Riverside Car Accident Attorneys
Car accidents can put you and your family's lives in a tailspin in a matter of moments. One minute you and your family are enjoying a drive down one of California's famous freeways and the next minute, you hear a thunderous crash from the side of your vehicle.
If you are lucky, this scary encounter will end that same day, but for some, the aftermath of an auto accident can trail you around for the rest of your life and reduce the quality of your life.
The experienced Riverside personal injury lawyers at Bisnar Chase have a long and successful track record of representing auto accident victims and their families. We understand the physical, emotional and financial challenges victims and their families face when involved in a Riverside car accident
Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we do not get our fees until you recover compensation. Call 949-203-3814 for a free consultation with experienced car accident attorneys serving Riverside and the Inland Empire for over 35 years.
What Causes Vehicle Accidents?
Many efforts are taken to make California roads as safe as they can be but the unfortunate truth is that there are many factor that can set off a car accident.
There are a number of reasons why car accidents occur. Driver negligence is one of the most common causes of auto accidents in Riverside County. For example, alcohol was a contributing factor in nearly one-third of all Riverside County traffic accident fatalities in the year 2010.
The following factors that can cause a car accident include:
- Illegal cell phone use while driving according to California cell phone law
- Reckless driving
- Driving under the influence
- Rain and other weather conditions
- Neglect or lack of routine maintenance
- Failure to comply with traffic law
- Driving severely below the posted limit
It is important for all motorists to not only obey the speed limit, but also to adjust their speed relative to the traffic, roadway and weather conditions. Many motorists fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians, bicyclists and other motorists when they enter an intersection or make a turn.
A significant number of intersection accidents involve a failure to obey stop signs and traffic lights. In addition, drivers who are talking on their cell phone or texting are less likely to be alert. Distracted driving causes more than 500,000 accident injuries nationwide.
Finally, driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can be extremely dangerous and can result in serious injury crashes.
Types of Car Accident Injuries
Car accident injuries could range from minor to catastrophic or even fatal. Some of the common injuries suffered in Riverside car accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Head injuries such as concussions
- Sprains and strains
- Soft tissue injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage
- Burn injuries
What Happens After a Auto Accident?
If you have been hurt in a Riverside auto accident, it is critical that you remain calm and take the following steps to protect your rights:
- Remain at the scene of the crash
- Notify the authorities
- Write down the contact information, insurance and driver's license details of the drivers involved
- Collect information from anyone who may have witnessed the crash
- Take photos of the crash site and of your injuries
- Seek medical attention right away
The Cost of an Auto Accident
When a victim is injured in a car accident, it can have tremendous financial repercussions as well.
Victims may have to bear medical expenses and cost of hospitalization as well as negotiate with insurance companies for a settlement that will repair their damaged vehicle or replace it altogether. These victims may have to suffer wage loss as a result of being unable to work as they recover from their injuries.
It is important in such cases that victims have a thorough understanding of their legal rights and options after a car accident. An experienced auto accident lawyer can help you with this as well as take action against the at-fault party or the insurance companies involved.
How to Seek Compensation After a Car Accident
If you have been injured in a Riverside car accident, it is possible to receive compensation for your injuries, damages and losses.
Injured victims can seek compensation from the at-fault parties for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
When negligence or wrongdoing is involved in a fatal crash, families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for damages such as medical and funeral costs, lost future income and benefits and loss of love and companionship.
Attorneys You Can Trust
Many victims are not aware of their legal rights after an accident and this can affect the amount of compensation they can receive.
If you've been injured in a car crash, contact the Riverside car accident attorneys of Bisnar Chase now at 949-203-3814 for a free consultation to discuss your legal options.