The global pandemic caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus, has significantly altered the day to day lives of people throughout the world, including Southern California residents. The “stay at home” orders throughout the state have encouraged residents to remain home and only leave their house for necessities like food or doctor's visits with the hope to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. While roads and freeways in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas are typically busy and full of traffic, these days, there has been a significant decrease in cars on the road.
The busy roads in Southern California also means that traffic collisions are a common daily occurrence. With the decrease in driving, there has also been a significant decrease in the number of accidents on California roads. According to the L.A. Times, statewide, the number of car accidents on California roads has gone down by about 50% since the stay at home orders were put in place. This is a significant drop, but unfortunately traffic accidents can and still do occur and far too often these accidents result in personal injuries.
Car accidents can happen suddenly and often occur for a variety of reasons. Some common causes of Los Angeles car accidents include:
- Distracted Driving: Under normal conditions, Los Angeles roads are very busy. With so much traffic, it is crucial to always be vigilant and pay attention when driving. When a driver is distracted for any reason (such as texting, eating, changing music, etc.), even for a few seconds, it can result in a car accident.
- Bad Weather: While we enjoy a lot of sunshine in Southern California, we also can have very rainy days and even get snow in some parts of Southern California. Bad weather conditions can lead to slick roads and poor visibility that can easily result in an accident.
- Tailgating: Because there are often a lot of drivers on Los Angeles roads, it is easy to follow too close to the car in front of you. If they have to stop suddenly, this can lead to a rear-end collision and often result in head and neck injuries like whiplash.
- Driving Under the Influence: Sadly, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is the cause of many accidents in the Los Angeles area. These accidents often result in serious injuries or death of other drivers and passengers.
What to Do if You are Hurt in a Los Angeles Car Accident
If you are hurt in a car accident it is important to get the medical attention you need. This medical care can be expensive, especially if your injuries are serious. You may also suffer other damages such as missing work or even emotional trauma from the accident. This is why you should also reach out to a skilled Los Angeles car accident attorney as soon as you can after your accident. A skilled attorney can help you bring a personal injury claim against the person at fault for your injuries so you can recover financially for your losses.
At the Kann California Law Group, our experienced attorneys can help you with your car accident personal injury claim from start to finish. During this uncertain time, we hope you are able to stay safe and healthy. However, if you are involved in a Southern California car accident, do not hesitate to reach out. We can remotely conduct a free case consultation and help get your case moving forward so you can get the compensation you deserve. Call us today at 888-744-7730 or click here to submit an online contact form to schedule your consultation! You'll be able speak with one of our personal injury attorneys today.