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Why Should You Hire a San Diego Car Accident Attorney?

Being involved in a car accident is frightening for anyone, especially when you or a loved one suffers injuries. Even a “fender bender” can lead to uncomfortable conditions such as whiplash. The car accident claims process is equally stressful, since insurance companies use loopholes to avoid paying you what you deserve for medical bills, damage, and ongoing expenses associated with your recovery. But a San Diego car accident lawyer, like Scott Liljegren of the Liljegren Law Group, can help ensure you aren’t stuck fighting them and paying hefty bill you don’t deserve.

California is a “fault” insurance state, meaning victims of car accidents usually file a claim with an insurance company to receive compensation for damages. Unfortunately, these companies have been known to take advantage of the system and avoid paying a fair value for the claim. You’ve been faithfully paying your premiums, so shouldn’t an insurance company respond in kind? Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case, so it’s essential to have a San Diego car accident attorney in your corner.

Victims of California car accidents are also free to pursue civil suits against the driver at fault under the state’s financial responsibility laws. If a car accident only involves property damage, you may be better off handling the claims process yourself. But if you or a loved one has been injured, consult with a San Diego personal injury attorney

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How Can a San Diego Car Accident Attorney Help Me?

If you’re having trouble recovering money from the insurance company, we can help. We can also help pursue a claim against the at-fault driver. Our goal is to help you claim a settlement to help pay for:

  • Your medical bills, including future rehabilitation expenses
  • Lost wages from missed work, including any loss in earning capacity
  • Property damage expenses, including renting a car
  • Other out-of-pocket expenses associated with the accident
  • Intangible damages such as pain, suffering and mental anguish

Who is liable for my car accident injuries?

Of course, we can’t tell you who is directly responsible for your accident without meeting and discussing your individual case; however, given our experience, we often find a few usual suspects.

  • Reckless Drivers

    • Speeding, running red lights and driving distracted are common behaviors leading to serious accident, but even improper lane changes could help prove negligence in a car accident and injury lawsuit. Generally, no one is quick to take blame for a serious crash, even if it seems obvious. The Liljegren Law Group will help gather the necessary evidence and conduct interviews to ensure negligent drivers are held responsible.
  • Car Manufacturing Companies

    •  From defective brakes, airbags and even doors that can fly open while driving, no car manufacturer has remained immune from recalls and defects causing injuries and deaths.  They also have a duty to properly inform the public and fix these defects in a legal, timely manner.
  • Local or State Governments

    •  It is usually the city’s responsibility to properly maintain roads, display proper signage and construct properly designed roads. If hazardous road conditions were a factor in your accident, the Liljegren Law Group has the experiences and resources to properly investigate and fight back against negligent parties, companies and agencies.
  • Rideshare Companies

    •  Lyft, Uber and other rideshare companies are used daily by individuals and by businesses. Neither, the drivers nor the companies are quick to take blame and will make the process difficult than when dealing with an unaffiliated reckless driver.

Multiple parties may be responsible for an accident, as well. Our accident attorneys can help determine all negligent parties, beginning with a free consultation.

How Much do Car Accident Lawyers Cost in San Diego?

Here at Liljegren Law Group, we handle all cases on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay nothing at all for our services unless we can recover money for you! If we are successful, then we take a small percentage of the recovery. This way, our interests are aligned as our goal is always to maximize your recovery amount.  Additionally, our consultations are free so do not hesitate to call us and ask us any questions you would like!

Liljegren Law Group Will Fight to Maximize Your Settlement or Recovery After an Accident

At Liljegren Law Group, we focus our attention on one area of the law – personal injury. We can dedicate our wealth of experience and resources to your case, unlike other law firms who work in many areas of the law. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you may feel you have limited options for paying your bills and keeping your family afloat. Our San Diego law firm is happy to guide you through the process and help you receive compensation for damages. We help our clients get settlements to pay for past and future medical bills, lost wages, losses in earning capacity, and general damages such as emotional anguish and pain.

Our firm brings years of experience to the table and offers convenience with its eight locations throughout southern California. Our commitment to our clients makes us a top-rated personal injury law firms in San Diego. We offer our undivided and personalized attention to every client who walks through our doors. When payment is a concern, we offer services on a contingency-fee basis, which means you’ll only owe legal fees if we secure you a settlement.

To learn more about how we can help, contact us to set up a free initial consultation with an experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer.

How Common Are Car Crashes in San Diego?

Unfortunately, car accidents are common here in San Diego County. We contend with congested roadways, which can lead to reckless driver behavior.

What are San Diego’s Most Dangerous Streets?

Below is a list of the streets in San Diego County where the most accidents have occurred from 2010-2016.

City Road Total Crashes Fatals Injuries
SAN DIEGO UNIVERSITY AV 372 3 499
SAN DIEGO EL CAJON BL 344 1 472
ESCONDIDO VALLEY PKWY 275 2 431
OCEANSIDE COLLEGE BL 223 0 267
OCEANSIDE RT 76 212 1 220
ESCONDIDO EL NORTE PKWY 187 2 285
OCEANSIDE OCEANSIDE BL 187 1 216
ESCONDIDO CENTRE CITY PKWY 186 3 296
ESCONDIDO WASHINGTON AV 184 1 297
ESCONDIDO MISSION AV 181 0 291
SAN DIEGO MIRA MESA BL 180 2 292
CHULA VISTA 4TH AV 178 1 254
CHULA VISTA BROADWAY 178 1 202
SAN DIEGO BALBOA AV 178 1 282
SAN DIEGO CLAIREMONT MESA BL 178 1 262
OCEANSIDE MISSION AV 174 1 168
CARLSBAD PALOMAR AIRPORT RD 172 0 173
SAN DIEGO GENESEE AV 171 2 259
CHULA VISTA 3RD AV 163 1 205
SAN MARCOS WEST SAN MARCOS BL 161 2 115
ESCONDIDO ESCONDIDO BL 158 2 243
UNINCORPORATED RT 67 155 2 105
SAN DIEGO IMPERIAL AV 154 4 222
UNINCORPORATED RT 76 154 2 148
SAN DIEGO MARKET ST 151 1 214
SAN DIEGO RT 15 150 2 227
SANTEE MISSION GORGE RD 148 3 99
NATIONAL CITY HIGHLAND AV 146 1 171
CARLSBAD EL CAMINIO REAL 145 1 154
SAN DIEGO FRIARS RD 137 2 192
VISTA RT 78 135 1 72
UNINCORPORATED SWEETWATER RD 130 0 113
ESCONDIDO 9TH AV 128 0 192
ESCONDIDO GRAND AV 125 0 195
CHULA VISTA PALOMAR ST 123 1 140
CHULA VISTA EAST H ST 122 0 171
CHULA VISTA OTAY LAKES RD 122 0 113
CORONADO RT 75 121 1 99
SAN DIEGO 4TH AV 121 0 164
SAN DIEGO MIRAMAR RD 121 0 198
SAN DIEGO COLLEGE AV 120 1 168
VISTA VISTA VILLAGE DR 119 0 71
CHULA VISTA H ST 118 1 122
SAN MARCOS SOUTH RANCHO SANTA FE RD 118 0 71
SAN DIEGO 5TH AV 117 2 157
ENCINITAS ENCINITAS BL 116 0 65
UNINCORPORATED JAMACHA RD 115 0 92
SAN DIEGO GRAND AV 114 2 143
CHULA VISTA TELEGRAPH CANYON RD 113 0 125
SAN DIEGO GARNET AV 112 2 149
UNINCORPORATED RT 78 112 3 88
UNINCORPORATED JAMACHA BL 111 1 100
ESCONDIDO BROADWAY 110 4 161
SAN DIEGO BLACK MOUNTAIN RD 109 2 161
VISTA SOUTH MELROSE DR 109 0 103
SAN DIEGO 6TH AV 108 0 163
SAN DIEGO CARMEL MOUNTAIN RD 108 2 167
UNINCORPORATED SOUTH MISSION RD 106 0 73
POWAY POMERADO RD 105 0 70
SAN DIEGO PARK BL 103 0 121
SAN MARCOS RT 78 103 1 72
SAN DIEGO RT 805 102 0 143
SAN DIEGO A ST 101 0 147
SAN DIEGO ROSECRANS ST 101 3 123
SAN DIEGO KEARNY VILLA RD 100 1 155
SAN DIEGO BROADWAY 99 0 131
SAN DIEGO RT 5 97 1 120
UNINCORPORATED RT 94 97 2 66
VISTA SYCAMORE AV 95 0 70
VISTA WEST VISTA WY 95 0 75
CHULA VISTA OLYMPIC PKWY 94 1 120
SANTEE CUYAMACA ST 94 0 66
ESCONDIDO FIG ST 93 1 155
SAN DIEGO LINDA VISTA RD 93 1 126
ESCONDIDO ASH ST 92 0 124
LEMON GROVE BROADWAY 92 0 79
CARLSBAD CARLSBAD VILLAGE DR 91 0 75
CORONADO ORANGE AV 91 0 73
ENCINITAS LEUCADIA BL 91 1 71
ESCONDIDO JUNIPER ST 91 0 144
POWAY COMMUNITY RD 91 0 47
EL CAJON MAGNOLIA 90 0 136
SAN DIEGO PALM AV 89 1 121
SAN DIEGO INGRAHAM ST 88 1 119
SAN DIEGO G ST 87 0 117
ESCONDIDO LINCOLN AV 86 0 137
SAN DIEGO SUNSET CLIFFS BL 86 0 117
CARLSBAD RT 5 85 0 65
CHULA VISTA E ST 85 2 97
NATIONAL CITY NATIONAL CITY BL 85 1 79
CARLSBAD LA COSTA AV 83 0 66
CHULA VISTA MAIN ST 83 0 108
OCEANSIDE EL CAMINIO REAL 83 0 67
EL CAJON WASHINGTON 82 1 133
ESCONDIDO QUINCE ST 82 0 141
IMPERIAL BEACH PALM AV 82 1 58
SAN DIEGO EUCLID AV 82 0 120
SAN DIEGO NORTH HARBOR DR 81 0 121
NATIONAL CITY EAST PLAZA BL 80 0 79
VISTA EAST VISTA WY 79 1 71

Auto accidents are one of the leading causes of unintentional death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Over 30,000 die each year nationwide, and account for $44 billion in medical and lost work costs. Another 2 million are injured, accounting for an additional $200 billion in costs.

California accounts for its fair share of these numbers. In 2013, the last year for which data are available, the California Highway Patrol reported 3,104 killed and 223,128 injured on the state’s roadways. There were nearly 3,000 fatal crashes, and an additional 1,500 leading to injury.

 See our New Study: Most Dangerous (and Safest) Cities for CA Drivers

California Car Accident Fatalities

Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Each year, California accounts for 3,000-5,000 fatalities and thousands of injury victims. San Diego, in particular, usually accounts for 100-300 annual deaths and 15,000-20,000 injuries. The most dangerous time to drive in San Diego is between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., and men between the ages of 20 and 24 cause the majority of fatal accidents.

San Diego County Traffic Deaths

San Diego Car Accident Attorney

Source: San Diego Medical Examiner Annual Report

What Are Common Causes of Car Accidents?

There are numerous reasons for car accidents – in fact, too many to fully detail. Each car accident is unique and fault depends on individual circumstances. However, there are several causes that often play a role in California auto accidents:

  • Distracted driving

    • In recent years, distracted driving has played an increasingly prominent role in car accidents. Though we have laws banning mobile device use, people still use driving as an opportunity to text, talk, and scroll through social media. California law mandates that all cell phones must be mounted on the dashboard when using the navigation system. If a person involved in an accident is caught even holding their phone, they may be at fault. Other examples of distracted driving include eating, drinking, looking toward the backseat, or any action that takes a driver’s attention off the road.
  • Breaking Traffic Laws

    •  We’re all guilty of breaking traffic laws from time to time – rolling stops, failing to signal, or failing to yield. If a driver doesn’t observe applicable traffic laws, they’ll likely be found at fault for an accident.
  • Speeding

    • Failure to observe the speed limit is another example of a traffic violation, but it so commonly plays a role in car accidents that it merits its own discussion. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding is a factor in nearly a third of all serious auto accidents.
  • Bad weather

    • Inclement weather like rain, storms, and wind often play a role in auto accidents, especially here in southern California (where we’re used to sunshine). Slick roadways and decreased visibility make driving especially hazardous.
  • Drunk driving

    •  Like distracted driving, driving while impaired plays a major role in car accidents. These types of accidents are often serious and cause permanently disabling injury, as they are more likely to occur at high speeds. Drunk driving is a leading cause of car accident fatality and injury.
  • Driver fatigue

    •  When we don’t get enough sleep, our judgment becomes impaired. Driver fatigue is especially dangerous when we consider truck drivers, who often travel cross-country and work under tight deadlines. Drowsy driving accidents are on the rise as a whole, as well, with CDC studies showing 16 to 19-year olds most at risk.

What Are the Most Common Types of Car Accident Injuries?

A car accident can lead to virtually any kind of injury, but some are more common than others. The severity of an injury will depend on a number of factors, for example, vehicle speed and the types of cars involved.

These are some of the most common reported injuries from car accidents:

  • Head injuries

    • In serious car accidents, victims may suffer from open or closed head injuries, including traumatic brain injury (TBI). The side effects from these injuries can be permanently disabling and require a lifetime of care and assistance.
  • Neck, back, and spinal injuries

    •  High speed collisions involve a lot of force. As such, victims commonly report head and back injuries. Spinal injuries may include disc displacement, fractured vertebrae, or nerve damage. These injuries require immediate and ongoing medical attention.
  • Injuries to the face

    • Drivers often report mild or severe injuries to the face as the result of impact with another vehicle. Examples include broken or bruised cheekbones, broken noses, burns from airbag impact, and concussions.
  • Fractures

    •  Broken bones are commonplace in both high and low impact collisions. Drivers and passengers may suffer broken bones in the wrists, collarbone, or extremities. Other injuries, such as dislocation and bone bruising may also occur.
  • Internal bleeding

    •  If left untreated, internal bleeding can be devastating, leading to organ failure, sepsis, or death.
  • Mental injuries

    •  Some injuries might not manifest until well after an accident. For example, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression can seriously diminish quality of life.

What should I do after an accident?

Being in a car crash is frightening, even if you consider yourself calm under pressure. If you’ve been involved in an accident, take a deep breath and take the following actions:

  • Make sure everyone is okay

    • In the event of injury, call emergency services and the police. Note that the San Diego police will only report to the scene of an accident if there are injuries.
  • Move vehicle to safe spot 

  • Take pictures of everything

    • This may include the damage to your vehicle, the other driver’s car, landmarks, and injuries. These will aid in your insurance claim.
  • Call the police

    • Only sign a report from the on-site police officer – never from the other driver’s insurance company.
  • Get insurance information

    • This includes; from the other driver, and make a note of their license plate.
  • Call your insurance company

    • Notify your insurance agent as soon as possible. If you have sustained serious injury and believe the other driver was at fault, get in touch with a personal injury attorney. These two will work together to pay for your medical bills, missed work, and ongoing care.

Factors that could affect your accident claim:

To successfully handle the aftermath of your car accident, remember these four “golden rules:”

  • Never admit fault
    • It’s nice to say sorry when you’re late to an appointment, but in an auto accident this is the same as admitting fault. Ask the driver if they’re okay, but never say “I’m sorry.”
  • State only the facts
    • and discuss these only with your insurance company and the on-site police officer.
  • Be careful what you sign
    • Only sign documentation from your insurance company or the police officer on scene.
  • Go to the hospital
    • Seek medical attention promptly, and take care of yourself.

Did you witness a car accident and are unsure what to do or if you are now under any legal obligations? Our blog post should help answer any of these or similar questions: What to do After Witnessing a Car Accident.

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