Car accidentWalnut Creek, CA- No one expects to be in a car accident when we head to work or go out to run their errands but it can happen at any moment. Sadly traffic accidents are regular occurrence and, in California, fatal accidents experienced an uptick in the latest year for which statistics are available.
In their 2014 Traffic Safety Scorecard, the California Office of Traffic Safety shows that traffic fatalities increased from 2,996 in 2012 to 3,000 in 2013. While that is a very slight increase, it’s important to remember these statistics represent human lives so any increase represents pain and misery for a family.
The leading cause of those fatal accidents in California for 2013 was drunken driving. According to the Department of Traffic Safety, drunken driving is the leading cause of deadly crashes, accounting for 29 percent. That is lower than the national average of 31 percent and has remained steady since 2009, but that doesn’t diminish the seriousness of drinking and driving.
Fatal collisions between pedestrians and autos experienced the greatest increase with these accident rising 6.9 percent from 653 in 2012 to 701 in 2013, the CDPS reports.
On top of the fatalities, 223,128 people were injured in California traffic collisions.
Aside from drunken driving, other leading causes of the fatal and injurious traffic accidents in California include distracted driving, speeding and improper turning.
Regardless of the actions of a driver, negligence is at the root of the majority of traffic accidents. Cornell University defines negligence as: “A failure to behave with the level of care that someone of ordinary prudence would have exercised under the same circumstances.  The behavior usually consists of actions, but can also consist of omissions when there is some duty to act (e.g., a duty to help victims of one’s previous conduct).”
A driver who takes their eyes off the road to read a text or fails to stop at a stop sign or gets behind the wheel drunk is failing to take due care and are therefore responsible for any injuries or deaths that result from their actions. If you are the victim of a negligent driver, it is in your best interest to retain an accident lawyer in Walnut Creek, California to work on your injury claim.
If you have been injured in a traffic accident in California, you may can seek compensation for your: present and future medical expenses, temporary or permanent disability, mental anguish, lost wages and property damage. When you retain one of the personal injury lawyers at USAttorneys you can be confident that
If you want a dedicated and reliable attorney on your side and you live in Walnut Creek or surrounding areas we encourage to contact the Law Offices of Bowles and Verna LLP and set up a case evaluation. Their team of injury attorneys are experienced trial lawyers and are willing to go the distance for your case so get the amount of compensation you deserve. Whether you need someone to negotiate with an insurance company or someone to take your case to trial, you can count on the legal team at Bowles and Verna to stand up for your rights.

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