Car accidents are perpetually the cause of thousands of deaths and serious injuries; 2018 was the third consecutive year with over 40,000 accident fatalities in the United States. Last year’s data from the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration shows California ranked second in the nation for fatalities, with 3,602 victims. Even so, this number actually represents a 3.1 percent decrease from the previous year.
In the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident, survivors and their families often face incredible physical, personal, and financial burdens. The Santa Ana car accident lawyers from Aitken * Aitken * Cohn are committed to serving clients whose lives have been derailed by the negligence or recklessness of someone else, and we are proud to have helped them receive the justice and compensation they deserve.
Work with Our Santa Ana CA Car Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, or have lost someone you love, contact Aitken * Aitken * Cohn in Santa Ana today at (714) 434-1424 or online to schedule a free consultation and learn if our Santa Ana personal injury lawyers may be able to help you.
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What a Santa Ana Car Accident Attorney Can Do for You
After a serious car accident, your focus should be on healing instead of dealing with insurance companies. A Santa Ana car accident lawyer can take care of the hefty paperwork for you. From negotiating with the other parties’ legal team to ironing out the details of your insurance claim, our Santa Ana accident attorneys have years of experience helping accident victims get the justice they deserve.
Our job as trial lawyers is to know and understand all of the facts of the case so that we can tell our client’s honest and compelling story to the jury. To that end, we take the time to get to know every one of our clients personally, because if we do not truly appreciate how their injuries have affected their lives, we cannot ensure the jury understands it either.
If you become a client of Aitken * Aitken * Cohn, our accident attorneys will meet with you, face to face, and answer all your questions.
Factors Contributing to Accidents and the Severity of Injuries
With the Baby Boomer generation aging, an increasing number of Americans are driving later in life. The Washington Post previously reported that senior drivers are one of the fastest-growing demographics in the country. By 2045, the total number of drivers ages 65 and older will have risen about 77 percent from today’s numbers. In fact, there are already more than 2.5 million drivers in California alone who are age 70 or older. Under California law, these drivers must renew their licenses in person, rather than online, in order for the state to ascertain the visual, cognitive, and physical abilities of the driver.
The severity of car accident-related injuries is influenced by a number of factors and often is not proportional to obvious damage to the vehicles. They include:
- Age and health of the victims
- Points of impact
- Force of collision
- Types of vehicles involved, including weight and height disparities
- Whether safety features, such as airbags and restraint systems, functioned properly
Nobody gets into a car expecting to be in a motor vehicle accident. Yet accidents happen every day. If you have been involved in a car accident, it’s important to know your rights and have the right advocate on your side to protect them.
Types of Car Accidents in Santa Ana
Not all motor vehicle accidents are the same, and some are far more serious than others. Common accident scenarios include:
Every accident and every client is unique, so past cases are not a guarantee for future outcomes. However, the legal team at Aitken * Aitken * Cohn is proud of our record. We recently secured $2.5 in damages for a client who was ejected from a vehicle after a serious rear-end collision. We are committed to working hard for every client to secure the best possible outcome in their case.
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The Most Common Causes of Car Accidents in Santa Ana, CA
Motor vehicle accidents are most often caused by the same factors, including but not limited to:
- Distracted driving. Modern technology has been a major culprit behind California accidents in recent years. Despite legislation of new laws, drivers using devices to talk, text, tweet, email, and browse the internet is too common. Unfortunately, not every driver’s eyes are on the road at all times and distracted driving is becoming more and more common.
- Traffic law violations. Traffic violations always increase the risk of accidents.
- Impaired driving. Common sources of driver impairment include fatigue and the use of drugs and alcohol.
- Vehicle manufacturer defects. Anytime a vehicle or its parts fail, including brakes, tires, and steering wheel, an accident may happen. If this is the case, please reach out to our Orange County product liability lawyers.
- Road construction and hazards. Construction projects and poorly maintained roads are inherently dangerous.
- Inexperienced drivers. New drivers commonly make mistakes, and may also intentionally make risky decisions based on their lack of experience.
- Night driving. Visual acuity is reduced at night, and it may be harder for drivers to see pedestrians, animals, and other hazards until it is too late to avoid collisions.
- Weather. Inclement weather increases the chances of an accident.
Common Injuries From Car Accidents in Santa Ana
The traumatic injuries that commonly occur in serious motor vehicle accidents obviously require immediate medical attention. However, even minor accidents can cause devastating injuries, including some that may not fully manifest for hours or even days, such as spinal cord injuries, whiplash, internal bruising, and concussions. It is not uncommon for new symptoms to develop after the accident. Even days later.
Some of the most common motor vehicle accident injuries include:
Any injury, regardless of severity, can result in substantial medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you were in an accident and your injuries were caused by the negligence or recklessness of someone else, you may be entitled to recover your damages. Speak to an experienced Santa Ana accident lawyer at Aitken * Aitken * Cohn as soon as possible, and get the legal help you need.
Damages in a Car Accident Claim
Serious car accidents often leave victims with physical injuries, emotional trauma, and financial stress. California does not restrict or limit damages for personal injury claims, so victims and their survivors may claim all legitimate costs incurred as a result of their accident.
The personal injury lawyers in Santa Ana at Aitken * Aitken * Cohn are experienced in handling accident claims, and we have been helping clients recover their damages for nearly 25 years. Our legal team conducts thorough investigations and builds cases using all available evidence. Regardless of whether a case can be resolved through settlement or necessitates litigation, we have the knowledge and skills to help our clients get the compensation they need and deserve.
Depending on the facts of each individual personal injury claim, applicable damages may be economic or non-economic, and may include:
- Medical expenses
- Permanent disability
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Mental anguish
- Household service expenses
- Lost enjoyment of life
- Lost companionship and society
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
The Aitken * Aitken * Cohn team is united in our commitment to our clients. We are proud of our national reputation for exceptional trial skills and precedent-setting appellate decisions. So while settlements can be faster and easier than litigation, if an insurance company refuses to appropriately pay a claim, we do not hesitate to take the case to trial.