Placer County Car Accident Lawyer – Michael Rehm
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Placer County spans 65 miles, from the Sacramento Valley to the Nevada border. Six state highways and I-80, in addition to county roads city streets, carry residents to work and visitors to outdoor adventures and family fun. Ski resorts at Donner Summit and river rafting at Tahoe City allow visitors to take advantage of the county’s spectacular scenery, while Auburn’s annual Mountain Mandarin Festival combines delicious oranges with crafts, music, and entertainment.
Placer County is a magical place, but even magic can’t prevent traffic accidents. Residents are to be commended on their commitment to safe driving, given that California’s Office of Traffic Safety ranks Placer County as having the fewest California traffic accidents, when statistics are adjusted for county population and miles traveled. Nevertheless, in the most recent year for which statistics are available, traffic accidents caused more than 1,400 injuries and deaths in Placer County.
Whether a traffic accident involves passenger car occupants, a bicycle rider, a pedestrian, or a motorcyclist, a traffic accident lawyer can help accident victims obtain the compensation they deserve. Michael Rehm represents traffic accident victims in all Placer County communities, including Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, and all other collision locations.
Traffic Accident Liability in Roseville
Drivers can be held financially responsible when their negligent conduct causes or contributes to a traffic accident. California requires all drivers to be insured, and responsible drivers carry much more than the minimum bodily injury coverage required by California law. It is wise for all California drivers to carry adequate uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage to protect themselves from negligent drivers who lack the insurance coverage that is needed to provide full compensation for accident injuries.
Negligent driving means careless driving. Common examples of negligent driving include:
- Texting or reading a text while driving
- Dialing a call while driving
- Engaging in other distracting acts (like unwrapping a meal or programming a GPS) while driving
- Drunk driving
- Aggressive driving
- Trying to beat a red light
- Driving too fast on a slippery road
- Changing lanes without checking a blind spot
- Making a left turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle
- Failing to look for pedestrians or bicycles before entering an intersection
- Driving while fatigued
Even when two drivers are both at fault (as is often true in intersection accidents), an injury victim is entitled to recover compensation in proportion to the other driver’s fault. For example, if an injury victim was 20% at fault, the victim can recover 80% of full compensation from the other negligent driver.
Common Traffic Accidents
In cities and towns, rear-end collisions are the most common traffic accidents. A rear-end collision occurs when a driver fails to stop in time to avoid hitting the back of another car.
Intersection accidents are also common. Intersection accidents include:
- “T-bone” collisions
- Left turns in front of motorcycles
- Striking a pedestrian while making a right turn
- Failing to yield to oncoming traffic, including bicyclists
Highway accidents tend to cause more serious injuries than collisions on city streets, simply because of the speed at which vehicles are moving. The deadliest collisions typically involve heavy trucks. Common highway accidents include:
- Head-on collisions
- Lane change collisions
- Collisions caused by merging vehicles
- Accidents caused by cargo falling from a truck
Pedestrian accidents usually occur on urban streets and in parking lots. Even if a pedestrian is not in a crosswalk, drivers have a responsibility to watch the road and to avoid collisions.
Bicycle accidents can occur in urban or rural areas. Drivers who do not share the road with bicycle riders cause sideswipe accidents, even when bicyclists are in a bike lane.
Roseville Car Accident Injuries
Whiplash injuries to the neck, shoulders, and back are among the most common traffic accident injuries in Placer County. Whiplash injuries are usually caused by rear-end collisions. While insurance companies have tried make the public believe that most whiplash injuries are faked, recent studies by experts in biomechanics have explained exactly why whiplash injuries occur. The experts have discovered that even a low-speed collision causing no property damage can lead to a significant whiplash injury.
Other common traffic accident injuries include:
- Back injuries
- Cuts, punctures, and wound infections
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Joint injuries (knees, ankles, elbows, wrists)
- Broken bones
- Nerve damage
- Road rash
- Dental injuries
- Hand and foot injuries
- Torn and stretched muscles, ligaments, and tendons
Catastrophic traffic accident injuries drastically change lives and prevent accident victims from ever resuming their former lifestyle. Examples of catastrophic injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Amputation of limbs
- Loss of vision
- Loss of hearing
- Impairment of internal organs (such as kidney damage)
Emotional distress accompanies every physical injury. It may manifest as anxiety, depression, or a loss of enjoyment of life due to pain and suffering. The inability to perform daily activities without pain, to play sports, to enjoy a walk in the park, to lift children, and to work all have a negative impact on self-esteem and satisfaction with life.
Rocklin Accident Compensation
Compensation is designed to replace losses sustained in a traffic accident. Reimbursement of medical expenses and payment of future healthcare expenses is therefore one component of compensation.
Compensation also reimburses wages that an accident victim loses while waiting for injuries to heal. When an injury impairs the ability to work in the future, compensation should cover vocational rehabilitation (job retraining) as well as lost earning capacity.
Compensation cannot take away pain, suffering, and emotional distress, but it can provide an accident victim with opportunities to offset their suffering. Money can’t buy happiness, but it can make life easier. Improving an accident victim’s quality of life is the function of compensation for pain and suffering.
When injuries are disabling, compensation helps the accident victim cope with the disability. Prosthetic devices, home nurses, wheelchair ramps, and extended programs of physical therapy are among the benefits that compensation can provide to injury victims.
When injuries are catastrophic, compensation may need to pay for a lifetime of care and assistance. Victims with traumatic brain injuries may need a live-in assistant or a room in an assisted-living facility. Individuals with spinal injuries may need a home health aide to assist the victim with the activities of daily living, such as eating and bathing.
When a traffic accident is fatal, California’s wrongful death laws permit spouses, children, and certain other family members to collect compensation. Compensable losses include the financial and nonfinancial contributions the victim would have made to family members during their lifetimes.
Placer County Auto Accident Lawyer
A dedicated car accident lawyer can help Roseville accident victims recover the compensation they deserve. The Law Office of Michael Rehm provides service to injury victims in all Placer County communities. The local office helps victims of car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents.
To learn how the Law Office of Michael Rehm can help you, call (916) 233-7346, for a free consultation. After hours and weekend appointments are available. Consultations are always free and confidential.
Free Consultations: Call (916) 233-7346