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Auto Accidents

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Auto Accidents

If you intend to file a claim, it must be proven that the other driver owed you a duty of care and breached that duty of care. All motorists on California roads have a duty to drive safely and avoid reckless behaviors that would put other people in danger.

 

They breach this duty of care when they:

 

  • Drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol;

  • Drive while distracted;

  • Make illegal turns;

  • Fail to keep their vehicles safe;

  • Break the speed limit; or

  • Engage in other illegal or reckless behaviors.

Every auto accident case we handle is on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay nothing up front. We are paid a percentage of the damages you recover. If you don’t win, we don’t get paid. There are no out-of-pocket costs. Let Castro Legal Group fight for you, so you can focus on recovering from your accident and regaining your health. The most common causes of accidents include: 

 

  • Speeding and unsafe driving – In 2019, speeding killed 9,478 people. Speeding risks everyone safety. While speeding drivers can lose control of their vehicle and drive into oncoming traffic, utility poles, off road, or cause severe rear-end accidents with other vehicles when they fail to come to a stop.

  • Not obeying traffic signs - Traffic signs are intended to guide drivers safely through their commute, and protect pedestrians and roadside workers. Failing to obey traffic signals is a major cause of fatal car accidents among younger, inexperienced drivers.

  • Distracted driving – while Americans are driving less due to the pandemic, more than 40,000 people died in traffic crashes in 2020 — the largest projected number of fatalities since 2007 — with many of these attributed to distracted driving. According to Automotive Fleet Magazine, “Studies show that distracted drivers will, on average, only see and recognize 50% of the cars on the road with them.”

  • Driving under the influence (DUI/DWI) - In 2016, 10,497 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for 28% of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. Of the 1,233 traffic deaths among children ages 0 to 14 years in 2016, 214 (17%) involved an alcohol-impaired driver. Alcohol and other drugs can negatively affect reaction times, and make it impossible for impaired drivers to respond to sudden changes in driving conditions.

  • Drowsy driving - Stressful work, school schedules, and medical conditions have led to many drivers getting on the road without a proper night’s rest. NHTSA estimates that in 2017, 91,000 police-reported crashes involved drowsy drivers. These crashes led to an estimated 50,000 people injured and nearly 800 deaths. The NHTSA says determining the precise number of drowsy-driving crashes, injuries, and fatalities is not yet possible. For this reason alone, you should retain a skilled personal injury attorney to help prove that you may have been a victim of negligent driver operating a vehicle while drowsy or asleep at the wheel.

  • Failing to adjust driving for weather conditions - Drivers who drive at the speed limit with heavy rain, in foggy conditions, or other situations where they are failing to take the weather into account can endanger everyone on and around the road. Limits to visibility or slippery roads can cause auto accidents that lead to serious injury or death.

  • Road rage - Aggressive driving fueled by stress, or anger at other drivers, is considered an under-reported but the following statistics compiled from the NHTSA and the Auto Vantage auto club show that aggressive driving and road rage are causing serious problems on our roads.

    • 66% of traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive driving.

    • 37% of aggressive driving incidents involve a firearm.

    • Males under the age of 19 are the most likely to exhibit road rage.

    • Half of drivers who are on the receiving end of an aggressive behavior, such as horn honking, a rude gesture, or tailgating admit to responding with aggressive behavior themselves.

    • Over a seven year period, 218 murders and 12,610 injuries were attributed to road rage.

    • One scary statistic worth noting is 2% of drivers admit to trying to run an aggressor off the road!

  • Inexperience - Drivers who lack experience can put others at risk because they may not fully understand the rules of the road, or make poor choices in stressful situations.

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If your accident was caused by a negligent driver, you have the right to pursue compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages you have incurred as a result. Unfortunately, even if it seems obvious that another person is liable for your damages, you still might run into a dispute at some point during the claims process. This is where the California car accident attorneys at Castro Legal Group can help.

We know the strategies used by insurance companies and defendants in car accident cases to reduce their liability. Insurance adjusters might try to manipulate you into making a recorded statement that can be used against you. They might offer a low settlement before you know the full extent of your injuries. They might even review your social media profiles for images that can be used to dispute the severity of your injuries. No matter what the insurance adjuster tells you, the insurance company is likely not on your side when you file a claim against them. You should never speak to the insurance adjuster—and you certainly should not accept a settlement offer—without consulting an experienced car accident attorney from Castro Legal Group.