Santa Monica Car Crash Attorneys
When vehicles collide, the injuries can be serious, life threatening and many times – deadly.
If you live in Santa Monica, you are among thousands who drive the local roads and freeways everyday.
An average of 102 people are killed each day in car crashes – one every 14 minutes. According to the NHTSA, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for individuals between the ages of five and 34. Nearly 19,000 people died in traffic crashes in the United States in the first half of 2015, and 2.2 million people were seriously injured. These results would make 2015 the most deadly year for drivers since 2007.
While both drivers and pedestrians must be aware that motor vehicles can cause serious injuries,drivers must use more care than pedestrians. CACI 710 A person must use reasonable care in driving a vehicle. Drivers must keep a lookout for pedestrians, obstacles, and other vehicles. They must also control the speed and movement of their vehicles. The failure to use reasonable care in driving a vehicle is negligence”. CACI 700
In Santa Monica the number of first time drivers and teenagers is increasing. Statistics Indicate that teens crash because they are inexperienced drivers. Teen drivers are not statistics; they are someone’s child.
Contrary to popular belief, teens crash most often because they are inexperienced. They struggle judging gaps in traffic, driving the right speed for conditions and turning safely, among other things.
Santa Monica distracted drivers are in front and behind you on the road. Many times that distracted driver is you. Texting while driving is illegal in Santa Monica, however, you see drivers with cell phones in front of their face all the time. Sending or receiving a text message distracts a driver for about five seconds; at highway speeds, that represents a distance of about 300 feet in which the car is essentially out of human control, driving itself.
If you are injured in a car accident, an attorney who is experienced in handling personal injury claims can help you get the compensation you deserve. Proving liability and obtaining just compensation for injuries sustained and damages caused in a motor vehicle accident is not as easy as it may seem.
The attorneys at Cheong & Denove have authored numerous papers and have lectured to other lawyers on products liability, damages and trial practice. We have the extensive resources to handle the most complex legal matters, yet are small enough to offer individualized service to our clients.
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(CACI are the approved jury instructions from the Judicial Council of California. Jury instructions are read to the jury by the judge and establish the law the jury must follow in deciding the case. A partner of Cheong & Denove has been formally recognized as one of the attorneys who assisted the task force in the preparation of these jury instructions.)