Car accidents in the Eureka, California area can occur in a variety of ways. Statistically, most car accidents result from negligent motor vehicle operation of some kind. This negligence can take on several different forms. In some instances, it might mean breaking a traffic law, while at other times, it might mean engaging in distracted or intoxicated motor vehicle operations.
Some of the most common car accidents include rear-end collisions, head-on collisions, sideswipe accidents, and T-bone accidents.
A rear-end collision happens when the front of the motor vehicle strikes the rear of another vehicle. The occupants inside the vehicle might suffer whiplash injuries to their neck and back from their bodies moving forward and backward in an abrupt manner.
The force from behind might also cause an accident victim’s body to strike something in the vehicle, such as the headrest, steering wheel, doorframe, or dashboard. Rear-end accidents are widespread in busy highway traffic when motor vehicle drivers speed or fail to leave enough stopping distance between themselves and the vehicle in front of them.
A head-on collision occurs when the fronts of two vehicles collide with one another. These accidents typically happen when the vehicles move in opposite directions, such as on a dual-lane highway. These accidents are incredibly devastating when the vehicles are moving at high rates of speed. In addition to causing significant property damage to both of the involved vehicles, they can lead to severe injuries, including fatalities.
Head-on accidents sometimes occur when a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs or simply not paying attention to the road. Then they cross the center barrier or median strip and directly collide with an oncoming vehicle.
Sideswipe car accidents happen when the sides of two vehicles brush against one another—usually on a busy, multi-lane roadway. These accidents typically occur when a driver is not paying attention to the road, inadvertently causing their vehicle to drift over into another travel lane. As with other motor vehicle collisions, when the vehicles are moving at high rates of speed, the injuries that accident victims suffer will typically be more severe than in a slower-speed accident.
Finally, a T-bone accident happens when the front of a vehicle collides with the side of a vehicle that is traveling on an adjacent road. These accidents are prevalent at traffic intersections where one of the drivers runs a yield sign, stop sign, or red traffic signal, impacting the side of another vehicle.
If you suffered injuries in an accident that resulted from negligence, you have legal options. Make one of your first steps after the accident to call a knowledgeable Eureka car accident attorney.
The legal team at Reiner, Slaughter & Frankel can investigate the circumstances of your accident in the event there is an issue as to fault and can determine if you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim. If you qualify, we can assist you through the claims filing process and work to get you compensation for your injuries.
Pursuing Compensation for Injuries Following Your Car Accident
Victims of Eureka car accidents resulting from negligence are often entitled to recover various monetary compensation and damages. The compensation that you can recover in your car accident claim will depend upon the severity of your injuries and the overall cost of your medical treatment. In addition, the insurance company will consider whether or not you suffered a permanent disability or injury in the accident.
Assuming you can satisfy the other legal elements of your claim, you might be eligible to recover monetary compensation for all of your related medical treatment expenses, as well as your lost wages. In addition, you can recover compensation for your inconvenience, pain, and suffering, loss of earning capacity (if any), lost quality of life, and loss of the ability to use a body part if you suffered a permanent injury in the accident.
You can also pursue compensation for your emotional distress and mental anguish stemming from your injuries. The knowledgeable Eureka car accident attorneys at Reiner, Slaughter & Frankel can highlight all of the strengths of your case and downplay any weaknesses to maximize the compensation that you can recover in your car accident case.
Speak to a Knowledgeable Eureka Car Accident Lawyer About Your Legal Matter Today
If you have suffered injuries in a car accident that happened due to negligence, the experienced and compassionate legal team at Reiner, Slaughter & Frankel is ready to help. Our team can investigate your accident, file a claim on your behalf, negotiate a settlement, and/or litigate your case in the California state court system to an efficient conclusion. We are standing by, ready to help you make yourself whole again.
For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a knowledgeable Eureka car accident attorney, please call us today at (707) 445-9628 or contact us online to discuss your possible personal injury claim or lawsuit.
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No two cases are alike, so we are proud to offer personalized legal solutions for accidents of all kinds. Let our legal team answer your questions about your case during your free case evaluation. Contact us online or by calling (707) 445-9628.
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