We are learning about an accident that left two passengers critically injured on January 13. It occurred on Pleasant Valley Road according to the Oxnard Police Department. The incident happened at around 2 a.m. and involved a single vehicle driven by 23-year-old Maximino Diaz.
Police say that he was driving at a high rate of speed and lost control of the vehicle. The car left the road and hit a palm tree and a brick wall. Diaz sustained minor injuries, but his passengers were taken to the hospital and were listed as being in critical condition. Diaz was arrested when officers found him to be under the influence of alcohol.
We bring you this story because it highlights the dangers that Oxnard residents face each day when they are driving. Yes, this was a single vehicle crash, but what if other people had been on the road around them?
Drunk driving is not the only threat that people face when they are behind the wheel. Do you know where to turn if you are injured in a crash? If you need a car accident attorney in Oxnard, call us today.
The Statistics For Our Area
Can we talk for a minute about just how common vehicle accidents are? Often, it seems that we become numb to the dangers faced on the roadways, but most people do find themselves in an accident at some point in their lifetime. The latest numbers for the state show us that there were more than 12,000 serious injuries that resulted from vehicle accidents in the latest reporting year. There were more than 3,500 fatalities that year.
While many accident injuries are minor, others are much more severe:
- Spinal cord damage (often with paralysis)
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Amputations and severe lacerations
- Crush injuries
- Severely damages bones
There is no denying that medical expenses can become crippling, especially if insurance companies do not offer an amount that will suffice. That does not even include other costs related to an accident – lost wages and benefits, emotional damages, and more.
These accidents are often caused due to the negligence of another driver. Sure, many crashes are caused by simple mistakes like drivers forgetting to use a turn signal or failing to yield. Other times, though, extreme driver recklessness is to blame.
We are talking about drivers who make the choice to get behind the wheel while impaired by drugs or alcohol and those who are distracted by their phones, devices, or other things inside of their vehicles.
Moving Forward Now
There are not many things scarier than being involved in a car accident. If you or a loved one have been injured, you need to know what to do next. The Law Offices of J. Jeffrey Herman are ready to help if someone else’s negligence has caused you harm. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will work diligently to secure compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and benefits
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Punitive damages