SUSANVILLE PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY - AUTO ACCIDENT LAWYER
MICHAEL REHM - (530) 410-6474
The historic mountain town of Susanville earned the nickname Prison Town from a PBS documentary. Once dominated by loggers and miners, the town is currently populated by employees of two state prisons and a nearby federal prison.
Susanville was disputed territory in the 1850s. The Sagebrush War between counties in California and Nevada lasted about four hours before a peace agreement was reached. To assuage hard feelings, the California legislature created Lassen County and made Susanville the county seat.
The war is commemorated at historic Roop’s Fort in Susanville. The Lassen Historical Museum also tells Susanville's story to visitors.
Susanville Traffic Accidents
The Sagebrush War resulted in only minor injuries. Injuries in Susanville today are more likely to be caused by traffic accidents.
While Lassen County does not have an unusually high rate of collisions, the Office of Traffic Safety reports that 183 people were injured or killed in traffic accidents during the most recent year that the OTS analyzed. Of California's 58 counties, the OTS determined that Lassen County had the 47th highest injury accident rate after adjusting for population and miles driven.
Eleven of the Lassen County injury accident victims were motorcyclists. The OTS ranking shows Lassen County as having the 42nd highest rate of motorcyclist injuries among California's 58 counties.
Causes of Susanville Traffic Accidents
Not all accidents are caused by careless drivers. Susanville police recently reported that a crash was caused by a bear running across the road in front of an SUV.
Distracted driving is a more common cause of collisions than unwelcome bears. In a recent example, a driver on SR-36 was watching his cellphone as he approached Roxie Peconom Road. When his tires left the pavement, the driver over-corrected and caused a collision.
Snow and rain make mountain roads treacherous. Drivers who have too much to drink, who don't stay focused on the road, or who drive too fast for conditions are particularly likely to cause crashes in bad weather.
The OTS identified alcohol as a factor in collisions that injured 27 Lassen County victims. Lassen County had the 42nd highest rate of alcohol-involved traffic accident injuries.
Speed is another factor that causes traffic accidents. The OTS reports that 32 Lassen County injury victims were involved in speed-related accidents. The county ranked 41st of 58 counties in the category of speed-related accident injuries.
Susanville Traffic Accident Lawsuits
Attorney Michael Rehm represents victims of traffic accidents in and near Susanville. He will negotiate with insurance companies to obtain fair and timely compensation for accident injuries. When insurance companies delay a settlement or refuse to make a reasonable settlement offer, he will file suit for Susanville accident victims in Lassen County Superior Court.
The Lassen County Superior Court hears cases at the Hall of Justice located at 2610 Riverside Drive in Susanville. In the most recent fiscal year for which statistics are available, only twelve motor vehicle accident lawsuits were filed in Lassen County. In that same year, twelve motor vehicle accident lawsuits were resolved. Every resolved case settled before trial. About 92% of Lassen County lawsuits are resolved within two years.
Attorney Michael Rehm provides representation on all accident matters and childhood sexual abuse/assault cases in Susanville and all of Lassen County, California. For a free, confidential consultation, call (530) 410-6474.
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