Sacramento Car Accident Lawyer – Michael Rehm
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Sacramento County stretches from the San Francisco Bay to Gold Country and spreads to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. There are 2,200 miles of paved roads in Sacramento County, not counting city streets and two interstate highways.
Sacramento County roads carry students to more than a dozen colleges and universities, including Cal State – Sacramento. They carry government employees to the heart of California government in the state capitol. They carry visitors to Folsom Lake, Elk Grove, and the Sacramento River Delta.
All the traffic on all those roads make accidents inevitable. When collisions occur, a traffic accident lawyer at The Law Office of Michael Rehm is here to help. Michael Rehm represents traffic accident victims in all Sacramento County communities, including Folsom, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Arden-Arcade, and all other collision locations.
Sacramento County Traffic Accidents
In the most recent year for which California’s Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) has compiled statistics, more than 11,700 people were injured or killed in Sacramento County traffic accidents. Compared to other counties, after adjusting for population and miles driven, the OTS ranked Sacramento County as having the third highest traffic accident injury rate out of California’s 58 counties.
According to OTS, Sacramento County also ranked among the 20 counties with highest accident rates in several accident categories:
- Drunk driving accidents (7/58)
- Drunk driving accidents in which the impaired driver was a minor (3/58)
- Bicycle accidents (11/58)
- Bicycle accidents involving children (2/58)
- Pedestrian accidents involving children (13/58)
- Motorcycle accidents (17/58)
The statistics tell us that drivers, bicyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians, and children are all at risk of being injured or killed in a Sacramento County traffic accident.
Causes of Sacramento Car Accidents
When an accident involves a drunk driver, the cause is usually obvious. Driving under the influence of alcohol impairs reaction times, promotes fatigue, blurs vision, and causes attention to lapse. When minors who are under the influence cause an accident, it is sometimes possible to seek compensation from the tavern or person who served alcohol to the minor driver.
Driver distraction is the most common reason for traffic accidents. Drinking alcohol can contribute to distracted driving, but using a cellphone while driving — whether to read a text or to dial a call — is an increasingly frequent reason for drivers to take their eyes off the road. Any other distracting factor, from programming a GPS to unwrapping a drive-thru meal, can lead to an accident if the driver is not focused on driving.
Other causes of Sacramento accidents include:
- Aggressive driving
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Failing to yield to pedestrians
- Making a left turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle
- Turning into an occupied bicycle lane
- Failing to check blind spots when changing lanes
Drivers are responsible for injuries caused by their careless driving. Violating a traffic safety law is always regarded as careless driving. Even if the injury victim was partially to blame for the accident, the victim can recover compensation in proportion to the other driver’s fault. In other words, if a driver is 70% to blame for an accident, the victim can recover 70% of full compensation.
Kinds of Sacramento County Traffic Accidents
Rear-end collisions are the most common traffic accident in Sacramento County. People think of rear-end collisions as fender benders, but a rear-end collision at even 10 mph can produce enough shear force in the body of a car’s occupant to cause significant neck and back injuries. Since a whiplash injury might not produce symptoms until several hours or days have passed, accident victims should protect their rights (and their health) by seeking medical treatment at the first sign of neck or back discomfort after a rear-end collision.
Intersection accidents usually result in side-impact (“T-bone”) collisions. Unless a vehicle is equipped with side-impact airbags, a T-bone collision will often cause the side of a car occupant’s body or head to strike the side of their vehicle. Elbow and knee injuries, broken arms and legs, concussions, and other serious injuries can arise from even a low-speed collision in an intersection.
High-speed intersection collisions sometimes produce rollovers. The collapse of a vehicle’s roof as the vehicle overturns can lead to crushed organs and internal bleeding, as well as traumatic brain injuries.
Collisions with pedestrians and bicycles often occur in intersections, when drivers fail to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks or turn into a lane where a bicyclist is riding. Motorcycle accidents are also common in intersections. Drivers who make a left turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle rider are the number one cause of motorcycle accidents in Sacramento County.
Motorcyclists and other vehicles can be the victims of sideswipes. Drivers who change lanes without checking a blind spot or who merge from an on ramp without looking for oncoming traffic are most likely to cause sideswipe accidents.
Head-on collisions are less frequent, but at highway speeds, they can be the deadliest car crashes. A head-on collision with a truck can be so serious that airbags, safety harnesses, and crumple zones will all fail to protect occupants from serious injuries.
Unsafe backing accidents usually happen in driveways and parking lots. Drivers who put a car in reverse without checking for pedestrians or children on bicycles usually cause those accidents.
When another person’s carelessness causes a traffic accident, injury victims are entitled to pursue the negligent driver for compensation. A personal injury lawyer will identify the persons who are responsible for the accident, determine the limits of their insurance coverage, gather evidence about the accident, and monitor the accident victim’s recovery.
The lawyer will then make a claim for compensation. Most cases settle, sometimes before filing suit. On occasion, when an insurance company refuses to be reasonable, it is necessary to take a case to trial and let a jury determine a verdict.
When accident victims recover from their injuries, they are entitled to compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Prescription costs
- Lost wages
- Out-of-pocket expenses caused by the injury
- Pain, suffering, and emotional distress
When the accident causes a lasting impact, such as long-term pain or a disabling condition, compensation also includes:
- The cost of medical appliances, such as artificial knees
- Future medical expenses
- Loss of future income
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Home nursing care
When the injury is catastrophic (as in the case of paralysis or a traumatic brain injury), compensation also includes the cost of coping with the injury. Those costs might include adding wheelchair ramps to a house, buying a vehicle that operates with hand controls, caretaker expenses, and residential expenses in an assisted-living facility.
In all cases, the goal of a personal injury attorney is to return the accident victim to the life that he or she was living before being injured. Compensation cannot take away pain, but it can offset suffering by improving the quality of an accident victim’s life.
Sacramento Auto Accident Lawyer
The Law Office of Michael Rehm represents accident victim in all Sacramento County communities. The office helps victims of car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents.
To learn how the Law Office of Michael Rehm can help you, call (916) 233-7346 or contact us through email, at email@example.com.