Sacramento Car Accident Attorney
Getting from point A to point B should be accident free. Unfortunately, car accidents happen every day in Sacramento, many of which are preventable.
Victims of a car accident are advised to contact a Sacramento Car Accident Attorney who will focus on their case and protect their legal rights. Our personal injury lawyers are experienced and have the resources to handle these cases. Call us for a free case evaluation at (888) 997-5170, or fill out and submit the contact form found on this page.
3 Simple Steps to Protect Your Legal Rights
- Share your story:
- Call us for a free case evaluation, or fill out an online form
- We discuss your potential case free of charge and obligation
- You seek representation:
- You retain us as your attorneys
- We work your case on a contingency fee basis (no fees unless we win)
- Settlement or verdict:
- We settle your case or go to trial
- Your case will result in either a settlement or verdict.
Consequences of a car accident in Sacramento
A car accident can result in irreparable damage or loss. Car accident injuries can include:
Top 5 Causes Of Car Accidents
There are multiple variables that can cause car accidents. However, the following factors contribute to the highest number of accidents:
- Following Too Close
California Motor Vehicle Code (CVC) 21703 (a) requires you to follow the vehicle in front of you at a distance that allows you to stop, no matter how quickly that vehicle stops. A safe distance for following another vehicle varies depending on various factors including vehicle speed, weather, visibility and other road conditions. However, the three-second rule may help you judge this distance: if the vehicle in front of you passes an object, there should be a three second period before you pass that same object. Driving too closely behind another vehicle, or tailgating, eliminates the safe distance needed to avoid an accident. Motorists who are complacent and do not allow for sufficient stopping distances can cause rear-end collisions.
- Failing to Obey Traffic Laws
Behaviors that can cause serious car accidents include making illegal U-turns, failing to stop at stop signs or stop for red signal lights. California law doubles the fine for red light violations.
- Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs (DUI)
In the recent year, drunk driving fatalities represent approximately 29% of all total traffic deaths. Not only is this astonishing but also unacceptable. On September 28, 2015, Governor Brown approved abill requiring interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers in four counties in California – Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Tulare.
Speeding is one of the leading causes of car accidents in California. Driving in excess of the posted speed limit, or at any unsafe speed, reduces reaction time. Speed increases the likelihood that a crash will be catastrophic or fatal.
- Left Turns
The most common cause of car accidents, after rear-end collisions, is the failure of a motorist turning left to yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic. According to CVC 21801 (a), a driver must continue to yield the right-of-way to approaching vehicles until the turn can be made with reasonable safety.
Other leading causes of accidents include poor road conditions, manufacturer defects, and distracted driving. The National Safety Council estimates that 21% of all crashes involve cell phone use.
What should you do if you’ve been in a car accident?
1. Make sure no one is hurt.
- If someone sustains a serious/life-threatening injury, call 9-1-1. In the case of an emergency, seek immediate medical attention. Even if your symptoms appear minor, it is still important to be examined by a doctor.
2. File a report of the collision as soon as possible. Gather the following information:
- time and location where the accident happened
- driver license numbers
- license plate numbers
- insurance information
- Names, address and phone numbers of anyone involved in the accident including witnesses
Take pictures if possible. Documenting the scene of the accident, vehicles involved, and your injuries, are valuable evidence when pursuing a personal injury claim.
3. Write down what happened
- If you remember, recall the details of the accident as honestly and accurately as you can and write them down.
4. Do not speak with the insurance company
- The at-fault party’s insurance company will call you after the accident. Before talking to an insurance company, contact an attorney first to discuss your legal rights. You do not want to make admissions of fault or liability to the other party. In addition, do not agree to any recorded statements or conversations with the insurance company. In the heat of the moment, things may have unfolded differently than you perceived.
5. Keep all accident-related records
- Keep copies of any costs that are related to the accident.
If the other driver/motorist is found at-fault, injured victims can seek compensation for accident related damages including:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent injury
- Lost wages
- Loss of consortium
Call Our Sacramento Car Accident Attorneys | Free Case Evaluation
If you or a loved one sustained an injury in a car accident, caused by another party’s negligence, you should contact our Sacramento Car Accident Attorneys to help protect your legal rights. You may be entitled to compensation for accident-related expenses such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us at 888-997-5170 for a free case consultation. You can focus on your recovery, and we will focus on your case.