Motor Vehicle Accidents
There are approximately 254 million passenger cars on the road in the U.S. according to a Department of Transportation (DOT) study, and the U.S. is home to three large car manufacturers: General Motors, Ford Motor Company and Chrysler. Consequently, it comes as no surprise that car accidents are one of the leading causes of injury and death in the United States, and the roadways in Southern California are some of the most congested. As the number of cars on the road has increased, the number of car accidents has similarly increased.
Often car accidents result in mere fender benders. However, others end in serious injuries or death to the drivers or passengers involved. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) recently reported that there are approximately 33,000 fatalities each year from car accidents. Car accidents can result in severe spine or back injuries, burns, and head and brain injuries.
Some of the most common accident-related injuries include:
- Head trauma
- Broken bones and fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Injury to internal organs
Car accidents are caused in a variety of ways. Certainly, driver error is a common cause of car accidents. However, car accidents have resulted from faulty roadway design, defectively designed vehicles, and improper maintenance of vehicles. Harshbarger Law carefully considers the variety of potential causes for these accidents to ensure that car accident victims are properly compensated for their injuries.
If you or a loved one has been involved in any of the following types of accidents, please contact us for a free consultation:
- Drunk driving accident
- Distracted driving accident
- Hit and run accident
- Pedestrian accident
- Rear-end accident
DRIVERS WHO ARE IN CAR ACCIDENTS SHOULD KNOW THE FOLLOWING:
- If injured, seek immediate medical attention with a family doctor, at an emergency room or from an urgent care.
- Obtain the names, addresses and phone numbers of the drivers involved and any witnesses to the accident.
- Take photographs at the scene of the accident and of the vehicles involved.
- Do not speak with an insurance adjuster before speaking with an attorney.
Harshbarger Law recognizes the complexities involved when handling car accident cases. It is important to have an attorney who understands that each case is different and special attention must be paid to the client to ensure that he or she is properly represented and fully compensated.