Between 2015 and 2016, car accident deaths in California rose at a faster rate than the national average. In 2016, there were more than 3,600 motor vehicle related deaths which is a 14 percent increase over the last year.
What accounts for this increase?
An improving economy and reasonable gas prices, which means more cars on the road. And more cars on the road means a greater chance of injury and fatal accidents.
But it’s not just a better economy and low gas prices. The impact of distracted driving – texting, for example, and impaired driving – driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, are also making the roads less safe.
If you’ve been seriously hurt in a car accident as a passenger and are incurring medical bills, or missing time at work, you may be wondering what your options are for relief and compensation.
Talk with a Car Accident Attorney First
Regardless of who was at fault, if you decide to file a claim for damages you will be dealing with insurance companies eager to settle the claim quickly and without regard for your long-term recovery costs. Don’t settle a claim with an insurance company until you’ve spoken with a personal injury attorney experienced in these kinds of cases, otherwise you may find yourself with mounting expenses over the course of your recovery without any means of recouping your losses.
Anytime there has been an injury car accident, insurance companies will send out their own investigators, review police reports, and talk with anyone who may have witnessed the accident. They are interested in settling fast and will offer you the least amount of compensation possible.
You need someone on your side representing you just as aggressively and making sure that you receive the compensation you fairly deserve to cover the costs of your injuries over the long term.
Redding personal injury attorneys Barr and Mudford have successfully represented many individuals who have been hurt while riding as passengers in cars or other vehicles, and we can help you. We are on your side in the battle with insurance companies to make sure you are compensated fully for your injuries.
In Redding, California call us at (530) 243-8008 or from elsewhere in California at (800) 528-2020 for a free consultation. You can also contact us with details by email.