Causes of Car Accidents in Newport Beach CA

Attorney Daniel C. Carlton is a car accident lawyer in Orange County who knows that while traffic crashes often take many different shapes and forms, many of these accidents can be traced back to the negligent or careless behavior of another driver.

It could be a rear-end accident on the Mesa Freeway that was caused by a driver who was paying more attention to her cell phone than the road. Perhaps the driver who crashed head-on into your vehicle showed visible signs of intoxication. Maybe a tired truck driver fell asleep at the wheel and ran a red light at a busy intersection. If you've been injured in a car accident, it's smart to contact the Law Offices of Daniel C. Carlton today to discuss your legal options with an experienced car accident lawyer serving Newport Beach, Anaheim, Santa Ana and all of Orange County.

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Rear-End Accidents

Rear-end collisions are the most common auto accident in Orange County. Considering all the stop-and-go freeway traffic, distracted drivers following too close, commuters who hit the brakes too fast during rush-hour and the congested streets of this area, it's not surprising there are so many rear-end crashes. Rear-end car accident injuries range from mild whiplash to traumatic brain injury. Even rear-end crash fatalities occur, which can mean a wrongful death lawsuit and the need for an aggressive Orange County personal injury lawyer.

These common accidents, which are almost always the fault of the rear-most driver, often are traced back to a driver who is somehow distracted. With new in-dash connectivity systems, driver distractions go far beyond texting or cell-phone use behind the wheel. These days, dashboard GPS units, MP3s, social media access, the Internet and countless apps make bumper-to-bumper traffic more hazardous than ever. If you're rear-ended by an uninsured motorist, you're only hope for compensation is to pursue coverage from your own insurance company. That can be intimidating and complicated because they often dispute uninsured motorist claims.

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Drunk Driving Accidents

Drunk driving statistics in California are shocking, particularly in Southern California. The California Office of Traffic Safety reported that in 2012 there were 802 alcohol-impaired fatalities, a jump from 774 in 2011. In 2010, over 10% of the 19,000 accidents that caused death or injury in Orange County involved alcohol. That means nearly 2,000 people could have been saved or spared from injury if the drunk driver who hit them had not chosen to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. If you or someone you love suffered DUI injuries or was killed by a drunk driver, we can help.

Though DUI-related injuries can sometimes be minor, many conditions are devastating such as traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury. The result can be paralysis, coma, neurological problems, surgeries, physical therapy. And when a drunk driver accident fatality occurs, that's a case of wrongful death due to the negligence of the person who chose to drink and drive.

A driver who fails a Breathalyzer test with an over-the-limit alcohol level could be held accountable for any drunk driver collision injuries and property damage he or she causes. In addition, whoever provided alcohol to the guilty DUI driver may be responsible for subsequent DUI deaths or injuries.

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Distracted Driving Accidents

With new car models offering in-dash technology, driver distraction has become a leading cause of accidents in this country, particularly rear-end crashes, but they're not only caused by drivers texting behind the wheel or making a cell phone call while driving. From Laguna Niguel to Santa Ana to Fullerton, catastrophic accidents can happen while drivers look up GPS traffic updates on the 710 in Long Beach, type social media posts on the 405 in Garden Grove, book theater tickets during Costa Mesa Freeway rush hour or fiddle with MP3 players on the 57 in Anaheim, browse trendy apps offering reviews of restaurants in Newport Beach, surf the Internet while speeding down I-5 toward Tustin or distracted by any number of other dashboard connectivity systems.

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Texting While Driving

Texting while driving may be illegal in California, but drivers text all the time in Orange County, resulting in traffic accident injuries and deaths. The laws are very clear for both texting while driving and using a cell phone behind the wheel:

  • It is illegal for drivers to use a mobile device to "write, send, or read a text-based communication"
  • The only texting allowed is voice-controlled texting using a hands-free device
  • Drivers under 18 may not use any mobile devices while driving
  • Drivers 18 and older may only use a cell phone to talk if it is a hands-free device

The drivers most likely to cause texting car accidents are teenage drivers. Teens texting behind the wheel are everywhere-on the 405, the 110, the 710 and I-5. Sadly, no age group is exempt from texting fatalities. Adults from Mission Viejo to Carson to Placentia send and read texts and emails while driving.

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Hit and Run Accidents

Being involved in a car accidenttruck wreck or motorcycle crash can devastate your life-physically, financially and emotionally. But when the person whose vehicle ran into you sped away from the scene of the accident, it can make the entire recovery process far more complicated. You may have been left with serious car accident injuries and no way to collect compensation from the guilty driver's insurance company. If you are the victim of a hit-and-run collision in Garden Grove, Mission Viejo, Santa Ana or Anaheim, don't wait another moment-call seasoned personal injury lawyer Daniel C. Carlton today at (949) 757-0707 so he can begin pursuing a settlement for you.

In 2010, there were over 912 hit-and-run accidents in Orange County that caused deaths or injuries, according to statistics kept y the state's Office of Traffic Safety. Even if witnesses get a fleeing driver's license plate number in a hit-and-run fatality and the police tracked that person down, he or she may be an uninsured or underinsured motorist. That means you have to use the "Uninsured Motorist Coverage" on your own auto insurance policy to help cover your medical expenses and vehicle repair or replacement costs. Often, insurance companies dispute uninsured motorist claims or pressure you to agree to an unfair settlement that will not pay your accident bills.

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Law Offices of Daniel C. Carlton
4621 Teller Avenue, Suite 200A
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: (949) 757-0707