A driver’s careless and negligent failure to yield, stop or otherwise avoid an accident creates liability in just about any California traffic accident, no matter how tragic the resulting injuries to the victim might be. If you were injured, or a family member died as a result of another driver’s failure to yield, stop or otherwise avoid an accident, contact us here at Maison Law as soon as you can, and we’ll make ourselves available to speak with you at no cost whatsoever.
California Traffic Accident Statistics
As per the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 3,606 people died as a result of the injuries that they suffered in California traffic accidents in 2019. More than 200,000 were injured. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, Los Angeles led California with 685 traffic fatalities. Sacramento County had 169 fatalities, while Fresno County had 134. More than 99% of these fatalities were caused by motorists who failed to yield, stop or otherwise reduce their speed to avoid an accident.
Injuries Caused in Accidents Involving Failure to Yield, Stop, or Avoid an Accident
A wide range of injuries are caused by accidents involving a failure to yield stop or avoid an accident. Although the severity of those injuries varies from accident to accident, they’re more severe when the victim is a motorcyclist, bicyclist or pedestrian. Those people are virtually exposed and unprotected in the event of an accident. They have no steel bodies or frames around them and no air bags or seat restraint systems. Here are some of the common injuries that our clients have suffered when another motorist fails to yield, stop or otherwise avoid an accident:
- Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries.
- Damage to internal organs.
- Multiple fractures.
- Spine and joint damage.
- Damage to the body’s soft tissues.
- Cuts, abrasions and infection.
- Wrongful death.
Seeking Compensation for Injuries and Damages
When a motorist fails to yield, stop or otherwise avoid an accident and causes a crash, he or she can be held liable for injuries and damages suffered by a victim. California courts generally allow the following types of damages to be put into evidence in a personal injury case:
- Past medical bills connected with the accident and medical bills from the accident that are reasonably expected to be incurred in the future.
- Past lost earnings in connection with the accident along with any earnings reasonably expected to be lost in the future.
- Pain and suffering resulting from the accident.
- Any permanent disfigurement or disability resulting from the accident.
- Loss of enjoyment of life as a result of the injuries.
- Funeral and burial costs along with other substantial damages if the victim died from the injuries that he or she suffered in the accident.
Aside from mechanical breakdown, just about any motor vehicle accident can be traced to a failure to yield, stop or reduce speed to avoid an accident. If you were seriously injured or lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident anywhere in California that was caused by the carelessness and negligence of somebody else, contact us as soon as possible here at Maison Law. At no cost to you, we can talk, and you can tell us what happened, how it happened and how it has affected you and your family. We’ll answer your questions truthfully, and if were retained to represent you, we’ll begin building your case piece by piece while you’re still healing. Our objective will be to obtain the maximum compensation that you deserve. Contact Maison Law as soon as you can after being injured or losing a family member in any type of an accident.