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Causes of Car Accidents in Costa Mesa CA

You need an accident attorney who can uncover the truth

You were there. You probably know exactly how your car accident happened.  It's one thing to know what happened but it's something completely different to prove it. That's why you need a car accident lawyer on your side. You need someone who can find the facts about your crash. You need someone who can prove the accident was not your fault.

That's where we come in. The Law Offices of Daniel C. Carlton in Costa Mesa has been doing this work for more than 40 years in Southern California. We know how to aggressively investigate accidents. We know what evidence to look for. We know how to demand the compensation you deserve.

Determining the cause of a car accident can be hard work. That's because each accident is unique. You can't assume why something happened. You need to have the facts to back up your claim. We get it here. We never take anything for granted. We do the work that needs to be done to get to the bottom of your crash. Dan Carlton knows how to get the job done right.

How did your car accident happen?

Auto accidents happen for many different reasons. It could be a rear-end accident on the San Diego Freeway caused by a driver who was paying more attention to his 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, we can conduct a thorough examination of your crash to find out exactly what happened. Common causes of car accidents in Southern California include:

The clock is running. You only have a limited amount of time to pursue legal action after your car accident. This deadline (known as the statute of limitations) is two years car accident claims in California. That might seem like a long time but building a strong, successful case often takes much longer than many people realize.

Plus, the longer you wait to take legal action, the harder it often becomes to find the facts you need to build a strong case. Evidence can disappear. Witnesses can move away. People's stories can change. Without the facts, you might not be able to get the money you deserve.

Put the power of an experienced, auto accident attorney to work for you. Contact our law firm and schedule your free case evaluation today. We can discuss all the legal options available to you. Then help you decide which one makes the most sense for your particular accident. You're in charge. You decide.

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. They're not only caused by drivers texting behind the wheel or making a cell phone call while driving. Throughout Southern California, distracted driving accidents can happen while drivers look up GPS traffic updates on Interstate 5, type social media posts on the 405, book theater tickets during Costa Mesa Freeway rush hour, fiddle with MP3 players on Route 73, browse trendy apps offering reviews of restaurants in Orange County, surf the internet while speeding down the Eastern Transportation Corridor in Irvine or become distracted by any number of other dashboard connectivity systems.

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Texting While Driving

Texting while driving is against the law in California but that doesn't stop some drivers from texting all the time in Orange County, resulting in traffic accident injuries and deaths. California's 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. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a texting driver, contact us to learn how about how we can help.

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Speeding and Reckless Driving

Speed limits exist for a reason. That's because drivers who exceed the speed limit often don't have enough time or space to stop and avoid an accident. When they do crash into another car, they often cause extensive damage due to the force of their speeding vehicle.

Speeding drivers are also often reckless drivers. Instead of following the rules of the road, many speeding drivers weave in and out of traffic, tailgate other cars and behave in a reckless manner. All of this often adds up to a serious car accident with severe injuries.

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Drunk Driving Accidents

The dangers of drunk driving have been well documented for decades. Even so, some drivers drink too much and end up causing serious, drunk driving accidents. 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. 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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Asleep At The Wheel

Far too many tired drivers get behind the wheel of a car and end up causing serious accidents. Some are half awake. Others are completely asleep at the wheel. Either way, these drivers often end up causing car accidents. That's because sleeping drivers don't slow down before crashing into another car, resulting in a high speed accident in many cases. These accidents can also be very complicated since tired drivers often have no memory of the accident or deny falling asleep at the wheel. That's why you need an experienced attorney who knows how to find the facts and hold tired drivers accountable for their actions.

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