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Highway Car Accidents

Written by: Portrait Photo Of Tyrone J. Maho Tyrone J. Maho

If you are a driver, you know how stressful driving along a highway can be. Not only are the speeds higher, but you are rarely alone and must constantly be on the lookout for other drivers around you. That is why it is not surprising that highway accidents cause much more severe and extensive injuries than other types of car accidents.

The speed limit on highways is higher than that of city roads, which means more significant potential for injury. When the force of the accident increases, the possibility of death or serious injuries increases as well. If you have suffered injuries or lost a loved one, you need the experienced accident attorneys at Maho-Prentice, LLP by your side. Call us to talk about your case and to understand the legal options available to you. We know how much you might have lost in the highway car accident and will take the needed steps to help you get the compensation you deserve for your losses.

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Main Causes of Highway Accidents

Living and driving in California mean that you know getting on a highway is unavoidable. They are an integral part of almost everyone’s life. You may also have witnessed accidents, some of which might have involved more than two cars and others in which trucks and other larger vehicles might have been involved. In the majority of cases, however, it is likely a driver’s negligence that is responsible for the accident. The driver may have been:

  • Speeding
  • Exhibiting road rage
  • Tailgating
  • Texting and driving
  • Swerving or aggressively changing lanes
  • Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Driving drowsy
  • Not following the traffic signs posted, such as not signaling when turning or changing lanes

In other cases, when debris is left on the road, and when someone tries to avoid it, they may hit another car. Or maybe a tire blew up, or someone’s brakes stopped working. In these cases, figuring out who is to blame for the accident may involve finding the party that left the debris on the road or filing a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the faulty parts. Let the team of accident attorneys at Maho-Prentice, LLP conduct a thorough investigation into the accident and build a strong case to fight for your rights.

Common Injuries in Highway Car Accidents

Some common injuries in highway car accidents include:

Traumatic Brain Injuries

With potential life-altering effects, these injuries can change the way your brain functions, deals with emotions and processes information. A traumatic brain injury may have you living with constant medical appointments and therapy sessions, and in the end, it may not be possible to heal from it completely.

Neck and Back Injuries

The sudden and intense force that your body experiences during an accident on the highway can cause serious damage to many parts of your body, although not all may be immediately apparent. A disc that herniates or ruptures can be very painful and may limit your mobility on a permanent basis. Get medical help as soon as possible to have your back and neck injuries treated.

Concussions

The forceful impact on your car can cause you to hit your head against the steering wheel, the dashboard, or any other part of your car, resulting in a concussion. Concussions are associated with problems with memory and a feeling of your brain not functioning as rapidly as it did before the accident.

Broken Bones

Breaking a single bone is painful enough, but it is not uncommon to have several bones break at once in highway car accidents. The healing process can be long, uncomfortable, and have you unable to perform many activities or even go back to work.

Get Legal Help

Your Maho-Prentice, LLP car accident attorney will help you fight for your rights after you have been injured in a highway car accident. Keep a detailed file of your medical expenses, the wages you have lost, the cost to fix or replace your car, and any other costs. We will conduct the necessary investigation to build a strong case and get you the compensation you so urgently need. Set up an initial consultation to talk about your case. We work on a contingency basis, so there are no out-of-pocket costs to you. Call us today.