Have You Been Involved in an Accident?
What Should You Do?
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, your life has been turned upside down. Your normal routine of working and caring for your family has suddenly come to an end. You are not only coping with an injury that may disable you, but without an income, who will pay for your family’s needs and your medical care?
If you or a family member find yourself in that situation, you need an experienced legal team that understands your situation and will ensure:
- Your rights and your family are protected,
- Your medical bills are paid, and
- Your legal claims will be resolved with the best possible outcome.
You need to focus on recovery while AGNEWBRUSAVICH takes care of your legal claims and deals with the insurance companies. Since 1984, we have been meeting the legal needs of victims of serious accidents, including those injured due to automobile and bicycle accidents.
The Automobile and Bicycle Fatality Rate is Staggering
We all too often take our safety for granted when we drive or bike. We go to the same places so often, driving or biking can feel like I i’s automatic. They are everyday activities, but over the years we have learned how dangerous they truly can be. We have represented the families of those killed in these accidents and also those seriously injured, sometimes facing lifetime disabilities, because something went terribly wrong during what was supposed to be just another trip or bike ride.
The motor vehicle fatality and injury statistics for the state are sobering. According to the California Highway Patrol in 2011,
- 2,835 people were killed, and 225,602 were injured in motor vehicle accidents in California.
- The number of those injured could fill the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum about two and a half times.
- With 28,463,152 motor vehicles registered in the state that year, these statistics should not come as a surprise.
Nationwide 726 cyclists were killed, and about 49,000 were injured in motor vehicle accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. About 17 % of those fatalities, or 124 people killed, were in California.
Cracked Cement, Road Blocks and Wet Roads Create Dangerous Roadways
Poorly designed and maintained roadways are a hazard to all those who travel on them, whether they are pedestrians, in cars, in trucks or on bicycles.
- Roads may not have the capacity for the traffic.
- They could be designed in a way that makes intersections hazardous.
- Vehicles could lose traction due to water pools on the roadway instead of draining properly.
- Poor pavement and pot holes may cause drivers to swerve around these defects and collide into other vehicles.
- Roads may be poorly lit.
- Malfunctioning stop lights could endanger drivers.
One 2012 survey estimates that the majority of California’s counties’ pavement quality is “at risk,” while only eight counties have a pavement rating of “good.” The American Road and Transportation Builders Association estimates that ten percent of the nations’ bridges are in urgent need of repair. Of the top one hundred bridges described as in most need of repair based on daily crossings 79 are in California.
Pedestrians Have the Right-of-Way
Drivers have too many things on their minds while driving. What little focus they have is often trained on other vehicles. As a result, the California Highway Patrol estimates 13,347 pedestrians were killed in 2011.
- Nearly half of pedestrians were in crosswalks when they were struck.
- The fact they were not even in the roadway did not save 958 pedestrians killed that year.
- 20 people, perhaps many of them children, were killed approaching or leaving school buses.
No matter what type of accident you or your loved one has been involved with, contact-us AgnewBrusavich so we can answer your questions, discuss your situation, and how we can protect you and your family.