Auto accidents can be caused by a myriad of circumstances: from something as minor as a momentary lapse in concentration to more serious issues such as drunk drivers. No matter what caused your accident, the injuries sustained during any kind of traffic collision can be extensive as well as expensive.
There are two different types of car accidents that may cause personal injuries:
1. Collision with another vehicle
2. Collision with a fixed object
The first may be caused by either party. The root cause may be driver error, whether that’s down to excessive speed or intoxication, recklessness, loss of control or simply distracted driving. California law prohibits the use of cellphones while driving, but it continues to be an issue—studies consistently find that over 30% of American drivers admit to texting while driving. This is becoming an increasingly common cause of auto accidents.
Other drivers may also cause an accident through no fault of their own, e.g. due to poor road surfaces. The other driver may hit a pot hole, for instance, causing their car to career into your vehicle. Of course, this incident would become a matter of fault if the other party was driving too fast in the first place.
Collisions with fixed objects are a simpler matter, as these are generally caused either by driver error or road conditions. A car may collide into a home or parked vehicle due to skidding on ice. But this kind of collision may also be caused by the recklessness or negligence of a driver speeding. Some incidents may be more complex—a speeding, intoxicated or distracted driver is more likely to lose control of their car if something external, such as pot hole or ice, interrupts their driving. You may also crash into a fixed object if this object is positioned in a dangerous way. For example, a bollard that is too short to see through the rear-view mirror and positioned in a dark corner of a parking garage may cause an accident even if the driver is acting properly and with due diligence.
Any kind of car accident can cause personal injury, and you may be able to pursue a personal injury case if your accident was the fault of another party. This may be the person responsible for a collision with your vehicle or the body responsible for maintaining road surfaces or parking lots. If you’ve suffered any kind of personal injury as a result of a car accident anywhere in California, we may be able to help you. Our car accident lawyers have extensive experience dealing with auto accident personal injuries, so we’re confident we can get the best possible outcome for your case. Contact us today so we can get the ball rolling.