With Orange County’s roadways being some of the most well-traveled in the world and motor vehicle accidents being a leading cause of death throughout the United States, Orange County sees a significant number of serious traffic accidents each year. Many such incidents call for the services of a skilled California car accident lawyer to help injured parties obtain compensation.
Neighboring Los Angeles County is one of the most dangerous counties for driving in the nation, with 742.8 fatal car crashes in a year on average, plus many more resulting in injuries.
The traffic flow issues and roadway risks plaguing the greater Los Angeles metro don’t stop at the county border. This means that drivers, pedestrians, and passengers throughout Orange County can unexpectedly find themselves in need of a qualified and reputable personal injury lawyer pursuant to car crashes and other traffic-related injuries.
Recent reporting by area outlets like the Santa Monica Mirror and the Orange County Register has done an excellent job of breaking down the state’s available traffic accident data to pinpoint some of the most dangerous intersections in the area.
In Orange County, it’s important to separate fact from fiction, even during your morning commute. For example, the well-traveled Santiago Canyon Road has even earned the nickname “Road of Death” locally due to its historical association with serious car accidents. Santiago Canyon intersects with other important Orange County corridors like Chapman Avenue, and safety is indeed a concern—but that’s true on every other road without a nickname, as well.
A: Colloquially, Orange County’s Santiago Canyon Road has earned the nickname “Road of Death” due to its longtime association with car accidents. Depending on what specific data you use to define “danger” and how far back you look, other main highways in Orange County may be comparably dangerous.
A: No Orange County cities appear on the list of the most crash-prone California municipalities. The California cities with the highest collision rates are Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Sacramento. The City of Los Angeles alone saw more than 25,000 total injuries and fatalities in the most recent reporting year. Meanwhile, the California Office of Traffic Safety reported that all of Orange County had under 13,000 combined in that same period.
A: No, California is not a “no-fault” state when it comes to car crashes and automobile insurance claims. In California, accidents are investigated sufficiently so that legal responsibility for the car accident can be established. The party found to be responsible for the accident can then be held liable for personal injuries and other damages, whether through a routine insurance claim or in a court of law.
A: As described above, California law includes a mechanism to accurately determine who is legally at fault for an accident. Once this has been determined, the at-fault party (and/or their insurance carrier) can be held responsible for any legally actionable damages associated with the car accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured by another motorist while traveling an Orange County roadway, you may be entitled to seek financial compensation. Please contact the California car accident lawyers at Corrales Law Group of Orange County to start the process with a compassionate, no-pressure consultation.
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