The Resilient Porter Ranch Community
The Porter Ranch community of Los Angeles began as a 50-home housing tract in the 1960s in the northwest San Fernando Valley. 60 years later, Porter Ranch is now home to more than 35,000 people.
Situated in the foothills of the Santa Susana Mountains in Los Angeles County, Porter Ranch enjoys a lower population density and relative isolation from the rest of the San Fernando Valley. As the community has grown, residents have flocked to Porter Ranch for the spacious, suburban lifestyle and proximity to Los Angeles that the community offers.
Despite being a desirable place to live, however, Porter Ranch is not without its fair share of dangers. Throughout the last 50 years, Porter Ranch has withstood multiple wildfires, destructive earthquakes, and—most recently—a methane gas leak that sickened thousands of residents.
In addition, Porter Ranch—like the rest of the San Fernando Valley—is plagued with hundreds of car accidents each year. In 2018, Porter Ranch experienced 216 vehicular crashes. Among them, 11 involved severe injuries, and one was fatal, according to a statewide database.
Whether your livelihood is threatened by a gas leak, a wildfire, or a negligent driver, you deserve to have someone in your corner fighting for your rights.
The Porter Ranch car accident attorneys at PARRIS Law Firm have been serving communities in Los Angeles for over 37 years. We have the strength, experience, and expertise to win the battles we fight. And in over 99% of cases, we’ve won—and secured over $1.9 billion for clients.
When accidents happen, don’t let a minute pass without securing the representation you need to keep your family safe.
Fighting for Porter Ranch for 6+ Years
If you live in Porter Ranch, you may have heard of PARRIS Law Firm before. Since 2015, the attorneys at PARRIS, along with other plaintiff’s counsel, have represented thousands of Porter Ranch residents in the wake of the Aliso Canyon gas leak.
The leak, identified in October 2015, spewed thousands of tons of methane, ethane, and other gases from SoCal Gas’s Aliso Canyon Storage Facility into nearby Porter Ranch homes. SoCalGas failed to plug the leak until February 2016, leaving thousands of residents exposed to harmful gases from the well.
Many Porter Ranch residents were not aware they were even living near an underground gas storage facility when the gas leak erupted. Unfortunately, however, many residents suffered injuries: from short-term symptoms such as nosebleeds and nausea to long-term health conditions such as damaged lungs or cancer.
In September 2021, SoCalGas and their parent company, Sempra Energy, settled with PARRIS Law Firm and other plaintiffs’ law firms for $1.8 billion. This incredible result was achieved after a 6-year, tooth-and-nail legal battle with the energy conglomerate. (Learn more about the Porter Ranch settlement.)
Whether your life has been turned upside down by a gas leak or a car accident, our team of Porter Ranch personal injury lawyers are prepared to fight for your rights.
Porter Ranch Car Accident Statistics
Out of 216 car accidents in Porter Ranch in 2018, according to the Transportation Injury Mapping System, the types of vehicle crashes were broken down as follows:
- Broadside 31%
- Rear end 29%
- Head-on crash 13%
- Sideswipe 12%
- Hit object 7%
- Vehicle/pedestrian 3%
- Overturned 1%
- Other 2.5%
Upon examining types of violations that caused car accidents in Porter Ranch, the most common causes were the following:
- Unsafe speed 28%
- Vehicle right-of-way 25%
- Traffic signals and signs 15%
- Improper passing 9%
- Improper turning 9%
- Unsafe lane change 7%
- Driver or bicycle DUI 6%
- Following too closely 3%
- Pedestrian right-of-way 3%
- Wrong side of road 1%
- Pedestrian violation 0.5%
- Other than driver or pedestrian 2%
- Other improper driving 1%
Car accidents occurred most frequently on Thursdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Many of these accidents took place on major thoroughfares, such as Rinaldi St., Corbin Ave., Tampa Ave., Mason Ave., Reseda Blvd., and Sesnon Blvd. The 118 freeway, which runs east-west through the northern end of the Valley, is also a hotbed for car accidents in Porter Ranch.
PARRIS Victories for Clients
Our team of top-notch attorneys often come away with seven-, eight-, and nine-figure verdicts and settlements for our clients.
Here are some of our clients’ stories:
- One of our clients, an on-duty CHP officer, was riding his motorcycle down the 5 freeway when a distracted driver rear-ended him, throwing him into the air. Tragically, our client suffered major injuries that affected his ability to work and provide for his family. After taking his case all the way to trial, the PARRIS team secured a $49.6 million verdict for our client and his wife.
- Another PARRIS client was driving his truck in the desert when a distracted driver ran a stop sign, causing a horrific T-bone style accident. Our client’s car rolled multiple times, leaving him with severe injuries. The defense’s insurance company failed to cooperate with our investigation, leading to a lengthy legal battle that ended in trial. The jury awarded our client $120 million.
- A PARRIS client was a passenger in a pickup when the driver recklessly made a turn at a high speed, causing a horrific rollover accident. Our client suffered spinal cord injuries that have altered the course of his life and career. After extensive negotiations with the at-fault driver’s insurance company, PARRIS secured a $23 million settlement for our client.
PARRIS Honors and Awards
PARRIS attorneys are highly decorated— the Litigation Counsel of America, the American Board of Trial Advocates and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum have recognized PARRIS Law Firm as one of the Golden State’s premier personal injury firms. Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers® have acknowledged PARRIS attorneys in their annual lists for over a decade.
In addition, our partners regularly speak at legal conferences, webinars, and other continuing legal education events, where they share their knowledge and experience with other lawyers.
Our Client Commitment: No Fees Until We Win
The period following a car accident can be absolutely devastating. That’s why at PARRIS Law Firm, our single priority is to our clients. We make the process easy for you while we fight on your behalf.
When you choose PARRIS to care for your legal needs, our investigators—former CHP officers—will conduct a thorough examination of your case. As your legal team fights the insurance company on your behalf, our client care team updates you at every step.
What can I recover in a car accident lawsuit?
What you can recover after a car accident is based on the legal principle of negligence. When someone fails in a duty to care for another person (e.g., failing to drive safely), they act negligently. California law allows victims of negligence to sue the at-fault person (or their insurance company) for damages, which may include:
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Lost wages from missed work due to the accident
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship for the victim’s loved ones
What kinds of cases does PARRIS take?
PARRIS specializes in fighting for victims injured in any of the following types of crashes:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Car and bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Big rig truck collisions
- Crashes that involve drivers injured on the job
- Drunk driving accidents
- Accidents caused by car manufacturing defects
- Collisions related to dangerous road conditions
In addition, PARRIS specializes in many other areas of personal injury law, including dog bites, slips and falls, product liability cases, environmental mass torts, and complex litigation.
What kinds of injuries do car accident victims sustain?
The human body is not designed to sustain the impact of a car crash. Following an accident, you may have serious injuries—some of which may not be apparent immediately after the crash.
Some of the most common injuries we’ve seen in car accident victims include:
- Cuts, scrapes, and bruises
- Sprains, strains, and other soft tissue injuries
- Herniated spinal discs
- Broken bones
- Dislocated joints
- Crush injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Though some clients are able to heal from their injuries, others lead to long-term health problems. Chronic pain conditions, such as fibromyalgia or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), are commonly caused by car accidents. These traumatic events can also aggravate existing conditions, such as arthritis or weak neck and back muscles.
Going to the doctor as soon as possible after your accident can help you catch and treat any injuries arising from the incident before they develop into larger medical complications.
Why should I consider hiring a car accident attorney in Porter Ranch?
Following a traumatic car accident, it’s only natural that you want to get your case over and done with. Navigating the legal process might sound like just another headache. And if the at-fault driver’s insurance company is offering you a settlement, accepting it may seem like the easiest option.
However, the insurance company’s first offer may be insufficient to cover the true costs of your claim. And by accepting it, you may be signing away your chance at a full recovery.
An insurance company is a business. Their goal is to collect premiums from policyholders and pay out as little in claims as possible, benefitting their bottom line. Some insurers may even resort to deceptive, bad faith tactics to avoid paying your claim to the fullest extent. One of these tactics: offering a purposefully low settlement to claimants without a lawyer, hoping that they’ll accept the first offer they receive.
This is exactly why having a legal advocate is so important. You need someone fighting for your interests—someone who knows how to deal with insurance companies and walk away with a successful result.
At PARRIS Law Firm, your legal team has nearly four decades of experience fighting insurance companies on behalf of clients. We know what it takes to win, and we’ll fight for you until you see victory.
Why Trust PARRIS Law Firm With Your Case?
With PARRIS, It’s Personal
When PARRIS founder R. Rex Parris was a boy, his father lost a leg in a motorcycle accident. He experienced firsthand how one driver’s negligence could devastate a family for years to come.
When he got older, Rex dedicated his life to fighting for victims of accidents all over California. “From the day we started, we’ve known that injured victims desperately need great lawyers to represent them. Without that, they can’t restore the balance in their family. That is why I have committed my life to helping people overcome the physical and financial burdens that result from an accident.”
Since its founding in 1985, the PARRIS Law Firm has grown in both reach and reputation, serving thousands of clients throughout the Golden State. Our long history of success and aggressive style in the courtroom has gained recognition among clients and lawyers alike.
But most importantly, PARRIS remains committed to restoring lives. When someone negligently causes an accident that devastates your family, we’ll be the ones who fight for you, protecting your rights until you see victory.