Carlsbad, California is home to nearly 113,000 Californians. The Village By the Sea, which runs along seven miles of California’s Pacific coast, is the fifth richest city in California and ranks among the nation’s top 20 wealthiest communities. The town is not only home to some of the country’s most notable celebrities and wealthiest Americans, but also boasts tourist attractions which draw visitors from across the globe. Legoland California Resort, Sea Life Aquarium, Carlsbad State Beach, South Carlsbad State Beach Campgrounds, Aviara Golf Club, and Rancho Carlsbad Golf club are among Carlsbad’s most popular attractions. Between the bustling urban population, heavy tourist traffic, and popularity of area attractions, Carlsbad is surprisingly a hot-spot for accidents and injuries.
If you or someone you love has been injured by the wrongful conduct or negligence of a third party in Carlsbad, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney to help you recover the compensation you deserve. The attorneys at Injury Trial Lawyers, APC have more than 35 years of experience helping injured clients to recover millions in damages to compensate for unexpected injuries. Contact us today to learn about how we may be able to help you in your time of need.
While traffic accidents and slips and falls at tourist attractions may result in the greatest number of Carlsbad accidents and injuries, our attorneys have experience handling many different types of personal injury claims, including:
Boat Accidents. Carlsbad runs up and down seven beautiful miles of Pacific Coast. Seemingly unlimited access to San Diego waterways and year-round summer-like weather can be wonderful, but can also result in a significant number of boating accidents. Our attorneys have been successful in helping boating accident victims recover compensation through maritime injury claims.
Brain Injuries. Brain injuries can result from a variety of accidents and have life-altering effects. Our attorneys understand the difficulties that accompany a traumatic brain injury and work tirelessly to help victims recover the compensation they truly need to tend to this debilitating injury.
Car Accidents. With more than 1.7 million miles driven on Carlsbad thoroughfares each day, car accidents are inevitable. Our attorneys have decades of experience helping injured car accident victims fight for the compensation they require to fully recover from their injuries.
Construction Site Accidents. A thriving town never stops growing or improving, and Carlsbad is no different. If you are injured on the job you may be entitled to recover compensation from your employer, a third party, or a claim for worker’s compensation. Contact our attorneys to learn more.
Dog Bites. Carlsbad is a thriving outdoor community – and one that welcomes our four legged friends. Unfortunately, some encounters can result in a dog bite. Dog owners in California are held strictly liable for injuries inflicted by their pets.
Motorcycle Accidents. California has more registered motorcyclists than any other state in the country. Motorcycle accidents are far too common, especially considering the heavy Carlsbad traffic from locals and tourists. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident as the result of a car driver’s negligence you may be able to recover compensation to help tend to your injuries.
Wrongful Death. Unfortunately, some accidents can turn out to be deadly. If you have lost a loved one to a third party’s wrongful conduct or negligent behavior in Carlsbad you may be entitled to compensation. A wrongful death claim for damages can help to cover medical expenses, lost wages, funeral and burial costs, and pain and suffering.
How Will a Carlsbad Personal Injury Attorney Help?
Why should you hire a Carlsbad personal injury attorney? The process of recovering compensation after an accident may seem straightforward – especially if you are dealing with an insurance company – but in reality, the process is rather nuanced, complex, and should be handled by an experienced and skilled professional. There are many moving parts to a successful personal injury claim for damages, and by enlisting the assistance of a Carlsbad personal injury attorney you increase your chances of maximizing the damages you are able to recover. The attorneys at Injury Trial Lawyers are specially trained to understand the complexities of the law and how fact patterns can and should be applied to that law. Here are a just a few of the steps our attorneys will take in pursuing a claim for personal injury damages on your behalf:
Investigating the Accident.
This may involve reviewing police reports, finding and interviewing eyewitnesses, taking and analyzing photographs of the crime scene, taking and analyzing photographs of injuries, consulting with experts including crime scene recreationists, and speaking with medical doctors who assessed your injuries. A thorough investigation is crucial to building the foundation of a successful claim. We leave no stone unturned as we comb through evidence that may be helpful (or harmful) to your claim.
Did you know that in California more than one party to an accident can be held liable? California follows what is known as the theory of pure comparative negligence. This basically means that a person may be held liable for the percent of which an accident is deemed to be their fault. Parties other than the party who was physically at-fault may also be held liable in California. These may include employers of commercial drivers, manufacturers of faulty equipment, or government entities who are responsible for providing reasonably safe thoroughfares. Our attorneys will investigate the potential liability of any and all possible parties to help maximize the potential payout you receive.
Communicating With Insurance Companies.
With over 35 years of experience handling personal injury claims in the greater San Diego area, our attorneys have developed strategies to help thwart the attempts made by insurance companies to reduce or refuse payouts. Insurance companies don’t make money by paying out on each and every claim that is submitted – instead, they will try to get injured accident victims to agree to settlements that will barely make a dent in the financial burdens they are experiencing. Our attorneys, having spent the better part of four decades fighting these insurers, understand the tactics they utilize to keep money in their pockets. We pinpoint their weaknesses and use those tactics against them to put the money in your pocket.
Ensuring Claims Are Not Barred For Untimeliness.
In California, most personal injury claims for damages must be filed within two years of the date of the accident, or within one year of discovering a related injury. This statute of limitations is the general rule of thumb but can vary. For instance, if a client wishes to file a claim against the city of Carlsbad – perhaps because he or she tripped on an uneven sidewalk under a broken light post – the process for filing is slightly different. For governmental defendants, administrative claims must be filed with the government agency within 60 days of the incident. Failure to file this administrative claim may revoke the ability to file a civil claim. Our attorneys will ensure that our client’s claims for damages are not barred for failure to file in a timely manner.
What Damages Can A Personal Injury Attorney Help Me Recover?
If you are injured in a Carlsbad accident you may be wondering what damages you may be able to recover through a personal injury lawsuit. In California, victims of personal injury accidents are permitted to ask an at-fault party (and/or their insurance company) for both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are those paid to accident victims to help put them back in the place they would have been (financially-speaking) if the accident and injury had not occurred. Common economic damages include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages (both past and projected), and personal property damage.
Non-economic damages are those paid to accident victims to help compensate for injuries that are more difficult to assign a standard or objective monetary value. Common non-economic damages include compensation for pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of companionship or consortium.
An experienced Carlsbad personal injury attorney will be able to help ensure that you receive any and all compensation to which you are legally entitled.
Carlsbad Car Accident Statistics
Automobile Accidents in Carlsbad
Nightlife, tourist attractions, and busy roadways contribute to a relatively high likelihood of being involved in some sort of accident. In 2014, over 1.7 million miles were driven on Carlsbad roadways each day. That same year, Carlsbad recorded 617 automobile accidents that resulted in some sort of personal injury and/or death. Of those 617 accidents, 62 involved motorcycles, 37 involved pedestrians, and 34 involved bicyclists. Alcohol was a factor in at least 66 of the accidents, and speed was a factor in at least 204 of the incidents.
What Causes Carlsbad Accidents?
An investigation of San Diego county traffic data revealed that there were four main causes of automobile accidents in 2009.
- Speeding. Failure to adhere to the posted speed limit was the number one cause of accidents, causing an estimated 6,000 accidents.
- Improper Turning. Changing lanes without signaling, ignoring striped lines, and other improper turning conduct caused an estimated 3,000 accidents.
- Failure to Yield. This aggressive behavior, which may include failing to properly look for oncoming traffic when entering or exiting a freeway, caused an estimated 2,500 accidents.
- Failure to Yield to Pedestrians. In San Diego County, pedestrians have the right of way. Drivers who were unfamiliar with or indifferent to this rule caused a significant number of accidents.
Experienced Carlsbad Personal Injury Attorneys
If you were injured in a Carlsbad accident you may be entitled to compensation from the at-fault party or parties. Time is of the essence after an accident – a statute of limitations begins to run, evidence can disappear, and eyewitness memories may fade – so it is imperative that you contact an experienced Carlsbad personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your injury-causing accident.
The Carlsbad personal injury attorneys at Injury Trial Lawyers understand the stress and pressure that an unexpected injury can impose on a victim. Unexpected financial burdens can be especially difficult, so to ensure that our clients are able to focus on recovery we offer our services on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not collect a fee unless and until we recover compensation from the at-fault party or parties on your behalf. Contact us today to learn about how we may be able to help you during your recovery.