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Common Roadway Accidents That Result in Personal Injury

Posted By Robin Perry
Common Roadway Accidents That Result in Personal Injury

You were recently injured in a roadway accident. Whether you were driving in a car and another vehicle hit you, a distracted truck driver collided into your car, or you were biking or walking when you were struck, all of these are common roadway accidents that result in personal injury. Now you have high medical bills and other expenses to pay, which isn’t fair. The person who was responsible for the accident should have to compensate you. That’s where Robin D. Perry can help. 

The Law Offices of Robin D. Perry & Associates provide vigorous representation to clients and are a goal-oriented and values-driven firm. We develop creative strategies to win every case, every time and are confident we can help you with your personal injury case. Reach out to us today to schedule a consultation. 

Roadway Accidents and Injuries in California 

California is infamous for having bad traffic. Cities like Los Angeles and Long Beach have high populations as well. Since there are so many drivers and people on the road, thousands of metro area residents are injured in roadway accidents every year. 

Some of the injuries that can arise from a roadway accident include:

  • Whiplash

  • Back and neck injuries

  • Burns

  • Internal bleeding

  • Broken bones

  • Fractures

  • Knee injuries

  • Foot and ankle injuries

  • Wrist injuries

  • Road rash

  • Soft tissue injuries

  • Spinal cord injuries

  • Paralysis

  • Traumatic brain injuries

Of course, the circumstances surrounding a roadway accident are going to determine how badly someone is injured. For instance, injuries are likely to be much more serious if a driver was hit by a commercial truck on a highway, or a car struck a motorcyclist, biker, or pedestrian. If the accident happened at night when there was low visibility, or the driver was distracted, speeding, or otherwise driving recklessly, then the injuries could be much worse. 

A roadway accident injury may only affect you for a few weeks, or it could impact you for the rest of your life. If you became paraplegic following an accident, then your entire life would be negatively impacted. You may have to stop working and partaking in all the activities you love, suffer because you are no longer able to help your spouse around the house and with the children, and have to rely on medical equipment and caregivers. Plus, the costs for suffering that kind of injury could total millions of dollars throughout the rest of your life. 

Even if you only suffered from a minor injury like whiplash, your medical costs could be high. Healthcare is notoriously expensive, and it could take a long time to heal from your seemingly minor injuries. Plus, there are so many other costs involved. What if you have to take off work to go to doctors’ appointments? What if your personal belongings were damaged in the accident? What if you need to go to therapy to deal with the trauma from the accident? All of these expenses must be taken into consideration when demanding a settlement from the responsible party so you get what you deserve. 

What to Do After an Accident

If you take some critical steps following your accident, then you’re going to increase your chances of getting a proper settlement. First, if you were a pedestrian or bicyclist and you got badly injured, stay in place and wait for the paramedics to come and assist you. If you’re in a car or on a bike or motorcycle, pull over to the side of the road where you won’t be in danger of getting hit again. 

Then, call the cops to file a police report. If you’re able to, start collecting evidence to show who was at fault for the accident. Take photographs of your visible injuries, if you have any, and photos of the scene of the accident and of any cameras that could have captured what occurred on tape. Don’t forget to take pictures of the responsible party’s vehicle, including their license plate. Collect witness statements from anyone who was nearby and saw what happened, and ask the driver for their insurance and contact information. If they offer you cash not to call their insurance company, do not take it. 

Instead, go to the hospital as soon as possible to get assessed. Whatever kind of treatment you doctor prescribes, make sure you follow it. Take the medication they give you and go to specialists if they recommend it. Stay on top of your medical care so that you can heal quickly and fully. 

The driver’s insurance company may reach out to you within a few days. They’re going to attempt to collect information about the accident that they can then use against you to offer you a lower settlement. Even if you believe the settlement is fair, don’t accept it. Your injures could get worse and then you won’t be able to get a higher settlement. Accepting the first offer is a common mistake that people make because they’re vulnerable after they get injured and think they can’t get a better settlement. They believe this is their only chance to retrieve compensation. This is simply not true. The insurance company is looking to pay you as little as possible, and you should never let them do that. 

Give the insurance company as few details as possible about the accident aside from the basics like your name and contact information. Then, call an experienced personal injury lawyer for help. 

How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Assist You

A personal injury lawyer will work hard and fight for you in your time of need. They will assist you with collecting the evidence you need to prove that the other party was at fault for the accident and your injuries. Remember that even if you were partially at fault, you could still garner some sort of settlement. 

Your settlement could include economic and non-economic damages like your medical bills, loss of wages, costs for repairing your personal belongs such as your car or bicycle, loss of enjoyment of life, and pain and suffering. Only a lawyer will be able to calculate all the damages involved.

The best part is that a personal injury lawyer won’t charge you unless they win your case. Then, they’ll take a fee for their services. A good lawyer will let you know what that fee is upfront so there are no surprises. They will work with you to get you the highest settlement possible and are always willing to go back to the negotiating table with the insurance company if they think it’s the best move for you. 

Contact Robin D. Perry & Associates

If you were injured in a roadway accident and now you need legal representation, then get in touch with the Law Offices of Robin D. Perry & Associates now. No matter what, we will fight on your behalf during your time of need. Call us at 562-216-2944 or contact us on our website for a free consultation. 

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Robin Perry

Robin D. Perry was born in South Central Los Angeles and raised by a single mother. Perry graduated from the University of California, Davis where he received his BA in Sociology of Law & Society. Perry then attended the University of California, Hastings College of the Law where he received his JD degree. While there he won the American Jurisprudence Award in trial advocacy.Perry founded the firm in 1998 and has handled numerous high profile civil matters and litigated cases in Ohio, Texas, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii. As a personal injury lawyer, Mr. Perry handles a broad range of matters including motor vehicle accidents, premises liability and wrongful death.Perry has lectured at seminars including the firm sponsored Summer Seminar Series. He has also spoken to low income students at Long Beach Unified Schools and has served as a Big Brother for an underprivileged youth.... View full business profile here: Robin Perry