San Diego Car Accident Lawyers 

Southern California roads, like those found in San Diego County such as the I-5, I-805 Merge, I-8, Interstate 15, and the infamous 163 are swarming every day with vehicles cruising, braking, and changing lanes only a few feet from each other.

Unfortunately, car accidents in San Diego are a common occurrence, as are motorcycle accidents, and truck crashes. When you find yourself facing escalating medical bills, missed time from work, and other serious expenses from a careless motorist, it's time to talk to a trusted team of San Diego accident lawyers about your legal options.

What You Need to Know About Car Accidents in San Diego  

The first thing we tell victims of car accidents in San Diego is that no matter how nice they seem, the insurance adjuster is not on your side. Think about it, if it's an insurance adjuster's job to keep their employer in the business, what are their actual motives; to help you get a fair settlement or keep their boss in the black?

The best way to ensure that your legal rights are not being taken advantage of during the injury claims process is to work with San Diego accident lawyers who know what you are entitled to and aren't afraid to stand up to the insurance companies and their ruthless tactics when it comes to denying or reducing the injury claims of San Diego accident victims. 

Reasons to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer for a Car Crash Case San Diego attorney Mark Blane sitting with a happy client

  • You suffered serious injuries, or a loved one died. Devastating injuries or fatalities increase the value of your claim—and also make it more complicated. The insurance company may fight harder and longer to get you to accept a lower settlement, or take a position that they're not responsible for paying you. In addition, more negligent parties could be responsible for compensating you. In all of these circumstances, you'd have a serious disadvantage in the case without the help of an attorney.
  • You became disabled. If you can no longer work due to your injuries, you could need ongoing medical care and your claim might need to include lost earning capacity over your lifetime. An attorney has the expertise to calculate these damages and will fight to ensure you receive the necessary compensation for your future needs.
  • Multiple parties caused the accident. If more than one party caused your car accident, you'll need to file claims with multiple insurance companies. Settling them can be complicated because negotiations are often done simultaneously, and the parties may place fault on each other.
  • The driver was underinsured or uninsured. Either of these circumstances requires a skilled attorney to identify other avenues of compensation, such as uninsured or underinsured coverage under your current auto policy. He can also ensure that your carrier treats you fairly.
  • The deadline to sue expires soon. You must file your lawsuit within California’s statute of limitations, which is usually two years from the realization of your injuries. This is the time you have under California law to file your complaint. If your accident occurred a while ago, you should contact an attorney immediately to be certain that your civil complaint is filed before the statute of limitations expires.

Top Causes of Car Collisions in San Diego

1. Rear-End Collisions

One of the most common vehicle accidents in Southern California is a rear-end collision, where one vehicle crashes into another one from behind.

Motorists in our state are required to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of them so they can slow down or stop suddenly if necessary. The "three-second rule" is recommended to avoid tailgating. This means if the vehicle in front passes a set point, such as a mile marker, the driver following should allow three seconds before reaching that point to maintain a safe distance. If not, they may be found to have caused any resulting rear-end collision.  

2. Head-On Collisions

A head-on crash occurs when the front ends of two vehicles collide. These accidents are often caused by drivers drifting across lanes or turning the wrong way. Unfortunately, this error in judgment is usually due to intoxication, texting or talking on a cellphone, or falling asleep at the wheel. Victims can suffer catastrophic injuries or death, especially if the distracted motorist was also speeding.

3. T-Bone Accidents

T-bone collisions—also referred to as broadside or side-impact accidents—involve one vehicle hitting the side of another. These accidents usually happen when someone runs a stop sign, speeds through a red light, or tries to turn left against oncoming traffic. Serious injuries often result because victims only have their side doors and windows to protect them from the force of the impact.

4. Rollover Crashes

Rollover accidents are especially deadly because the vehicle can flip multiple times. SUVs and trucks are two types of vehicles often involved in these wrecks. If a manufacturing defect contributed to the crash, a victim might have a product liability claim against the manufacturer as well as a claim against any negligent driver.

5. Multi-Vehicle Crashes

Unfortunately, multi-vehicle crashes are common in the San Diego area. They are often caused by drivers who are speeding, intoxicated, distracted, or not driving for weather conditions. A claim for compensation can be more complicated due to issues regarding which drivers are at fault and multiple parties seeking compensation from the motorists at fault.

How We are Different from Other San Diego Car Accident Lawyers

san diego car accident lawyerUnlike other law firms that treat all of their clients and cases exactly the same, the San Diego accident lawyers at Blane Law give a personalized approach to every personal injury claim we take on. That experience starts with educating our potential clients about the California personal injury claims process through our extensive article library, San Diego injury blog, video center, and FREE legal help guides along with our no cost consultation for new clients.

Mark Blane meets each client personally; he does not believe in sending an associate member or paralegal to "sign up a client". Mr. Blane believes it is important to get to know you as a person first, and as a client second. This approach allows us to really understand how your injuries affect your daily life and how you will come across as a witness.

Contact a San Diego Car Accident Lawyer Today

If you've been hurt in a car accident and have questions about filing a personal injury claim, our law firm can help you obtain the money you need to fully recover from your injuries. Submit a contact form or call us at 619-813-7955.

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