San Diego Car Accident Lawyers
San Diego, dubbed “America’s Finest City,” is comprised of over 4,200 square miles of beaches, mountains, and city and country roadways. With near-perfect weather year-round, America’s 8th largest city is becoming even more densely populated, and according to the Department of Motor Vehicles, there are nearly 3 million vehicles registered to be on San Diego’s streets. Traffic continues to build on San Diego’s roads and unfortunately, the likelihood that you or someone you know will be involved in an automobile accident is becoming more probable. The number or auto accidents are increasing throughout the state of California, increasing 13 percent between 2015 and 2016. In the city, there were 260 traffic deaths on city streets from 2012 to 2016, significantly more deaths than were caused by gun violence over the same time period.
Car accidents can be very scary and the legal process following an accident can be confusing – but we are here to help protect you and your rights if you are a victim. The expert attorneys at Wilshire Law Firm have represented hundreds of car accident victims in our 11 years of experience. While this may be your first (and hopefully last) auto accident, we work with clients who have been in car accidents day in and day out. We can lead you through the legal process and work with you to ensure that you receive the financial compensation that you may be entitled to as a result of your accident. If you (or someone you care about) has been involved in a collision in San Diego County, please call us for a free consultation. Wilshire Law Firm’s attorneys want to help.
Common Auto Injuries in San Diego
Unfortunately, car accidents cause all types of bodily injuries – from cuts and scrapes to permanent damage or disability. While no two car accidents are ever the same, there are some patterns that emerge when it comes to injuries sustained in automobile accidents. In San Diego County, according to statistics, there are over 9,000 people killed or injuries in car accidents each year, with speed and alcohol among the biggest contributing factors. The most common injuries sustained in car accidents include:
Head Injuries – Injuries to the head (cuts, scrapes, bruises) where the brain is not impacted.
Brain Injuries – Injuries where the brain is impacted, like a concussion.
Broken bones – Typically arms and legs, but also can include ribs and pelvis.
Back Injuries – This can include damage to vertebrae or the spinal cord.
Internal Injuries – Often this includes internal bleeding and/or damage to internal organs, which often isn’t immediately obvious.
One of the most common injuries related to car accidents is whiplash. The Mayo Clinic defines whiplash is an injury to the neck, caused primarily by forceful movement of the neck caused by the impact of the accident. Generally whiplash injuries are caused when the victim’s car is hit by another car from behind.
Victims of auto accidents also often suffer from emotional distress, and conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety also become more prevalent in accident victims.
Get the Compensation You Deserve
If you are a victim of an automobile accident, and the accident was caused by another driver’s negligence or recklessness, an experienced lawyer may be able to help you receive financial compensation, known as “damages” in the legal world. There are different types of damages you may be entitled to depending on the nature of your accident, and damages can account for:
- Your immediate medical costs and future medical costs (including life-long care, if needed)
- Your support and care during your recovery period
- Any pain and suffering
- Loss of income
- Changes in your lifestyle caused by the accident
- If applicable, reduced earning capacity as a result of the accident.
Damages are categorized as follows:
Compensatory damages: Most commonly awarded following car accidents, compensatory damages account for injuries and losses to the victim as a result of the other party’s negligence.
Specific Damages: As implied, this category accounts for very specific costs related to the accident, such as lost wages and the costs of medical treatment following the accident.
General Damages: This category is more subjective and includes compensation for pain and suffering, and emotional distress. It can also include other damages such as loss of consortium, which accounts for damages suffered by the spouse and/or family of the person injured or killed.
Other Types of Accidents Covered by Wilshire Law Firm
At Wilshire Law Firm, we often see clients after they have experienced a life-altering accident. Not just car accidents, but motorcycle, bicycle, and truck accidents as well. We specialize in personal injury law, and the depth of our experience covers a wide-range of transportation-related accidents and injuries including (but not limited to) the following:
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Commercial Vehicle Accidents
- Amusement Park Accidents
- Boat Accidents (including Cruise Ship Accidents)
- Airplane Accidents
- Train Accidents
Our expertise also expands into other personal injury matters, including:
- 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
The experienced attorneys at Wilshire Law Firm understand that there are few things as traumatizing as an accident involving an injury to you or a loved one. If you have been in an accident in San Diego, we’re here to help you navigate both the insurance and legal process. We offer free consultations, and we will work hand-in-hand with you to be sure that you understand your rights, and receive the compensation that you are entitled to by law. Please contact Wilshire Law Firm for a free consultation – we’re here to help.
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