Riverside Car Accident Lawyer
Car Accidents in California
Have you been injured in a car wreck? Are you concerned about how you are going to cover your medical bills, car repairs, and lost wages from missed work? If you are seeking legal guidance or representation, Ryneal & Ryneal, a Law Corporation can help. At Ryneal & Ryneal, our Riverside car accident attorneys have represented car accident victims throughout the Inland Empire for over 45 years. Our legal team is personable, accessible, and compassionate, and we have recovered millions for our clients over the years.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Car accidents happen every day, and sadly even the most experienced drivers can be caught in a serious wreck. When a motor vehicle crash is caused by the negligence of someone else, the victims have a legal right to bring a lawsuit against the at-fault party. In California, the statute of limitations for filing a car accident claim is two years.
Though it would be impossible to list every possible factor that can lead to a car wreck, some of the most common causes include:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
- Reckless driving
- Bad weather conditions
- Poorly designed roads
- Poorly maintained roads
- Vehicle defects
If you or a member of your family is involved in an automobile accident, there is certain information that you should obtain at the scene if at all possible.
You should collect the names, addresses, phone numbers, driver’s license numbers, and insurance information of all parties involved, as well as the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any eyewitnesses to the accident.
You should also photograph the damage to the vehicles, as well as any accident debris or other physical evidence like skid marks. If you don’t have a camera with you, then be sure to photograph the damage to your vehicle and the accident scene as soon as possible in the days following the accident to preserve any important physical evidence.
Collecting evidence on your own is especially critical in case the other driver and their insurance carrier later dispute liability for the accident. However, you should also contact the police to the scene so they can file an accident report and conduct their own investigation.
After you have had an opportunity to seek appropriate medical care for your injuries, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney who specializes in automobile accidents so you can learn what your legal rights are, and get an expert legal evaluation of the merits of your case and its potential monetary value.