Were You or a Loved One Injured in a San Diego Car Accident? Our Lawyers Can Get You Compensation.
Car accidents are a common occurrence on the nation’s roads. More than 38,000 people die every year in crashes across the country, and millions of people are injured. California is well-known for its busy highways. Between commercial traffic, residents and tourists, the state is very congested.
We are The Levinson Law Group
We are a dedicated San Diego car accident law firm with extensive experience working with clients who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle collisions.
The Levinson Law Group is a respected San Diego car accident law firm with extensive experience working with clients who suffered injuries in motor vehicle collisions. We only handle car accident claims, which gives us an unparalleled knowledge of what goes into these cases. To learn more, give The Levinson Law Group a call. We accept cases on a contingent fee. That means that if there is no recovery in your case, you pay no fee. And in most cases, we even advance the costs.
Car Accidents in San Diego
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data, in 2018, there were 33,654 fatal car crashes in the nation. Out of that, 20,333 thousand passenger vehicles were involved in fatal car accidents. Millions of people are injured in vehicle collisions every year.
According to NHTSA, in 2018, there were 3,259 fatal car accidents in California. Of that, 2,261 passenger vehicles were involved in deadly collisions. In 2018, 3,563 people died in fatal accidents in the state.
California Highway Patrol data shows that the top 3 cities in San Diego County for auto accidents in 2018 were San Diego, Chula Vista and Oceanside. San Diego has the largest population base and had 49,090 collisions and 44,042 injuries. Chula Vista had 7,705 crashes with 6,019 injuries, and Oceanside had 7,355 auto accidents and 5,103 injuries.
Car accidents happen in several different ways. While no two accidents are ever the same, there are many common causes for auto accidents in San Diego, such as:
Causes of San Diego Car Accidents
- Aggressive driving – This can include swerving, tailgating, brake checking, road rage and passing in a dangerous area.
- Fatigue – Drowsy driving slows reaction time and places everyone on the road in danger.
- Inexperience – Many new drivers do not know their vehicle’s limitations or their own limitations as drivers.
- Not signaling – Using turn signals is the law. When a driver does not use them for turns or lane changes, accidents may happen.
- Distracted driving – Distracted driving like texting, eating, talking on the phone, daydreaming, and dealing with children or pets is dangerous. Anything that takes someone’s attention off the road is dangerous.
- DUI/DWI – Driving while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs slows reaction time and decreases a driver’s ability to assess risks while driving.
- Speeding – Speed limits are in place to protect all drivers. Speeding reduces a driver’s reaction time should they lose control of their vehicle.
Non-Physical Car Accident Injuries
Other than physical injuries, auto collisions can also cause emotional or psychological injuries. Both physical and emotional injuries can reap havoc on a person’s life. If you or a loved one were injured in a San Diego car accident, know that you are entitled to compensation for your injuries from the negligent driver.
Our San Diego accident attorneys at The Levinson Law Group are ready to assist you.
Car Accident Liability
While driving safely and defensively would likely reduce the number of auto accidents, no matter how safe a driver may be, there is always a risk that an accident can happen due to someone else’s negligent driving.
In most San Diego auto accidents, at least one party is at fault for the crash. The at-fault party will be liable for the injuries and damages incurred. Fault and liability go hand-in-hand. California operates with the comparative negligence standard, adopted in 1975, which means a plaintiff may pursue compensation for injuries and other damages even if they were partially responsible for the crash.
California also follows the doctrine of pure comparative fault. Pure comparative fault is the doctrine that determines the amount of liability that the at-fault party must assume, based on the amount of fault the victim may have contributed.
Insurance companies tend to use the doctrine of comparative fault as a way to save money. The higher the percentage of fault is attributed to the victim, the lower the compensation award. Moreover, insurance companies work to attribute blame, partially or wholly, on the claimant so they can reduce their own financial obligation. Insurance companies only care about their bottom line, which is saving the company money.
California Insurance Requirements
Drivers in California are required by law to have insurance. However, according to the Insurance Information Institute, approximately 15 percent of California drivers do not carry any car insurance, and some do not have enough insurance coverage.
Do not risk your ability to recovery compensation.
Anyone injured in a crash with an uninsured or underinsured driver risks being unable to recover compensation for their injuries and damages. Therefore, it is important to purchase car insurance coverage.
Minimum California Car Insurance Coverage
California requires drivers to carry, at the minimum, the following vehicle insurance:
- Bodily injury liability coverage: $15,000 per person/$30,000 per accident minimum
- Property damage liability coverage: $5,000 minimum
Despite the law, many drivers refuse to carry the minimum insurance coverage or cannot afford the premiums on such insurance.
In response to this growing number, California now requires all vehicle insurance providers to offer drivers insurance coverage for accidents involving uninsured and underinsured drivers. This coverage is known as uninsured motorist coverage (UMC). Uninsured motorist coverage is made up of uninsured motorist coverage and underinsured motorist coverage.
UM/UIM Coverage in California
Uninsured motorist (UM) coverage offers protection to drivers whose car was hit by a driver without insurance or if a driver is involved in a hit-and-run accident. Underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage triggers when a negligent driver does not have enough insurance to cover all the damages and injuries caused by the car accident.
What is the coverage for UM and UIM? A driver is usually entitled to the same coverage to protect you against UM/UIMs as you would have if you were at fault for a crash. While it is not mandatory to have UM/UIM coverage, you must sign a waiver if you do not want UM/UIM coverage. In California, insurers, at minimum, must offer the following coverage:
- Uninsured motorist bodily injury coverage: $15,000 per person/$30,000 per accident minimum
- Uninsured motorist property damage coverage: $3,500 minimum
What to do After a Car Accident
Get to safety
If you are able, move your vehicle to the side of the road.
Exchange insurance information
Get insurance and contact information from all drivers involved in the accident.
Document the scene
Take photos of the site, damages, and injuries. Obtain contact information of any witnesses to the accident.
See a doctor
See a doctor right away, even if your injuries seem minor. Keep all of your medical records.
Contact an attorney
Do not face the insurance companies alone. Reach out to The Levinson Law Group for assistance.
A personal injury lawyer knows the law and how it applies to personal injury claims and can represent your best interests.
Why You Need a San Diego Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one was involved in a San Diego car accident, you should consult an attorney right away. While you can represent yourself, many people often find out that they do not understand the legal procedures involved in litigation, settlement or mediation. Many plaintiffs do not know which documents to file, how to complete those forms and how to deal with insurance companies. Insurance companies are notorious for paying out as little as possible. Do not face insurance companies and their attorneys alone.
Not only is self-representation challenging, but it can also result in the claimant losing out on compensation. A 1999 study from the Insurance Research Council (IRC) shows that car accident victims represented by attorneys scored significantly higher settlements. Insurance companies have teams of attorneys ready to protect the insurance company’s bottom line. With the help of a skilled car accident attorney, you can rest easy knowing you will get the highest reward.
We Only Handle Car Accident Cases
Examples of car accident cases we handle include:
- Brain Injury Caused by Car Accident
- Child Injury
- Drunk Driving Accident
- Fatal Car Accident
- Head-On Collision Accident
- Paralysis Caused by Car Accident
- Rear-End Accident
- Reckless Driving Accident
- Rollover Accident
- SUV Accident
- Texting & Driving Accident
- Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist Claims
- Uber Accidents and Fatal Uber Accidents
- Lyft Accidents and Fatal Lyft Accidents
With extensive experience working for some of the country’s largest insurance companies, attorney Levinson and his team command an in-depth understanding of the insurance industry and use that knowledge to help clients obtain the compensation they deserve.
Most accident victims do not know their legal rights and cannot adequately protect themselves in court. Many do not know the laws of the state they live in. A personal injury lawyer knows the law and how it applies to personal injury claims and can represent your best interests.
Why Do You Need a San Diego Car Accident Lawyer from Levinson Law Group? Because We Win.
If you or a loved one were involved in a car accident, reach out to The Levinson Law Group attorneys right away. At The Levinson Law Group, our dedicated team of car accident lawyers is here to help.
If you have questions about the recovery process, we can answer them. If you are not sure you want to bring a case against the other driver, we will not pressure you. We only want to make sure that you are informed to make the best decision for yourself and your family.
When you decide to work with The Levinson Law Group, you can rest assured that you will have someone in your corner throughout the entire process. To learn more about your options, call The Levinson Law Group at 760-840-2304. We accept cases on a contingent fee. That means that if there is no recovery in your case, you pay no fee. And in most cases, we even advance the costs.