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Searching for the best Santa Barbara auto accident attorney? If so, you know that unfortunately they let almost anyone drive! No matter how careful you are, you can still end up having an auto accident due to the negligence of other drivers. Some people seem to think nothing of driving down a crowded highway typing a text message, talking on the cell phone, or checking their voice mail. With smart phones, iPads, and other electronic gadgets connected to the internet, some drivers actually attempt to surf the net while driving! Some women put on their make-up and style their hair during rush hour! Some men actually shave in the car to “save time!” Other people wear headphones while driving. Still others eat full meals, opening condiment packages and cutting up food. Even relatively safe drivers sometimes get distracted by scenery or something going on along the side of the road. Sometimes an otherwise careful driver may be lost when they become so distracted in finding the new place they are going, they cause an accident. If you are looking for Santa Barbara auto accident attorneys, contact The May Firm.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in a study done in cooperation with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, 80 percent of all auto crashes are due, at least in part, to driver distraction. In addition, 65 percent of all near crashes, i.e. “close calls,” are also due to driver distraction. In a report on motor vehicle safety, the CDC reported that 3,331 people were killed in 2011 due to a distracted driver. Furthermore, 387,000 people were injured due to a distracted driver. To demonstrate just how extensive the problem is, they reported that 69 percent of all U.S. drivers between the ages of 18 and 64 had talked on their cell phone while driving in the last 30 days before the survey was conducted!
There are also drivers who blatantly disobey traffic laws and cause accidents. Drivers are known to run red lights and stop signs so they can get to their destination a few minutes sooner. Other drivers get so frustrated with crowded traffic conditions, they start to exhibit road rage behaviors that lead to auto accidents. Some people drive dangerously too close and can’t stop when needed. Of course, there are also those irresponsible parties who drink and drive and we all know too well the tragic consequences of this.
Other drivers don’t keep their head lights and/or blinkers in working condition and this can cause accidents. Some drivers cause accidents as they attempt to adjust mirrors, seats, heaters, air conditions, sunroofs, or the radio as they drive down the road. Smokers may cause an accident while fiddling with an ashtray that’s stuck. Bottom line, if a driver is negligent for only a moment, it can cost someone their life or a very serious injury.
As if dealing with the injuries caused by an accident wasn’t enough, it can be almost as upsetting and frustrating dealing with the insurance companies. Insurance representatives are trained to get their companies out of paying what they owe you. They are promoted on this basis. This is why you should never talk to the insurance companies directly or make any statement that they can use. You are far better off to immediately seek the help of an attorney experienced in auto accident cases and let them deal with the insurance companies. This is the only way you will receive the compensation you deserve. I realize this is a sad commentary but this is the reality of the situation. Find a car accident attorney that can fight these behemoths.
Have you been in an auto accident and need legal representation to deal with the insurance companies and others on your behalf? If yes, you can contact us at the May Firm for the attorneys for Santa Barbara traffic accidents. Our phone number is (805) 980-7758. The May Firm provides an initial consultation at no charge to evaluate your case. Furthermore, all of our cases are taken on a contingency basis so you do not pay anything unless we successfully settle your case or win your case in court.
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