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The flourishing state of California is a hotbed for potential car accidents. Navigating 405, 101, 10, 15, 210, 57, 110, 710, 605, or the 5 on your commute is often bumper-to-bumper, with plenty of opportunities for rear-end collisions. Motorcyclists are free to lane split, running the risk of sideswipe incidents or collisions merging lanes.

Getting around downtown involves hundreds of pedestrians and bicyclists. Drivers must pay strict attention at all times. A car crash can occur in the blink of an eye. Driving anywhere in California is risky. The majority of collisions, however, are preventable. In fact, 94% of all accidents are attributable to human error.

Attention to the road, competence behind the wheel, and proper vehicle maintenance can reduce the odds of getting into a collision. Negligence, recklessness, and breaking the law are at the heart of most “accidents.” Our acclaimed car accident law firm has represented clients in dozens of car crash cases.

We understand the common causes, defendants, and how to fight for compensation for collision-related injuries. Whether you suffered burns, broken bones, brain injury, spinal cord injury, or other damages, talk to our award-winning California car accident lawyers. The road to recovery starts just a phone call away. Call (888) 488-1391 right away.

Car Accident Laws in California

In our decades of practicing California personal injury law, we’ve seen a wide range of car accident types and causes. We have the ability to assist you in an accident involving a road rage driver, a rear-end collision, whiplash injuries, catastrophic injury, and wrongful death.

No matter what the circumstances of your car crash, you have options in front of you.

Talking to a California car accident lawyer before speaking to an insurance claims adjuster can give you all the information and confidence you need during this difficult time.

Speaking with an attorney is often the first step in getting your medical bills paid.

Your accident may have left you with significant hospital costs, ambulance fees, surgeries, medical equipment, disability, rehabilitation, or live-in care. As the bills stack up, you might wonder when you’ll receive payment for your damages. An experienced California car accident lawyer can help move your case along with insurance companies or the judicial system, resulting in quicker payment for your bills.

In California, you have two years from the date of your accident or discovery of injuries to bring a claim.

The sooner you call us, however, the sooner you can start the process toward receiving compensation. Reach out to experienced car accident attorneys from California quickly to get your case moving.

After a settlement negotiation or court verdict, you will receive a check in the agreed-upon amount. Then, you can focus entirely on healing from your injuries.

Car Accident
Our client was driving with his wife and son on a two-lane highway when a drunk driver crossed the double yellow lines, causing a head-on collision that claimed the life of a loving wife and mother.
–  Arash Khorsandi

What To Do After a Car Accident in California (10-Step Checklist)

No one can predict a car accident, but you can prepare for one. Having a car accident checklist in your glove box can help you stay calm and organized after a car crash. It can tell you what to do, what not to do, and how best to protect your rights. When in doubt, give us a call. Keep our phone number, (888) 488-1391, in your phone or written down in case the worst occurs. You aren’t alone after a serious collision. Here’s what to do:
Stay Calm

Stay on the scene and make sure everyone is okay. Check yourself for injuries first, and then check others. Remain calm and do not admit fault.

Get to a Safe Location

Move disabled vehicles to the side of the road if you can. Put your emergency flashers on to help prevent further collisions. Get somewhere safe to wait for the police.

Call 911

Call the police to report your accident. Unless your crash was very minor, with no injuries or property damage, you should call the cops. Police can document the incident, gather information, and make it part of an official record.

Exchange Information

Swap names, phone numbers, and insurance information with the other driver(s) involved in the accident. Take photos of the vehicles, license plates, and other vital details if possible.

Do Not Admit Fault

Again, do not admit fault, even to the police. Stick only to the facts of what happened when speaking with a police officer. Be as detailed as possible in your description of the collision.

Seek Medical Attention

Go to the hospital or your primary doctor as soon as possible. Immediate medical care can help reduce the damage you suffer from injuries. Tests and scans can identify internal injuries that may not show symptoms yet.

Report to Your Insurance Company

Most insurers have time limits for how soon you must report an accident in California. Call quickly and follow the agent’s directions for reporting your crash.

Speak to Insurance Adjusters

As soon as the day of your accident, you may receive a phone call from the other party’s insurance company. You may speak to the claims adjuster but do not give away any more information than is absolutely necessary. Do not record a statement or accept an insurance settlement offer until you speak to an attorney.

Create a File

Keep accident-related documents together and organized. Your file should include a copy of the police report, medical bills, the other driver’s information, injury treatment plans, and any other documents you’ve collected regarding the incident.

Call Our Car Accident Law Firm at (888) 488-1391

We offer free consultations so you can discuss your car crash without risk or obligation. We can determine whether your case has merit, help you talk to insurance companies, and assist you in filing a personal injury claim if necessary.

Follow this checklist, and you can come away from a disastrous car accident with hope for the future. You would have protected your rights, said nothing to place blame on yourself, and sought immediate medical attention for injuries. These are actions that can help should you need to file a claim with the California civil courts to pursue damage compensation.

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Specifically, What Information Should I Gather From the Scene of an Accident?
Specifically, What Information Should I Gather From the Scene of an Accident?

When driving in California, you should try to collect as much of the following information from the scene of the accident as soon as possible:

  • Make, model, color, year of manufacture, and license plate numbers of all the cars involved in the accident.
  • Name, address, phone number, license number, insurance information, and registration information of all the drivers involved.
  • Full name, phone number, and address of the vehicle’s occupants, witnesses, and pedestrians involved in the accident.
  • Name, badge number, and department of the police officer who arrived at the accident scene.
  • The actual location of the accident.

Speak with our award-winning California car accident lawyer as quickly as you wish after a crash. We can walk you through the process from beginning to end.

What If I Get Accused of Partly Causing My Car Accident?

Since California is a ‘comparative fault’ state, you can collect compensation even if you played a role in the cause of the accident that you’re involved in. Though, the compensation amount that you receive gets reduced by a percentage equal to your share of liability in the vehicular accident. You can rely on our relentless trial attorneys to work vigorously to ensure that liability is allocated accurately in your legal case so that you get the total compensation you deserve under the law.

Car Accident Victims Also Ask:

What should I do if I am a passenger in an accident?

Any time you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, your first priority should be getting to safety. Get out of the vehicle and find a safe spot on the side of the road that is far away from the flow of traffic. If you cannot leave the car, call 911 and let them know that you are trapped. They will send the proper equipment and responders right away.

Next, you need to take care of your medical needs. Let the emergency medical personnel on the scene evaluate your injuries and follow any of their recommendations. If you choose not to leave the scene in an ambulance, you should still visit an emergency department or an urgent care facility right away.

Even if you think you are not injured at all, it is always important to follow up with your primary care doctor as soon as possible. Some injuries may not start to show symptoms for days or weeks after an accident occurs. Only a qualified medical provider can determine the extent of your injuries. Whether you think you are injured or not, this documentation will be critical evidence in your personal injury claim.

Once you have addressed your medical needs, it is time to address your legal needs. Find an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Do not make any statements about the accident to the insurance company until you have retained a lawyer. Once the insurance company is notified of your attorney’s contact information, they can no longer contact you regarding the accident, which will protect you from inadvertently saying something that could be detrimental to your personal injury claim.

After a car accident, will I have to go to court?

If your attorney files a lawsuit on your behalf, there is a chance that you might have to come to court. Before the trial, there are status conferences to handle scheduling and other administrative matters. You usually will not have to speak at these conferences. If the attorneys disagree on the evidence that can be used at trial, the court might hold a hearing to determine whether the evidence can be admitted.

While this may sound overwhelming, it is essential to understand that very few personal injury cases ever go to trial. The vast majority of car accident cases in the United States settle outside of court. This fact makes it unlikely that you will have to go to court, but if you do, your attorney will thoroughly prepare you for what to expect and what will happen.

How do I file a police report after my accident?

The law enforcement officers who respond to the scene have the responsibility to file a police report about the incident. This report is a critical piece of evidence. You usually can not get a police report unless the officers respond to the scene. The officers will take your statement about what happened. (While you should not discuss the accident with the other driver or bystanders on the scene, you should give your statement to the officers to be used in their official police report.) 

How do I file an insurance claim for my car accident?

If you have an auto accident attorney, you will not have to worry about filing a claim. Your attorney will handle the paperwork for you. He or she will also prevent you from saying something to the insurance company that could hurt your claim. If you choose to handle your case without an attorney, you will have to call the insurance company to file your claim. 

What happens if I can’t get a fair settlement offer for my accident?

The insurance company will rarely make a fair settlement offer on the first try. Instead, they will try to lowball you with an offer that does not fully compensate you for your pain and suffering. These methods are why it is crucial to be represented by an experienced car accident lawyer. A lawyer knows how to respond to lowball offers and then prove what the claim is truly worth. 

If a fair settlement offer cannot be reached in negotiations, your lawyer might want to file a lawsuit on your behalf. In many cases, the mere fact that a lawsuit was filed is enough incentive to get the insurance company to raise its settlement offer. If not, the parties will engage in the discovery process, which involves investigating the case to find evidence that is then exchanged. Evidence found in discovery can also affect the insurance company’s settlement offer. 

What will it cost me to hire a California car accident lawyer?

Unlike criminal defense or divorce lawyers, who charge an hourly rate, most personal injury lawyers work on contingency. Working on contingency means that they will be paid an agreed-upon percentage of any eventual settlement. If you don’t get paid, the attorney doesn’t get paid. If the attorney must file a lawsuit on your behalf, the work required on your case goes up dramatically. This fact is why most personal injury lawyers often take a higher percentage if a lawsuit is filed on your behalf. There will also be court costs and litigation expenses, so it is important to be clear on who will pay those fees if the case goes to trial. 

The key thing to understand is that you can hire a personal injury lawyer with no upfront fees. Some injury victims do not get representation because they are worried about the cost. Not hiring a lawyer can lead to you hurting your claim. You might say something to the insurance company that leads them to believe you were at fault for the accident. 

How will COVID-19 affect my car accident?

Surprisingly, the empty roads are riskier than before the pandemic caused by COVID-19. A news release by NSC shows that despite the decrease in driving and mileage of drivers, there has been an increase seen in a few places. The early data indicates a 14 percent jump in year-over-year fatality rates per mile that were driven in March, despite an 8 percent drop in the total number of car accident deaths in March of the previous year.

Below are the states that have seen an increase in car accident deaths with in the first 3 months of 2020.

  • Arkansas (16 percent)
  • California (8 percent)
  • Connecticut (42 percent)
  • Illinois (11 percent)
  • Louisiana (23 percent)
  • Nevada (10 percent)
  • New York (17 percent)
  • North Carolina (10 percent)
  • Oklahoma (9 percent)
  • Tennessee (6 percent)
  • Texas (6 percent)

The states listed below have seen decreases in the number of car accident deaths for the first three months this year.

  • Arizona (-4 percent)
  • Hawaii (-32 percent)
  • Idaho (-28 percent)
  • Iowa (-13 percent)
  •  Mary land (-13 percent)
  • Michigan (-12 percent)
  • Oregon (-24 percent)
  • South Carolina (-12 percent)
Does the size of my car matter in an accident?

Generally, big cars are considered safer than small cars. There are several important reasons for this. First, in a larger car versus a light car crash, physics favors the more massive vehicle. Momentum is a product of mass and velocity.

Of course, large car versus small car safety is a far more complicated issue than which vehicle has more momentum in a collision. A vehicle's safety also considers its ability to withstand a crash or even help the driver avoid an accident altogether. The driver's experience and comfort with the vehicle's features are also critical components of the safety equation.

Is it worth the money to get a lawyer for my car accident?

When it comes to car accidents in California, it's almost always a good idea to get a personal injury attorney. It is commonly thought that a lawyer is not needed if the accident is minor and does not cause injury. But even a fender bender that seems insignificant can turn into a major headache without a car accident lawyer.

It is estimated that speeding alone led to over 10 thousand fatalities in the United States in 2016. In 2019, 2 million Americans suffered permanent injuries from a car accident. A California personal injury attorney can help you navigate the legal mess that can be an unavoidable outcome of an accident.

Under California law, a car accident case involving speeding would be an easy case to show where negligence is indicated. California is an at-fault state, meaning whoever is at fault in a car accident bears most of the burden of responsibility if not all of it. If you don't know this, you may try to negotiate your insurance claims. Doing this can quickly become a nightmare.

After an accident, you'll have to deal with the police, your insurance company, maybe someone else's insurance company, and the medical field.  Sound daunting? It is! Dealing with these problems is what an experienced accident attorney can do for you.  Contact a California personal injury attorney as soon as you can after a car accident.

How do I find the right California car accident lawyer near me?

You could undoubtedly hire an attorney, but not just any attorney will give you the results that you deserve. It's crucial to the success of your claim to hire someone with experience and knowledge. It should not be difficult to talk to them about the specifics of your case. Look for these requirements when hiring a California car accident lawyer near you:

  • Most or nearly all of the clients they represent are personal injury clients, especially car accident clients
  • They have a minimum of 10 years of experience in personal injury law
  • They offer free consultations at their office or a location that is convenient for you
  • They listen to you, recall the details you give them, and pay attention to you when you talk
  • They understand the type of injuries you sustained
  • They take your case seriously and care about your pain, it is not just about the money for them
What happens if a car accident occurred due to my medical condition?
In California, the law allows for what is referred to as the medical emergency defense, also known as the sudden emergency defense. This law is only applicable if the individual has an unforeseen and legitimate medical condition and all of the following terms have been met:
  • The driver was not the cause of the emergency.
  • Someone was put in danger of injury due to a crisis that occurred.
  • The driver acted reasonably.
This means that for the medical emergency defense to be used after an accident, it would need to be proven that the accident was the cause of a sudden health crisis that arose. The driver at fault acted reasonably, as anyone else would have done. The driver at fault would have to provide detailed medical evidence that supports their unforeseen medical emergency. Not all states have the same requirements for this law, but a driver who has suffered from a sudden medical emergency will often be burdened by showing proof that the conditions above were met.
What are the physical effects of car accidents?

While some physical effects of a crash can be visible right away (e.g., bruises, scars, and broken bones), others may not be noticeable immediately after the accident. Sometimes, high levels of shock and adrenaline after a car accident keep us from recognizing injury symptoms and may even mask the pain for hours. That is why it is vital to seek medical attention as soon as possible after a car accident to diagnose and document all of the injuries and physical damages.

In most cases, the aftereffects of a car accident can be divided into two categories:

  • Cuts, lacerations, and bruises. These are some of the most common injuries after car accidents. Often, victims of car crashes suffer cut wounds due to shattered glass, broken plastic parts, and metal fragments from vehicles.
  • Burn injuries. Car crashes are also likely to result in burn injuries due to hot metal vehicle parts, fires, and explosions at the scene of the accident.
  • Tissue damage. Often, tissue damage is not immediately apparent after a collision, which is why accident victims need to go to a doctor to diagnose this type of injury.
  • Fractured bones. Fractured and broken bones are some of the most devastating types of injury after a car crash.
  • Back and spine injuries. Spinal cord and back injuries are some of the most significant effects of car accidents. Depending on the severity of the crash, a spine injury can result in temporary or permanent paralysis.
  • Loss of a limb. Although the loss of a limb is not a common occurrence in car accidents, it does happen in devastating crashes. Losing a limb is one of the most traumatizing and painful types of injury that can lead to many other severe complications.
  • Death. Car accidents are responsible for approximately 100 deaths per day, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
What are the emotional effects of car accidents?

A severe injury can have long-term emotional effects after an accident. Some of the psychological and emotional effects following a car crash can haunt an injured victim for years or even for the rest of their life. The emotional effects of a car accident include:

  • Humiliation
  • Anxiety
  • Shock
  • Emotional distress
  • Depression
  • Fear (phobias)
  • Anger
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Behavior changes
  • Mental anguish
  • Mood swings
Am I liable if someone else driving my car gets into an accident?

The quick answer to this question is yes and no. California law stipulates that car insurance follows the car, not the driver. If anyone gets into a car accident in your vehicle, your car insurance will be involved. You will be held liable at some point. However, you may not be held entirely responsible, depending on the circumstance.

What are the kinds of car crashes?

There are some situations where you won’t have to worry if another driver gets into an accident with your car. However, what you have to worry about may be different in every situation. Here are some examples of kinds of car crashes where your liability decreases:

  • Stolen car
  • Another driver at fault for the collision
  • All parties are insured
When to see a doctor after a car accident?

If you are severely injured on the scene of an accident, it is easy to make the decision to go to the emergency department in an ambulance and get medical care right away. But it is more challenging to know what to do if your injuries don’t appear to be serious. Just because you were able to walk away from a car accident doesn’t mean you were not injured in the crash. It is essential to see a doctor to be sure that you do not suffer any latent injuries.

Beyond the medical concerns, there are also legal reasons to see a doctor as soon as possible. Your ability to be compensated – and the amount of compensation you receive – is determined by automated information about your injuries. While you will likely be in touch with a claims adjuster, most of the real insurance adjusting is done by a computer program that will be fed data about your accident and injuries. One crucial piece of data that could increase your odds of recovering fair compensation is whether you sought medical attention in a “reasonable” amount of time after the accident.

When specifically, should I see a lawyer after a car accident?

As with medical care, it is important to see a legal professional as soon as possible after an auto accident. Any statement you make on the scene or over the phone to the insurance company can be used to attack your claim. Insurance companies even go through victims’ social media accounts to try to find evidence that will contradict their story or prove that they are not in as much pain as they say they are. An experienced California personal injury attorney can help you fight these insurance company tactics. The sooner you have a lawyer fighting for you, the better protected you will be.

Of course, you must first tend to your medical needs. See a doctor as soon as possible after an accident. Follow his or her recommendations and get the necessary rest. Then, meet with an auto accident lawyer as soon as you are able. Once the insurance company is notified that you have an attorney, they are not allowed to contact you about the accident. You will not have to deal with harassing phone calls or tedious paperwork.

Let our experienced car accident attorneys handle your legal claim so that you can focus on your recovery. You don’t need to wait until you are done with your medical treatment to meet with a lawyer. Sometimes, medical treatment can take months – or even years. Your legal rights are in jeopardy without a lawyer, so you do not want to wait. Find a lawyer as soon as you are medically stable and able to do so. He or she will help move your case forward while you are finishing your medical treatment.

Side-impact Collisions

The definition of a side-impact collision is when the front of an automobile hits the right or left side of another vehicle. The extent to which an auto accident is based on the damages of the oncoming vehicle and what part of the car that vehicle collides with. Our lawyers are here to protect the victims of a side-impact accident who are more likely to suffer severe physical and emotional injuries. Side impact car accidents most commonly occur in the middle of intersections due to people’s failure to yield at a stop sign or red light.

Side-impact automobile accidents can result in severe injuries that may require special care, in addition to expensive medical treatments, surgeries, therapies, and other injury-related care. You might incur serious debt and sacrifices to pay for these costly yet necessary health care treatments.

If you have been injured in a side-impact car accident, our side-impact collision injury lawyer in California may be able to recover compensation for your injuries, medical costs, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and other bus accident-related expenses. WE TAKE ALL OF OUR PERSONAL INJURY CASES ON CONTINGENCY! That means we don’t get paid unless you get paid! No money upfront, no hourly fees.

Fatal Car Accidents

Arash Law and the team led by Arash Khorsandi specialize in fatal car accidents resulting in death. Family members are entitled to receive damages for wrongful death, medical bills, and other expenses. Fatal car accidents are grave tragedies that impact the lives of so many people involved. Although a wrongful death lawsuit cannot reverse your loss, it is a small step toward holding negligent people accountable.

We understand the intricacies involved with handling these severe and emotional cases, and we cater to all of our client’s needs. As we take all of our personal injury cases and wrongful death cases on contingency, you do not pay for anything until and unless your case is resolved successfully. Recent fatal teenage car accidents in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, San Francisco, Riverside, Sherman Oaks, San Diego, and Sacramento, and all across California have been on the rise. We are here to help if you are a victim of one of these road traffic accidents.

Families may have to make sacrifices to pay for these costly yet necessary healthcare treatments. If you or a loved one has been involved in a fatal car accident, contact us today. Our car accident lawyers in California may be able to recover compensation for your injuries, medical costs, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and other road traffic accident-related expenses.

Head-On Collisions in California

The dependable attorneys from our firm are experienced in various types of head-on car collisions in California. A head-on accident is defined as the front end of any two vehicles hitting each other. These types of crashes happen mainly at traffic lights, stop signs, blind intersections, and on freeways.

Head-on crashes at intersections occur when drivers disregard traffic laws and signals, such as red lights, stop signs, or yield signs. Freeway head-on collisions usually happen when drivers enter the wrong way on on-ramps or off-ramps, sometimes due to intoxication or drug use. At our law firm, our goal in a head-on collision case is to help clients in every way.

We will fight to recover the financial resources they need for lost income due to the injuries caused, medical bills, and pain and suffering. Also, we will assist with getting you the best health care, physical therapy, and mental health needs. Our clients are located across all of California, including Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, San Bernardino, Irvine, Fresno, Sacramento, Riverside, San Francisco, and San Jose. Head-on automobile accidents are complicated cases, and we have the experience to get you the best recovery.

Rear-End Accidents in California

Arash Khorsandi and his team of California personal injury experts at Arash Law can represent you if you have been a victim of a rear-end car accident. Typically, rear-end accidents are the most common type of car accident. They also result in the most severe injuries. In a typical rear-end accident case, driver “2″ hits driver “1′s” completely stopped-car from behind, and since driver “1″ has no advance notice of getting hit, driver “1′s” injuries are usually severe and long-lasting.

This is why our California car accident lawyers and personal injury attorneys specialize in rear-end car accidents over any other type of car accident. Our personal injury professionals focus on getting you the best results for your case. We represent drivers and passengers in all claims. Not all personal injury lawyers are the same, so don’t just settle before speaking directly with one of our rear-end collision or car wreck lawyers. We take all of our personal injury cases on a contingency basis.

Rear-end accidents can result in injuries such as spinal cord injury, paralysis, or head trauma. As a result, the victim may require special care in addition to expensive medical treatments, surgeries, therapies, and other injury-related care. If you have been injured in a rear-end car crash, our aggressive automobile accident legal team may be able to recover compensation for your injuries, medical costs, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and other road traffic accident-related expenses.

Intersection Accidents

Our law firm has represented numerous car, motorcycle, bus, and truck accidents that have taken place at an intersection. Most intersection accidents are caused by a driver who was carelessly driving or on their cell phone and not paying attention to the road. Intersection accidents could also occur when a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs and/or simply speeding and passing a red light.

Intersection accidents involve extensive medical bills, pain, and suffering, and at our California injury law firm specializing in accidents at street intersections, we can help the victim recover from all the damages. In cases of severe injuries, such as paralysis or head trauma, the victim may require special care in addition to expensive medical treatments, surgeries, therapies, and other injury-related care.

Families may have to make sacrifices to pay for these costly yet necessary healthcare treatments. If you have been injured in an intersection accident, Our aggressive car accident legal team at Arash Law, headed by Arash Khorsandi, Esq. may be able to recover compensation for your injuries, medical costs, loss of wages, pain, and suffering, and other accident-related expenses.

Texting While Driving
Texting While Driving

All drivers owe duties of care to everyone else on the roadway, including passengers in the vehicle, other drivers, and pedestrians. Drivers accept this responsibility when they get behind the wheel. These duties include obeying the rules of the road, driving safely, and reasonably preventing harm to others. Texting and driving is a significant breach of this duty and can constitute negligence on a legal level. It is an unlawful act in California that can result in someone else’s serious injury or death.

California Vehicle Code, Chapter 12 Section 23123.5, has three provisions regarding cell phone use:

  • No handheld cell phones. No driver may use a handheld cell phone while operating a vehicle to make calls or for any other reason. This law applies to all persons driving in California, whether they live in the state or not.
  • No hands-free cell phones for drivers under the age of 18. Drivers 18 and older may talk on hands-free devices or via speakerphone as long as any earpieces do not cover both ears. Drivers under 18 cannot use hand-held or hands-free devices.
  • No texting and driving. There is a separate law that bans texting, emailing, social media, and any other use of a wireless device while driving.

The only exceptions to these laws are if the driver is making an emergency phone call, operating a vehicle on private property, or is an emergency service professional. The law does not apply to factory-installed devices within the vehicle.

Texting and driving kills! If you have reason to believe another driver was illegally using a cell phone behind the wheel, speak to an attorney. The investigative team at our firm can gather phone records for your case as evidence.

Drinking and Driving

Driving under the influence (DUI) is one of the most flagrant acts of recklessness a driver can commit. Despite knowing the dangers, thousands of drivers operate their vehicles after drinking alcohol every year. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), 176,223 injury collisions occurred with drivers in 2015.

A total of 17,390 collisions involved alcohol, and 12,776 had drunk drivers. There were 433,231 total collisions, injuries, and non-injury. Around 3,160 of these accidents were fatal. DUI cuts thousands of lives short every year.

If an intoxicated driver caused your accident, leading to serious injuries or the death of a loved one, don’t hesitate. Contact our dedicated legal team as soon as possible. Police likely conducted a breath, blood, or urine alcohol test directly following the collision or at least a field sobriety test.

You can use this as evidence of the other driver’s intoxication or inability to safely operate the vehicle. There may also be eyewitnesses who can attest to seeing the driver drinking before getting into the car or driving erratically in the minutes leading up to the crash. You deserve to speak to a reputable California car accident lawyer and thoroughly investigate your accident.

Rainy Days Car Accidents in California

When it rains, California roads often witness trucks in ditches, cars causing highway pileups, T-bone collisions, and plenty of rear-end incidents at traffic stops. Rainy day driving is already risky, but some commuters make matters worse by driving recklessly, getting distracted, speeding, or driving under the influence. These actions significantly increase the chances of accidents happening.

In California, renowned for its sunny climate, rainfall is a seasonal occurrence typically observed between October and March, eagerly anticipated by residents as a distinctive feature of the state. However, driving on wet and slippery roads can pose considerable challenges, especially for drivers unaccustomed to such conditions. The combination of rain or snow and slick surfaces greatly hampers a driver’s control of their vehicle, often leading to difficulties in maneuvering through these hazardous conditions.

Why Do Most Road Accidents Happen During Rainy Days?

Limited exposure to wet and slippery roads primarily contributes to some drivers' struggles. In predominantly dry weather or infrequent snowfall regions, drivers may not have had sufficient opportunities to practice driving in such conditions. Consequently, their lack of experience makes it more challenging to handle these situations adeptly. Thus, California's rainy season brings a surge in automobile accidents and personal injury cases.

Rainy Season Accident Statistics

Rain significantly contributes to crash statistics, necessitating drivers to adjust their driving behaviors accordingly. Excessive speed emerges as a frequent cause of accidents in rainy conditions.

While many of us might perceive rain as a mere inconvenience during our travels, the true danger it poses to driving often goes overlooked. Rain plays a substantial role in various car accident statistics, emphasizing the importance of exercising caution on wet roads.

In their latest findings, the NHTSA and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) share the following statistics concerning wet roads often caused by rain. In a recent year, driver speed played a role in 19 percent of traffic fatalities on dry roads, and this percentage increased to 22 percent on wet roads. Approximately 5,891,000 traffic accidents occur annually, with about 21 percent attributed to weather conditions, including wet pavement from rain. The majority of weather-related traffic accidents occur on wet pavement during rainfall.

Statistics from a recent 10-year DOT study on wet pavement reveal that there were 860,286 wet pavement accidents, constituting 15 percent of all traffic accidents and 70 percent of weather-related accidents in the country. Additionally, there were 324,394 wet pavement accidents causing injuries, making up 15 percent of all traffic accident injuries and 78 percent of weather-related accident injuries in the U.S. Moreover, 4,050 wet pavement fatalities were recorded, accounting for 12 percent of all traffic fatalities and 76 percent of weather-related fatalities in the country.

The statistics emphasize the real risk associated with rain and wet pavement, emphasizing that reducing speed is one of the safe responses. Following these alarming statistics, it is essential to contact your car accident lawyers at Arash Law for their expert guidance.

What Is Most Likely To Happen In Rainy Weather?

Several challenges and risks can arise in the rainy season, impacting driving conditions and overall safety. Even a slight presence of moisture on the road can compromise the performance of our vehicles. It's important for drivers to be aware of the risks and take appropriate measures to ensure their safety and the safety of others on the road.

Common Occurrences and Potential Hazards in Rainy Season

  • Reduced Traction - Rain on the road can lead to reduced traction, making it harder for vehicles to maintain a grip on the surface.
  • Oil Buildup on Roads - Rain can cause oils on roads to surface, creating slippery conditions that affect tire traction.
  • Masked Road Hazards - Rain may obscure road hazards like potholes and debris, increasing the risk of encountering hidden dangers.
  • Decreased Visibility - Rain significantly decreases visibility, posing challenges for drivers to see the road and other vehicles clearly.
  • Impaired Windshield and Mirror Clarity - Wet conditions can compromise the efficiency of windshield wipers, affecting the clarity of windshields and mirrors.
  • Extended Stopping Distances - Wet roads increase stopping distances, emphasizing the need for maintaining adequate space between vehicles.
  • Blurred Road Signs - Rain can blur road signs, making it challenging for drivers to read and respond to important traffic information.
  • Braking Challenges - Wet conditions may interfere with a vehicle's braking system, impacting its ability to stop safely.
  • Diffused Headlight Effectiveness - Rain diffuses headlight beams, reducing their effectiveness in illuminating the road ahead.
  • Standing Water Risks - Pooled water on the road can hide dangers and, in extreme cases, lead to hydroplaning or lifting a vehicle off the road.
  • Wiper Inefficiency - Windshield wipers may struggle in heavy rain, impairing visibility and making it harder for drivers to see.
  • Combination of Rain and High Winds - Rainfall often comes with high winds, adding an extra layer of difficulty to driving in inclement weather.

Slippery roads pose a challenge for drivers, increasing the likelihood of car crashes. However, rainy season car accidents in the state are influenced by factors beyond just road conditions. Contributing elements such as speeding, overly cautious driving, and poor visibility amplify the risk of collisions.

  • Speeding on slippery roads can be a precursor to fatal accidents during the rainy season. According to the California Vehicle Code (CVC) 22348, drivers are restricted from exceeding 65 mph on highways and 70 mph on freeways. Adherence to these speed limits is crucial, particularly in wet conditions, where the combination of slippery roads and excessive speed can lead to tragic accidents.
  • Slow driving tendencies emerge among certain drivers in rainy weather, as they may overestimate road dangers and unconsciously adopt slow driving habits. While cautious driving is an apparent strategy to prevent accidents on slippery roads, it comes with a potential downside. Excessive slow driving creates inadequate safe distances for other road users and increases the risk of rear-end collisions.
  • Poor visibility, worsened by fog during the rainy season, poses a significant challenge for California drivers. Fogs obstruct clear visibility through traffic, making drivers' blind spots more pronounced. Limited visibility can essentially render a driver "blind," significantly heightening the risk of involvement in a car crash.
    Operating heavy machinery during the 4-5 months of the rainy season presents challenges similar to those faced by drivers in wet conditions. The shared issue of reduced visibility significantly contributes to accidents during the rainy season, affecting road safety and potentially causing disruptions and losses.

Should you find yourself injured by another driver during a rainy traffic accident, safeguarding your legal entitlement to compensation becomes essential. The trusted car accident attorneys at Arash Law have assisted numerous California car crash victims in securing the compensation rightfully due to them. Start your legal journey with us!

How to Drive Safely in the Rain

Rain causes more accidents than other weather conditions. If drivers don't follow safe driving rules, they're legally responsible for compensating injury victims for all the losses caused by the accident. Safe driving saves lives and lowers accident rates, leading to cheaper insurance. Remember, even light rain increases the risk of injury on the roads! That's why following these lawyer-recommended rain-driving safety tips is essential:

  1. Be especially careful when rain follows hot, dry spells. Engine oil and grease can build up on roads and highways over time. If it hasn’t rained in a while, the buildup can reduce friction on the roadway and make it more difficult to control your vehicle. The first rain after a dry spell usually washes up many different types of debris. Be especially careful when driving after a long, dry spell.
  2. Avoid standing water on roadways. Puddles can cause drivers to hydroplane and lose control of their vehicles. They also impair your vision and other drivers’ visibility. Moreover, standing water often shields potholes and debris from view, preventing you from responding to these hazards. Puddles can also reduce the effectiveness of your vehicle’s brakes. Avoid puddles whenever you can safely do so.
  3. Drive in the tracks of the car in front of you. This allows the vehicle ahead to displace any standing water that’s on the road.
  4. Increase your following distance. Slick roads, wet brakes, and reduced visibility can lead to collisions. Give other vehicles plenty of room and brake early with reduced force.
  5. If your car begins to hydroplane, do not brake or turn the wheel abruptly. This may cause your vehicle to go into a skid or spin. Take your foot off the gas and keep the wheel straight until your car reclaims traction. Brake gently if needed.
  6. Grip the steering wheel with both hands to maximize vehicle control. Distracted driving is a major public health risk across the country. It is especially important not to be distracted while driving in the rain, as there are more hazards to be aware of and respond to. You will also need greater physical control over your vehicle in order to overcome the reduced friction on the wet roadways. Put everything away and keep both hands on the wheel.
  7. Plan for More Time on the Road. When it’s raining – even a little – traffic tends to move slower. Though it may slow you down on your commute to school or work, this is a good thing. Everyone will be safer at lower speeds. Always give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. Allow extra travel time so that you are never in a rush when you are driving in the rain.
  8. Be More Cautious with Braking. When you’re driving in a downpour, you simply cannot brake the same way you would in ideal weather conditions. The roads are slippery, which means you could slide more if you brake too quickly. There’s also a chance that you could get water in your brakes. This causes them to lose their stopping power.

    When it’s raining, you should brake with less force. Be sure to keep plenty of distance between you and the car in front of you to avoid any of these situations. A following distance of three seconds is appropriate for sunny conditions. In rain or other inclement weather, you should increase this to four or more seconds as conditions require. This can be measured by timing when the vehicle ahead of you crosses a fixed point. Time how much longer it takes you to cross that same point, and you have your following distance.

  9. Use Your Headlights. Even if it’s only lightly sprinkling, your headlights will help you see the road better. Plus, having your headlights on allows other drivers to see you. You should not use high beams under normal rainy conditions. The added light reflects off the water in the air and on the ground, which can impair visibility for you and other drivers. Save your high beams for fog and other conditions of extremely limited visibility.
  10. Do Not Use Cruise Control. Using cruise control in the rain can cause many different problems for drivers contending with the rain. If you begin to hydroplane while you have your cruise control set, your car can actually accelerate. This makes it more difficult to pull out of a hydroplane. Cruise control takes the driver’s feet away from the gas and brake. You should always cover the brake in the rain and be prepared to stop quickly if necessary. Do not rely on car safety technology to help you in this situation.
  11. Enter a Curve Slowly. Speed limits posted on curve warning signs are not always intended for rainy conditions. Remember, you have less control of your vehicle on a curve, and this is exacerbated when driving on wet roads. Slow down even further when going into a curve on a wet road. Large trucks and SUVs have a high center of gravity, which creates a higher risk of rolling over. Be even more cautious if you are taking a curve in the rain while driving a truck or SUV.
  12. Stay Off the Road If Possible. The best way to avoid a weather-related car accident is to stay at home when there’s a rainstorm. Obviously, this isn’t always possible. School, work, and other obligations will not always wait for the storm to pass. But any optional trips should be delayed until the roads dry up and traffic clears.
Steps To Take After a Car Accident While Raining

Rain is the common culprit that creates hazardous situations for drivers, significantly contributing to road accidents. Driving while it rains, especially during the night, imposes high-risk accidents for motorists. Challenges like road slickness, hydroplaning, and reduced visibility are prevalent when driving in the rain.

These conditions require extra vigilance and caution during driving and in the event of an accident. Even minor fender benders in the rain can pose ongoing dangers for those involved. Here are the necessary steps to take when in a rain-related accident:

  1. If possible, move your vehicle out of traffic and come to a stop.
  2. Activate your hazard lights.
  3. Check yourself and your passengers for injuries.
  4. Call for help, police for minor accidents, and 911 for major ones.
  5. Exit your vehicle cautiously, considering low visibility.
  6. Use warning triangles, if available, to alert passing drivers.
  7. Exchange information with the other driver, remaining calm.
  8. Avoid admitting fault or making accusations; wait for authorities.
  9. Document any vehicle damage, if possible.
  10. Obtain contact information from witnesses.
  11. Contact car accident lawyers from Arash Law if you've suffered serious injuries.

Determining fault during adverse weather is challenging, as not all drivers are immune to negligence. Rain requires heightened caution, but actions like distracted driving and speeding can still occur. Insurance companies may struggle to assess fault accurately but don't have the final say.

If you suspect a driver's actions, not just the rain, caused your accident, contact Arash Law's car accident lawyers promptly. Our attorneys have extensive experience in handling car accident cases and securing rightful compensation for injured clients, and are prepared to do the same for you.

Can Dashcam Footage Be Used As Evidence In A Car Accident Case?

Yes — the videos recorded by a dashcam can be used as evidence in the investigation of a car accident case. Keep in mind that the videos recorded can be used for the benefit of the owner of the dashcam and can also be used against them. Technology plays a big part in helping capture unprecedented incidents like car accidents. Having dash cams onboard is a great way to provide evidence in the event that you face an accident.

Dashcams encourage motorists to drive carefully on the road, therefore reducing accidents. Most of the dash cams sold today also can record audio and video from multiple angles. The dash camera can capture details you may not remember about the incident. The recorded video may contain proof of your innocence, which can help free you from the accusation.

Under California law, motorists are permitted to use a dashcam recording device in private vehicles. California laws require their installation in very precise areas on the vehicle’s windshield in order to lessen obstruction. Insurance companies have long been accepting pictures taken from cell phones. Now, they are also collecting videos from dashcams to help you get an insurance settlement when proven that the other party is at fault.

On the other hand, it can also implicate you in the offense. These videos can also be used to show that you are not entirely innocent. The video can provide information if you’re going above the speed limit or if you are being distracted by other factors and are not wholly focused on driving. When this is proven, the insurance company can reduce the total reward money.

Should I Really Hire a California Car Accident Lawyer to Settle My Case?

While it’s technically possible to represent yourself in a car accident case, it is not the wisest course of action. Self-representation can put you at risk of making mistakes and missing your opportunity to recover for your damages. Negotiating with insurance claims adjusters is difficult, and the stakes can be high. Protect your rights and your future by retaining a car accident lawyer to settle your case or take it to trial if need be. Our car accident lawyers work on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning you only pay attorneys’ fees if we win you a monetary award.

If you believe you have grounds to file a claim, retain a local car accident lawyer in California near you who can help you navigate car accident laws. Arash Law, founded by Arash Khorsandi, Esq., has decades of experience throughout California and has secured million-dollar settlements and verdicts for our clients. Our car accident team can investigate your crash, identify the potential defendant(s), and file your claim with the civil court system as quickly as possible. Don’t delay – you’re just a phone call away from learning your legal options. Call (888) 488-1391 or get in touch online to schedule a free case evaluation.