Marysville Personal Injury Attorney
Car Accident Lawyer Yuba County
Michael Rehm – (530) 410-6474
The historic Gold Rush city of Marysville attracts visitors who want to enjoy music festivals and open-air markets, as well as the shops, galleries, and cafes on D Street. Unfortunately, idyllic towns like Marysville are not immune from dangerous drivers.
The deadly stretch of Highway 70 between Marysville and Oroville has been nicknamed Blood Alley because of fatal collisions caused by careless drivers. The mix of traffic on Highway 70, including farm equipment and slow-moving trucks, encourages impatient drivers to pass when they should stay in their own lane. Head-on collisions are the deadliest accidents and are largely responsible for the high death toll on Highway 70.
Any collision can lead to a serious injury. Even a relatively low speed rear-end collision will often produce whiplash injuries, while T-bone collisions cause fractured bones, joint damage, and head injuries. Collisions with bicycles, motorcycles, and pedestrians are more serious than similar collisions between two cars, because accident victims who are not surrounded by steel are at risk of traumatic brain injuries and spinal damage.
Whether a traffic accident involves passenger car occupants, a pedestrian, a bicycle rider, or a motorcyclist, a dedicated traffic accident lawyer can help injury victims obtain the compensation they deserve. Marysville Car Accident Attorney Michael Rehm helps accident victims in Marysville and surrounding communities recover compensation for their losses.
Car Accidents in Marysville
The California Office of Traffic Safety compared traffic accidents in Marysville to 103 California cities of comparable size. After adjusting the statistics to account for differences in population, miles driven per resident, and other factors, the OTS ranked Marysville as having the 15th worst rate of injuries and deaths from traffic accidents.
A high percentage of Marysville accidents are related to speeding drivers. Many of the accidents on Highway 70 are speed related but speeding on any street multiplies the risk to innocent drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
Negligence and Auto Accident Liability in Yuba County
The civil justice system holds drivers accountable when their negligence causes an injury to another person. Negligence means carelessness. The victims of negligent driving can include:
- The driver’s passengers
- Other drivers and their passengers
- Motorcycle riders
- Bicycle riders
Some acts are always considered negligent. Speeding, running a red light, driving drunk, and disobeying most traffic safely laws is evidence of negligent driving.
Careless driving can cause an accident even if the driver has violated no law. For example, while it is illegal (and negligent) to text while driving, California allows drivers to operate a hands-free mobile phone. A driver who is distracted by a lawful telephone conversation and who fails to pay attention to the road is negligent if that distraction causes a collision.
In some cases, auto accidents can be caused by the combined negligence of two or more drivers. For example, two drivers might enter an uncontrolled intersection at about the same time. The driver on the right has the right-of-way, so the driver on the left is negligent for failing to yield. But if the driver on the right should have seen that the driver on the left had not reduced speed while entering the intersection, the driver on the right might also be negligent for failing to stop in time to avoid the collision.
When two or more drivers share responsibility for an accident, California law requires their fault to be compared. In the example above, the driver who failed to yield might be 80% responsible for the accident, while the other driver might be 20% at fault. If the driver who was 20% at fault was injured, the injury victim’s compensation will be reduced in proportion to his or her fault. The injury victim would therefore receive 80% of full compensation.
Marysville CA Collisions
Marysville car accidents involving two cars include:
- Front-end collisions
- Rear-end collisions
- Side-impact collisions
- Collisions caused by unsafe backing
Front-end (head-to-head) collisions often occur on highways. A driver who pulls into a lane of oncoming traffic to pass a slow-moving farm vehicle can cause a collision by passing when another vehicle is approaching. Passing on a curve is another common reason for front-end collisions.
Rear-end collisions usually occur at stoplights or on crowded streets. Rear-end collisions are the most common traffic accidents in Marysville. Studies show that rear-end collisions of 10 mph can cause significant whiplash injuries to vehicle occupants, even if they cause little or no damage to the rear-ended vehicle.
Side-impact (T-bone) collisions usually occur at intersections, although they can also be caused by drivers who are exiting a parking lot or alley. High-speed T-bone collisions can cause rollovers, but even a relatively low-speed collision can cause serious injuries. Car that are equipped with side-impact airbags can prevent head injuries, but they provide little protection to an occupant’s torso or legs.
Sideswipes often occur when a vehicle changes lanes without observing that the lane is already occupied. Unsafe backing accidents typically occur in parking lots or when a driver is backing out of a driveway.
Accidents involving pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcycle riders can happen anywhere on the road. The most common motorcycle accidents involve a driver’s negligent left turn in front of an oncoming motorcyclist.
Marysville CA Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Head-on crashes, T-bone collisions that cause rollovers, and accidents involving motorcycle riders, bicyclists, and pedestrians often produce catastrophic or fatal injuries, including:
- Crush injuries and organ damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal damage and paralysis
Any accident can cause injuries that, while not catastrophic, result in disabling harm or lasting pain to accident victims. Those injuries include:
- Head injuries
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Joint injuries
- Broken bones
- Facial scarring
- Eye injuries
- Infected wounds
- Muscle damage
- Road rash
- Torn or stretched tendons or ligaments
- Nerve damage
Accident victims also suffer from physical pain and emotional distress, including depression, anxiety, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Yuba County Car Accident Compensation
Compensation for Marysville auto accidents includes:
- Reimbursement for medical expenses
- The anticipated cost of future medical expenses
- Physical therapy and medications
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- The expense of coping with a disability, such as caretakers, wheelchairs, and vocational rehabilitation
Accident victims also deserve compensation for their pain, suffering, inconvenience, and emotional distress. The largest component of most settlements addresses those intangible losses.
Family members of victims who die in a Marysville traffic accident may be entitled to wrongful death compensation. If the victim did not die instantly, those who inherit the victim’s estate may also share in damages paid for the victim’s pain and suffering.
Marysville Traffic Accident Lawyer
An accident lawyer can help Marysville accident victims recover the compensation they deserve. The Law Office of Michael Rehm provides compassionate service to injury victims in and near Marysville. 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 (530) 410-6474 for a free, confidential consultation.
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