Santa Barbara Car Accident Lawyers
Car Accidents Near Ventura & Goleta, California
When you have been seriously injured in a car, motorcycle, bicycle, or other type of motor vehicle accident, it is critical to get advice from a Santa Barbara personal injury attorney with experience handling injury cases as soon as possible. It is imperative to properly document your injuries and damages, which will enable you to later recover full and fair compensation and give you a better opportunity to win your case.
"The insurance companies are looking out for their own best interest. Our job is to look out for your best interest. We're here to protect you."
- Sheldon Rosenfield
Car Accident Case Results
- $1,200,000 Settlement - Motorcycle/Auto Accident - Fractured Wrist
- $750,000 Settlement - Auto Accident - Multiple Fractures
- $750,000 Settlement - Auto Accident - Injuries Requiring Surgery
- $500,000 Settlement - Auto Accident - Motorcycle Accident
- $300,000 Binding Arbitration - Auto Accident - Intersection Accident
- $300,000 Settlement - Auto Accident - Rear-End Accident
∗ Selected cases listed. Every case is different. Past case results are not a guarantee, and similar results may not be obtained in your case. View more case results here.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Certain causes of collisions are more frequent than others in Southern California, including:
- Impaired drivers: Whether drugs or alcohol are involved, driving with any kind of chemical impairment is not only illegal, but extremely dangerous. Impairments slow reaction time, reduce good judgment, and make a collision more likely.
- Drowsy drivers: Driving while drowsy can be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. Falling asleep for a moment is all it takes to start a crash, which can have tragic consequences.
- Distracted drivers: Distractions take a driver’s attention and eyes off the road. Although mobile phones and passengers can distract a driver, the most common cause of distraction resulting in fatal accidents is simple daydreaming.
- Speeding drivers: Excessive speeds make it harder to control a vehicle, and can result in single-vehicle collisions if the driver goes faster than is safe in a turn.
- Unsafe conditions: Bad weather and poorly maintained roads can lead to accidents as easily as anything else. Drivers need to slow down in severe rain, fog, or other conditions that reduce visibility, and to watch out for potholes or other damaged areas of the road.
Drivers who negligently operate their vehicles and hurt other people should be held accountable for the costs of their carelessness. After a crash, you should get immediate medical attention and call a lawyer at once.
Documenting Injuries and Damages
NordstrandBlack PC has the knowledge and resources necessary to properly investigate the accident. We visit the scene of the accident, hire investigators and experts if necessary to photograph the scene, identify and get statements from witnesses, and reconstruct the accident to determine the cause of the collision. A person involved in a car crash should also get a thorough medical evaluation and record details regarding the accident to aid in documenting accident-related injuries and damages.
Common Injuries in Car Crashes
A victim’s injuries will depend on the severity of the collision, how many vehicles were involved, and the safety features on the involved vehicles. Two large SUVs colliding at slow speeds might not cause injuries to the occupants, but a commercial truck going the same speed, which hits a motorcyclist, will likely be fatal.
The most common injuries we see in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Goleta collisions include:
- Lacerations: Cuts often do serious damage to the skin, leaving a victim with scars. Deep cuts can also damage soft tissue or organs beneath the skin, causing internal bleeding, infection, or other complications.
- Burns: Collisions can cause a fire or explosion. Anyone inside a burning vehicle must get out or be removed from the car immediately to minimize the damage.
- Broken bones: The impact of two cars slamming into each other can cause broken bones for the people within, especially the drivers, who can strike the steering wheel if no airbags deploy. The hands and wrists are often used to absorb impact during a collision, so it is not uncommon for bones in this area to be fractured as well.
- Internal injuries: Internal organs can be ruptured by the impact of the wreck itself or by flying objects within a vehicle. These injuries may not be immediately apparent, but they are very dangerous if left untreated.
- Facial injuries: Injuries to the face are often caused by flying debris or airbags, but anyone not wearing a seatbelt is at high risk of injury due to striking the seat, dashboard, or windshield in front of them. These injuries can require extensive surgery to reconstruct the face, and interfere with daily tasks like eating or even breathing.
- Seatbelt-related injuries: Although seatbelts save lives, the violent forces in a collision can cause a seatbelt to dig into a person’s stomach and chest, causing damage to abdominal organs. Seatbelts can even lacerate organs inside a person’s body. When these safety features are not designed or worn properly, a person can slip under a seatbelt or “submarine.” This often results in the belt pulling on the neck and shoulder, causing serious injuries.
- Soft tissue damage: Muscles, tendons, and ligaments are easily damaged in a serious car crash. Damage to soft tissue can take weeks or months to heal, often requiring surgery and physical therapy to completely mend.
- Traumatic amputation: Collisions can create jagged shards of metal and glass, which can slice through exposed limbs in the impact. Loss of fingers, hands, and legs will cause major difficulties throughout the rest of a victim’s life.
- Neck and shoulder injuries: Damage to the neck and shoulder area, like whiplash, is painful and can require months of treatment. Victims often have difficulty working, sleeping, and performing normal daily activities.
- Whiplash: In vehicle collisions, tremendous forces can cause a person’s neck to snap backward and then forward. The speed and violence of this movement can tear or otherwise damage soft tissue like muscles and tendons in the neck.
- Spinal cord injuries: Spinal cord injuries can result in long-term pain and difficulty with movement, or even partial or complete paralysis.
- Traumatic brain injuries: Injuries to the brain can alter the rest of a victim’s life. TBIs can result in changes in personality, learning disabilities, memory loss, sensory loss, and other lifelong consequences.
Fatalities from Car Accidents
While injuries to the spine or brain can be catastrophic, nothing is more tragic than a life cut short. Death can occur immediately at the scene of the vehicle accident or later due to complications from injuries. When a child is fatally injured in a car accident, it is heartbreaking for the parents, friends, and family of that young person.
When someone is killed in a vehicle collision in Santa Barbara, Goleta, or Ventura, family members may file a wrongful death lawsuit against the person who caused the accident. The parents of a child, the spouse of a loved one, or the child of a parent may be able to file a wrongful death suit. While this is not the first thing a grieving family wants to think about, it is important to hold negligent drivers accountable for their actions.
Know Your Rights and Responsibilities in Southern California
Before settling a claim with an insurance company or driver, it is important to understand your legal rights and responsibilities and to know the full extent of your injuries and damages. Auto accident victims are entitled to recover damages for any personal injuries sustained, as well as other costs associated with the crash. The plaintiff, or the person pursuing compensation, must prove that the other motorist acted negligently and was therefore responsible for causing the collision in order to win their case. Examples of negligent driver behavior include: speeding, failure to yield the right of way, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and failing to pay attention.
"You had an accident and you're contacted by an insurance company adjuster. Should you talk to them? The simple answer is NO. You should not talk to the adjuster before consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney about the circumstances of you case."
- Doug Black
Statute of Limitations: Do Not Lose Your Right to Recover Money
If you have been injured due to the negligence of another party, you may feel that you should adopt a "wait-and-see" approach with respect to your injury, or perhaps you don't feel up to deciding whether you want to pursue your legal remedies. You should, however, bear in mind that the law requires you to pursue legal remedies sooner rather than later. This time limit is generally known as the "statute of limitations." If you fail to file your claim within the applicable statute of limitations, you may be forever barred from bringing your claim, regardless of its merit. Therefore, even if you do not think you will be bringing a lawsuit, consulting with an experienced SoCal car accident attorney is essential to determine if any action should be taken to preserve your potential claim.
NordstrandBlack PC offers aggressive representation to our clients so they get the compensation they are legally entitled to. Contact our Southern California car accident law firm today for a free initial consultation to learn about your rights and how we can help after an accident.
Take Action to Protect Your Rights
Santa Barbara: (805) 962-2022
Learn more about your legal rights and options as an accident victim by scheduling a free consultation with one of our Santa Barbara injury lawyers. To do that, simply call our law office directly at (805) 962-2022 or contact us online.
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