The California Highway Patrol (CHP) 2008 statistics showed nearly 670 fatalities and 52,000 injuries as a result of car accident in Los Angeles city. In the whole of United States the number of vehicular crash has increased to about six million and the number has continued to increase for the months of 2009.
Amidst the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration efforts to reduce the fatalities and injuries among motorists, accidents do occur on Los Angeles highways. Everyday news reports show vehicular accidents in and out of Los Angeles city.
According to the CHP report, people who are 34 years old and below are often involved in a car crash. Given the statistics, there is a 50 percent chance that you will be involved in a vehicular accident once in your life.
Car accidents can be prevented. Obeying traffic laws and monitoring alcohol content and speed rate are some ways that can help save you from a tragic event.
Here are other causes of car accident in Los Angeles:
1. Running on red light
2. Failure to give signal when making a turn
3. Texting or using cell phone while driving
4. Driving under influence (DUI)
5. Driver error
6. Defective tires
9. Road obstruction
10. Extreme weather conditions
These factors often results to serious and minor injuries. Some of these are Traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, fractured bones, and bruises.
Medical treatment for these injuries is often expensive. If you are involved in a car accident, you can seek recovery to help you pay the cost of medical expenses. One way is to file a Personal Injury lawsuit.
Personal Injury lawsuit allows you to prove the fault of the driver or person who caused your injuries. The court may order the defendant to pay damages to compensate your injuries or losses. This will be helpful in paying your medical expenses and recover other losses such as income and emotional suffering.
In proving the fault of the driver (defendant), you (the plaintiff) will have to show evidence of his/her negligent act.
Examples of negligent act are the traffic violations and causes of accident listed above.
Here is a step by step process on how you can establish the negligent act:
- Prove that the defendant owes you a duty of care.
- Show proof that the defendant failed to fulfill such duty.
- Establish the causes of events, leading to accident
- Present evidence that the accident caused your injuries.
Consult a Personal Injury Lawyer in Los Angeles to help you gather evidence for your case, and file the lawsuit.