San Jose Car Accident Lawyers

Car accidents occur on a daily basis in San Jose and across Northern California and, unfortunately, most are not actually accidents at all. The bad decisions people make, whether it is another driver or the government agency that designed the road, can significantly jeopardize the health and safety of all road users, including drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Being aware of the risks on roads, and knowing what you can do in the event of a car crash, can ensure that your future is protected.

Causes of Traffic Accidents

The underlying cause of most auto accidents is negligence, but negligence, and/or recklessness, can manifest in a number of different ways on the road. Being aware of these common traffic accident causes can help you protect yourself against hazardous situations, although the actions of others can never really be predicted:

  • Distracted driving - Examples include eating, drinking, grooming, talking to passengers, texting, talking on a cell phone, adjusting music, and programming GPS while driving.
  • Violating traffic laws - The most common examples of such reckless and negligent behavior are speeding, failing to yield the right-of-way, failing to obey traffic control devices such as traffic lights and stop signs, and drunk driving.
  • Poor road design/hazardous road conditions - Missing road signs, tight or blind turns, and/or the improper repair or lack of maintenance of a road can all contribute to dangerous conditions that may cause an accident.
  • Defective auto parts - Defective wiring, malfunctioning computer systems, defective airbags, poorly manufactured parts, and other auto equipment failures can lead to serious injury accidents when they occur on the road.

What Can You Do When Negligence Causes a Crash?

Negligent actions such as those listed above can cause serious injury car accidents that can completely alter victims' lives. Ongoing medical treatment and care, the accompanying medical bills, lost time from work, lost future income, rehabilitative care, and even the life-long care and accommodations that would be necessary if the injuries resulted in a disability can take an undue toll on a victim's emotional and financial wellbeing. There is an opportunity to obtain justice, however, in the form of a personal injury claim.

Filing a Personal Injury Claim

If you have been injured in a car accident caused by the negligence of another, California law entitles you to hold the at-fault party, whether it is another driver, auto manufacturer, or government agency, responsible for the injuries their negligence caused. While it is possible to file a personal injury claim on your own, it is much more beneficial to you to retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney to do it on your behalf.

Obtaining Compensation for Your Losses

At Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP, our knowledgeable car accident lawyers have the experience and resources to gather all appropriate evidence and file a strong personal injury claim against the at-fault party. We are committed to providing each and every client with the dedicated and effective representation they need to obtain the financial security they deserve. To learn more about your legal rights and options after a collision, call us today for a consultation at (800) 900-0863.

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