Solana Beach Car Accident Attorneys
If you were injured or have lost a loved one in a car accident in the Solana Beach area, you can pursue compensation through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Our Solana beach personal injury lawyers at Gomez Trial Attorneys is ready to help victims of car accidents.
Our firm routinely takes on the hard cases that other lawyers can’t handle. We’ve won millions of dollars in car accident cases on behalf of our clients, including:
- $13.5 million jury verdict for a brain injury suffered in a car accident
- $5.2 million settlement for a brain injury suffered in a car accident
- $2.65 million settlement for orthopedic injuries suffered in a car accident with the Border Patrol
- $1.7 million jury verdict for an ankle injury sustained in a car accident
We have secured many more judgments and settlements for injured clients over the years. These results don’t constitute a promise of future outcomes, which depend on the facts of each individual case, but they should show that we fight hard for every dollar our clients deserve. Call now to see if we can help you, too.
Types of Car Accidents
There are many different types of car accidents. However, a few happen far more often than most. These include:
- Rear-end accidents: These are one of the most common types of two-vehicle accidents and occur when the front of one vehicle collides with the rear of another vehicle.
- Broadside accidents: Also known as T-bone accidents or side-angle collisions, broadside accidents occur when the front of one vehicle collides with the side of another vehicle. This type of accident generally occurs at an intersection when one driver fails to yield the right-of-way.
- Head-on collisions: These accidents account for a small percentage of the total overall number of accidents that occur in California and the nation each year. However, they also account for a large percentage of the fatalities caused by traffic-related crashes. Head-on collisions occur when the front of one vehicle collides with the front of another vehicle. Head-on collisions often involve a vehicle that is traveling in the wrong direction on the roadway due to unfamiliarity with the road, alcohol impairment, or a previous accident that pushed the vehicle into an oncoming travel lane.
- Sideswipe accident: These accidents occur when the side of one vehicle collides with the side of another vehicle. Sideswipe accidents are usually caused when a person drifts into another travel lane or fails to ensure a travel lane is clear before changing lanes.
- Rollover: Rollover accidents involve the vehicle’s tires leaving the roadway and the vehicle rolling onto its side or roof. Rollovers are common in single-vehicle accidents where the vehicle leaves the roadway. They can also happen when a vehicle with a high center of gravity, such as an SUV, truck, or van takes a curve in the road or a corner too sharply or too fast.
- Single-vehicle accidents: Single-vehicle accidents often happen when a vehicle either runs off of the road or strikes an object in the roadway. Accidents involving pedestrians or bicyclists are referred to as single-vehicle accidents, since only one motor vehicle is involved.
- Chain-reaction or pileup crashes: Chain-reaction accidents occur when three or more vehicles are involved in the accident. Most often this occurs when two vehicles collide and additional vehicles become involved when colliding with the initial accident scene. Sometimes there are many vehicles involved, particularly when the accident occurs on an interstate. This is referred to as a pileup.
The Causes of Car Accidents
In California, more than 3,500 people are killed in car accidents each year. More than 40 percent of drivers involved in fatal car accidents test positive for legal and illegal drugs, and more than 1,000 drivers involved in fatal car accidents were impaired by alcohol at the time of the crash.
In Solana Beach, in one year’s time, 23 people were killed or injured in traffic-related crashes. Of those crashes, four were speed-related, five occurred in the late-night hours, and one involved a hit-and-run. There were also 14 DUI arrests as a result of Solana Beach car accidents.
While speeding and alcohol impairment are among the major contributors to accidents across the U.S., there are several other reasons why car crashes occur, including:
- Distracted driving: Driver distractions include anything that causes the driver to take one or both hands from the wheel, draw their eyes from the road, or take their attention away from the task of driving. Some things result in more than one of these types of distractions, and texting involves all three. Other examples of driver distractions include other cell phone use, eating or drinking, visiting with passengers, dealing with loose pets in the car, adjusting stereo or vehicle controls, or external distractions such as a previous accident, a billboard, or other people and cars.
- Alcohol impairment: Alcohol impairment results in around 10,000 traffic-related deaths in the U.S. each year. Alcohol impairment doesn’t begin at the legal driving limit of .08 percent blood alcohol content. Instead, it begins with the first drink and gradually results in deficits to the skills needed for safe driving such as the ability to focus on driving, the ability to maintain one’s own travel lane, tracking moving targets, braking effectively, and the ability to make good decisions during emergency driving maneuvers.
- Speeding: Driving faster than the posted limit or than warranted by the conditions of the road is another major cause of collisions in the U.S. Speeding reduces the amount of time that a driver has to perceive a danger and react to it, and increases the distance the vehicle needs to stop safely. Speeding also increases the force of a collision, resulting in accidents that are more severe than they would have been if the driver was not speeding and causes the vehicle’s protective features such as the steel frame, airbags, and seat belts to work less effectively.
- Failure to yield: Red lights and stop signs indicate that a driver should stop and wait for the light to change or a gap in the flow of traffic before proceeding. Failure to do so constitutes a failure to yield the right-of-way and is a common cause of broadside accidents.
- Teenage drivers: Your teen may be ready for a driver’s license, but that doesn’t mean their safe driving skills are fully developed. Teens lack the developmental ability to scan the roadway for hazards effectively. They also lack the experience with driving that will help them to make sound driving decisions and are prone to fatigued driving due to additional sleep requirements for young adults as they grow and develop. For these reasons, teens are among the age groups most commonly involved in motor vehicle accidents.
- Tailgating: Tailgating is the act of one vehicle following another so closely that its driver has little time to react or come to a stop when the vehicle in the lead suddenly brakes. This is the main cause of rear-end accidents.
- Driver fatigue: Often experienced by night shift workers and long-haul truck drivers, drowsy driving happens when a driver has failed to get adequate sleep before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. Sometimes, even after getting the right amount of sleep, a driver may suffer a sleep condition such as sleep apnea, which causes temporary pauses in their breathing throughout the night, and leaves them drowsy during the day.
- Aggressive driving / road rage: Often used interchangeably, the terms “aggressive driving” and “road rage” mean two different things. Aggressive driving is usually a result of impatience or a desire to push through traffic congestion by tailgating, red light running, or improper lane changes. Road rage, on the other hand, is an attempt to assault another driver or punish them for perceived driving infractions through behaviors such as deliberately tailgating, refusing to let the vehicle pass, honking, yelling, rude gestures, exiting the vehicle at a stoplight to confront another driver, or even attempting to bump or ram a vehicle off of the roadway.
The Often Serious Injuries That Car Accident Victims Face
Any part of a person’s body can be injured in a car accident, due to the force of the collision and the presence of sharp metal, glass, and other materials that can cause injury.
Some of the serious injuries that are frequently associated with car accidents are:
- Traumatic brain injuries: Traumatic brain injuries occur due to a violent jolt or blow to the head. Severe brain injuries can lead to devastating lifelong effects, including the inability to speak or understand language, difficulty controlling emotions or behavior, difficulty remembering past events, the inability to perform coordinated movements or to walk, and damage to the five primary senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch.
- Spinal cord injuries: Like brain injuries, spinal cord injuries create damage that is often permanent. This type of injury can result in paralysis, which is the loss of sensation and function in part of the body. Spinal cord injuries occurring higher up in the neck area can result in paralysis of a person’s limbs, torso, and pelvis. This is known as tetraplegia or quadriplegia. Spinal cord injuries in the mid-back can result in paraplegia, which is paralysis in the legs, feet, and pelvis. This type of injury is categorized as complete, meaning that the victim has lost all sensation and function below the site of the injury, or incomplete, meaning that the individual retains some sensation and function below the injury site.
- Broken bones: Broken bones are also a common injury suffered in car accidents as the violence of the accident can result in body parts being crushed or twisted. Broken bones that protrude through the skin are particularly concerning as they can lead to infections in the blood, tissues surrounding the bone, or even in the bone itself.
- Internal injuries: Car accidents can also result in internal injuries, which can lead to serious blood loss. A common type of internal injury suffered in a car accident is a pneumothorax, which is a collapsed lung. This generally happens when an individual’s ribs are broken and a bone fragment punctures the lung.
Our Solana Beach Car Accident Lawyers Can Help
Solana Beach residents have two processes through which they can attempt to recover compensation after a car accident.
People who were injured in a car accident can file another type of civil lawsuit known as a personal injury claim. Some of the damages victims can seek through this type of lawsuit include medical expenses, repair or replacement of the injured person’s vehicle, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, physical pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
Family members of a deceased individual can seek compensation for their loved one’s loss through a wrongful death lawsuit. Some of the damages that may be available in this type of lawsuit include funeral and burial expenses, lost wages, and loss of companionship or support. Family members who are eligible to file this type of lawsuit include spouses and domestic partners, children, grandchildren whose parents are also deceased, any other person who depended on the deceased for at least 50 percent of their support.
Let the experienced Solana Beach car accident attorneys at Gomez Trial Attorneys help you make sense of the legal process. We know the process for seeking damages after a Solana Beach car accident and we have the resources to do so with your interests at heart. For a free case evaluation, contact us online or by calling (619) 237-3490.