Recovering Financial Compensation for a Freeway Accident in California
Our car accident lawyers handle personal injury and wrongful death cases for victims of negligence throughout Southern California. We have a record of success in recovering financial compensation for our clients.
We are dedicated to the needs of our clients by always seeking the best possible outcome in their case. It's no secret that driving is a major part of life in California. In total, the state has:
- over 27 million registered vehicles, and
- 2 million licensed drivers.
This makes California one of the most populated places to drive nationwide.
With all of those drivers and cars on the road daily, the risks of motor vehicle accidents and fatalities, unfortunately, are high.
And there are certain California freeways where the risks of car crashes are even higher because of dangerous roadway conditions.
Every day, Los Angeles freeways are flooded with traffic and extremely busy. A collision on the freeway is more likely to result in serious injury or even death. If your spinal cord sustained a serious injury, you could be paralyzed. Our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers are providing a review below.
Deadliest California Highways
A recent study ranked the 50 deadliest highways in the United States using five years of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ("NHTSA").
It's no surprise that four of California's most popular freeways made the top 15 list. Those freeways are:
State Route 99
The study named California State Route 99 ("SR-99") the deadliest highway in America. Over five years, SR-99 had more fatal accidents per 100 miles than any other roadway in the United States.
It also had the second-highest frequency of drunk driving-related fatal accidents and was ranked the darkest highway because of its inadequate lighting.
Interstate 10 ("I-10") is a major east-west interstate highway that travels from Santa Monica, California to Jacksonville, Florida.
It also is the principal truck route connecting Los Angeles ports with the rest of the nation. Listed as the 4th deadliest freeway in the US, the I-10 had a total of 1,342 fatal accidents over the 5 years.
Interstate 5 ("I-5") has the nickname "fatal corridor" for a reason. Its most dangerous section falls within Los Angeles County, where the traffic density increases significantly. It is also known for drivers operating their vehicles at excessive speeds.
Interstate 15 ("I-15") connects Los Angeles to Las Vegas. This roadway is well known for drivers testing the limits of speed without wearing seatbelts.
A federal study found that 50% of the fatalities on the I-15 were the result of drivers not wearing a seatbelt.
Rights of accident victims
State law protects the rights of accident victims who were injured through no fault of their own because of the severe personal and financial fallout that can result.
Whether your accident occurred on the freeway or right outside your door, our personal injury lawyers can help. We regularly handle freeway-related car accident cases and are here to assist you.
Common Causes of Freeway Accidents
In addition to roadway conditions, NHTSA compiled a list of factors that play leading roles in freeway collisions. Those factors include:
- driver inattention,
- drowsiness or falling asleep at the wheel,
- driving under the influence of drugs or alcoholic beverages,
- speeding and other traffic code violations,
- vehicle maintenance,
- aggressive driving, including tailgating and making threats, and
- distracted driving which can take the form of:
- texting, talking on the phone, or otherwise engaging the phone screen,
- Rubbernecking or the driver turning their head, neck, and body to look at something outside of the car,
- In-car noise or loud music, or
- Manual tasks like eating, picking up a dropped item, or putting on makeup.
What Happens After a Freeway Accident?
After a freeway accident, the most important thing you can do is seek medical attention if you or someone around you has been injured or is in pain.
After attending to those medical needs, Vehicle Code 20008 requires that you:
- report your accident to the police within 24 hours, and
- the Department of Motor Vehicles within 10 days.
Though no specific state law requires this, you also want to report the accident to your insurance company and get the insurance and contact information for the other parties involved in the crash.
It's also important to get the contact information for any witnesses who may have been on the scene.
How Does California Determine Who Is At Fault in a Crash?
California is a pure comparative negligence state. This means that a person injured in an auto accident can recover damages for their injuries even if they are partially to blame for the crash.
If the court finds the injured party partially responsible for the accident, it will reduce that party's damages by their percentage of responsibility.
Conversely, this also means that an injured party can still recover damages even if they are 99% responsible for the accident.
In that case, they will be eligible to receive damages in line with the 1% of the accident where they were not to blame.
When fighting to recover compensation for the injuries incurred in an auto accident, remember that the other party's insurance company is not on your side.
That insurer will do everything possible to limit your recovery, and its responsibility to pay for your losses.
Having a car accident attorney by your side will make all the difference.
Get Help From Freeway Accident Lawyers in California
Our Los Angeles freeway accident attorneys represent clients who have sustained injuries from accidents on freeways, at intersections, and every place in between. We know what it takes to help you recover after incurring losses from:
If you've been in a crash, do not wait to call and discuss what happened with one of our freeway accident attorneys. We will investigate, evaluate, prepare, and present your personal injury claim with no fee unless you recover. No recovery, no fee.
Injury Justice Law Firm are top-rated personal injury lawyers located at 1999 Avenue of the Stars, 11th Fl., Los Angeles, CA 90067. Call us for a free consultation at (818) 781-1570.