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Without warning, a car accident can injure or end the life of a loved one. In the United States, a roadway collision takes someone’s life every 12 to 15 minutes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports this is the leading cause of death for Americans between age 8 and 34. Out of the 2.5 million people injured each year from crashes, half sustain permanent disabilities that impair normal functioning, such as brain damage and paralysis. In 2011, 63 people were involved in 26 total fatal car accidents in Long Beach, with five of those accidents attributed to drunk drivers.
Long Beach Freeways and Roadways
Long Beach has a population of about 440,000 with a dense city infrastructure. High-risk areas are concentrated along I-710, between Artesia Boulevard and Sepulveda Boulevard in the eastern end of Carson. Traffic signals around the Long Beach Airport and Signal Hill carry greater possibilities of collisions, as do areas near Palm Beach around the intersection of Ocean Boulevard and Shoreline Drive. The PCH sees some activity, particularly as it approaches the West Side. Watch for the Los Coyotes intersection, as well. South of De Amo Boulevard and the Lakewood area, the I-605 San Gabriel River Freeway hosts many accidents before joining with I-405 San Diego Freeway.
Think of high-risk areas in the shape of an “H” with the I-710, I-405, and I-605 south of Artesia. The West Side of Long Beach is the hot spot for traffic collisions, so avoid that area during rush hour when possible. Accidents occur less frequently around the marina and Los Alamitos Army Air Field.
When Do You Need a Long Beach Car Accident Attorney?
After a car accident, you may be dealing with the loss of a loved one, hospital bills, or readjusting to life with decreased mobility. Your life has changed in an instant, and you may need help gaining compensation for your loss. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured, a Long Beach car accident lawyer can help you file a lawsuit to obtain compensation. The financial assistance you gain from a lawsuit can cover medical bills and other costs. It can sustain you during periods of lost income due to hospitalization or disability. Pursuing a lawsuit can also help protect future victims from being inflicted with similar loss.
Causes of Car Accidents in Long Beach
Different car accident causes provide different kinds of lawsuit opportunities and conditions. Attorneys assess the reason for the accident as well as right-of-way laws to determine what angle they might take in defending your case. Learning about accident causes will also promote your safe driving and may prevent an accident.
Some of the top driver related causes in the nation for traffic accidents include distraction, speeding, reckless driving, drowsiness, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Drivers who make unsafe lane changes, run red lights and stop signs, tailgate, make improper turns, or are inexperienced also cause many accidents. Road conditions like ice, snow, potholes, rain, fog, sharp turns in the road, and high winds, as well as vehicle issues like loose objects in the car, vehicle design defects, and tire blowouts can contribute to accidents.
What Can Panish Shea & Boyle Offer Me?
The Long Beach car accident attorneys at Panish Shea & Boyle gets results. We secured $15 million for a teenager who sustained brain damage due to a truck running a red light and hitting his mother’s car. A $9 million settlement closed for another teen who lost both legs when her car hit a broken highway guardrail. We have won over 150 verdicts totaling more than $1 million. The U.S. News & World Report has ranked our practice as a “Tier 1” firm for Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation, which is the highest rank a law firm can receive. This means our legal practice is ranked among the top 12 in the country. Our attorneys provide consultation to other lawyers across the nation.
When we accept your case, we partner with you to secure loss compensation. All types of auto accident cases are covered, including those involving commercial trucks, product defects, vehicle recalls, pedestrian collisions, and poor roadway planning or maintenance. Our personal injury attorneys and partners take leadership roles in national class-action litigation and have been nominated repeatedly for professional honors, including Trial Lawyer of the Year.
Call us at 1-877-800-1700 for your free, no obligation legal consultation today.