According to the National Safety Council (NSC), the increase in the rate of 2020 motor vehicle deaths in the U.S. was the largest since 1924. The NSC estimates that 42,060 people have died in U.S. car accidents in 2020. With accidents increasing, it is important to know how accidents are caused, what behaviors to avoid, and what to do in the event of an injury. Read on to learn more about car accidents in California.
What are the Most Common Causes of Car Accidents?
Some car accidents are caused by poor road conditions, inclement weather, or faulty car parts. But, the majority of accidents are caused by driver negligence. The most common forms of negligence include:
- Making illegal turns
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving while fatigued
- Texting and driving
- Carelessly changing lanes
- Otherwise driving recklessly by ignoring traffic lights, signs, and all other rules of the road
What Should I do if I am Involved in a Car Accident?
If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. But, you will have to prove that this negligence occurred. In order to do so, you should take the following steps after an accident:
- Call 911. The police can call an ambulance, file an accident report, conduct chemical tests, and more.
- Document the scene. You should collect photos and videos of the scene of the accident. Be sure to document the damage done to all vehicles and property involved.
- Obtain witness contacts. If someone saw your accident occur, ask for their contact information. They may be able to corroborate your version of events.
- Seek medical attention. If you are involved in an accident, you should go to the hospital immediately afterward. This will ensure that your injuries are treated by a medical professional while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Before leaving the hospital, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents and bills.
- Contact a skilled personal injury attorney. An experienced attorney may be able to obtain further evidence including police reports, security camera footage, and other evidence you may not otherwise be able to access.
If you have been injured in a car accident in California, contact our firm to speak with an experienced and dedicated personal injury attorney.
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