Auto accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other motor vehicles are one of the leading causes of preventable death in the United States a present a considerable cause for concern for Long Beach residents.
Car Accident Injuries
Car accidents can result in serious, life-changing injuries. Depending on the types of injuries you sustain, you may require expensive medical care such as reconstructive surgery, vocational rehabilitation, permanent medical equipment, and medications. You may also suffer lost income and a diminished quality of life. Injuries include:
- head injury
- traumatic brain injury
- chest injury
- back injury
- spinal cord injury and paralysis
- amputation of limbs
- soft tissue damage (muscles, tendons, ligaments)
- deep cuts/lacerations
Causes of Car Accidents in Long Beach
There are various reasons that car accidents occur in Long Beach.
One of the most common causes is distracted driving. Distracted driving is defined as any activity that diverts attention away from driving, such as talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system — anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving. A distracted driver endangers everyone else on the road because they are unable to devote their full attention to driving.
Driving over the speed limit not only increases the probability of being involved in an automobile accident but also increases the likelihood that the incident will result in serious injury or death. It is estimated that around 40% of traffic deaths in Long Beach involved speeding, which is above the national average of 27.7%.
Reckless driving can be extremely dangerous, causing others to dodge their vehicles. It can include unsafe lane changes, wrong-way driving, road rage, turning in an unsafe way and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Drunk driving ranks among the highest causes of fatalities.
How we can help
If you have been seriously injured in a car accident in Long Beach, you may have a personal injury case if you can prove that the collision was caused by the driver of the other vehicle, a problem with an unsafe roadway, or a defect with the vehicle. You may be entitled to loss of income, property damage, medical bills, and pain and suffering. Auto accident claims, especially those involving multiple vehicles or roadway or vehicle defects, may be highly complex. They may involve pursuing cases against large powerful corporations, public entities, and insurance companies. Therefore you need a law firm such as ours, with extensive experience and the resources to handle such cases and maximize your recovery.
Contact Taschner Law today for a Free Consultation or and see how we can help!
Long Beach Freeways and highways (published under GNU Wikipedia License):
Freeways and highways
Several freeways run through Long Beach, connecting it with the greater Los Angeles and Orange County areas. The San Diego Freeway (I-405) bisects the northern and southern portions of the city and takes commuters northwest or southeast to the Golden State/Santa Ana Freeways (I-5). The San Diego Freeway also provides regional access to Long Beach Airport, which is on the north side of the freeway near Signal Hill. The Long Beach Freeway (I-710) runs north–south on the city's western border, with its southern terminus adjacent to the Port of Long Beach on Terminal Island at the intersection of the Terminal Island Freeway (SR 103) and State Route 47. The Long Beach Freeway is the major spur route serving Long Beach from downtown Los Angeles, with its northern terminus near downtown Los Angeles in Alhambra. Along with the Harbor Freeway (I-110) to the west, the Long Beach Freeway is one of the major routes for trucks transporting goods from the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to railyards and distribution centers in downtown Los Angeles and the Inland Empire. The southern end of the Long Beach Freeway joins Long Beach with Terminal Island via the Gerald Desmond Bridge.
Southeast Long Beach is served by the San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605), which joins the San Diego Freeway at the Long Beach/Los Alamitos border. The Artesia Freeway (SR 91) runs east–west near the northern border of Long Beach. The western portion of the Garden Grove Freeway (SR 22) provides a spur off of the San Diego and 605 Freeways to 7th Street in southeast Long Beach for access to the VA Hospital, California State University, Long Beach, and Alamitos Bay.
Pacific Coast Highway (SR 1) takes an east to southwest route through the southern portion of Long Beach. Its intersection with Lakewood Boulevard (SR 19) and Los Coyotes Diagonal is the Los Alamitos Traffic Circle.