PARADISE PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY - AUTO ACCIDENT LAWYER
MICHAEL REHM - (530) 410-6474
The town of Paradise has survived two recent wildfires. The most devastating fire damaged 95% of the town's buildings and destroyed more than 18,000 buildings. Most residents relocated after the fire, but the town's resilience is captured by the spirit of the Paradise High School football team, which had an undefeated season one year later.
The town is still in the process of rebuilding. Building permits are being issued when plans demonstrate fire-resistant construction. The town has approved plans to expand road capacity to assure that evacuations can be conducted safely. The community also hopes to create a buffer zone that will shield the town from approaching fires.
Paradise Traffic Accidents
The California Office of Traffic Safety analyzes collisions in every California town and city. Its most recent data is from 2018. Since the Camp Fire occurred in November 2018, the data is not representative of traffic accidents in the town's less populated years.
The OTS analysis does provide a snapshot of the difficulties that Paradise had with traffic accidents. During 2018, 173 individuals were injured or killed by collisions in Paradise. The OTS compared injury accident rates in 75 communities that were similar in size to Paradise. It found that Paradise had the eighth highest rate of traffic accident injuries among the 75 towns, after adjusting for population and miles driven.
Paradise only reported two pedestrian accident injuries, but nine bicyclists were injured in collisions. Mountain biking is a popular recreational pursuit in the Sierra Nevada foothills, but bicycle riders who venture onto roads are always at risk of catastrophic collision injuries. The OTS determined that Paradise had the 12th highest rate of bicycle accidents among 75 similar communities.
The OTS gave Paradise its worst ranking in the category of motorcycle accidents. Ten of the accident injuries or deaths in Paradise involved motorcycle riders. Paradise had the seventh highest rate of motorcycle accidents among 75 comparable towns in 2018.
Causes of Paradise Traffic Accidents
Drunk driving was a particular problem on Paradise roads in 2018. Of the 173 accident injuries, 18 were injured in alcohol-involved accidents. The OTS determined that Paradise had the fourth highest rate of alcohol-involved injury accidents among small California towns.
Speeding was another cause of Paradise accidents. Of 173 injury victims, 35 were involved in speed-related accidents. The OTS ranked Paradise as having the seventh highest rate of accidents caused by speeding.
Paradise Traffic Accident Lawsuits
Attorney Michael Rehm represents victims of car accidents in Paradise and other Butte County communities. We are able to settle most cases without filing suit, but when a lawsuit must be filed, it is filed in the Butte County Superior Court.
Eleven judges hear cases in Butte County. Two of them generally hear motor vehicle accident lawsuits. Those cases are usually heard at the North Butte County Courthouse at 1775 Concord Avenue in Chico.
In the most recent fiscal year for which statistics have been released, 131 motor vehicle accident lawsuits were filed in Buttle County. In that same year, 114 motor vehicle accident lawsuits were resolved. Almost all (94%) of Butte County civil lawsuits are resolved within two years of filing.
Of the 114 lawsuits that were resolved, two cases went to trial. One case was dismissed, and the remaining 111 cases settled before trial.
If you are the injured victim of an accident, or the victim of childhood sexual abuse/assault, call Attorney Michael Rehm at (530) 410-6474 for a free, confidential consultation and learn how the law will apply to the facts of your case.
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