Were You Injured in a Crash Caused By a Vehicle With Dirty Windows?
To operate a vehicle safely, a driver actually needs to be able to see the road. As simple and obvious as this sounds, too many drivers fail to take the time to adjust their mirrors and clean off their windows. Unfortunately, many innocent people are injured in accidents every year related to dirty windows.
At the office of El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers, our law firm advocates for safer highways and for the rights and interests of injured victims. Here, our Los Angeles dirty windows accident attorneys highlight the risks and dangers related to poor vehicle maintenance, and specifically, dirty windows. If you or your loved one was hurt in a crash caused by a driver whose view was obstructed by dirty windows, you should speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately.
Dirty Windows Can Contribute to Motor Vehicle Accidents
When you think about the unsafe behaviors that cause car accidents, the first things that come to mind are probably speeding, texting, reckless driving and intoxicated driving. To be sure, these are all very serious safety threats. At the same time, there are other less noted safety issues that can cause accidents as well. Among other things, a driver’s failure to clean off their windows is dangerous. Without a clear and unobstructed view, drivers simply are not able to operate their vehicle in a safe manner.
Tragically, our community has seen some very serious accidents linked to dirty windows. As reported by CBS Los Angeles, a 16-year-old Los Angeles high school student was killed in a pedestrian collision by a vehicle with exceptionally dirty windows. A representative from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office told reporters that this fatal accident likely would not have occurred if the driver had simply taken the time to clean off the front windshield. The small, relatively quick act of wiping down windows has the potential to make a life or death difference.
Poor Vehicle Maintenance May Be Negligence
Before getting on the road in Southern California, drivers have a legal duty to ensure that they have performed adequate vehicle maintenance. As an example, you should never get on the road in a car that has dangerously worn out tires. If those bad tires end up causing an accident, you can be liable for the resulting damages. Likewise, a driver should not get on the road with a car that has worn out brakes. Those vehicles need to be taken to a mechanic who can ensure that they are reasonably safe.
Of course, a dirty windshield does not require a mechanic. A driver has a responsibility to take the time to ensure that they can safely view the road from all angles. A few minutes is all it takes. While California law certainly does not require drivers to ‘clean out’ their car, it does require drivers to ensure that their vehicle is in reasonably safe operating conditions. All drivers must be able to see out of their windows.
Car Accident Victims Need Full Financial Compensation
If you were hurt in a motor vehicle collision caused by dirty windows or any other form of inadequate vehicle maintenance, you need access to the maximum financial support. Insurance companies do not make the personal injury claims process easy on plaintiffs. In the moments after a crash, insurers will begin working to protect their own bottom line. At the office of El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers, our Los Angeles car crash attorneys know how to get our clients a full settlement offer. We have recovered more than $50 million from insurance companies. You may be eligible to get compensation for:
- Emergency medical treatment;
- Medical bills;
- Physical therapy;
- Loss of current and future wages;
- Pain and suffering;
- Mental distress;
- Long-term disability;
- Permanent disfigurement; and
- Wrongful death damages.
Contact Our Los Angeles, CA Car Accident Lawyers Today
At the office of El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers, our Los Angeles auto accident attorneys are strong, effective advocates for injured victims. If you or your loved one was severely injured in a wreck caused by a vehicle with dangerous or dirty windows, we are here to help. To arrange a free, no obligation initial consultation, please contact our legal team right away. We are eager to assist you throughout each step of the personal injury claims process to ensure you recover the compensation to which you are rightfully entitled.