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    There are many different types of accidents that can give rise to a personal injury claim. If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you have the legal right to be compensated for both your financial and emotional losses.

    The record-setting Sacramento accident injury lawyers at Arash Law fight hard to ensure that injury victims have access to the compensation they are legally owed. You don’t have to fight the insurance companies on your own – let an experienced personal injury attorney defend your rights.

    And in the meantime, learn more about how many accidents occur in Sacramento, the types of accidents that are common, the injuries that are likely to occur, and what compensation you are owed for your injuries.

    Facts About Accidents in Sacramento

    The statistics show some concerning trends in traffic accidents in Sacramento:

    • KCRA reports that a stretch of the I-5 in Sacramento (between Del Paseo Road to Railyards Boulevard) is one of the five deadliest roads in California. There were 13 fatal accidents and 16 deaths on this road between 2017 and 2019. 
    • KCRA also reports that 26 percent of fatal crashes in Sacramento County were related to alcohol use, slightly below the state average of 27 percent, but it still represents a tragically high number of preventable deaths. 
    • Researchers told KCRA that November is the month with the highest number of fatal accidents, which is attributed to holiday traffic and road congestion. 
    • According to the Sacramento Police Department, pedestrian fatalities have been on the rise in the City of Sacramento since 2019. 
    • California Healthline reports that 455 bicyclists died in California between 2016 and 2018, the highest of any three-year period since the mid-1990s.

    The sad fact is that all road users – drivers, passengers, motorcycle riders, bicyclists, pedestrians, and others – are at risk of being injured in an accident. When accidents do happen, it is important for injury victims in Sacramento to hire an experienced accident injury lawyer. The skilled litigators at Arash Law know how to protect your legal right to compensation and hold negligent drivers accountable to help keep other road users safe in the future. 

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    The Types of Personal Injury Cases That Are Common in Sacramento

    There are many different types of accidents that can create a personal injury claim. After any type of accident, you should consult with a Sacramento accident injury lawyer because you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. What follows are some of the most common personal injury cases we see at Arash Law.

    Motor Vehicle Collisions

    Negligent drivers have a legal obligation to pay for the injuries they cause. Drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, pedestrians, and other road users are all entitled to compensation for injuries they sustain in a car accident. The driver who is at fault for causing the collision must pay this compensation. (That is why California, like other states, requires all drivers to carry auto insurance with liability coverage.) There are many behaviors that can be considered negligent behind the wheel: 

    • Drunk driving
    • Impaired driving (by recreational drugs, medical marijuana, prescription medications, or any other substances)
    • Distracted driving
    • Road rage or aggressive driving
    • Speeding
    • Running red lights
    • Improper lane changes
    • Following too closely
    • Failing to check blind spots before changing lanes

    In addition to drivers, there are also companies that could be liable for your injuries. For example, an auto manufacturer could be liable for an accident caused by defective brakes. Uber could be liable for damages caused by one of its drivers or self-driving cars. The skilled car accident lawyers at Arash Law know how to find all potential defendants in a car accident case to make sure you have access to all the compensation to which you are legally entitled. 

    Construction Accidents

    Construction sites can be incredibly dangerous, which is why construction companies must get building permits, carry liability insurance, and sometimes even post a bond with the city. They must also carry workers’ compensation insurance to pay for their employees’ injuries. All of these requirements help to make all construction sites safer. They also ensure that a construction company can be held financially responsible for any injuries it causes.

    The most common causes of construction injuries include: 

    • Falling objects from above
    • Collapsed scaffolding
    • Electrocution
    • Collapsed or falling ladders
    • Accidents involving heavy machinery
    • Accidents involving power tools 
    • Trench collapses
    • Unsecured loads on a crane or forklift
    • Getting caught between objects or stuck in a collapse

    Most construction accidents involve injuries to workers who are inside the site. They can, however, affect other people in the area who are just passing by. Bystanders can be hit by falling debris or unsecured electrical wires. Arash Law represents all injury victims who were hurt in any type of construction accident. 

    Medical Malpractice

    Accident and injury cases are based on a legal theory of negligence. When negligence is committed by a medical professional in the course of their duties, something known as medical malpractice. CNBC reports that medical errors are the third-highest cause of death in the United States. Only cancer and heart disease kill more Americans every year.

    These statistics come from a Johns Hopkins study which found that about 250,000 Americans die every year due to medical malpractice. Other estimates place it as high as 440,000 deaths every year. Most people do not realize just how common medical errors are or how many thousands of deaths could be prevented every single year, which is why it is so important for victims to hold defendants accountable when they commit medical malpractice.

    Financial accountability encourages other doctors, staff, and medical facilities to be more careful in the future. There are many different acts that can be considered medical malpractice, including: 

    • Surgical errors (such as operating on the wrong body part or leaving surgical materials in the body)
    • Medication errors
    • Failing to protect a patient from falls (caused by such things as bed rails and non-slip socks)
    • Improperly moving or transporting a patient
    • Failing to monitor vital signs
    • Failure to diagnose (or to misdiagnose) an illness or injury
    • Failing to start appropriate medical treatment

    There are many, many ways in which a medical provider can be negligent. Consult with the experienced medical malpractice lawyers at Arash Law about any questionable medical treatment you have received. 

    Defective Products

    The United States has strong consumer protection laws. These laws are designed to protect the unsuspecting public from being injured by defective products by holding manufacturers liable for the injuries their products cause. The rule that applies is called “strict products liability.”

    This liability is “strict” because the injury victim does not have to prove that the manufacturer was negligent. So long as the product was being used as intended, the manufacturer is liable for any injuries it causes. There are many different consumer products that can cause injuries.

    Motor vehicles are a common problem, which is why manufacturers voluntarily pay for costly recalls rather than paying out thousands of injury claims. You can also be injured by products around the house. Defective appliances, cleaning products, and even food can be subject to the law of strict products liability.

    Strict products liability is especially important when it comes to products for children. These products are designed for small children (or even infants) who may not know how to use them safely. Because of potential risk, products manufacturers must prepare for likely scenarios (such as a baby putting a toy in their mouth). Products must be made even more safely for this vulnerable group of customers. Talk to our injury lawyers about any questionable products that might have harmed your child. 

    Premises Liability

    Property owners have a legal obligation to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. If they do not and someone is injured as a result, the owner can be held liable because the owner has a legal obligation to pay the injury victim for their losses. So what is a “reasonably safe” condition? The legal duty of care a property owner owes to guests depends on the relationship between them: 

    • Private homeowners and landowners need only warn their guests of hidden dangers that would not be obvious to them. 
    • Retail businesses (such as store owners, sports venue managers, and other businesses that are open to the public) have a higher duty of care. Because the public has been invited onto the property for the owner’s financial benefit, the law requires the owner to actively inspect their premises and make it safe for customers. 
    • If a trespasser has come onto the property illegally, the owner’s only duty is to not intentionally inflict harm on them.

    Premises liability is typically found in “slip and fall” cases. Often, a customer slips on squished produce in a grocery store and is injured as a result. The store could be liable for these injuries if they did not inspect the produce section and make it safe for their shoppers. 

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    The Types of Injuries That Are Common in Personal Accident Cases

    There are many types of injuries that a person can sustain in an accident. Basically, any part of the human body can be injured, so it is important to hire a Sacramento injury lawyer who knows how to handle claims involving your specific types of injuries.

    The experienced accident attorneys at Arash Law have handled accident claims involving all types of injuries. What follows are just a few of the most common injuries we see in our accident cases.

    Brain Damage

    Injuries to the brain can affect all parts of the body. Because the brain is so crucial to sustaining human life, even minor damage can have dramatic consequences. Brain injury victims are entitled to compensation for all their medical bills and lost wages, in addition to compensation for pain and suffering. 

    Injuries to the Neck and Spinal Cord

    Injuries to the neck and spinal cord can cause permanent paralysis. In these situations, the victim is entitled to compensation for the medical bills and lost wages they have already suffered. They are also entitled to compensation for their future medical bills and lost wages. In the case of permanent paralysis that prevents a person from working, these future expenses can quickly run into millions of dollars.

    Amputation

    Amputation cases are difficult to value. The victim might still be able to work, but they have undoubtedly suffered many emotional losses, and their quality of life has drastically decreased because of the missing limb. It is important to work with an injury lawyer who has handled amputation cases before and knows what they are worth. Experienced lawyers know how to prove the value of all your pain and suffering to get the compensation you are owed for all your intangible losses. 

    Internal Injuries

    Your internal organs can be crushed in many different types of accidents. You might also suffer broken blood vessels inside the body that lead to dangerous internal bleeding. If internal bleeding is not identified and stopped quickly, it can become a life-threatening condition.

    It can also threaten your heart function by causing a heart attack, brain function by causing a stroke, or lung function by causing a pulmonary embolism. Be sure to see a doctor after an accident – even if you do not feel hurt. Some injuries do not show symptoms right away.

    Soft Tissue Injuries, Scarring, and Disfigurement

    Insurance companies tend to devalue less dramatic injuries. If you have suffered a sprain or strain, or scarring and disfigurement, you likely will not need emergency surgery or other costly care. But you have still experienced a loss that must be compensated. Do not let the insurance company get away with a lowball offer. Hire your own injury lawyer to prove the fair value of your injuries.

    FAQs About Sacramento Accidents and Injuries

    An accident case can be overwhelming for any injury victim. If you have never been through the process of filing a personal injury claim before, it can be confusing, and going to court can be intimidating for anyone. The experienced Sacramento accident injury lawyers at Arash Law are here to answer all your questions.

    It is important to schedule a free consultation so that we can give you legal advice that is specific to your case. In the meantime, here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we get about accident cases.

    Why should I hire a Sacramento accident injury lawyer?

    Accident victims who handle their own cases consistently receive less compensation than those who hire an injury lawyer. There are many reasons behind this disparity.

    First, an injury lawyer knows what your case is truly worth and can stand up to the insurance company when they use their many lowball tactics to try to pay you less than you are owed. Second, an accident attorney knows how to find all potential defendants and insurance policies to be sure that you have access to all sources of compensation to which you are legally entitled. And finally, a personal injury attorney knows how to protect you from saying or doing anything that could hurt your case.

    These are just some of the many things an attorney does to protect the compensation you are owed. You have the right to file your case without a lawyer, but there are many reasons why doing so is not a good idea. 

    How long do I have to file my injury lawsuit?

    In general, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim in California is two years from the date of the injury. There are, however, shorter deadlines that apply to workers’ compensation and medical malpractice cases, and you might have to give notice of your claim to certain defendants within six months of your injury.

    Your attorney will also need time to investigate your claim and prepare legal documents well in advance of this deadline. Be sure to hire an injury lawyer as soon as possible, so you do not run the risk of missing any legal deadline that applies to your case. 

    How much compensation am I owed for personal injuries?

    There are many different areas of compensation in a personal injury claim. Victims are entitled to compensation for both their economic losses and their non-economic losses. Economic losses are tangible, documented financial losses, such as:

    • Medical bills
    • Lost wages
    • Property damage
    • The cost of future medical care
    • The estimated decrease in future earning potential

    Non-economic losses are the intangible losses an injury victim suffers. There are broadly referred to as “pain and suffering” and can include:

    • Physical pain
    • Emotional trauma and suffering
    • Missing important family events
    • Having to give up hobbies or exercise
    • The strain on your interpersonal relationships
    • A general decrease in the overall quality of your life

    These are not exhaustive lists of all the losses that may be compensated. It is important to consult with an injury lawyer about your specific circumstances so that you can prove all of your losses and get all the compensation that you are owed for them.

    Is there a limit on my compensation?

    There is no limit on the amount of economic (actual) damages that can be recovered in any type of personal injury lawsuit in California, which means that you are entitled to reimbursement for all of the documented financial losses you have suffered (such as medical bills and lost wages).

    In most cases, there is not a limit on non-economic damages either, which means that a jury can award you any compensation for pain and suffering that is deemed appropriate in your case. The only case in which non-economic damages are limited in California is in medical malpractice cases. The California Code of Civil Procedure caps these damages at $250,000. 

    Do I have to pay taxes on my settlement funds?

    A settlement consists of compensation for many different areas. You might have compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, property damage, and medical bills all included in a single check.

    Unfortunately, each of these areas is treated differently for tax purposes, which can make your taxes complicated. What follows are the general rules used by the IRS for taxing a personal injury settlement: 

    • Medical bills – Compensation for medical bills are generally not taxable (unless you already deducted these expenses from your income on a prior tax return) 
    • Lost wages – Compensation for lost wages is usually taxable because you would have paid income taxes on those wages had they been earned in the usual manner. 
    • Pain and suffering – Compensation for pain and suffering is usually not taxable unless you already deducted expenses on a prior return. For example, if you paid a therapist before your settlement and deducted the costs as a medical expense on the previous year’s tax return, doing so could affect the taxation of your personal injury settlement.
    • Property damage – Compensation for property damage is usually not deductible. However, if the value of the property is reported elsewhere on your tax return (for example, the value of a vehicle that is used as a business deduction), it could affect the taxation of your property damage award. Be sure to ask your tax advisor how property damage should be reported. 

    Of course, every situation is different, so it is important to consult with a tax professional about your specific circumstances. There could be exceptions that apply to your case.

    What happens if my case does not settle?

    The vast majority of personal injury claims across the United States are settled out of court, meaning it is likely that you will never have to go to court at all in order to get the compensation you are owed. But in the event the insurance company refuses to make a fair settlement offer, your attorney may advise you to file a lawsuit against the person or company who caused your injuries. Filing does not require you to go to the courthouse. Your attorney will handle all the paperwork necessary to file your claim, start your case, and serve the documents on all the defendants.

    Often, the simple act of filing a lawsuit is enough to get a fair settlement offer out of the insurance company. It shows them that you are serious about going to court to fight for the compensation you deserve. But if the insurance company still refuses to make a settlement offer, you should be prepared to continue fighting your case through the entire litigation process.

    What is the litigation process?

    The court process can be intimidating to anyone – especially if you have never had to go to court before. Don’t worry! Your injury attorney will thoroughly prepare you for what will happen in court. Your accident lawyer will also be by your side to protect your legal rights at every step of the process. The basic phases of litigation are:

    1. Filing the case Your attorney will prepare all the required documents and file them with the court to start your case. Your lawyer will also ensure that all defendants are properly served with these documents. 
    2. Discovery Once the defendant has a chance to answer your complaint, the case moves on to an investigation period, known as “discovery.” Attorneys will subpoena documents, take depositions, and find other evidence that can be used at trial. This evidence can also be used in ongoing settlement negotiations. 
    3. Pretrial motions There are many evidentiary issues that must be resolved before trial. If the attorneys cannot negotiate these issues, they will submit them to the court for a hearing. The court rules on these matters of evidence before the trial so that the jury need not hear any discussions about inadmissible evidence. Settlement negotiations are ongoing throughout the pretrial litigation process. The case can settle any time before trial – or even during the trial itself.  
    4. Trial Trial starts with jury selection. The judge then gives the selected jurors their instructions and has them sworn in. The attorneys each make an opening statement, then the plaintiff’s lawyer calls witnesses. The defense attorney may cross-examine each of these witnesses.

      Once the plaintiff’s lawyer has presented their case, the defense lawyer may call witnesses. The plaintiff’s lawyer may cross-examine them. After the defense rests its case, each attorney makes a closing statement, and the jury is given instructions and dismissed to deliberate. The verdict is returned and entered into the court record.

    5. Appeals – You might have legal grounds to appeal a jury verdict. Your injury lawyer will advise you of your rights to appeal after a trial is over.

    The Right Sacramento Accident Injury Lawyers for All Personal Injury Claims

    A quick online search for “Sacramento accident injury lawyers near me” will show you many results – so how do you know who is the best? The Sacramento accident injury lawyers at Arash Law have decades of experience handling all types of accident and injury cases

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    Our legal team has collected over 200 million dollars for clients across the Golden State. We work in Sacramento and all surrounding areas. Our legal team also serves clients in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Riverside, Bakersfield, Santa Barbara, San Jose, San Diego, Fresno, Sherman Oaks, and throughout California.

    Call (888) 488-1391 today to schedule your free consultation. Don’t delay. The sooner you have an experienced lawyer on your side, the better protected your legal rights will be. 

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