If you suffered injuries in a passenger vehicle accident in Los Angeles, you may be reeling from the fallout. You may be suffering serious injuries that left you unable to work, either temporarily or permanently. You may be dealing with chronic pain that makes it difficult or impossible to take care of your children and to get a good night’s sleep. Your calendar may be filled with appointments for medical treatments, tests, and physical therapy. You and your family may be struggling to cover the essentials, such as housing and groceries, and worried about your long-term financial outlook.
A Los Angeles passenger vehicle accident lawyer may be able to help. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm represents victims of auto accidents. We can conduct an investigation to figure out exactly what caused the collision and work to seek justice for you, either by negotiating a settlement with the driver’s auto insurance company or by filing a personal injury lawsuit. Call our office at (800) 794-0444 to speak to a member of our team about the accident and the injuries you suffered and to discuss your legal options.
Common Causes of Los Angeles Passenger Vehicle Accidents
Accidents involving passenger vehicles happen for a wide range of reasons. Collisions often occur because drivers are in a hurry or do not pay attention to road signs, traffic lights, and the vehicles and people around them. Drivers may rush past stop signs, run red lights, make illegal U-turns, and drive while distracted, according to Sec. 21801 of the California Statutes. Those actions can result in injuries to others, even if a vehicle is not traveling fast.
Speeding can lead to accidents that can cause catastrophic and life-threatening injuries. Local authorities set speed limits that they deem appropriate given the conditions in a particular area. California law prohibits speeding in a construction zone and reckless driving. If a reckless driver causes bodily injury to another person, the driver may face a fine and jail time.
Distracted driving is responsible for many serious collisions. Talking on a cellphone and texting are two of the most common reasons why drivers become distracted. In California, a driver may use a cell phone if it is designed to be used hands-free while driving. That law does not apply to drivers under the age of 18. They may not use a cell phone, even a hands-free version, while driving.
Driving Under the Influence of a Substance
Alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs can impair a driver and can lead to a serious or even fatal accident. Driving under the influence of alcohol is prohibited. A driver may not consume alcohol or smoke or ingest marijuana while driving.
Following Too Closely
Many accidents occur when drivers fail to follow some of the most basic rules of the road. California law requires drivers to maintain a reasonable amount of distance between their vehicle and the one in front of it. The appropriate amount of distance can vary depending on factors such as the speeds of the vehicles, traffic conditions, and the weather at the time. A driver following too close can rear-end the vehicle in front if the driver of the first vehicle hits the brakes unexpectedly. Even a collision at a low speed can cause whiplash to the driver who is rear-ended.
Disobeying Traffic Laws
Accidents frequently occur when drivers are in a hurry and fail to stop when they should. Drivers are required to stop at stop signs. California statute also states that vehicle operators must stop if a school bus is loading or unloading children.
Some drivers forget the rules on who has the right-of-way. If two vehicles enter an intersection from different roadways at the same time, the driver on the right has the right-of-way. That rule also applies if two vehicles approach an intersection at the same time and both drivers come to a stop sign. A driver must obey a “yield” sign and grant the right-of-way to any other vehicle in the intersection. A driver who wants to turn left or make a U-turn must yield the right-of-way to vehicles approaching from the opposite direction that are close enough to create a hazard.
A driver may only pass a slow-moving vehicle if the passing vehicle is traveling at least 10 miles per hour faster than the slower vehicle, per Sec. 21758 of the California Statutes. The passing vehicle must complete the passing movement within a distance of no more than ¼ mile.
How a Los Angeles Passenger Vehicle Accident Lawyer Could Help You
Passenger vehicle accidents can cause serious injuries that can have a dramatic impact on the lives of victims and their families. Many collisions are a result of carelessness, recklessness, and impatience. If you suffered an injury because of an accident that was not your fault and your life is now turned upside down, the team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may be able to help.
If you hire us to help you pursue financial compensation for your personal injury, you will not have to pay any money upfront because we work on a contingency-fee basis. Our firm will only be paid if we succeed in recovering an award for your injuries. We do not want you to suffer further damage from this situation. We want to bring justice to you.
For a free legal consultation with a passenger vehicle accidents lawyer serving Los Angeles, call (800) 794-0444
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You do not have a lot of time to file a case to seek compensation for your injuries related to a Los Angeles passenger vehicle accident. The statute of limitations to file a personal injury case in California is two years, according to Sec. 335.1 of the California Statutes. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to talk to a member of our team about how a Los Angeles passenger vehicle accident lawyer may be able to assist you.