Interstate 405 Accidents
If you drive the 405, you're likely very accustomed to checking the traffic report when heading out. Your boss, coworkers, and friends understand that you're sometimes unavoidably late because of heavy, slow-moving traffic, gridlock, or another crash.
Being stuck in traffic is incredibly frustrating, of course. Still, it's a minor inconvenience, especially compared to this freeway's frequent distressing and deadly accidents. If you or a loved one has been involved in a collision on the 405, you might be searching for information on what to do next.
Heavy traffic congestion, reckless drivers, and highway construction often cause or contribute to traffic accidents along I-405, resulting in catastrophic and fatal injuries. We can help with that, so keep reading for more information on Interstate 405 accidents.
Our law firm has the skills essential for investigating I-405 accidents, negotiating claims with insurance companies, and trying cases in court when necessary. When you consult with us, our experienced accident lawyers handle your claim and design a strategy to get compensation for your losses.
We understand the medical, financial, and emotional burdens you are facing. Your initial consultation is free, and you pay nothing until we recover for you. Let's review further below.
What Are Some Interstate 405 Fast Facts?
Known colloquially as the San Diego Freeway or the 405 Freeway, this interstate spans an area of Los Angeles stretching from Irvine in the south to San Fernando in the north. Put simply, Interstate 405 (I-405) is one of the most dangerous freeways in California.
It's widely known as one of the busiest highways anywhere. It unequivocally holds that title within California—and as the most congested freeway in the United States.
Most drivers who traverse this stretch of highway are commuters and freight haul drivers, but it also serves the area airports, including LAX. But, of course, plenty of tourists and visitors worldwide have traveled it as well.
While locals are accustomed to this interstate's high traffic volume and inconvenient lane closures as just another aspect of their workday, it's akin to driving on the moon for tourists, especially those from smaller, less auto-centric countries.
This road plays a significant role in pop culture; it's been immortalized in song lyrics by A-list musicians like Kanye West, Lana Del Rey, and Death Cab for Cutie. On June 17th, 1994, it was the scene of the infamous slow-speed chase involving former football player O.J. Simpson and the police who would later arrest him for the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman.
Why So Many Accidents on Interstate 405?
What is it about the 405 that leads to so many accidents? Many factors contribute to this stretch of highway's high rate of collisions, of course, but a few of them are as follows:
- The fact that most L.A. area residents live in one part of the city and work in a different one, necessitating a daily commute;
- The 405's status as a significant north-south auxiliary;
- Its role in the transport of consumer goods via large trucks;
- The heavy congestion and its subsequent slowdowns.
Even if everyone were perfectly content to sit in traffic on the 405, it's such a busy length of freeway that delays are inevitable, particularly at certain times of the day.
However, the congestion also indirectly leads to another reason for its many crashes and fatalities—the frustration, anxiety, anger, stress, and road rage that so many people experience when stuck in gridlock, powerless to move in any direction.
Given the high proportion of semi-trucks and other delivery vehicles, it's no surprise that truck accidents rank high on the list of most frequently occurring accidents on this road.
Motorcycle accidents and crashes that involve passenger cars are also common. And because Interstate 405's proximity to many of Southern California's tourist attractions, accidents involving tour buses are common.
What Causes Interstate 405 Accidents?
Of course, just as on other dangerous roads across the U.S., DUIs are one of the significant contributors to 405 accident statistics.
So is texting—or using your smartphone for doing anything, for that matter—while driving. Reckless driving is another contributing factor.
Anyone operating a motor vehicle needs to pay attention to the road ahead, other drivers, truckers, and motorcycle riders, and their speed and control, no matter where they travel.
However, if you're dealing with heavy rush-hour traffic on the 405, you must give your full, unbridled attention to the task. Some of the main causes of I-405 accidents include the following:
- Unsafe lane change;
- Stop-and-go traffic;
- Distracted driving;
- Reckless driving;
- Drunk driving;
- Drug-impaired driving;
- Fatigued driving;
- Unsafe construction sites.
Notably, many collisions on I-405 occur at slow speeds in heavy traffic. Still, these collisions can result in serious injuries, such as whiplash, to the driver and vehicle occupants.
Further, motorcyclists are especially vulnerable as they weave through lanes of traffic. So, regardless of the cause of the car accident where you were negligently injured, we can pursue the compensation you deserve.
What Do You Need to Know About Car Accident Claims?
In an Interstate 405 accident claim, you must prove that the other driver's negligent or reckless conduct caused the accident resulting in your injuries.
This means you must work with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can effectively demonstrate the necessary elements of negligence in an injury claim.
Suppose you were at fault for the accident in any way. In that case, you can still recover damages, but your final award will be reduced by the percentage of blame assigned to you by a court or the claims adjuster.
Simply put, a skilled lawyer must show how the other driver was at fault for the I-405 accident and limit any liability assigned to you.
California statute of limitations applies to car accident claims. This means you have two years from the date of the Interstate 405 accident to file a lawsuit against any responsible parties.
So, it's essential to contact an attorney as soon as possible to gather the evidence before it's gone, and witnesses can be interviewed while their memories are fresh.
What Damages Can You Recover in an I-405 Accident Claim?
Building a successful injury claim takes an experienced legal team and experts to pursue all legal remedies. We do seek compensation for victims of negligence, and we are committed to winning.
While every car accident is unique, you could be awarded damages for the following:
- Medical costs;
- Surgical expenses;
- Rehabilitation costs;
- Lost wages, present and future;
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of consortium;
- Loss of enjoyment of life;
- Property damage;
- Permanent disability.
If a loved one was killed in an Interstate 405 accident, you could recover damages such as funeral expenses, final medical costs, and loss of support through a wrongful death lawsuit. While no amount of money can replace your family member, you deserve compensation to cover your financial and emotional losses.
How Can We Help You with Your Interstate 405 Claim?
Our legal team is highly experienced in representing people in car accident claims. We can handle all the details, such as the following:
- By investigating the accident;
- By documenting your injuries;
- Negotiations with the insurance company; and
- By filing necessary court motions.
We have a track record of success in achieving significant settlements. We will always work in your best interests and fight for financial compensation that considers all your future medical and financial needs.
If you've been injured in a serious vehicular accident, you need an injury lawyer specializing in traffic accidents involving bicycles, motorcycles, trucks, and passenger cars.
We are local to Los Angeles and familiar with the 405's many exits, the communities through which it winds its way, and the typical tenor of California drivers.
Having that experience in joint with their client allows an attorney to thoroughly understand the backdrop of the accident with additional, time-consuming explanations.
That means we can move faster and get to the heart of the matter, seeking maximum compensation from the responsible parties for your loss and injuries. You can contact our law firm for a free consultation by phone or using the contact form. Injury Justice Law Firm is located in Los Angeles, CA.