Santa Cruz Car Accident Lawyers
A car accident can utterly devastate your life. Unless you have been an injury victim in an automobile accident you likely have no idea how difficult it can be merely to convince the insurance adjuster to offer you a fair settlement. This is really an example of the proverbial rubbing salt in a wound, for car injury victims have enough to deal with simply trying to put their lives back together without having to fight a losing battle with an obstinate insurance company. A car accident attorney with a track record of success will do the hard work for you and allow you to spend your energy recuperating. We at Nadrich & Cohen, LLP have that experience and skill.
National and Local Automobile Accident Statistics
The statistics on car accident injuries and deaths tell a grim story indeed. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2012 alone nearly 10 million vehicular accidents were reported by law enforcement personnel. Of these, all but a handful involved passenger vehicles. An astounding 2.09 million individuals suffered injuries that include:
- Broken bones
- Loss of limb
- Burns when the car caught fire
- Crushed limbs and organs
- Spinal damage
- Trauma to the head
- Brain damage
An additional 45,586 people lost their lives in car crashes. In Santa Cruz, itself, the city database shows that in 2009 4 individuals died in car accidents, one of whom died as a result of a drunk driver.
Common Causes of Automobile Accidents
While these numbers are disturbing, when one considers them from the perspective of law enforcement they are needless and tragic. This is because a large number of automobile accidents occur when drivers ignore the basic rules of the road. Among the more common causes of car crashes are:
- Driving at excessive speed. As a general rule the faster a driver speeds the greater likelihood exists that an accident will occur, and the more serious any injuries will be.
- Driving while intoxicated. Drunk driving has become a very serious problem nationwide, yet despite significantly increased penalties individuals continue to get behind the wheel when they are under the influence.
- Driving while exhausted. There is no law that says you have to pull over and rest if you are tired, but it only makes good sense. A person who is weary has diminished reflexes somewhat akin to those of the drunk driver.
- Driving recklessly. There is a reason why reckless driving is a misdemeanor rather than an infraction. Significant recklessness, such as speeding through red lights, endangers other drivers as well as pedestrians.
- Driving while distracted. More attention is being paid to distracted driving these days, particularly talking on the cell phone and texting. However, there are individuals who will actually read a book or newspaper while driving.
What to Do if You Are Injured in a Car Accident
If you have been injured in an accident it is very important that you hire a personal injury attorney. The attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen, LLP have over two decades of experience successfully representing injured clients like yourself. Call us today to arrange a consultation.
From CA-156/Pacheco Pass Highway continue until you turn slightly to the right onto County Highway G11/San Juan Rd. This is approximately one-half mile past Cole Rd. Drive 2.4 miles, and then turn left onto Tarpey Rd. and continue for another 1.3 miles. Tarpey Rd. becomes San Miguel Canyon Rd., at which point drive 0.4 miles and stay straight onto Hall Rd./County Hwy G12. Continue on G12 for 3.6 miles, and then turn left onto Werner Rd. This is 0.2 miles past Hudson Landing Rd. Turn slightly to the left onto Salinas Rd. and continue another 1.1 miles until you merge onto CA-1 North. Drive 18.5 miles until you get to the Ocean Street exit, Exit 442. Stay on the left toward Beaches. Keep left at the fork in the ramp, and stay straight to go onto Water Street. You will have passed the Coloma St. Union 76 Station on the right. Drive 0.4 miles. You will pass Knight Street Bank of the West, which is on the corner. Turn left onto Pacific Ave., and then take an immediate left onto Cooper St. Cooper St. is just past Locust St., and Laili Restaurant is on the left.
If you are arriving by bus take Line 66N or 69. These run every 11-30 minutes, depending upon the day and time.