San Diego Auto Accidents

An unfortunate part of the automotive industry is the possibility of having an accident while driving. Larger metropolis areas like Los Angeles and San Diego usually rate the highest with the number of accident per year. Likewise some of the major car shows are held in these same areas, this combination means that the likelihood of you getting into an accident while traveling to one of these shows is much higher than when going to shows in the smaller towns.

While having an accident is never on your list of ways you would like to spend an afternoon competitors at the various car shows have additional worries. A small fender bender when driving an average vehicle posses enough trouble, quite often you have to hire a lawyer just to get you car fixed properly even if there aren’t any serious injuries, this problem greatly increases when you are driving or towing a classic car.

Let’s face it, insurance companies don’t want to pay anything more than they have to and they have no reservations of trying to put the blame on you because you are operating a vehicle that was build with lower safety standards than are required on newer cars.

San Diego Car Accident Statistics

When towing your baby to a car show in the San Diego area (or through San Diego to a different area), it likely isn’t very comforting to know that there are 2,099,661 licensed drivers in the San Diego area according to a 2009 report from the California Department of Motor Vehicles with 2,653,730 vehicles and 583,422 motorcycles registered. It is also interesting to note that the while the number of non-fatal accidents drop, the number of fatal accidents greatly rises on Saturday and Sunday (the days most car show are held) which increases your chances of a serious accident. August, one of the top car show months also tops the list for the month with the most accidents most of the years between 2000 and 2009.

While many of the older cars tend to be much heavier (at least once you get to the 50’s and higher) the lack of safety features like airbags, anti-lock brakes, even shoulder belts instead of just lap belts add to the changes of a more serious injury.

San Diego Car Accident Lawyers

Considering the statistics it is little wonder that accident attorneys have thriving businesses in the San Diego area. Even if you choose not to hire a lawyer you can bet the insurance companies and possibly the other party to the accident will have one. The chance of you receiving a reasonable settlement from the insurance company on their first offer isn’t very good, especially when a classic car is involved.

Before heading out to a Car show consider first:

  • Having a current estimate of your vehicles worth by a licensed appraiser. This will help both for fighting your own insurance company as well as fighting with the other persons insurance company.
  • Be sure that your insurance policy covers the trailer and contents if you are towing a “trailer queen”. Don’t take the word of your insurance agent, make sure you see it in writing.
  • Make sure your insurance policy is set to pay for the vehicles actual worth not just what Blue Book or another estimate book says. Remember you have put a lot more money into your vehicle than that book is factoring in.
  • Resist the urge to have a drink at the show if you are driving home that night (let’s not add DUI to the list of problems!
  • If you are involved in an accident and the damage is more than “minimal” strongly consider hiring a automotive accident lawyer to represent you. If the accident is in the San Diego area, you will likely want to hire a San Diego car accident lawyer. He is going to be more familiar with the local laws and judges and you really don’t want to pay for a lawyers travel expenses to get from your home town to the courts where you had your accident.

No one likes to think about getting in an accident and if you do, you really don’t want to think about the time and expense you may have to spend dealing with it in court. Usually a good attorney will know how much they can push for without having to go to court and if you do end up in court they greatly increase your chance of receiving a fair payment to cover your loss.

Drive Safe! And happy car showing!