Temecula Personal Injury Attorney - Car Accident Lawyer
Michael Rehm - (800) 978-0754
Easily accessed from I-15, Temecula is a popular resort and tourist destination. While tourism helps the local economy, it also brings an increase in traffic.
In the most recent year analyzed by the Office of Traffic Statistics (OTS), 505 victims were injured or killed in Temecula motor vehicle crashes. Compared to 58 other California cities of similar size, after adjusting for miles driven, Temecula ranked 33rd in its rate of traffic accident injuries.
Temecula also ranked 33rd in bicycle accident injuries. Twenty bicycle riders were injured or killed in the most recent year that OTS studied. With 24 pedestrian injuries or deaths, Temecula was ranked 42nd out of 58 cities for motor vehicle collisions with pedestrians.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Temecula
While Temecula's overall traffic accident statistics are about average for a California city of its size, the OTS data paints a significantly worse picture for motorcycle riders. The 41 motorcycle riders who were injured or killed in Temecula car crashes gave Temecula the sixth worst ranking among the 58 comparable cities.
Recent fatal motorcycle crashes have occurred on Highway 79 and I-15, where high speeds increase the likelihood of fatal accidents. Even at slower speeds, motorcyclists suffer serious injuries when they collide with a vehicle that pulls out of a parking lot without yielding. Drivers who make sudden left turns in front of oncoming motorcyclists are a leading cause of Temecula motorcycle accidents.
Helmets save lives. Unfortunately, even the best helmet can't protect against a traumatic brain injury caused by a high-speed impact. Nor do helmets protect against broken bones, back injuries, burns, facial scarring, road rash, muscle damage, or the other common injuries associated with motorcycle accidents.
Temecula Traffic Accident Lawsuits
Traffic accident victims in Temecula are entitled to pursue compensation. Injured motorcycle riders, bicyclists, pedestrian, and car crash occupants can get advice about making an accident claim from a Temecula Accident Attorney Michael Rehm.
Most cases settle out of court. In some cases, particularly those that involve serious injuries, it may take time to negotiate a settlement. A California lawsuit must be filed within two years of the accident date to preserve the right to seek compensation.
Lawsuits involving Temecula traffic accidents are filed in the Superior Court for Riverside County. Traffic accident lawsuits from Temecula are typically filed and heard in the Southwest Justice Center in Murietta. During the COVID-19 crisis, however, operation of the Southwest Justice Center has been limited. Fortunately, lawsuits can be filed online and preliminary proceedings are often conducted by telephone.
In the most recent fiscal year for which statistics are available, 1,917 civil lawsuits were filed in Riverside County arising out of traffic accidents. In that same year, 1,755 pending motor vehicle accident cases were resolved. Almost 1,700 of those cases were settled before trial. About three dozen cases were dismissed for other reasons. Only twenty cases were resolved by trial. Fifteen of those cases involved jury trials.
Cases move through the Riverside County Superior Court at a steady pace. Almost three-fourths of all cases are resolved within one year after filing. Within two years of filing, 93% have been resolved. The rest are probably difficult cases that are destined for trial unless they settle on the courthouse steps.
Temecula Personal Injury Lawyer Michael Rehm provides free, confidential consultations to all victims of auto and car accidents, dog bites, slip and fall, and wrongful death accidents in Temecula, California. The Law Office of Michael Rehm provides representation on all personal injury and accident matters throughout California. Attorney Michael Rehm provides representation in Southern California out of his San Diego Office location. Attorney Rehm is available in Temecula for home/hospital visits, and has access to conference rooms and meeting rooms in Temecula and throughout Riverside County, if necessary. Call (800) 978-0754 to find out more.
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