Grim statistics: California ranks first in fatal car crashes
Police in Long Beach are investigating a hit-and-run that left one bicyclist dead. Two weeks ago, a motorcyclist was killed in a collision with an SUV. A 90-year-old driver died after speeding through a parking lot, injuring several people before the car came to a stop. These are just a few of the most recent headlines concerning accidents in the Long Beach area. One may think it’s just a coincidence that so many fatal crashes happened within the past two weeks. It’s not. According to the latest statistics, in 2022, California had the most fatal crashes in the country, 3,558, resulting in 3,847 deaths. More than 10 people die every day in some type of traffic accident and tens of thousands are injured. This means tens of thousands of families are devastated, grieving their loved ones or struggling with mounting hospital bills. There is no remedy for loss and grief, except maybe time, but victims and their families can at least get compensation for the financial losses they suffered. Many families in this situation wonder how much their claim may be worth. This is something only seasoned Long Beach accident lawyers can tell you. The value of a claim depends on the severity of the injury and the extent to which it impacts a family.
Do you need a lawyer for any type of crash? Not really. You can deal with a minor crash by talking to the insurance company directly. For more serious accidents, you will however have to contact skilled lawyers to help you determine who is liable for your damages and how to proceed with your case. Many claims can be settled outside of court, but for a catastrophic accident, you may want to sue the at-fault driver.
Here are some of the most dangerous types of car accidents in California, accidents for which it is best to seek legal advice as soon as possible: