Many factors can contribute to the cause of a car accident. People injured in car crashes that were not their fault might be entitled to compensation for their injuries and financial losses. However, proving that you were not at fault for a car wreck can be challenging.
Our Sacramento car accident lawyers investigate car crashes to determine how the accident occurred and identify the party or parties responsible for the cause of the crash.
Top Five Factors in Sacramento Car Crashes
Car wrecks are common in Sacramento. The area has lots of traffic. Traffic congestion can increase the risk of an accident. Sacramento is also a common vacation destination. Many out-of-town drivers are not familiar with the area. In some cases, poor weather conditions or hazardous road conditions may be factors in an accident. However, driver mistakes and poor driving behaviors are often the top causes of car accidents.
Five driving behaviors that contribute to a large number of car crashes are:
- Distracted Driving
- Impaired Driving (Drunk Driving and Drugged Driving)
- Fatigued or Drowsy Driving
- Aggressive Driving (swerving, multiple lane changes, tailgating, failing to yield the right-of-way, etc.)
When a driver causes an accident, the driver can be charged with a traffic offense. Depending on the circumstances of the crash, the driver may be charged with a crime. For example, if a driver was intoxicated at the time of the crash, the driver may be charged with DUI. If someone died in a car accident, the responsible driver might be charged with vehicular homicide.
In most cases, the at-fault driver receives a traffic ticket and is liable for damages caused by the accident. The person’s car insurance covers the damages up to the policy limits. If the damages exceed the policy limits, the driver may be sued and held personally liable for the remaining damages not covered by car insurance.
Common Injuries Sustained in Sacramento Car Accidents
The injuries sustained in car crashes vary. A person may sustain bumps and bruises that cause minor pain for a few weeks. Another person could sustain traumatic injuries that result in permanent disabilities.
Common car accident injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Broken Bones
- Spinal Cord Injuries and Paralysis
- Whiplash and Neck Injuries
- Back Injuries
- Skull Fractures
- Airbag and Seat Belt Injuries
- Chest Injuries
- Burns and Scars
- Ruptured Discs and Dislocated Discs
- Internal Organ Damage
The extent of your injuries impacts the value of a personal injury claim. In most cases, severe injuries increase the value of a claim because people miss more time from work and have more medical expenses. However, minor injuries can also result in substantial losses, pain, and suffering.
Before you accept a settlement offer from an insurance company, talk to a car accident lawyer near you. The insurance company may undervalue your claim to save money. It would be best if you had someone who understands injury laws to review the offer to ensure you are receiving a fair settlement for your car accident claim.
Contact a Sacramento Car Accident Lawyer for Help
Our attorneys help you fight for the compensation you deserve after a car accident. We accept cases on a contingency fee basis, so you do not need to worry about paying our attorneys’ fees until we recover money for your claim.
Contact The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website to schedule a free consultation with one of our Sacramento car accident lawyers. It does not cost you anything to meet with an attorney. Get the answers to your questions from a trusted advocate for injury victims.