motorcyclists had worn their helmets, an additional 660 lives would have been saved
- In 2008, about 3,500 teens in the United States aged 15 to 19 were killed and more than 350,000 were treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in motor-vehicle crashes
- In 2006, the motor vehicle death rate for male drivers and passengers ages 15 to 19 was almost two times that of their female counterparts
- Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens
- 6 teens ages 16 to 19 die every day from motor vehicle injuries
- The risk of being injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash increases as you age
- Per mile traveled, fatal crash rates increase noticeably starting at ages 70?74 and are highest among drivers age 85 and older
- In 2012, more than 5,560 older adults were killed and more than 214,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes (This amounts to 15 older adults killed and 586 injured in crashes on average every day)
- Older drivers tend to limit their driving during bad weather and at night and drive fewer miles than younger drivers
Types of Drivers You May Encounter in San Diego
- Following too closely, tailgating
- Swerving erratically
- Unsafe lane changing
- Failing to stop, slow down, yield for others
- Failing to obey traffic signs/lights
- Failing to signal
If you come into contact with an aggressive driver: keep a safe distance away, don't try to pass him/her, change lanes when it's safe, keep calm, avoid responding with hostility or aggression, pull over to give additional distance, report the driver to 911 if you think he/she might be impaired.
- On the phone
- Preoccupied with other passengers in the car
- Distracted by people and situations outside of the car
- Turning around frequently to see what's going on in the back seat
- Stopping suddenly, at the last minute
If you come into contact with a distracted driver: keep a safe distance away, don't try to pass him/her, change lanes when it's safe, keep calm, avoid responding with hostility or aggression, pull over to give additional distance, report the driver to 911 if you think he/she might be impaired.
- Tailgating, following too closely
- Driving extremely fast or extremely slow
- Trouble staying inside of one lane
- Unsafe lane changing
- Driving at night with headlights off
- Making really wide turns
- Drifting into curbs or other cars
- Failing to yield to pedestrians, other drivers
- Hostile/aggressive driving behavior
- Driving with the windows down on a very cold night
If you come into contact with a drunk driver: keep a safe distance away, don't try to pass him/her, change lanes when it's safe, keep calm, pull over to give additional distance, immediately report the driver to 911.
- Inability to concentrate
- Delayed response time to pedestrians, bicyclists, darting children, other drivers
- Vision and/or hearing impairment, difficulty seeing signs clearly and judging distance appropriately
- Taking medications that may cause drowsiness
- Low alcohol tolerance
- Weaker muscle strength, trouble turning their bodies while looking back or trying to park
- Driving too fast or too slow
- Unsure of other drivers, feel intimidated in highly trafficked areas
- May get lost easily
- May misunderstand or ignore road signs, traffic lights, stop signs, construction zones
- Might ignore/forget about mechanical problems and/or regular maintenance
In order to minimize accidents involving elderly drivers, the following can be done:
- Have a doctor periodically review medication and the effects it could have on driving
- Make sure your glasses/contacts prescription is up to date and valid
- Stick with day-time driving
- Stick to familiar routes
- Plan driving routes in advance, taking into consideration weather, traffic and road conditions
- Consider ride-sharing, public transit and other alternatives to driving
- Distracted (by cell phones, passengers, etc)
- Not wearing a seatbelt
- Drinking and driving
- Not fully understanding the risks and consequences
Parents should set standards for teens to follow:
- Be a model of safety for children to follow, even before they start driving
- Give a set of driving rules and enforce those rules
- Restrict nighttime driving, give your teen a driving curfew
- Supervise driving for a period of time, giving advice and guidance on how to handle various situations and conditions
- Always require seatbelts of all passengers
- Limit the number of passengers allowed in the car, more passengers equals more distractions
- Re-enforce the dangers of drinking and driving, give statistics, go over the consequences
Types of Accidents
Asleep at the Wheel
: Also known as drivers who are suffering from fatigue. These types of drivers can be as dangerous as those who are intoxicated, causing fatal accidents. Almost 4% of fatal crashes involve an overly tired driver.
: Sometimes a car accident occurs because of faulty equipment such as break failure, tire blowouts, steering failure and suspension failure. When an auto manufacturer becomes aware of a design or engineer flaw, they issue a recall. The recall can be a simple fix at the dealership or it can require turning the car in. Performing regular maintenance on the car can help detect and prevent any major issues.
: A head-on collision occurs when the front of a vehicle directly hits the front of another vehicle or an unmoving object. Frequently, this type of accident is as a result of a driver who fell asleep at the wheel. This can also happen from a car going down the wrong way on a one-way street or a drunk driver.
: Although one of the least fatal type of accident, they are the most common and often are caused by a distracted driver. The driver and/or passenger of the impacted car usually suffer the most injury, most commonly from whiplash. A personal injury attorney can help with the next steps to take after an accident.
: One of the more serious types of accidents. A side impact can happen with a "t-bone" from another car or one car running into another car at an angle.
: Speeding is the cause of 1/3 of all fatal auto accidents and nearly 30% of all accident injuries.
: This type of accident occurs when a car rolls over onto its hood, whether it's one time or multiple times. Typically, a speeding car taking a sharp turn causes these accidents, although it can happen with side, rear or head-on impact. Trucks, vans and SUV's are more likely to rollover due to their height.
Unsafe Road Conditions
: Unsafe, or poorly maintained, roads and highways can cause accidents. For example, a pothole on a highway can cause a blown tire, which in turn can cause an accident either as a result of the driver's loss of control or another car hitting the debris.
Preventing Auto Accidents in San Diego
- Wear your seatbelt
- Don't drink and drive and do not ride with a driver who has been drinking
- Put cell phones and other distractions away, pull over to the side if you need to text or take a call
- Avoid aggressive drivers and keep your calm around them
- Keep up with your car's regular maintenance, get any issues checked out by a mechanic
- Don't drive if you're extremely fatigued, pull into a rest stop until you can drive again
- Avoid going too fast or too slow, be aware of speed zones
- Be aware of road conditions, take weather conditions into account
- Leave appropriate car length space between you and the car in front of you, avoid tailgating
- Become a defensive driver, prepare yourself for the behavior of other drivers
- Check mirror position/visibility, headlights and tire pressure regularly
- Be cautious when entering intersections, exiting and entering highways and approaching one-way streets
For over 19 years, we have been helping people who have suffered an injury as a result of a car accident. Injuries can be severe and sometimes fatal. This can be devastating for the victim and his/her family. When something like this happens to you or your loved one, we, at Mission Legal Center, work tirelessly to ease your worries with resolution.
If you suffered serious injury as a result of an automobile accident, contact
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Q: Can I be compensated for an injury from a car accident in San Diego?
A: California law provides for compensation for lost wages, medical bills, medication costs, pain and suffering, permanent disfigurement, physical impairment, loss of consortium and other reasonable damages in order to put you back as closely as possible to the place you were before the injuries. Also, you are entitled to compensation of your damaged vehicle. You may recover costs of repair, rental costs while your vehicle is in the shop, loss of value to your vehicle or full market value of the car if totally damaged. Contact a trusted San Diego auto accident attorney to learn how to best proceed with your case and any injuries you have sustained.
Q: What if I need medical attention after a car cash in San Diego?
A: Always seek immediate treatment immediately if you've been injured in a car crash in San Diego. As soon as you are able, contact a trusted San Diego auto accident attorney for counsel and advice on how to best proceed with your case and any injuries you have sustained.
Q: Should I take pictures of my San Diego County auto accident?
A: Yes! Take pictures as both, or all, cars come to rest after the accident. Capture any relevant street signs, landmarks, vehicle positioning, vehicle damage (of all vehicles) and any injuries. Photos may become important if there's any discrepancy as to whose fault it is and/or what damages each party sustained. From there contact a San Diego auto accident attorney for counsel and advice on how to best proceed with your case and any injuries you have sustained.
Q: What is the most important first step to take at the scene of the accident in San Diego County?
A: Identify any eyewitnesses and get their contact information. The police officer may neglect to identify and report any witnesses to the accident. When this happens and the negligent party later denies fault, or tries to blame you for the accident, independent witnesses become indispensable for countering this defense tactic. It is advisable that you contact a San Diego auto accident attorney for counsel and advice following an auto accident injury in San Diego County.
Q: Should I accept a settlement offer from either my insurance company, or the other driver's insurance company if I've been injured in an auto accident in San Diego?
A: Be wary when dealing with an insurance company. Seeking professional advice from an accident attorney in San Diego before accepting any settlement offers is the best way to attain what is fair and reasonable for your car and your bodily injuries. Insurance companies make their money by collecting premiums and paying as little claims as possible. Instead, contact a San Diego auto accident attorney for counsel and advice.