Reliable Personal Injury Attorneys Handling Auto Accident Cases in Fairfield and Vallejo
Helping you seek compensation when a negligent driver causes you injury
While many car, truck and other automobile accidents result from unavoidable factors such as weather, medical emergency and mechanical failure, others are completely preventable. Collisions caused by negligence — that is, careless or inattentive action or inaction on the road — consistently make up a considerable portion of all accidents that occur. Unfortunately, negligent drivers can and do regularly cause serious accidents that injure innocent, responsible travelers. With possible types of injuries ranging from minor (such as broken bones and bruises) to severe (such as internal bleeding, brain trauma or spinal damage) victims of negligence are often saddled with vehicle repair bills, medical costs and psychological trauma. At Favaro, Lavezzo, Gill, Caretti & Heppell, PC, our auto accident attorneys work with clients to recover the compensation to which they are entitled — coverage for undue expenses, lost wages, and emotional pain and suffering.
Auto accident occurrence statistics
According to 2009 data from the Department of Transportation of California, an automobile accident is reported in the state every 1 minute and 14 seconds. Every 2 minutes and 15 seconds, an auto accident-related injury is reported. A fatality from collision-related injuries occurs every 2 hours and 51 seconds. For every 76 people injured in automobile accidents in California, one person dies from injuries sustained in a collision.
Those hurt can file personal injury lawsuits against the negligent person or party seeking compensation if their health allows it. If they are physically unable to do so, loved ones may file claims in their place, usually with the help of a car accident lawyer. Additionally, family members have the right to file wrongful death lawsuits when their loved ones are killed in auto accidents caused by negligence.
Car accidents by the numbers
Consider the following 2009 statistics:
- 426,228 — Total number of vehicle accidents (California)
- 163,524 — Number of injury collisions (California)
- 2,805 — Number of fatal collisions (California)
- 232,777 — Total number of persons injured in collisions (California)
- 3,076 — Total number of fatalities from collision-related injuries (California)
- 33,808 — Total number of fatalities from collision-related injuries (nationwide)
Speeding — a type of negligence — is consistently the leading factor that causes collisions. In 2009, speeding was indicated in 29 percent of all injury and fatal collisions. Other negligent behaviors that cause auto accidents include distraction by passengers, extreme fatigue, alcohol intoxication and use of mobile phones or other electronic devices. In particular, texting-while-driving was officially banned in California in 2009; however, a new amendment enacted in 2013 allows for hands-free use of mobile phones, despite concern by some officials that the new permissions will only further distract drivers.
Choose an effective and empathetic auto accident attorney to handle your case in Vallejo or Fairfield
When you’re injured in an automobile accident, rely on the attorneys of Favaro, Lavezzo, Gill, Caretti & Heppell, PC to help you gain rightful compensation. To learn more about the personal injury services our law firm offers, call 707-552-3630 or contact us online today.
We keep flexible hours and are happy to schedule appointments outside the normal workday at our clients’ convenience. Members of our staff speak Spanish, and we also offer Tagalog and Ilocano translation services to facilitate access for Filipino and Hispanic clients. Favaro, Lavezzo, Gill, Caretti & Heppell, PC maintains offices in Vallejo, Fairfield and St. Helena to best serve clients located throughout Solano, Contra Costa and Napa Counties in Northern California.