If you or someone you know has been injured in a Santa Monica accident you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The steps you take immediately after an accident can be incredibly important to your ability to maximize your recovery, so you should not hesitate to contact an experienced Santa Monica personal injury attorney.
Santa Monica, a beachfront city in southern California, is home to some of the country’s most popular and renowned tourist attractions. The Santa Monica Pier, which is home to the Santa Monica Looff Hippodrome, the Civic Auditorium, the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, the Santa Monica Promenade, and the Santa Monica Film Festival are just a few of the attractions that draw tens of thousands of people to the city each day. Santa Monica has an estimated population of nearly 90,000. When tourists, workers, shoppers, and beachgoers are added into the equation, the daily population surges to anywhere between 250,000 to 450,000 people.
While the surge in population can be great for the city of Santa Monica, it can also increase the risk for accidents. Popular venues and shopping malls have a duty provide safe premises for their guests. Parks, beaches. and outdoor recreation spots must be maintained to prevent foreseeable injuries to Santa Monica beachgoers and outdoor enthusiasts. Drivers taking to the beautiful California roadways must exercise care when navigating heavy Santa Monica traffic. As the number of people enjoying Santa Monica rises, so do the potential for negligence and serious injury-causing accidents.
Traffic Accidents in Santa Monica, California
Each day, Californians drive more than 1,151,117 miles on Santa Monica roads. This number is likely to increase as the economy continues to grow. Unfortunately, heavily-travelled roads often result in a significant number of injury-causing traffic accidents. In 2014, the California Office of Traffic Safety reported that 760 injuries and fatalities were caused by traffic accidents in Santa Monica. The most commonly cited cause of these accidents include speeding (142 incidents), driving at night (54 incidents), hit and run (55 incidents), and alcohol (55). Santa Monica Police also arrested 250 drivers on DUI charges that same year.
Bicyclists and Pedestrians at Increased Risk of Injury in Santa Monica
Santa Monica is known as a leader of bicycle infrastructure and programming in Los Angeles County and encourages its residents and visitors to use environmentally-friendly forms of transportation. As a result, biking and walking are incredibly popular in Santa Monica. However, Santa Monica consistently ranks near the bottom of California safety statistics for bicyclists and pedestrians. In 2014, Santa Monica had the second highest rate of bicycle accidents of 102 California cities (with populations 50,000 – 100,000).
A study of Santa Monica traffic accidents found that bike and pedestrian accidents account for 66% of all reported injuries and fatalities caused by traffic accidents. The study also found that fatal and debilitating collisions were most likely to occur between the hours of 4-7 PM and after dark. Pedestrian deaths in traffic accidents appear to be more frequent in California than in the rest of the county. In 2016, 15% of traffic accidents involved pedestrians across the country. Nearly a quarter of traffic accidents in California involved pedestrians that same year. Unfortunately, the roads do not seem to be getting any friendlier for pedestrians in Santa Monica. In early 2017, 5 pedestrians were killed in a span of one month.
Experienced Santa Monica Personal Injury Lawyers
If you have been injured in a Santa Monica accident you should not hesitate to contact an experienced personal injury attorney. The steps you take immediately following an accident can significantly affect your ability to recover compensation for your injuries in the future. Calling an attorney can help to ensure that you fully understand your rights and are not barred from pursuing compensation for waiting too long to jump to action.
At Citywide Law Group, our Santa Monica personal injury attorneys have helped thousands of Los Angeles County area accident victims fight for the compensation they needed to recover from their injuries. We have spent the better part of the last two decades working to ensure that Santa Monica accident victims are not shortchanged by insurance companies. Call our office today for a free consultation to learn more about how we may be able to help you after an accident.
Chances of Maximizing Recovery Increase With an Attorney
Why should you hire an attorney? The chances of maximizing your recovery from an at-fault party after an accident are significantly greater when you hire an experienced personal injury attorney. When you contact the Santa Monica personal injury attorneys at Citywide Law Group for your free consultation we explain why we believe it can be incredibly important to work with an attorney. Reasons it is important to consult an attorney include:
- Time. You may not have the time and energy to devote to a claim for damages. The days, weeks, and months following an accident can be incredibly stressful. A successful claim for damages requires focus, attention, and time. At Citywide Law Group, we fight tirelessly for our clients so that they can focus on their own recovery.
- Unknown or Underappreciated Injuries. After an accident, you may not believe that you suffered a serious injury. Maybe you sustained a few bumps and bruises and are noticing a slight stiffness in your neck. These injuries may seem minor but could be indicative of internal trauma or future problems worthy of significant compensation. Our attorneys will review your medical evaluation, ask questions about your injuries, and consult with experts to determine the value of your claim.
- Expertise. When you pursue a claim for damages insurance companies will fight you every step of the way. If you proceed without an attorney they will try to take advantage of your lack of specialized legal knowledge. When you hire an attorney you level the playing field. The Santa Monica personal injury attorneys at Citywide Law Group have nearly two decades of experience going head-to-head against some of the area’s most prominent insurance companies. Years of experience has allowed us to develop an insight into how they approach and handle claims. We use this information to help our future clients.
What Does a Personal Injury Attorney Do?
How does a personal injury attorney help to maximize your recovery after an accident? At Citywide Law Group, our attorneys have developed a process that has allowed us to successfully help thousands of accident victims like you. Here is an overview of what we will do when we fight to recover compensation for you after an accident.
Developing an Overview During a Free Consultation.
We offer a free, no-commitment consultation for all Santa Monica accident victims. We encourage you to contact us even if you do not believe you have a case. A preliminary, free consultation allows our attorneys to review the details of your accident, determine the best course of legal action, and explain the process of recovering compensation.
This free consultation also gives you, the client, an opportunity to get to know our attorneys. The relationship between an attorney and a client is a special one. The more comfortable you are with your attorney, the better your chances of a successful outcome. We will thoroughly explain the personal injury claim process and answer any questions you may have in order to gain your confidence and trust.
Launching an Investigation Is Vital to a Successful Claim.
A thorough, independent investigation into your injury-causing accident is vital to maximizing your recovery. The more information we have to work with, the more detailed and persuasive our argument will be. Our attorneys leave no stone unturned as we search for information that will highlight the reason(s) why the at-fault party (and/or their insurance company) should compensate our client for their injuries.
An investigation may include reviewing police reports and photographs of the scene, consulting with experts to determine liability, finding and interviewing witnesses, gathering evidence pertinent to your case, and researching relevant case law.
Negotiating a Settlement.
Once we have completed the investigation and research into your case we will draft a compelling and persuasive legal argument. This argument will be used as the basis for negotiations with insurance companies and other involved parties. Our argument will highlight the reason(s) why the other side should agree to a reasonable and fair settlement. We will not accept lowball offers from insurance companies. If we cannot agree on a fair settlement we will take your fight to court.
Insurance companies know that we are experienced and successful litigators and will often try to reach a settlement to avoid a head-to-head battle in court. In some cases, however, the terms of a settlement offer will not be sufficient to compensate our clients for their injuries.
We will not stop until we exhaust all possible avenues to recover the compensation you deserve, including court.
Contingency-Based Legal Services
At Citywide Law Group, we understand the overwhelming financial pressures that can follow an accident. Most Americans do not have the financial savings necessary to pay for a $500 emergency. The costs associated with a Santa Monica accident injury can be significantly greater than a few hundred dollars. We offer our legal service on a contingency fee basis to encourage accident victims to enlist the assistance of a qualified personal injury attorney. This means that we do not get paid until we recover compensation for you. You are free to focus your time, energy, and financial reserves on your recovery while we fight on your behalf. Contact us today to learn more about how we may be able to help you.
Experienced Santa Monica Personal Injury Attorney
At Citywide Law Group, our Santa Monica personal injury attorneys have helped thousands of accident victims recover the compensation they required to heal after an accident. We have nearly two decades of experience assisting clients who have injuries resulting from:
- Car accidents;
- Truck accidents;
- Motorcycle accidents;
- Bicycle accidents;
- Pedestrian accidents;
- Slip and Fall;
- Premises Liability;
- Dog Bites; and
If you have been injured in a Santa Monica accident you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Compensation can be awarded to help pay for medical bills, rehabilitation, surgery, nursing care, and to make up for lost wages. You may also be entitled to recover compensation for pain and suffering, loss of companionship, and embarrassment that may have been caused by your accident. Contact our office today for a free consultation to learn about the compensation to which you may be entitled.