Rear End Collisions
These are typically caused by drivers who are following a vehicle ahead of them too closely. They’re the most common type of traffic crash.
Sideswipes: Drivers who are traveling in the same direction must remain aware oi the vehicles that are next to them. At medium to high speeds, an impact in a simple lane change can cause one or both drivers involved to lose control of their vehicles.
Broadsides: These are commonly known as T-Bone crashes that most commonly occur when a vehicle fails to yield the right-of-way to another vehicle at a red light or stop sign.
Head-On Crashes: These are the most dangerous collisions that a driver or passenger can be in when the front end of one car impacts with the front end of another car.
Multi-Vehicle Collisions: These ordinarily occur when two cars collide, but one or both of them then collides with another vehicle.
Single Vehicle Accidents: A driver might lose control of a vehicle and crash into a stationary object. That driver might walk away, but a passenger can be severely injured.
What to do at the Accident Scene:
Call 911 immediately and ask that police and paramedics be sent to the scene. The investigating officer can complete an accident report, and the paramedics can stabilize you and get you to Los Robles Regional Medical Center or a nearby suitable emergency room. It is also important to obtain a copy of your accident report.
These are critical steps in proving that you were in an accident and injured in it. As soon as you leave the hospital, call us for a free consultation and case review. We can get you headed in the right direction.
Damages in Car Accident Cases:
Even when you can prove fault for an accident, you must still prove your damages. An opposing insurance company might even admit liability but take exception to your damages. Here are some of the damages that California allows a personal injury victim to pursue:
Medical Bills: These can consist of items like ambulance bills, emergency room bills and costs of hospitalization, any surgeries and rehabilitation and doctor bills. Even medical bills that are reasonably expected to be incurred in the future can be compensable.
Lost Earnings: An accident victim might be rendered unable to work, at least temporarily. Some will never work again, while others must find other employment that just doesn’t pay as well. Lost time from work and diminished future employment are compensable in a California personal injury case.
Permanent Disfigurement or Disability: California law allows compensation for permanent disfigurement, even after surgery. There may even be scar tissue that results in a permanent loss of motion. Of course, other injuries might also cause permanent disability.
Pain and Suffering: In some cases, an insurance company might argue that pain and suffering is purely subjective, and the victim is exaggerating. In other cases, pain and suffering are obvious and might last a lifetime.
Wrongful Death: California’s wrongful death statute allows for other valuable damages for survivors in the event that a death was caused by the negligence of somebody else who caused a car accident.