Fresno Personal Injury Lawyer - Car Accident Attorney
Michael Rehm - (800) 978-0754
Traffic accidents can occur anywhere, but they are less likely in Fresno than in other California cities of comparable size. Adjusted for population and miles driven, Fresno County has one of the lowest rates of traffic accidents in California.
Unfortunately, comparative safety does not mean absolute safety. In the most recent year for which statistics are available, more than 4,000 people were injured or killed in Fresno County traffic accidents. Fresno County collision injury victims included 165 motorcycle riders, 93 pedestrians, and 75 bicyclists.
Alcohol consumption was a factor in 493 collisions. Driving at an excessive speed was a factor in 859 accidents.
Hit-and-run drivers accounted for 223 Fresno County traffic accidents. Fortunately, accident victims who purchased uninsured motorist coverage for their own vehicles are usually covered if they are injured by a hit-and-run impact. The risk of being victimized by a hit-and-run driver in Fresno County should encourage every car owner to purchase uninsured motorist coverage.
Fresno County Lawsuits and Settlements
In the most recent fiscal year for which statistics are available, 854 “large claims” lawsuits were filed in Fresno County that arose out of motor vehicle accidents. Most most insurance claims are resolved before a lawsuit is filed. Even after a lawsuit is filed, most cases settle out of court. During the same fiscal year, ten personal injury lawsuits were decided in a Fresno County trial. Another 816 personal injury lawsuits were settled before trial.
Personal injury lawsuits in Fresno County are heard by the Superior Court in the B.F. Sisk Courthouse on O Street in Fresno. Fourth and fifth floor courtrooms are typically dedicated to civil trials. Formerly used as a federal building, the building was acquired by Fresno County in 2010 and modernized, allowing lawyers to make use of technology to present their evidence.
The legislature has authorized about 50 judges to serve in Fresno County, although some positions tend to be filled with temporary or retired judges. There are usually four judges at any given time who are assigned to preside over “large claims” personal injury lawsuits.
Lawyers handling personal injury cases in Fresno County try to move them through the system quickly. Most “large claims” civil cases filed in Fresno County resolve within one year. Only about 9% are still pending after two years.
Fresno Car Accident Injuries
Rear-end collisions are the most common accidents in Fresno. They tend to produce neck and back injuries.
Many drivers and most motorcyclists are involved in intersection accidents. They can cause a variety of serious injuries, ranging from traumatic brain injuries to broken bones, facial scarring, joint damage, and injury to muscles, ligaments, or tendons.
Highway accidents often occur at higher speeds and tend to cause more serious injuries. While crumple zones and airbags have made many head-on collisions survivable, a collision with a heavy truck at highway speeds is often fatal.
Fresno Accident Attorney can help victims with any accident injury that warrants medical attention. You can protect your rights by seeking legal advice immediately after a Fresno collision.
Fresno Car Accident Lawyer Michael Rehm -- (800) 978-0754
Fresno Wrongful Death Lawyer; Motorcycle Accident Attorney; Bicycle Accident Lawyer; Pedestrian Accident Attorney.