Car Accidents

Los Angeles is a beautiful city that enjoys beautiful weather all year round. Another truism regarding LA is that we see our fair share of traffic – and then some. Car accidents are an unfortunate byproduct of heavy traffic, and these dangerous accidents are often the result of negligent driving practices. If a driver’s negligence leaves you injured in a car accident, don’t delay consulting with a dedicated Los Angeles car accident attorney – obtaining just compensation is likely critical to your ability to reach your fullest recovery.

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NHTSA Addresses Driver Negligence

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) makes it their business to help reduce negligent driving practices, and those categories of negligent or risky driving they address directly include:

Impaired Driving

Distracted Driving

Excessive Speeding

Drowsy Driving

Let’s take a closer look.

Impaired Driving

The statistics related to impaired driving (impaired by either alcohol or drugs) are sobering, and they include:

There are almost 30 alcohol-related traffic fatalities in the United States every day, which translates to more than 10,000 deaths each year – with an overall cost of about $44 billion a year.

In 2018, there were 10,511 fatal drunk-driving accidents on our roads.

In 2018, a full 29 percent of all fatal traffic accidents were caused by drunk drivers, which makes drunk driving the most dangerous form of negligent driving.

Driving under the influence of other drugs, such as marijuana and opioids, impairs one’s ability to drive safely, and this impairment affects drivers in ways that are very similar to the effects caused by alcohol impairment.

The dangerous effects of alcohol involve loss of muscle control, including a decrease in the ability to focus one’s vision, impaired judgment, relaxed inhibitions, decreased alertness, increased reaction times, and loss of physical coordination. All of these are obviously extremely detrimental to safe driving.

Distracted Driving

Distracted drivers put everyone on our roadways at greater risk. Anything that distracts a motorist’s attention away from the road and traffic on the road is a potentially dangerous distraction, and these distractions can come in many forms. Generally, distractions are classified into categories that involve either one’s hands, vision, or thoughts, and texting is considered the worst offender of all – for its ability to meld all three forms of distraction into one extremely dangerous practice.

If a text distracts a driver for even 5 seconds, it translates to driving with one’s eyes off the road for about the length of a football field (at highway speeds) – always a terrible idea. In 2018, distracted driving led to about 400,000 injuries and caused 2,841 fatalities.

Excessive Speeding

There are speed limits in place on our roadways to help enforce our laws and to help make our roads safer for all of us, but these limits relate to ideal driving conditions and do not take the effects of inclement weather and/or dangerously worn roads into consideration. Motorists are responsible for driving at speeds that are safe in relation to the conditions at hand. Excess speed is second only to drunk driving in terms of dangerous forms of negligence. Consider the following:

In 2017, speed played an instrumental role in 26 percent of all traffic fatalities.

In 2018, excess speed led to 9,378 traffic fatalities.

Excess speed not only reduces a driver’s ability to control his or her vehicle but also increases his or her stopping distance (in the event of an emergency that can lead to a crash). Further, when motorists take it upon themselves to drive too fast, they increase the severity of any ensuing accidents while they decrease the effectiveness of their vehicle’s safety equipment (such as seatbelts and airbags). Motorists often chalk speeding up to bad traffic and to being in a hurry to get where they need to be, and while we all lead busy lives, there is simply no excuse for speeding dangerously and imperiling the lives of others on the road.

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Drowsy Driving

Drowsy driving refers to getting behind the wheel when you’re feeling the effects of too little sleep (or inadequate sleep). In fact, the effects of drowsy driving are similar to those of impaired driving, including diminished performance and cognition. The following statistics highlight the scope of the problem:

2013

In the years from 2013 to 2017, 4,111 traffic fatalities involved drowsy driving.

2017

In 2017, 795 people lost their lives as a result of drowsy driving.

2017

In 2017, drowsy driving led to 91,000 traffic accidents.

Drowsy driving is a serious concern that endangers everyone on our roadways.

Car Accidents and Damages

If a negligent driver leaves you injured in a car accident, you’ll likely experience significant damages in all of the following classifications:

Medical Costs – The medical expenses associated with car accidents can add up quickly, including the costs of emergency care, surgery and hospitalization, treatment and care from doctors and specialists, prescription medications, ongoing care, adaptive physical devices, home health care, physical therapy, rehabilitation, and more.

Lost Income – A serious injury can leave you unable to work for a significant amount of time, which, in turn, can lead to lost wages. Further, if your injury impedes your ability to continue advancing your career, it can lead to decreased earnings in your future.

Pain and Suffering – Car accidents tend to be sudden, violent accidents that are closely associated with immense physical and emotional pain and suffering, which can be among the most difficult challenges you face.

Seeking compensation that addresses your physical, financial, and emotional damages in their entirety is critical to your complete recovery.

Discuss Your Case with an Experienced Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney Today

Car accidents are as dangerous as they are common, and if another driver’s negligence leaves you or someone you love injured in a car accident, the accomplished car accident attorneys at Kash Legal Group in LA are committed to applying their impressive skill and experience to your unique case – in defense of your rights and in skilled pursuit of your rightful compensation.

Your damages are serious, and you need serious legal representation on your side, so please don’t hesitate to contact or call us for more information today.

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