Auto accidents happen daily throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and many collisions cause significant injuries. Simply because accidents occur frequently does not mean that they are unavoidable, however. Instead, most collisions are caused by reckless driving or another form of negligence. Thus, in most cases, a person injured in an auto accident can seek recourse for their damages from the party that caused the accident. If you sustained injuries in a car, motorcycle, or truck accident, the diligent San Mateo auto accident lawyers at Galine, Frye, Fitting & Frangos, LLP can assist you in striving to recover any compensation available under the law.Common Causes of Auto Accidents
The root cause of most auto accidents is negligence. For example, car accidents are often caused by people driving while distracted, speeding, or following too closely behind another driver. Similarly, collisions involving commercial trucks often arise out of a truck driver’s failure to abide by motor vehicle laws and safety regulations, such as limitations on truck weights and maximum drive times. Motorcycle accidents, meanwhile, are frequently caused by the failure of other drivers to ensure adequate clearance before turning in front of or passing a motorcyclist, or by drivers following too closely behind motorcyclists and striking them from behind. In some instances, an auto accident may be caused by an unsafe roadway, a defective vehicle, or a variety of factors.Proving Liability for an Auto Accident
Motor vehicle collisions can cause a variety of injuries, including fractures, contusions, abrasions, crush injuries, brain injuries, and hemorrhages. The injuries sustained in auto accidents often cause significant pain and suffering and are costly to treat, and many people injured in auto accidents wish to pursue claims against the parties responsible for the accident. Generally, a plaintiff seeking damages for the harm caused by an auto accident will allege a negligence claim against the defendant, but the precise claims asserted will depend on the facts of the case. The auto accident attorneys at our San Mateo firm can advise you on the appropriate claims to bring.
In cases in which negligence claims are asserted, however, the plaintiff must show that the defendant owed him or her a duty to act with reasonable care, but the defendant acted in a manner that represented a breach of the duty. For example, evidence that a person was driving too fast for conditions or failed to abide by a traffic control device may be used to demonstrate a breach of the duty owed. Once a breach is established, the plaintiff must show that the breach was a proximate and legal cause of the accident. This means that the plaintiff must show that the breach was a substantial factor in bringing about the accident and that the accident would not have happened without the breach. Lastly, the plaintiff must show that the accident caused him or her to suffer quantifiable harm.
In many lawsuits arising out of auto accidents, there will be more than one defendant responsible for the plaintiff’s harm. Thus, liability will be apportioned among them based on their degrees of negligence. Our San Mateo auto accident attorneys have handled many of these complex cases. It is a frequent tactic for a defendant in an auto accident case to argue that the plaintiff was also negligent, and therefore the plaintiff should not be able to recover compensation. Under California law, however, a plaintiff can still recover damages if he or she is deemed partially at fault for his or her own harm. Any damages awarded will merely be reduced in proportion to the plaintiff’s negligence.Meet with an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
Auto accidents can cause a variety of injuries, and people injured in auto accidents have a right to seek damages from those responsible for the collision. If you were injured in an auto accident, the skillful attorneys of Galine, Frye, Fitting & Frangos, LLP, can analyze the circumstances surrounding your accident and inform you of your options for pursuing compensation for your harm. We represent injured people in lawsuits throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. We can be reached at (650) 345-8484 or via our form online to set up a confidential and free consultation with an auto accident lawyer in San Mateo.