An Intriguing Spike in Inglewood Car Accidents
Inglewood lies just to the southwest of Santa Monica in the greater Los Angeles area. The city has a relatively low occurrence of car accidents and injuries compared to the area around it, but the city did have two surprising years in 2011 and 2012 when car accidents somehow tripled their normal going from a yearly average of 300 to an average of 950 for those two years. In these years, pedestrian accidents seemed to spike the most, resulting in 48 and 60 accidents per year, respectively, as opposed to 7 and 3 in 2013 and 2014. Fortunately, the yearly average of car accident deaths did not increase with any statistical significance in these 2 years.
9% of all accidents are from DUIs
In Inglewood, instances of drunk driving are actually lower than surrounding cities, but drunk drivers are still 3.5 times more likely to be in a car accident where someone is killed. For all car accidents since 2009, Inglewood has had a accident fatality rate of about .8%, or about 1 death in every 115 accidents. For drunk drivers, this number is 1 death in every 29 accidents – meaning that DUIs are still much more likely to lead to a traffic fatality. Statistically, the most frequent DUI incidents occur at 8-10pm, and then again at 2am on Inglewood streets.
Pitfalls to Avoid as an Inglewood Injury Victim
Information Release Forms
Car accidents can be traumatizing enough without being further victimized by insurance companies, which is why Bisnar Chase warns victims to consult them before signing any forms given them by insurance companies. Among the most onerous are information release forms, which grant insurance companies permission to dig up virtually every file from your past. Even documents that have nothing to do with your accident -- like all medical records, school and employment records, your personnel files, and virtually every piece of information about you that has ever been documented. Insurance companies have dug up STD records, abortions, and other sensitive, private information. Occasionally, insurance companies will use this information as leverage to make you accept a reduced settlement.
Another thing insurance companies like to have is your recorded statement. Car accident lawyers know that all too often what you say can be twisted and taken out of context later to undermine your case. Having a car accident lawyer with you during these recording sessions and interrogations protects you from being harassed, asked premature, prejudicial or irrelevant questions, or coaxed into saying something that can be used against you later in court.
Fighting for Inglewood Clients
The more you know about how insurance companies operate, the more you'll see why consulting - and retaining if necessary - a qualified Inglewood accident lawyer can be so important. Bisnar Chase knows how difficult it can be to endure a car accident and be injured. If you are unable to work and have medical bills to pay it can be extremely stressful if you don’t know if you’re going to get a good settlement from the insurance company. We can help shoulder that burden! We know how to deal with insurance companies and with negligent parties so that you can get the best compensation possible. Contact us today to see if you have a case!