Tenacious Advocates for Car Accident Victims� San Diego Car Accident Attorneys
San Diego offers much of the best that Southern California has to offer, including the white beaches and blue water of Mission Bay, popular restaurants and nightclub activity in the Gaslamp Quarter and world class attractions like SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo and the Wild Animal Park. While San Diego is a great area to live or visit, it also presents a vast array of serious factors that contribute to a high number of car accidents. Among the factors that contribute to the number of accidents in San Diego are congested freeways, tourists unfamiliar with the area and a high number of unlicensed drivers because of our proximity to the California-Mexico border.
Our experienced San Diego car accident attorneys understand that if you or someone that you love is involved in a car accident anywhere in the greater San Diego area, it can mean substantial medical bills and financial pressure because you may be unable to work. This pressure is magnified by the natural stress and anxiety that accompanies coping with pain and the recovery process in the aftermath of a serious San Diego car accident. Our experienced and dedicated team of San Diego car accident lawyers handles our clients� legal and insurance issues so that our clients can focus on a quick and full recovery. We handle San Diego County car accidents no matter where they occur including the following:
- San Diego Freeway (I-5)
- Escondido Freeway (I-15)
- Jacob Dekema Freeway (I-805)
- Cabrillo Freeway (Highway 163)
- Martin Luther King Jr. Freeway (Highway 94)
- South Bay Expressway (Highway 125)
- San Clemente Canyon Freeway (Highway 52)
- South Bay Freeway (Highway 54)
- Ted Williams Parkway (Highway 56)
- San Vicente Freeway (Highway 67)
- Highway 905
Common Factors in San Diego Car Accidents
Whether you are involved in a car crash on any of these roadways or anywhere in San Diego, including the North County, East County or South Bay, our experienced San Diego car accident legal team may be able to help you obtain the compensation you need. The enormous population density of San Diego means snarled traffic and impatient aggressive drivers. If you are injured in a car accident by a driver who is inattentive, disregards traffic safety laws or engages in unsafe driving practices, you may have a right to bring a legal claim based on the negligence of the other driver. Negligence is a legal term that essentially refers to an act or omission that creates an unreasonable risk of harm to others. When such conduct does in fact result in injury to a third-party, this creates a legal basis to recover compensation for one’s injuries. It is probably not surprising that the most common cause of serious car accidents resulting in injury are acts of unsafe driving including the following:
- Speeding or failing to adapt speed to fit driving conditions
- Failing to follow the 3-second rule for following distance
- Failure to yield and illegal turns
- Road rage and aggressive driving practices
- Ignoring the California Rules of the Road
- Driving under the influence street drugs, prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs
- Driving while intoxicated (DUI/DWI)
- Drivers not fully focused on driving (distracted driving)
- Drowsy or fatigued drivers
- Violation of stop sign and traffic light laws
- Failure to drive cautiously through construction zones
This is merely a small sampling of the types of unsafe driving practices that frequently result in serious accidents in the greater San Diego area. While we have handled many serious car accident cases and recovered millions of dollars for our clients based on these and a wide range of other unsafe and reckless driving practices, there are other common causes of San Diego car accidents, including unsafe roadways, defective vehicles or those who negligently entrust their vehicles to third parties.
Special Problems of Uninsured Drivers and Hit-And-Run Accidents (UM/UIM Coverage)
Because of the high number of unlicensed drivers with no insurance in the San Diego area, it often is critical to identify all possible third parties that also may share liability for your car accident and resulting injuries. It is estimated that as many as 2 million Southern California drivers do not have insurance and that the number is growing on a daily basis given our slow economy. If you are involved in a collision with an uninsured driver, our experienced San Diego car accident lawyers are often able to identify a third-party that may be liable for your car accident injuries.
Even if we are unable to a identify another responsible third party, we are frequently able to assist clients in recovering compensation for their injuries by filing an uninsured motorist (UM) claim against our client�s own insurance. UM coverage provides compensation to car accident victims that are injured by uninsured driver or hit-and-run drivers that cannot be identified. We may be able to file a UM claim against your policy and obtain economic damages in the form of medical costs, lost wages and future lost income as well as non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering as well as impaired enjoyment of life experiences.
It is advisable to seek the advice of an experienced San Diego car accident attorney when pursuing an uninsured motorist claim because your insurance company will often attempt to pay far less than you are entitled to or to deny your claim entirely. Whether you are filing a UM claim or dealing with an insurance company for any other reason following a serious car accident, it is never a good idea to negotiate directly with an insurance carrier without legal representation. Insurance adjusters often are friendly and amicable, but it is important not to misunderstand that their role is to build evidence that supports minimizing or denying your San Diego car accident injury claim. Our San Diego car accident attorneys are familiar with the tactics and unethical practices used by insurance companies to minimize liability. We will diligently protect your interest and guide you through the process so that you avoid any legal pitfalls.
Cutting Edge Litigation Technology Designed to Maximize Legal Compensation
If you suffer serious injury in a San Diego auto collision, our car accident lawyers provide exhaustive investigation and analysis of the facts, thorough comprehensive knowledge of the law, effective negotiation, well-crafted legal motions and arguments as well as tenacious courtroom advocacy. We routinely utilize a wide variety of experts such as accident reconstruction experts, economic experts, forensic accountants, medical experts and others. We also are firmly committed to employing the most state of the art technology in the courtroom to provide the clearest most compelling legal presentation to a judge or jury.
If you are injured in a car accident anywhere in San Diego, you may suffer a wide range of injuries some of which may result in severe injury and permanent disability. If you suffer a catastrophic injury or any permanently debilitating injury, it may create enormous financial obstacles for your family. Catastrophic injuries may mean permanent disability from gainful employment, and incapacity to help with household task and chores or even prevent you from providing for your own physical needs. Given the enormous financial challenges of such injuries, our committed San Diego car accident litigation team seeks the best possible outcome for our clients. Some common types of injuries that you may suffer in a car accident include:
- Head injuries (including those that result in concussions or traumatic brain injury)
- Damage to the spinal cord, which may result in loss of sensation or use of one�s limbs
- Severe burns which may be extremely painful and require repeated skin grafts to repair
- Whiplash type injuries to the neck and back
- Dislocations, fractures and broken bones
- Loss of limbs or damage to vital organs
- Injuries to the joint, ligaments and tendons
- Wrongful death
Our experienced San Diego car accident attorneys may seek a full spectrum of damages to compensate you for your injuries including lost salary/wages, costs related to hospitalization or medical care, property loss, pain and suffering, diminished enjoyment of life, impairment of your marital relationship and burial /funeral expenses in the case of a fatal accident. We may also seek punitive damages that are designed to discourage particularly inappropriate conduct and punish such conduct. Our dedicated team of San Diego car accident attorneys provides effective legal representation for car accident victims and their families throughout the Greater San Diego County area including: Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Coronado, Del Mar, El Cajon, Encinitas, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Escondido, Imperial Beach, La Jolla, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City, Oceanside, Poway, San Diego, San Marcos, San Ysidro, Santee, Solana Beach, Vista and other outlying or smaller unincorporated areas in the vicinity.