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Riverside Car Accident Attorney

In an instant, your life can change. A driver gets distracted or does not hit the brakes in time, and a moment later you may have sustained severe injuries or the loss of a loved one. Every 12 to 15 seconds a traffic accident in the United States causes a fatality. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports car crashes as the leading cause of death for Americans between ages 8 and 34. Half of the 2.5 million people injured each year from crashes are left permanently disabled. Some impairing injuries might include brain damage or spinal cord injury.

What are the Top Causes of Collisions in Riverside?

According to data from the California Highway Patrol, there were a reported 26,443 motor vehicle collisions in Riverside County during 2017. So what were the actual numbers for each? See the chart below for more detail:

Excessive Speed9,019
Improper Turning5,993
Auto Right of Way Error2,293
Influence of Drugs or Alcohol2,165
Unsafe Lane Changing1,765
Traffic Signal or Sign Error1,550
Unsafe Starting or Backing730
Non-Driver Factor645
Other or Not Stated616
Wrong Side of Road450
Hazardous Violation268
Pedestrian Violation231
Improper Passing227
Following Too Closely183
Other Improper Driving159
Pedestrian Right of Way149


Total Motor Vehicle Accident Filings In Riverside (1999-2014)

Car Accidents on Riverside Freeways and Roadways

In 2015, 274 fatalities occurred in Riverside due to car accidents and other traffic related causes, up from 263 the previous year. Fatalities are most concentrated along the 91 and 60 freeways. Hot spots include the 90 to 60 interchanges and surrounding areas, the 60 and 15 freeway interchanges, and the 60 and 215 freeway interchanges. Surface streets Arlington Avenue and Jurupa Avenue near the municipal airport, and the Canyon Crest are have also seen recent fatalities. Higher concentrations of fatalities occur closer to downtown areas.

Causes of Riverside Car Accidents

Understanding different causes for car accidents provides information for lawyers as they form your case. Lawsuit opportunities depend on who and what was involved in the accident. Right of way laws and other regulations determine what plan of action attorneys will form. Learning these crash types will also promote defensive driving.

Some of the top driver related causes in the nation for traffic accidents include speeding, reckless driving, driving while drowsy or distracted, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Drivers who run red lights and stop signs, tailgate, make improper turns and unsafe lane changes, or are inexperienced also cause many accidents. Road and weather conditions like ice and snow, or sharp turns in the road, as well as vehicle design defects, and tire blowouts can contribute to accidents.

Understanding Important Safety Innovations

Taking vehicle safety features for granted can be a grave mistake. Cultivating safe habits puts motorists at lower risk of severe injury or death in the event of a car crash. This includes regular maintenance and safety checks.

The most important vehicle features introduced recently are stability and traction control technologies. When danger requires immediate reaction, vehicles must be able to perform without a problem. Improved tire grip helps prevent cars from sliding into each other or obstacles. Manufacturers have developed sophisticated limited-slip differential systems that minimize wheel spin by applying anti-lock brakes, throttle control, and engine timing. These systems work together in a fraction of a second to give drivers maximum handling control.

When Do You Need a Riverside Car Accident Attorney?

If your life has changed significantly due to a traffic accident, you may want to call a lawyer to help you gain compensation for your losses. Whether your losses include medical issues, the loss of a loved one, property loss, lost income, or other losses, our Riverside car accident attorneys can help you win the compensation you need to get you back on your feet. The financial assistance you gain from a car accident lawsuit can help fund medical treatments and cover property losses. It can compensate you for lost income due to disability leave or help you pay for funeral arrangements. Pursuing a lawsuit can also help protect other drivers from being inflicted with similar loss.

Panish Shea & Boyle – Trial Tested Representation

The law office of 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 $10 billion. 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 partner with you, your cause becomes ours. It is more likely that we will win you compensation than not. Our Riverside accident attorney team addresses every type of auto accident case, including those involving commercial trucks, “big-rigs,” product defects, vehicle recalls, pedestrian collisions, and poor roadway planning or maintenance. We take leadership roles in national class-action lawsuits 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.

Recent Client Testimonial:

“I always felt like the lawyers at Panish Shea & Boyle were fighting for ME — my health, my children, and my future. They worried more about me – and not about how much money they were going to make. I always knew they had my back.”
Andrea M.

Contact Panish Shea & Boyle, LLP in Riverside today! (951) 363-2410


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