Car Accidents

Car and Automobile Accident Lawyers & Attorneys in Redding, California

  • 40,200: car crash deaths in the US in 2016.[1]
  • 3,680: car crash deaths in California in 2016.[2]
  • 1,128: people killed or injured in car accidents in Shasta County, California in 2014.[3]

These are staggering statistics for drivers in Redding, California and the surrounding areas. They mean that someone you know will probably need a car accident attorney within the next year.

Choosing a lawyer after a traumatic event like a car crash can add additional stress during a difficult time. Understanding how the right attorney can help you get the care, support and compensation you and your family deserve after a car accident can help make the process of choosing a lawyer easier.

An Excellent Auto Accident Attorney Obtains Justice for Victims and Families

If you have been hurt in a motor vehicle accident, your most important task is to heal physically and emotionally.  Having the right lawyer means that you can focus on recovering while your attorney seeks justice for you and your family.  Your lawyer will:

  • negotiate with the insurance company or companies handling the accident claims.
  • communicate with others about the accident (like the police, drivers, witnesses, media).
  • collect information and present a convincing case about who caused the accident (not you!).
  • present evidence showing how and why the accident happened.
  • help you and your family get other kinds of help you need until your case is resolved.

Your lawyer’s job is to represent you in the interactions listed above and to fight for you to get the compensation and care to which you are entitled.

You Deserve Appropriate Compensation for Your Injuries

If someone causes an accident, they are responsible for adequately compensating those who are hurt.  Most people think of compensation as repayment for out-of-pocket expenses such as medical bills and car repairs. Appropriate compensation for car accidents can also include:

  • the costs of assistance with household tasks you cannot do because of your physical or emotional injuries, such as cleaning, cooking, yard work and caring for children.
  • lost wages.
  • future loss of earnings if you can’t return to the same or similar work you were doing before the accident.
  • rental car or other transportation expenses while your car is being repaired or replaced.
  • travel expenses for medical care or for other allowable reasons related to the accident.
  • vocational rehabilitation.
  • therapies and treatments to help you deal with the aftermath of the accident.
  • future medical expenses that are a direct result of the accident.
  • emotional distress.
  • mental anguish.
  • pain and suffering or diminished quality of life.
  • legal expenses.

Your attorney will work with you, your doctors and other experts to determine the extent of your current injuries; how they will affect you throughout your life; the expected costs of dealing with your injuries over your lifetime (whether you need future surgeries, ongoing physical therapy, etc.); the value of any reduction in your quality of life; the impact on your spouse, partner and children; the impact of the accident on your current and future earnings as well as your career options; the direct costs of the accident; and more.

Common Auto Accident Injuries

Being involved in an accident causes trauma to your body, heart and mind.  Physical and psychological responses and injuries can include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sleep disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Whiplash
  • Spinal injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
  • Cuts, scrapes and bruises
  • Strains and sprains
  • Broken bones in any part of the body
  • Injuries to internal organs
  • Soft-tissue injuries
  • Muscle or joint soreness or injury
  • Aggravation to existing health conditions such as heart problems

Some of these injuries are immediately obvious, such as broken bones and skin abrasions.  Others may show up over days (such as TBI), weeks (such as soft-tissue and joint injuries), or months (such as depression, PTSD, chronic joint and muscle pain).  Some injuries may even be the result of treatment for direct injuries, such as post-surgical complications or developing an infection while in the hospital.  The full extent of disability or long-term impact from an injury may not be known until years after the crash.

Your attorney understands how injuries manifest and how long it might take to get a complete picture of the lifelong impact of injuries.  The attorney, working with medical experts, will help you understand the extent of care you might need over your life and the impact on your health, career and general well-being because of injuries sustained in the crash.  This information will guide decisions about how much compensation to accept and whether a trial will be necessary to ensure justice for you and your family.

How a Redding, California Car Crash Attorney Will Help You After an Accident

If you have been hurt in a car accident, Reiner, Slaughter, McCartney & Frankel attorneys will talk to you about your situation and how we might be able to help you.  This is a free consultation and we can be contacted at any time of day or night through our website or our 24-hour phone line: 800-355-2856.

One of our first jobs is to deal with the details following the accident: calling insurance companies; collecting paperwork, photos and records; helping you get car repair estimates; making sure your family can pay the bills until your case is resolved; and providing advice and guidance related to the accident and your recovery. We have a full legal team ready to support you and your family during the difficult time after an accident.

Our other important job is to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.  Because we understand car accidents, what causes them, and what happens as a result, we can advocate for you to get the care and compensation to which you are entitled.

We Understand the Causes of Car Accidents

Car accidents are almost always caused by someone’s negligence. Human choice or error causes 94% of vehicle accidents, according to studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).[5]  If drivers are speeding, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, texting, talking on a phone, fiddling with music, over-tired, not paying attention to surroundings, running a yellow or red light, or any of hundreds of other reasons, they are negligent.

Dictionaries usually define negligence as “the failure to exercise the care that a reasonable person would exercise in similar circumstances.”  So, if a driver is careless, or is using less care than the average driver is expected to demonstrate, that driver is negligent. When a person is negligent, the law generally requires them to be financially responsible for any problems or injuries caused by their negligence.

The leading causes of negligent driving resulting in a deadly accident are:

  • Speeding
  • Drunk Driving
  • Running a Red Light
  • Fatigue
  • Distracted Driving
  • Aggressive Driving[6]

The NHTSA characterizes driver-related “critical reasons” for crashes as recognition errors, decision errors, performance errors, and non-performance errors.[7]  Recognition errors include inattention, being distracted and inadequate surveillance.  Decision errors include things like driving too fast, false assumptions about other drivers’ actions, illegal maneuvers, and misjudging space or speed.  Performance errors include overcompensation and poor directional control.  Non-performance errors include falling asleep at the wheel.[8]

We Know the Most Common Types of Auto Accidents

The driver errors described above, plus a few environmental or mechanical factors, lead to cars being mangled in all sorts of ways.  Some of the most common types of vehicle collisions,[9] in order of the most common type of occurrence, are rear-end, angle, sideswipe, head-on.  In collisions with a fixed object, vehicles are most likely to hit a culvert, curb or ditch, or a pole or post.  In collisions with other objects, vehicles are most likely to hit a parked vehicle or an animal.  A rollover accident is the most common type of non-collision accident.  Rollovers are the deadliest form of auto accident.

Our attorneys understand the mechanics of car accidents, what causes different types of accidents, how to provide cause and effect, and how to interpret the evidence surrounding a crash site investigation.  All of this information is used to show how the other motorist (or cyclist or pedestrian) caused the crash.  Proving who is at fault is important for the victim to obtain appropriate compensation.

Transportation Safety is Our Priority

As safety attorneys, the attorneys at Reiner, Slaughter, McCartney & Frankel want to reduce the number of people who are hurt and killed in car accidents.  We know that 94% of car crashes are preventable because they are caused by driver decisions and driver behavior.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a vehicle collision or crash, please contact us today for a free consultation.


[1] National Safety Council.

[2] National Safety Council.

[3] http://www.ots.ca.gov/Media_and_Research/Rankings/default.asp

[4] http://www.iii.org/fact-statistic/mortality-risk

[5] http://www.npr.org/2016/10/20/498406570/tech-human-errors-drive-growing-death-toll-in-auto-crashes, quoting Mark Rosekind, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about this report: https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812115

[6] http://www.iii.org/issue-update/auto-crashes

[7] https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812115

[8] Id.

[9] https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812384, page 70