Driving is something most people look forward to from the time they were young. It is a rite of passage leading from your childhood to your adult life. As exciting as it is to start driving, it also comes with high risks. In the United States, there are over 37,000 car accident related deaths every year. Add to that an additional 2.4 million people who are injured or disabled.
These injuries range from minor to nearly life-threatening. When you are injured in an accident, you need to know your legal options for covering your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. The attorneys at El Dabe Law are experienced at working with car accident victims to be sure the insurance companies and those at fault are held responsible for any damages suffered.
Most Diamond Bar Auto Accident Injuries Are Preventable
Sometimes the accident is the fault of a driver, and other times it is not. Most traffic accidents and injuries are caused by three primary problems:
#1 Disobeying Traffic Laws
Traffic laws are in place for the safety of everyone on the road. Many people ignore posted speed limits, traffic control devices like stop signs and stop signals, right of way laws. When people disobey these laws, it can lead to catastrophic consequences, resulting in significant injury or death. When you are injured due to the will disregard of the law of another driver, you deserve to be compensated.
#2 Driver Impairment
When a driver signs for their license, they are agreeing that they will be in control of their vehicle while operating it. If everyone lived up to that, there would be no car accidents. Unfortunately, many drivers get behind the wheel while impaired. This is not just impairment due to alcohol, which can be tested for during a traffic accident. Many more drivers also operate a vehicle while drowsy or under the influence of a new prescription medication. In all of these cases, when a driver chooses to get behind the wheel, they must be held accountable for those actions that put others at risk.
#3 Equipment Malfunction
2015 was another record year for auto manufacturers, with 51 million cars recalled. This number seems to continue to rise because parts are malfunctioning, putting the safety of people on the roadways at risk. In some cases, equipment malfunction is caused by incompetent work by a mechanic. In any of these cases, if you are injured because of an equipment malfunction, whoever is responsible for that malfunction must be held accountable. This is not just a case for your damages, but it is also a public safety problem that could prevent injuries to others.
What To Do After A Diamond Bar Car Accident
The first step is to keep calm. You will make it through this ordeal. If you are not incapacitated by the accident, there are a few steps to take immediate:
- Call the police to file a formal report.
- Collect information from anyone involved, including witnesses. This includes names, phone numbers, addresses, license plate and car information, and the insurance information of anyone else involved in the accident.
- Take pictures of the accident, preferably before any of the vehicles are moved as long as it is safe to do so. Be sure to take pictures of any visible injuries you have sustained as well.
- Only talk with the responding police officer about what happened in the accident. Do not admit guilt or innocence to anyone.
- Talk with a qualified Diamond Bar car accident lawyer.
Why Working With An Experienced Lawyer Is Important
When you are injured in a car accident, your world is turned upside while you wade through the legal process. Many insurance companies understand this, and push you to meet their timelines in order to minimize the damages they pay out. Do not sign any agreements or make any recorded statements with an insurance company until you have sought the advice of the attorneys at El Dabe Law. Call us at (888) 540-0836 for an initial consultation and to start seeking the damages you deserve.