If you’ve been injured or suffered property damage from a car accident, you’re going to want car accident lawyers on your side with a track record of successful verdicts and settlements in car accident cases and fights against insurance companies. Car accidents can cause catastrophic injuries up to and including loss of life. You shouldn’t have to manage litigation and try to recover by yourself. The car accident attorneys at Rahman Law PC care about our clients and are here to lift the burden off of your shoulders. Our team can manage all of the legal aspects of your car accident; from repair and replacement costs of your vehicle and property, to medical bills, lost wages, and fighting with insurance companies. Consultations with our personal injury and car accident lawyers in Paso Robles and San Francisco are free.
Some of Our Car Accident Settlements and Verdicts Include:
$250,000 Settlement: A husband and wife were struck when another driver entered the intersection on a red light. The debilitating injuries required surgeries and the car accident lawyers at Rahman Law PC settled for the limits of the defendant’s insurance policy.
$185,000 Settlement: A plaintiff suffered back and neck injuries after being rear-ended by an inattentive driver at a high speed. The car accident attorneys at Rahman Law PC successfully reached a $185,000 settlement.
$1,775,000 Settlement: Litigation with the City and County of San Francisco was settled by Rahman Law PC on behalf of five tourists who sustained catastrophic injuries while riding a Cable Car.
Know Your Rights in California
When you are hurt in a car accident, you have rights under the laws of California. The law requires that anyone who drives a vehicle, car, motorcycle, scooter, bus, truck, or even San Francisco’s cable cars to be vigilant at all times and keep their vehicle under such control that people are not injured and property is not damaged. If a driver does not do this, they are liable for damages. Damages place a monetary value on the harm done and property lost or damaged.
Typical Compensation Allowable In a Car Accident Claim:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages or income
- Non-economic damages such as for pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and anxiety
- Property damage
Why Retain a Car Accident Lawyer
The car accident lawyers at Rahman Law PC fight for the rights, respect, and compensation you deserve under the law. We have the knowledge and experience in reading insurance policies, negotiating with insurance companies out to protect their own company, settling claims, and going to trial when necessary. When you retain a car accident lawyer from Rahman Law PC, we do everything we can to protect your rights and pursue what you deserve. We will explore all possible compensation avenues and work with experts to demonstrate the extent of your damages and establish fault or negligence by the other motorist.
Having a car accident lawyer by your side becomes especially important when the collision results in catastrophic injuries or fatalities, or the other motorist is uninsured. Punitive or exemplary damages may be awarded in addition to compensatory damages for a car accident only in actions in which the defendant’s conduct was egregious. To learn more about your rights and what to do if you are in a car accident, download our Know Your Rights booklet.
Common Causes of Car Accidents with Negligence
Speeding – Speed kills. Approximately 31% of traffic fatalities are a result of speeding as the main factor (NHTSA). Speeding resulted in 9,717 traffic deaths in 2017 alone. Speeding brings with it the potential to increase the severity of a car accident and its injuries.
Distracted Driving – Distracted driving is most often caused by the use of an electronic device and is a form of impaired driving. The NHTSA estimates 660,000 drives are using electronic devices while driving per day which caused 3,477 deaths in 2015. The California Wireless Communications Device and Cellular Phone Laws apply to all drivers within the state, even out-of-state visitors,
Drunk Driving – About 1-in-3 traffic deaths in the nation involve a drunk driver (CDC, 2014). Drunk driving-related fatalities in California have only had a slight decrease in frequency despite all of the warnings about it in the media (NHTSA, 2017) and the frequency of teenaged drunk drivers may be increasing – about 1-in-4 car accidents with a teen driver involve underage drinking.
Drugged Driving – Marijuana users were about 25% more likely to be involved in a car accident than drivers with no evidence of marijuana use (SAMHSA, 2018). Drivers who were impaired by drugs and/or alcohol in collisions with a fatality has increased to 42.6% (NHTSA, 2015).
Fatigued Driving – California has had an increase in car collisions involving fatigued (sleepy) drivers over the past 3 years. Being awake for 24 hours or more is equivalent to having a BAC (blood-alcohol level) of 0.10%, which is over the BAC legal limit of 0.08% (CHP, 2017).
Other Causes of Car Accidents
Car accidents can happen anywhere—on city streets, on the freeway, or even in parking lots. Sometimes a car accident happens because the road is dangerous. If a car accident happens because of a dangerous road, the City or County which owns the road may be responsible. Examples of dangerous roads are:
- unfinished construction areas;
- intersections with trees covering up stop signs;
- roads which are designed so oncoming traffic cannot see each other;
- areas where streetlights or signal lights don’t work.
Learn more about Dangerous or Defective Roadways or Other Conditions.
Vehicles themselves may be defective in some way and result in a car accident. Vehicle deficiencies may be due to improper care and maintenance of the car by the operator, mechanic, or manufacturer. According to the NHTSA and NMVCCS, the most critical reasons for vehicle failures resulting in car accidents are:
- tires too degraded or failed;
- brakes too degraded or failed;
- steering failed;
- suspension failed;
- transmission or engine failed.
Learn more about Defective Products and Products Liability.
Why Call Rahman Law PC About Your Car Accident Case
The car accident lawyers at Rahman Law PC are experienced in representing clients in car accident cases. When you hire our personal injury attorneys you get skilled attorneys who will not only fight for your rights, but will also give you the special attention you deserve. If you were injured in a car accident or suffered other damages, contact the San Francisco and Paso Robles car accident lawyers at Rahman Law for a free consultation with skilled trial attorneys.