Oakland Car Accident Lawyers
Oakland Car Accident Statistics
California Department of Motor Vehicles statistics show that almost 27 million people have drivers licenses. There are over 1 million cars on the roads in Alameda County, and Oakland, the county’s largest city, has over 2,000 miles of roadways. Oakland is a bustling city, but unfortunately, it’s also a city where car accidents are fairly common. Some accidents are minor fender benders or other less serious collisions. But in the city of Oakland alone on average, 29 people are killed in car accidents and 105 more are severely injured every year. This is according to data from the City of Oakland Department of Transportation’s 2016 Strategic Plan. Throughout the state of California, car accidents appear to be on the rise, increasing nearly 13 percent between 2015 and 2016 alone.
Top Causes of Car Accidents in Oakland
In California, among the top causes of car accidents are reckless or negligent driving. Alcohol use also contributes significantly to car accidents. Nationally, 29 percent of the overall car accident fatalities in the United States involve alcohol-impaired driving. One in three traffic deaths involve a drunk driver, and in California, between 2003 and 2012, over 10,000 people were killed in accidents involving a drunk driver, according to the Center for Disease Control.
The majority of accidents that don’t involve alcohol or reckless driving are caused by speed or distracted, drowsy or reckless drivers. Across the country, speed was involved in 9,717 accidents involving fatalities and distracted driving accounted for 8.5 percent of fatalities in 2017, with drowsy drivers contributing to 2.1 percent of total fatalities, as illustrated by data from the United States Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Weather and poor road conditions also play a role in many accidents, as does driver error or a driver failing to adhere to the rules of the road. In serious accidents, speeding and the point of impact factor into the the types of injuries drivers and passengers may sustain.
Valuing an Auto Accident Case
If you were involved in a car accident because another driver was inexperienced, negligent or just plain reckless, you may be entitled to compensation for injuries, damage to your property, loss of income and/or pain and suffering. Financial compensation – known as “damages” – depends on the circumstances related to your accident. There are different types of damages, and they are categorized as follows:
Special Compensatory Damages: These damages cover any expenses incurred as a result of the accident. The amount awarded depends on the severity of the injuries. Examples of what this category of damages covers include medical bills and loss of current and future income.
General Damages: General damages are more subjective because they compensate for pain and suffering and emotional distress. There are no specific numbers to add up to get to an amount. This category of damages also provides compensation for “loss of consortium”. That is the legal term for the loss of a spouse or other close family member, such as a parent, for example.
Wrongful Death Damages: As the name suggests, these damages provide compensation for the expenses associated with the sudden death of a loved one due to an accident. These include funeral expenses, any medical bills the deceased incurred as a direct result of the accident and the loss of the deceased’s financial contributions to their household.
Other Types of Accidents Covered by Wilshire Law Firm
Wilshire Law Firm has experience in handling all types of significant accidents. In addition to car accidents, we specialize in motorcycle, bicycle and truck accidents. We are personal injury law experts with substantial expertise and experience handling the following types of accidents/personal injury matters:
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Commercial Vehicle Accidents
- Amusement Park Accidents
- Boat Accidents (including Cruise Ship Accidents)
- Airplane Accidents
- Train Accidents
- Food poisoning
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Premises Liability
- Product Liability
- Catastrophic Injury
- Battery Explosions
- Wrongful Death
- Sexual Abuse
- Sexual Assault
- Swimming Pool Accidents
- Workplace Accidents
- Sexual Assault
Free Consultation – Contact Wilshire Law Firm
We know that the aftermath of an accident can be a difficult and traumatic time for you and your family. Wilshire Law Firm is here to help guide you through your insurance claim and help you through the legal process. Our team wants to ensure that you know your rights and receive the compensation that the law entitles you to receive if you were injured because of a careless, reckless or otherwise negligent driver. If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident in Oakland, California, contact us for a free consultation. Wilshire Law Firm wants to serve as your trusted partner so that you can put your accident in the past and move forward with your life.
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