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Are California Roads Becoming More Deadly?

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Despite increases in vehicle safety and improvements to infrastructure, there are still thousands of people across California who are injured and killed in auto accidents every year. With daily reports of serious auto accidents around the Pasadena area, people cannot help but wonder whether the California roads are becoming more deadly. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the answer may be yes.

At the Law Offices of Andrew Ritholz, our experienced and dedicated personal injury attorneys are here to help you and your loved ones after a serious auto accident. To learn more about your legal options and what your case might be worth, call or contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation.

Traffic Safety Report

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in their report on motor vehicle traffic fatalities for the first half of 2021, we saw the largest six-month increase in the number of fatal accidents in the report’s history. According to estimates, around 20,160 people died nationwide in auto accidents, up 18.4% from the year prior. According to the Los Angeles police, 289 people were killed in traffic accidents in that city alone, up more than 21% from the year prior. More than 1,465 people were injured during that same time in auto accidents throughout the Los Angeles area, a 30% increase from the year prior.

Compensation for Auto Accidents

Auto accidents that are serious enough to cause injury and death often result in substantial financial consequences for victims and their loved ones. Victims of auto accidents deserve to be fully compensated for their injuries, which includes coverage of all economic and noneconomic expenses. Economic damages refer to all out of pocket expenses incurred by the victim, such as medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and the loss of future income and earning capacity. Noneconomic damages cover all pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability, disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life.

In the worst accidents, where life is lost, the family of the victim may also seek compensation through a wrongful death claim. Damages for wrongful death include coverage of all final medical bills associated with the accident, funeral and burial costs, lost wages, any final pain and suffering of the deceased, and compensation for the family’s loss of love, support, guidance, and companionship of their loved one. To learn more about what damages you may be entitled to, talk to our office today.

Call or Contact Our Office Now

California roads are becoming deadlier, and if you or someone that you know in the Pasadena area is hurt in an auto accident it is critical that you have an experienced personal injury lawyer protecting your right to compensation. At the Law Offices of Andrew Ritholz, our dedicated attorneys are prepared to zealously advocate for you. Call the office or contact us online to speak with a lawyer and schedule your case evaluation today.

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