Orange County Auto Accident Deaths Continue to Climb Warn Local Attorneys

While the national incidence of auto accident deaths has been declining in recent years, attorneys in our Orange County office have observed it continue to climb. Given the physical pain and financial hardship that can accompany an auto collision, utilizing the civil claims process to obtain compensation for medical bills, lost earnings, and pain and suffering is crucial after a crash. Obtaining an attorney with extensive experience helping the local community can ensure the victim receives the maximum recovery possible.

Serving Orange County auto accident victims since 1974, our attorneys have written extensively on the process of pursuing compensation for recovery-related expenses after a crash. If you would like to request one of their free books or articles, or to discuss a specific case with one of our lawyers, please call 888-752-7474.

Orange County Auto Accident Deaths Increasing

The Orange County Health Department, Birth and Death Registration recorded 18,915 deaths in 2012. Accidental deaths accounted for 738 of the fatalities, with 24 percent attributable to motor vehicle collisions.

Orange County motor vehicle accident deaths have continued to climb, with 134 in 2010, 164 in 2011, and 174 in 2012, which is a total of 23 percent between the first and last year.

Primary California Auto Accident Collision Factors (California Highway Patrol)

Fatal Auto Accidents

• 435 accidents blamed on unsafe speed

• 545 for improper turning

• 22 for improper passing

• 49 for unsafe lane changes

• 171 for automobile right-of-way

Injury Auto Accidents

• 71,854 accidents blamed on unsafe speed

• 29,659 for improper turning

• 1,173 for improper passing

• 8,751 for unsafe lane changes

• 38, 633 for automobile right-of-way

Worst Orange County Cities for Auto Accidents

The California Office of Traffic Safety compares the accident statistics of cities with similarly sized populations, ranking those with the poorest records the highest, starting with 1st place. Several Orange County cities rank among the worst for their size for traffic safety: Santa Ana 5th, Costa Mesa 7th, Fountain Valley 1st, Huntington Beach 2nd, and Newport Beach 6th.

Average Economic Cost per Death, Injury, or Crash, 2011 (National Safety Council)

• Death $1,420,000

• Nonfatal Disabling Injury $78,700

• Property Damage Crash (including nondisabling injuries) $9,100

Average Economic Cost per Death, Injury, or Crash, 2011 (National Safety Council)

With nearly forty years of experience helping Orange County residents recover after an accident, the attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie have amassed the resources necessary to overcome the pain and financial hardship associated with auto accidents.

Auto Collision Investigation

Investigating the scene immediately after the accident is crucial to gathering the evidence necessary to reconstruct the crash and prove the liability of the other party. Our attorneys have a cadre of local investigators and accident reconstruction experts to send to the scene and to protect your case.

Medical Management

After the auto accident it is important for the victim to seek medical attention as soon as possible not only to ensure a full recovery but also to document injuries in order to relate them to the accident and be compensated for the cost of treatment. Over the years, the lawyers in our office have developed working relationships with Orange County doctors and specialists. Regardless of your insurance status, they will arrange immediate care with a doctor in your area. Once your case is resolved, they will ensure your current and future medical bills are paid and that your settlement or award is not reduced due to hospitals and insurers seeking compensation for treatment.

Successful Case Resolution

The attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie have an extensive record of success with auto accident case resolution, as reflected by their nearly forty years of representing Orange County residents.

If you would like to request books or articles on the rights of accident victims, or to discuss your case with a lawyer in our Orange County office, please call 888-752-7474.

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