Jun 7, 2021
2020 was a particularly dangerous year for drivers. The stay-at-home orders issued as a result of the coronavirus pandemic meant that roads and highways were virtually empty, with typical traffic and congestion reduced to historic lows. Consequently, many drivers exercised unsafe habits, such as excessive speeding and other forms of reckless driving. These unsafe habits resulted in a significant mileage death rate increase for the year.
In its annual report, the National Safety Council found that the estimated mileage death rate for 2020 was 1.49 deaths per 100 vehicle miles traveled. That’s a 24% increase from the 2019 figures, and it comes at a time when many of us were stuck at home and off the roads. Unfortunately, 2021 may be equally grim in terms of car accident fatalities, specifically in the Antelope Valley area of Los Angeles County.
To date, local ABC 7 reported that there have been at least 44 confirmed fatal motor vehicle crashes throughout the Antelope Valley (94 were confirmed in 2020). According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, many of these fatal crashes are due to excessive speeding on empty roads.
“Our fatality numbers throughout the Antelope Valley are out of control,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Investigator, Matthew Davis, to ABC 7.
The ABC 7 report noted that during the COVID-19 lockdowns “empty roads and freeways led to some drivers feeling like they were on a racetrack.” And as the pandemic has subsided and life is inching closer to normalcy “law enforcement is on a mission in the Antelope Valley to get you to back off pushing the pedal to the metal.”
“We’re gonna be doing numerous operations all over the valley,” Investigator Davis told ABC 7
“Our goal is to show everybody that we’re there and the reason why we’re doing it is because we believe that if we can decrease the speed, we can change the mindset of everybody who drives in the Antelope Valley. We can effect some change.”
Both the Lancaster and Palmdale Sheriff’s Offices are working with California Highway Patrol (CHP) to catch speeding drivers by setting up speed traps in various Antelope Valley locations. The action comes after some tragic motor vehicle crashes were recently reported.
Last week, a big rig crash involving a car was reported in the Lancaster-area near Avenue G between 30th Street East and 20th Street East, according to the CHP. Two women and two boys were killed in the crash, while a 5-year-old boy was reportedly treated for major traumatic injuries. All of the victims and the injured child were residents of Lancaster, the CHP said.
The car, a Dodge Challenger, was travelling in the wrong direction when it collided with a Peterbilt big rig. The truck driver, 44-year-old Santos D. Torres of Corona, California, sustained minor injuries, according to a local KTLA report.
KTLA also reported that authorities are continuing to investigate why the Dodge Challenger was traveling on the wrong side of the road. Whether or not drugs or alcohol could have played a role has yet to be determined.
In a public statement, the California Highway Patrol declared, “You can help us prevent these senseless deaths by obeying all traffic signs and signals, obeying the speed limit, not driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and always wearing your seatbelt.”
As drivers continue exercising unsafe habits on the roads, the potential for being injured in a car accident increases. If you’re injured in a car crash due to another driver speeding (or any type of negligence/carelessness) the resulting medical bills, lost wages, and emotional trauma should not be your responsibility. The at-fault driver should be punished for his or her actions.
One of the best ways to obtain justice and ensure any losses you’ve endured as a result of a car accident are covered is through a personal injury civil lawsuit. By filing a claim, the injured victim can pursue financial compensation for various types of economic and non-economic damages.
Some common damages recovered in personal injury car accident claims include:
If a fatality occurs as a result of a car accident, the surviving family members and eligible dependents can file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover various damages for funeral and burial expenses, loss of pension, loss of medical benefits, etc.
After a car accident, your physical recovery and well-being are what’s most important. By filing a civil lawsuit to help recover the compensation you deserve, an experienced legal team like Dordulian Law Group (DLG) will handle the stressful details while you focus on getting well.
Proving negligence in a car accident case can be a complex process. Negotiating with insurance companies, demonstrating the proper percentage of fault under the law, and fighting to ensure all future medical bills are covered can be difficult, especially if you’re taking on all those responsibilities while injured. The good news is that car accident victims who hire an experienced and dedicated team of attorneys like those at DLG tend to recover higher damages awards.
A study by the Insurance Research Council (IRC) found that settlements were 40% higher when the injured party had hired a private attorney to handle their claim. Additionally, IRC research confirms that the average insurance payout is 3.5 times higher for clients with private attorney representation. And 85% of all money paid by insurance companies for bodily injuries (like those often sustained in car accidents) goes to clients who have secured qualified private legal representation.
So, if you hire an experienced private car accident attorney like DLG’s Sam Dordulian to handle your claim, you’re statistically more likely to receive a 40% greater settlement and 3.5 times higher insurance payout. But beyond the general statistics, there are a number of other reasons why you should consider choosing DLG to handle your car accident claim.
Sam Dordulian founded DLG after serving as a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County. In that role, Dordulian successfully handled over 100 jury trials. With over 100 courtroom victories, Dordulian offers a level of experience that can rarely be found when searching for a personal injury lawyer. And that experience is an added advantage for our car accident clients.
With that level of courtroom savvy, Dordulian automatically prepares every car accident case for trial. That means that if an insurance company or at-fault driver tries to push us to accept anything less than a maximum financial damages award on your behalf, we take the case to trial and prove it before a jury. We never settle for less than a maximum financial damages award – one that covers not only the medical bills you’ve already sustained, but also any future care you may require as a result of your car accident injuries.
By choosing DLG to handle your car accident claim, you never have to worry about making a complete recovery. We’ll negotiate the best possible settlement that makes you “whole” and allows you to recover physically, emotionally, and financially.
And with DLG, car accident cases are investigated by a retired LAPD detective who previously served in the department’s elite Central Traffic Division. DLG’s Chief Investigator, Moses Castillo, has nearly three decades of experience investigating all types of car accident cases – hit-and-runs, rollovers, multi-car, single car, etc. Evidence can be critical to proving a car accident claim and increasing a final damages award. That’s why we ensure every claim is properly investigated by a professional, so every shred of evidence that can help prove your case and increase your financial compensation is recovered.
With a 98% success rate and over $100 million in settlements and verdicts recovered for injured victims like you, DLG is the best law firm in California for your car accident claim. Contact us today online or by phone at 818-322-4056 for a free consultation. We’ll listen to the facts of your case, ensure you receive the best medical care available, launch a thorough investigation, and begin the legal process towards winning your case and recovering a maximum financial damages award.
With DLG, our No Win/No Fee Guarantee means you never pay anything until we recover maximum financial compensation on your behalf. We believe all Californians should have access to the best legal representation available, regardless of socioeconomic status or financial hardships. Contact us today to learn more about what it means for car accident victims who secure the DLG Advantage.
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