There are 10 common causes of personal injury accidents. Understanding the most common causes can help you to stay aware and avoid injury. If you or someone you know has suffered a personal injury accident, it is recommended that you find a lawyer and discuss your options.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are one of the most common causes of personal injury. They can occur anywhere there is a slippery surface, such as in a grocery store or on a wet sidewalk. In California, property owners have a duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. (Cal Civ Code 1714) This includes ensuring that there are no hazardous conditions that could cause a slip and fall accident.
Car accidents are another leading cause of personal injury. They can occur due to driver error, road conditions, or other factors. In California, drivers are required to operate their vehicles with due care and attention, which includes following the rules of the road and avoiding distractions. (Cal Veh Code 22350). You can read more about car, bicycle, and other accidents on Anderson’s website under Practice Areas.
Medical malpractice is a serious cause of personal injury that can result from a healthcare professional’s negligence. This can include misdiagnosis, delayed treatment, or surgical errors. In California, healthcare providers have a duty to provide care that meets a professional standard of care. (Cal Civ Code 3333.2)
Defective products can cause serious personal injury. This can include everything from faulty car parts to malfunctioning consumer goods. In California, product manufacturers have a duty to ensure that their products are free from defects and safe for use. (Cal Civ Code 1792)
Dog bites can be serious and cause significant personal injury. In California, dog owners are strictly liable for any injuries caused by their dogs, regardless of whether the dog had a history of biting or was acting in self-defense. (Cal Civ Code 3342)
Workplace accidents can result from a variety of causes, such as poor training, inadequate equipment, or hazardous working conditions. In California, employers have a duty to provide a safe working environment for their employees. (Cal Lab Code 6300) In case of a workplace accident, the victim may also have a Workers Compensation Claim.
Bicycle accidents can occur due to a variety of reasons, such as reckless drivers, poor road conditions, or poorly maintained bicycles. In California, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists and are required to follow the rules of the road. (Cal Veh Code 21200)
Sports injuries can result from a variety of causes, such as poor training, inadequate equipment, or reckless behavior. In California, sports organizations have a duty to ensure that their facilities and equipment are safe for use. (Cal Civ Code 1714)
Premises Liability Accidents
Premises liability accidents can occur due to a variety of reasons, such as hazardous conditions, inadequate security, or poor maintenance. In California, property owners have a duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition and to warn visitors of any hazards. (Cal Civ Code 1714)
Construction accidents can result from a variety of causes, such as inadequate training, poor equipment, or hazardous working conditions. In California, contractors and employers have a duty to provide a safe working environment for their employees. (Cal Lab Code 6400)
Understanding the most common causes of personal injury accidents is important for staying safe and avoiding injury. If you are involved in an accident, you may need to seek medical attention, contact a personal injury lawyer, and gather evidence such as witness statements, photographs of the accident scene, and any relevant documents. Having this information can help to build a strong case and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact Anderson Franco to discuss your options and to receive the help and support you need. With the right legal representation, you can receive the compensation you deserve and take steps to move forward with your life.