Riverside car accident attorneys are abundant but only one holds the record for the highest auto-related personal injury verdict in Riverside County history. Greg Rizio, along with Darren Pirozzi of Rizio Law Firm recently obtained a $57,947,402 million dollar verdict for a 25-year old Temecula man suffered catastrophic injuries after being involved in an accident on the Interstate 15 Freeway. The amount was the highest-ever gross personal injury verdict (in the catastrophic injury / brain injury category) for Riverside County. That year, it was also the highest personal injury award in the State of California, and the 2nd highest personal injury award in the nation.
The firm’s results place them within the Top 1% of Firms Nationwide, as independently verified by the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents. Based on these impressive track record of results, both Greg Rizio and Darren Pirozzi were named the 2015 “California Consumer Attorneys of the Year” by the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC). Greg Rizio was also awarded the 2014 Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Consumer Attorneys of the Inland Empire, and was named the 2014 Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Western San Bernardino County Bar Association. Mr. Rizio was also named the 2015 Top Gun Lawyer by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association.
Riverside Car Accident Statistics
Southern California roads are filled with millions of cars. In Riverside alone there are over 1.7 million registered vehicles with over 1.47 million licensed drivers. Based on data provided from the CHP, Riverside has the second highest number of fatal traffic collisions in all of California. There were 237 fatal collisions in 2015 causing a total of 252 fatalities. In that same year there were 13,071 injuries caused by traffic accidents in Riverside. Personal injury claims due to traffic accidents are unfortunately common place here.
If you are involved in a car accident, you are not alone. Rizio Law Firm’s law offices in Riverside is on our side. We help drivers and passengers who have been injured. Our attorneys in Riverside help accident victims receive insurance compensation and even sue careless drivers who injured you or your family so that you can focus on healing. If you have been involved in a car accident, take the time to understand your rights and the options that are available for obtaining compensation with the help of a Riverside car accident attorney.
Common Types of Car Accidents
Car accidents can occur in a broad range of situations. Some accident cases involve only a single driver while other accidents involve dozens of drivers or even pedestrians. Some of the most common types of car accidents include:
- Side-impact collisions: Typically caused by failure to yield the right of way to another car. At an intersection these collision types are caused by one vehicle failing to obey traffic signals. The severity of the crash and resulting injuries may be increased at higher speeds. Some cars are equipped with side airbags that help to mitigate injuries caused by side-impact collisions. Either way, it is more likely that these types of wrecks involve multiple different collisions and sudden speed changes before motion stops. The person on the side of the vehicle that was struck is more likely to sustain more severe injuries.
- Rear-end collisions: This type of accident occurs when one vehicle crashes in to the back end of another vehicle. Rear-end collisions occur when there is a sudden deceleration by the first car such that the vehicle behind does not have time to apply the brakes and stop. Typical injuries sustained in these types of accidents include whiplash, herniation of the spine, with the rearmost passengers most likely to sustain the most severe injuries. The driver of the car that rear-ends another car is considered at fault, with few exceptions. Truck accidents, in which a truck rear-ends a car, can be catastrophic.
- Rollovers: This is a type of car crash that results when a vehicle tips over onto its side or its roof. These types of collisions have a much higher fatality rate than any other type of car accident. There are two categories of rollover accidents: tripped and untripped. A tripped rollover is caused by forces exerted by another object, such as a curb or collision with another vehicle. The most common example of a tripped rollover accident is when a vehicle is sliding sideways and makes contact with a curb. Untripped rollovers are caused as the result of speed, unsafe driving conditions, and the car losing contact with the ground during cornering. Tall SUVs and trucks are vulnerable to rollovers when drivers take sharp turns that flip their vehicle over. Vehicles are required to be designed in a way that prevents structural collapse during a rollover, but these accidents can still cause significant bodily harm.
- Head-on collisions: This is an auto accident in which the front ends of two vehicles hit each other as the vehicles travel in opposite directions. These are the deadliest type of collision because the velocity of the traveling vehicles is added together causing extreme forces to be exerted during the accident. These accidents cause great bodily injury and sometimes death.
A driver who is found at fault for causing any accident that results in fatality can find themselves facing a wrongful death lawsuit by the surviving family members. If you have been the victim of any one of these types of accidents make sure you contact a car accident lawyer to discuss your case.