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It seems that Californian’s always on the road. In fact, California drivers travel more than 320,000 miles a year. That puts a lot of people at risk for traffic accidents and car crash fatalities may average 2,500 to 3,000 per year. Over 225,000 accidents across the state result in severe injury and approximately 50% of these injuries result in permanent conditions. Impaired mobility or more serious disabilities, like brain damage or paralysis, can be a result.
Ventura Roads and Freeways
In 2011, there were ten fatalities due to traffic accidents in Ventura. The people involved in fatal accidents numbered 20, with four being pedestrians. Six of these accidents were caused by drunk drivers. The hot spot for Ventura car accidents is near the San Buenaventura State Beach and Fairgrounds. Accidents occur along the PCH as well as nearby surface streets such as Thompson Boulevard and Poli Street. Drivers should also take care along highway 126 and the PCH toward Oxnard. As with any accident, however, a car accident can occur anywhere and anytime, even if the road is presumed safe or has no history of prior accidents.
Car Safety Innovations That Reduce Risk of Death
Safety features that have been introduced over the years can be taken for granted. As vehicles become more advanced, they include more precautions. Highlighting a few features helps us appreciate their presence and is a reminder to keep them maintained.
Airbags were introduced to the public by GM in 1974. At the time, people were not convinced that they were worthwhile, and the public still rarely used seat belts. Today, cars often have multiple airbags for each passenger to protect from front-impact or side impact.
An innovation many are not aware of is the crumple zone. When a car is impacted, vehicle design helps ensure that the car crumples in such a way as to take most of the damage and ensure that the passengers do not take the full force of the impact. During a collision, slowing by even a small amount can reduce the amount of force. Crumple zones create a barrier around the car and certain parts of the car are resistant to deforming, such as the engine and passenger compartment. Those unbending parts will decelerate very quickly when hit, which results in a lot of force. Surrounding those parts by crumple zones allows the unbending areas to take the initial impact, and the car begins to slow as soon as these areas crumple.
Reasons to Get a Ventura Car Accident Attorney
Being involved in a Ventura car accident can immediately change your life. You may sustain severe injury or suffer the loss of a loved one. A lot of emotional and financial upheaval may ensue. Taking time off work may hurt your finances. Paying deductibles on medical bills can be very difficult. Our Ventura car accident attorneys understand your situation and can provide compassionate assistance to help you file for the compensation you need to put you back on your feet.
There are several reasons to contact a car accident attorney. If you have sustained severe loss valuing up to $15,000 or more, you may want to file a lawsuit for compensation. These losses do not need to be related to medical issues. Our Panish Shea & Boyle attorneys can assess your situation and help you win compensation.
What Can Panish Shea & Boyle Offer?
Panish Shea & Boyle is home to some of the most acclaimed and experienced lawyers in the country. We have secured more than $10 billion in settlements and verdicts. A case involving tire tread separation resulted in $55.4 million in compensation, and we have successfully filed a $4.9 billion auto product liability case against General Motors. We won $13.55 million settlement from the makers of the Apache helicopter that crashed in Iraq and injured two soldiers.
Three of our attorneys were named 2014 “Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers, and we were the only law firm in Southern California to be named to The National Law Journal’s 2012 Plaintiff’s Hot List.
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