Did you know that there is a fatal car accident in the United States every twelve minutes? And not surprisingly, the state of California is a big contributor to that startling statistic. In California, we drive almost everywhere we need to go and that reality combined with other factors just puts us more at risk.
When we talk about fatal car accidents we are referring to those crashes that result in an immediate or eventual death because of the injuries and complications sustained from the impact. Knowing some of the major causes of a serious car accident can also help you avoid being in one and make the road safer for everyone on it.
Here's a look at some of the common causes of fatal car accidents:
- Impaired driving: Whether it is drunk driving, reckless driving or even a sleepy driver- driving the California highways and streets requires your full attention and more accidents happen when there is something impairing the driver. This is why a lot of fatal car accidents can also turn into criminal charges as well.
- Mistakes: Mistakes happen all the time with the majority of these attributed to elderly and inexperienced drivers not knowing or anticipating the busy roads. Even something seemingly harmless like rolling a stop sign can result in a major accident.
- Roads: Dangerous roadways cause accidents. It can be the roadways themselves (i.e. potholes, etc) or conditions on the roads that can make them deadly (i.e. debris, spills etc)
- Mechanical issues: Cars break down all the time and when this breakdown happens on a busy freeway (think the 405 during rush hour), other cars may not be able to respond in time to avoid a collision.
So what can you do if you have been a victim of a serious car accident or you are the loved one of someone who died in a California car crash? You may want to consider filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Getting in a car accident is extremely expensive and for many, impacts them for the rest of their life. You should not have to bear this financial burden on your own and working with Walch Law Firm can make this process easy for you. Time is of the essence when it comes to personal injury lawsuits so if you know this is something you need to do but not sure where to begin or just have questions, do not hesitate to get in touch with us immediately. We are always available, conversations with us are always free and you do not pay a penny for legal representation until we get you money.