Riverside Car Accident Lawyers
Traffic in and around Los Angeles is a given. With roads feeding into the sprawling city from cities within close proximity, it’s no surprise areas like Riverside County are host to many serious and devastating accidents. Plus Riverside County is home to Ortega Highway, one of California’s deadliest drives.
If you or a loved one is injured from a car accident in Riverside County and suffering from resulting injuries and damages, you may be able to recover compensation. Serious car accidents can leave a lasting burden on you and your family. At MKP Law Group, LLP our attorneys exclusively represent injury victims and work hard to collect the maximum compensation for our clients.
We know the physical, emotional, and financial hardships that can result from car accidents and work hard to ensure our clients understand their rights as we help them negotiate their settlement. Having an experienced Riverside car accident lawyer by your side is important to navigate the legal process and recover damages.
Here at MKP Law Group, LLP we always work on what is known as a contingency fee basis, meaning WE DON’T GET PAID UNLESS WE WIN. There are no upfront, out-of-pocket costs to our clients.
Why Hire One of Our Riverside Car Accident Lawyers For Your Accident?
California is already one of the most dangerous states to drive in with 3,259 fatal crashes and 3,563 crash deaths (2018 stats – iihs.org).
In Riverside County alone there were 15,359 victims in car accidents resulting in either fatalities or injuries for the year 2018. That’s an average of 42 car accident victims each day.
If you or a loved one is a car accident victim who was injured or died in a car accident in Riverside County, you need to know your rights. Our experienced Riverside car accident lawyer team will thoroughly investigate your case, collect evidence, and help determine how much you can ask for in your settlement. Often insurance companies offer very low settlements, so working with one of our car accident lawyers can help make sure you maximize your settlement.
At our law firm, we also work closely with a team of medical experts throughout Riverside County, Los Angeles, and California to ensure that you or your loved one receives top-notch medical care for a speedy and healthy recovery while we deal with the legal process and negotiate with the insurance companies.
MKP Law Group, LLP’s team strives to make the process as easy and quick as possible for each and every accident victim we work with. We work on personal injury cases throughout Riverside County and the State of California. Call us today at 310-285-5353 to schedule your 100% free consultation.
All of our cases are on a contingency fee basis, meaning if we don’t win your case, you don’t owe us a dime.
Common Causes of Car Accidents in Riverside County, California
Driving a large vehicle is already a risk, but when you add in distractions and reckless driving behavior the chances of getting into a motor vehicle accident only increase.
The most common causes of vehicle accidents and traffic accidents in Riverside include:
- Improper turning
- Unsafe lane changes or behavior
- Failure to obey road signs or traffic signals
- Inattentiveness/distracted driving
- Influence of drugs or alcohol
- Texting while driving
- Reckless driving
- Driver fatigue
- Inclement weather
- Vehicle defects
Even very careful drivers can find themselves injured in driving accidents and walk away an injured accident victim. The 4th most populous county in California, with a population of 2.47 million (2019) in Riverside County, the busy streets full of commuter vehicles, delivery trucks, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians means that the chances of collision only increase.
Dangerous Roads, Streets, and Intersections in Riverside County
While it is true that every city, county, or region is home to hazardous traffic situations, locals know that there are specific areas, which seem to be key trouble spots for drivers in Riverside County. Serious car accidents and fatalities commonly occur on these roadways and intersections.
Some locals may have even begun to avoid these areas altogether.
For example, motorcycle riders know that the Ortega Highway is problematic. Don’t want to get caught in a motorcycle accident? Then this road is best to avoid or at least be aware that driving with care is of utmost importance! The epic highway is one of the most popular rides going through the Cleveland National Forest and allowing for easy access to Palm Desert. However, it is home to sections that locals refer to as Blood Alley and Dead Man’s Curve.
As noted by the Mercury News, tight curves, boulders hidden in dirt embankments, and difficulties in passing in narrow spots resulted in multiple motor vehicle accidents within the span of a single hour.
Another problem spot: the Pomona Freeway. This roadway creates problems due to its role as a major trucking route. While more trucks often result in an increase in truck accident opportunities, it is not just the presence of big rigs that makes driving here dangerous. It is the freeway’s damaged roadways that also cause hazards for fast-moving motor vehicles.
Other roads to look out for include 91, Jurupa Avenue, Arlington Avenue and Van Buren, Ynez Road and Winchester, Gilman Springs and Bridge Street, and Magnolia Avenue, and Tyler Street. These are areas where heavy traffic is common and road conditions are not always optimal.
Pedestrian Accident Increases in Riverside
Unfortunately, it’s not just dangerous roadways. Pedestrians are also at risk. The StreetsBlog identifies Riverside as a problematic city for those walking and crossing streets.
City-Data has been tracking fatal crashes from 2016 to 2019 and noticed an uptick in fatal accidents for pedestrians. Compared to 2018, 2019 data reveals that the number of pedestrians in fatal accidents has tripled.
Interestingly, average hospital transport times are significantly higher than average, which could have bearing on your accident treatment’s outcome.
Common Car Accident Injuries
While we see a lot of statistics around car accidents, the important truth is that the injuries sustained by victims are more than just numbers and percentages. These car accident injuries leave real and lasting damage.
Even minor car accidents can cause long-lasting and life-altering consequences for victims. Many injuries may not be visible or even felt immediately following an accident. That’s why it is very important to immediately seek expert medical attention after an accident to detect any type of trauma you may have unknowingly experienced.
Injuries such as whiplash, concussions, brain trauma, and spinal damage can often result in increasingly worse symptoms as time passes. So, even if you do not believe you’ve been injured, it is imperative to verify with a medical professional.
There are numerous injuries that can occur following a car accident, such as:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Internal organ damage
- Head, neck, and back injuries
- Spinal damage and injuries
- Broken and fractured bones
- Sprains and strains
Auto-accidents result in serious, life-long, and life-altering injuries and distress. Often the most catastrophic injury is unable to be seen by the naked eye (like brain injury or spinal cord injury). This type of very severe injury can result in years of medical bills and other economic damages that you may be owed.
Many insurance companies try to downplay injuries and losses, but having a legal team on your side will help you build an effective case to get you and your family’s life back on track.
Recovering Damages of a Fatal Car Accident
The OTS crash rankings results from 2018 are in. Riverside is among the deadliest cities for those using the road. The area ranks high for alcohol involvement, speeding, and hit-and-run accidents.
If your loved one was involved in deadly crash, you may have rights you need to protect. For example, did you know that – except in cases of instant death – the next of kin could bring a survival action? Moreover, the next of kin is not necessarily the surviving spouse or child. It could also be a registered domestic partner.
Next, there are the damages for the individuals who relied on the deceased’s financial contributions. This could be the person whom the person was in a relationship with, any children, and parents. The law requires that you can show how your loved one’s death has harmed you.
Our Riverside car accident attorney can assist you with making these determinations. Moreover, a lawyer will also help you determine if there was negligence that might have caused your loved one’s accident and death. However, you need to act within the statute of limitations to protect your rights.
Typical Mistakes People Make after an Auto Accident in Riverside
Because you are rarely – if ever – involved in a car accident, it is easy to make a mistake that might cost you later on. Over the course of the years, our Riverside car accident attorney team has worked with a large number of injury accident victims who suffered the consequences of these errors in judgment.
Here are the typical mistakes we have seen from previous injury victim clients that cost them when it came to filing their personal injury claim.
- Failure to call the police. A police report is crucial for establishing fault in an auto accident. It also ensures that officials take down the names and insurance details of everyone involved. It is tempting to just drive off with a personal exchange of information. Do not do it!
- Failure to get medical help. Did you know that some injuries might not show up until later? This is typically true for deep tissues problems, whiplash, and factures. However, because your adrenaline is pumping, your body is not letting you feel the pain right afterward. Do not worry about what will happen to your car; get medical attention.
- Failure to get legal advice before signing documents. The insurance company will contact you. An adjuster might ask you to agree to a recorded statement. Maybe they want to send you a statement to sign. The insurance company’s goal is to settle the case for the least amount of money possible. Therefore, they might claim that you are partially to blame for what happened. Similarly, they may discount road conditions. Talk to a lawyer before you sign or agree to anything.
Contact a Riverside Car Accident Attorney at MKP Law Group, LLP Today
At MKP Law Group, LLP, we have personal injury attorneys that are highly experienced in handling Riverside County car accidents. Our team knows how to deal with insurance companies and can help you understand your rights and navigate the complicated legal processes.
We will investigate and negotiate to ensure that you earn the maximum compensation for your injuries. Call us today at 310-285-5353 to schedule your 100% free consultation.
As always, if we don’t win your case you don’t owe us a dime.
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