Fairfield Personal Injury Attorney
Car Accident Lawyer Fairfield CA
Michael Rehm – (707) 225-0731
Midway between San Francisco and Sacramento, Fairfield sees a large amount of high-speed traffic on I-80 as drivers travel between the two cities. Fairfield's roads are also filled with workers commuting to and from Jelly Belly, Clorox, Anheuser-Busch, Travis Air Force Base, and all of Fairfield's other employers.
All of that traffic explains why the California Office of Traffic Safety has ranked Fairfield as having the fifth worst rate of injury and fatal accidents when compared to 57 California cities of similar size, after adjusting for population and miles driven per resident.
Fairfield has the second worst accident rate for speed-related crashes. The city also has poor rankings for:
- Collisions involving bicyclists under age 15
- Collisions involving pedestrians over age 65
- Motorcycle collisions
Whether a traffic accident involves passenger car occupants, a pedestrian, a bicycle rider, or a motorcyclist, a dedicated car accident lawyer can help injury victims obtain the compensation they deserve. Fairfield Car Accident Attorney Michael Rehm helps accident victims in Fairfield, Vacaville and surrounding communities recover compensation for their losses.
Speed-Related Crashes in Fairfield
The high volume of traffic on I-80 undoubtedly contributes to the number of speed-related crashes in Fairfield. Some observers have also complained that high-speed crashes on Air Base Parkway are caused by dangerous conditions on a road that drivers treat as a freeway.
Inexperienced drivers also account for some of Fairfield's high-speed crashes. The California Highway Patrol reports that the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day in 2016 was the deadliest 100-day stretch in the history of Fairfield and Solano County. Teen drivers accounted for a high percentage of the high-speed crash deaths.
Speed and vehicle size are the two factors that determine the amount of force generated by a collision. When vehicles are moving at highway speeds, the forces generated in a head-on collision can overcome the protections built into modern vehicles, including crumple zones, airbags, and safety harnesses.
High-speed T-bone collisions often produce rollovers. The roof of a car can collapse in a rollover, leading to crush injuries that damage organs and cause internal bleeding.
Crush injuries are often fatal. Catastrophic but non-fatal injuries caused by high-speed crashes include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal damage and paralysis
- Amputation of limbs
- Loss of vision
- Extensive burn injuries
Other auto accident injuries, serious but not necessarily catastrophic, include:
- Broken bones
- Facial scarring
- Neck and back injuries
- Puncture wounds and infections
- Knee and other joint injuries
- Nerve damage
- Stretched and torn muscles, ligaments, and tendons
Exceeding the speed limit (or driving too fast for road conditions) is an act of negligence. Fairfield Auto Accident Lawyer Michael Rehm can hold negligent drivers responsible for paying compensation to the victims of the accidents they cause.
Fairfield Bicycle Accident Attorney – Michael Rehm-(707) 225-0731
Young bicycle riders who are injured in traffic accidents are usually near home or on their way to school. While Fairfield offers bicyclists some safe bike paths for recreational riding, most kids are riding on residential streets with no bike lanes when they are injured in car accidents.
Bicycle accidents with children under 15 happen because drivers are:
- Distracted by smartphones
- Driving drunk
- Ignoring traffic signals
- Not yielding to bicycle riders when entering intersections
- Not watching for bicycle riders when they exit driveways or parking lots
- Unaware that they are driving in a school zone
Bicycle collisions are usually more serious than crashes involving two cars. Unlike car occupants, bicycle riders are not surrounded by steel. Bicycle riders should wear helmets, but while bicycle helmets might reduce head injuries, they offer no protection against broken arms and legs, wrist and elbow injuries, or road rash.
Fairfield Motorcycle Accidents
A motorcycle accident can occur anywhere, but the most prevalent cause of Fairfield motorcycle accidents is a driver making a left turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle. Studies prove that drivers misjudge the speed of oncoming motorcycles or simply fail to notice them.
Other causes of motorcycle crashes include:
- Making a lane change without checking the driver's blind spot
- Rear-ending a motorcycle due to distracted driving
- Backing into a motorcycle
- Pulling in front of an oncoming motorcycle when exiting a parking lot
- Head-on collisions caused by drunk driving or fatigue
Most motorcyclists obey California's helmet law, but helmets do not always protect against serious head injuries, and they provide no protection against spinal injuries. Other injuries commonly associated with motorcycle crashes include:
- Broken arms and legs
- Broken ribs
- Puncture wounds
- Road rash and infections
- Burn injuries caused by contact with a hot engine or muffler
- Joint injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
Motorcyclists who are injured by negligent drivers deserve compensation. Solano County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Michael Rehm works diligently to obtain fair settlements and verdicts for riders who are injured in Fairfield motorcycle accidents.
Fairfield Pedestrian Accidents
All pedestrians are vulnerable in traffic accidents, but elderly pedestrians are at greater risk than younger adults. Older pedestrians often need more time to cross the street and are less able to dodge oncoming cars that fail to yield.
Common explanations for pedestrian accidents include:
- Drivers ignore stop signs and red lights
- Drivers looking at a smartphone fail to see pedestrians in the road
- Drivers make a right turn on red without stopping for pedestrians who are crossing the street the driver is entering
- Drivers fail to look for pedestrians when exiting driveways and parking lots
- Speeding nighttime drivers fail to see pedestrians
- Drunk or drugged drivers are in no condition to drive
Pedestrian injuries, like injuries to bicyclists, are often serious. In addition to catastrophic head and spine injuries, pedestrians who are struck by cars suffer from broken hips, other fractured bones, organ damage, torn muscles, and a variety of other serious injuries.
Compensation for Solano County Accidents
In addition to the collisions discussed above, many other crashes occur in Fairfield, including:
- Rear-end collisions
- Intersection collisions
- Collisions caused by unsafe merging
- Collisions caused by exiting alleys and driveways
- Unsafe backing accidents
Victims of injuries caused by careless drivers are entitled to compensation. In most cases, compensation includes:
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earnings
- Medical expenses
- Future medical care
- Prescription costs and physical therapy
- Costs of medical appliances (wheelchairs, artificial knees, etc.)
- Pain, suffering, inconvenience, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life
When injuries are catastrophic or disabling, compensation also includes the cost of coping with the disability, such as:
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Home nursing and caretaker wages
- Remodeling expense to add wheelchair ramps to a house
- Wages for workers to do household chores that the injury victim can no longer perform
When accident victims die, California law allows certain family members and dependents to pursue wrongful death compensation. When victims do not die immediately, heirs to the victim's estate may also share in compensation for the victim's pain and suffering. Fairfield Wrongful Death Lawyer Michael Rehm can explain which family members or dependents are eligible, and how the law applies in their case.
Fairfield Car Accident Lawyer
A dedicated car accident lawyer can help Fairfield accident victims recover the compensation they deserve. The Law Office of Michael Rehm provides compassionate service to injury victims in and near Fairfield. Our office helps victims of car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents.
Michael Rehm deals with insurance adjusters to maximize settlements so that accident victims can concentrate on healing. Most cases settle, but when adjusters are unreasonable, Michael Rehm uses his skills as an aggressive trial advocate to pursue favorable verdicts for clients. To learn how the Law Office of Michael Rehm can help you, call (707) 225-0731 to schedule your free, confidential consultation.
Fairfield CA Accident Resources:
Solano County Court Civil Division
Solano County Law Library