San Bernardino Car Accidents
San Bernardino County has a population of about 213,295. According to City-Data.com, the population of San Bernardino County has increased by 15 percent since the year 2000. This increase in population has made already busy highways such as the 210 and 215 even more congested and dangerous. Car accidents are common in San Bernardino and they often result in serious injuries.
San Bernardino Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol's Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, 203 deaths and 7,915 injuries resulted from traffic accidents in San Bernardino County in the year 2010. During that same year, 75 people were killed and 860 were injured in alcohol-related crashes countywide. In the City of San Bernardino, 15 people were killed and 1,011 were injured in traffic accidents.
Causes of San Bernardino Car Accidents
Some of the most common causes of car accidents in San Bernardino County are as follows:
- Excessive speed: It is important to obey the speed limit and to drive at a speed that is safe for the roadway, weather and traffic conditions. When a driver is speeding, it makes it increasingly difficult for him or her to stop in time to avoid a collision.
- Distracted driving: Distracted driving is a serious problem in San Bernardino. If you are looking at or using a mobile or electronic device while driving, your attention is being drawn away from the roadway. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted drivers killed 3,328 people in the United States in the year 2012. A driving distraction is described as any activity that takes the driver's eyes off the road, hands of the wheel, or attention away from driving.
- Alcohol and drugs: Some of the most devastating San Bernardino car accidents are caused by drunk or drug-impaired drivers. According to CHP's statistics, 75 people died and 860 were injured due to DUI crashes in San Bernardino County in 2010.
- Drowsy driving: Fatigued driving is extremely dangerous. According to NHTSA, over 100,000 crashes each year involve a drowsy driver resulting in 40,000 injuries and 1,550 deaths.
- Violating the rules of the road: Running red lights, stop signs and failing to yield the right of way are examples of some of the violations that could cause devastating street intersection accidents.
What to Do after an Accident
Immediately following a San Bernardino car crash, it is important to check if anyone has been hurt. When someone has sustained an injury, no matter how minor, the authorities must be notified. Remain at the crash site and exchange contact and insurance information with the other drivers involved. If anyone witnessed the accident, it could prove useful to have his or her information as well. As you wait for the authorities to arrive, take a moment to photograph the vehicles, the site of the crash and your injuries. During this time, it is not advisable to discuss the crash or to admit fault for the collision. Just get the information you need and try to remain calm.
When the police arrive, give them your account of the incident and make sure you obtain a copy of their report. If offered the opportunity to take an ambulance to a nearby hospital, take it. It is important to receive medical attention the same day as the crash because your medical records can be used in court to prove the severity of your injuries.
Getting the Support You Need
After being injured in a crash, it is important to document your losses. Keep organized records of your medical bills and the cost of rehabilitation services you need for a full recovery. You should also keep a diary of your day-to-day struggles. For example, write down the employment opportunities you have missed because of your injuries and other financial losses you had to endure. Write about household activities you could not perform such as cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, gardening or playing with the kids.
If you choose to pursue financial compensation for your suffering, there are legal resources available to guide you through the legal proceedings. Ideally, a successful personal injury claim will result in fair compensation for all of your losses. You should be offered support not only for your medical bills, but also for your lost wages, pain and suffering, costs related to medical devices, prescription drugs and rehabilitation services and any other loses that are directly related to the accident. Before accepting a settlement, make sure you pursue the legal resources available to help you calculate the potential value of your claim.
The experienced San Bernardino car accident lawyers at Bisnar | Chase have a long and successful track record of helping injured victims and their families secure fair and full compensation for their losses. We know and understand the physical, emotional and financial hardships car crash victims go through in the aftermath of the incident. If you are looking for advice on how to proceed with your personal injury claim, please call us at 949-203-3814 for a free, comprehensive and confidential consultation.
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