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Car Accidents in Santa Clarita

Santa Clarita is a sprawling suburban city nestled in the beautiful Santa Clarita Valley, 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. 

Composed of the neighboring communities of Newhall, Valencia, Saugus, and Canyon Country, the city is home to over 230,000 people, making it the third-largest city in Los Angeles County.

Santa Clarita has garnered a reputation for being a safe place to live. Despite this reputation, however, the people of Santa Clarita face danger every day—every time they drive on the city’s roads.

Negligent drivers cause car accidents in Santa Clarita nearly every day. According to a state database, Santa Clarita experienced 695 car accidents in 2018. 39 of these collisions resulted in severe injuries, and six of them were fatal.

Car accidents in Santa Clarita can alter a person’s life forever. The injuries you sustain in a collision may lead to lurking, long-term health issues, limit your capacity to work and affect your ability to enjoy life.

When devastation strikes, you deserve to have an advocate on your side who can help you get the recovery you need. The car accident attorneys at PARRIS Law Firm are here to help.

PARRIS Law Firm has been serving Santa Clarita residents since 1985. We know what it takes to fight for our clients, and we regularly win seven-, eight-, and nine-figure verdicts on their behalf.

What types of car accidents happen in Santa Clarita?

The most common types of vehicle collisions, as categorized by law enforcement, include:

  • Rear-end crashes, where the front end of one car strikes the back end of another
  • Broadside or T-bone crashes, where the front of one vehicle strikes the side of another, forming a “T” shape
  • Sideswipe crashes, where two cars traveling in the same direction hit each other on the sides
  • Head-on crashes, when two vehicles traveling in opposite directions hit one another head-on
  • Rollover crashes, where a car (usually a truck or an SUV) rolls onto its top or side during an accident
  • Single-vehicle crashes, where a car strikes an object or runs off the road due to impaired driving, an object in the road, or another driver’s poor decisions
  • Vehicle/pedestrian crashes, when a car strikes a pedestrian
After a car accident like this, you should call a car accident lawyer.

In Santa Clarita, the types of car accidents that occurred in 2018 were broken down as follows:

  • Rear-end crashes: 36%
  • Broadside crashes: 29%
  • Striking an object: 13%
  • Sideswipes: 11%
  • Head-on crashes: 5%
  • Vehicle/pedestrian accidents: 3%
  • Rollover accidents: 2%
  • Other: <1%

Rear-end accidents—caused by following too closely and distracted driving—have become more common as cell phone usage while driving has increased in recent years. 

Broadside crashes, which make up nearly a third of all Santa Clarita’s car accidents, occur most frequently in intersections and parking lots.

Why does Santa Clarita experience so many car accidents?

Santa Clarita experiences a high volume of car accidents for several reasons:

  • Two busy freeways run through Santa Clarita: the 5 freeway, which forms the city’s western boundary, and the 14 freeway, which runs through the city’s eastern end. These freeways experience frequent traffic jams during rush hour, leading to an uptick in car accidents.

  • During the summer, traffic to the nearby Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park increases the likelihood of rear-end accidents, T-bone collisions, and pedestrian crashes.

  • Though Santa Clarita has a low population density overall, the city’s 230,000 inhabitants take the same major thoroughfares to get from one side of the valley to the other. This causes further traffic congestion. These thoroughfares include:

    • Soledad Canyon Rd/Valencia Blvd
    • McBean Pkwy
    • Sierra Hwy
    • Bouquet Canyon Rd/ Railroad Ave
    • Newhall Ranch Rd
    • Golden Valley Rd

The vast majority of Santa Clarita’s car accidents occurred during the weekday morning rush hour between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m.

PARRIS Santa Clarita Car Accident Lawyers help with car accidents on Magic Mountain Parkway, among other streets.

The most common causes of these accidents included:

  • Unsafe speed: 27%
  • Vehicle right-of-way: 15%
  • Improper turning: 11%
  • Driver or bicycle DUI: 9%
  • Traffic signals and signs: 9%
  • Following too closely: 7%
  • Unsafe lane change: 6%
  • Wrong side of road: 2%
  • Pedestrian right-of-way: 1%
  • Pedestrian violation: 1%
  • Other than driver or pedestrian: 2%

When accidents happen, you’ll need a firm on your side with a trusted track record of results.

PARRIS Law Firm will fight for you.

What type of Santa Clarita car accident cases do PARRIS lawyers take?

When car accidents happen in Santa Clarita, hiring a car accident lawyer is the best way to protect the rights of you and your loved ones. PARRIS Law Firm has experience protecting victims’ rights of many types of vehicular crash cases, including:

  • Car accidents of all kinds, including those caused by:
    • Impaired driving
    • Road defects
    • Faulty vehicle manufacturing
  • Big rig truck accidents
  • Motorcycle crashes
  • Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
  • Car accidents involving people on the job
  • Accidents resulting in wrongful death

Recovery Options After a Car Accident in Santa Clarita

Every driver has an obligation to drive safely. When a motorist drives carelessly and causes a car accident in Santa Clarita, their negligence may cause great physical, mental, emotional, and financial harm to you or your loved ones.

When this happens, California law allows you to recover certain costs through a personal injury claim. Depending on your situation, these costs may include:

  • Medical bills, including ambulance costs, prescriptions, and visits to the hospital, primary care physicians, and specialists
  • Damage to your car or property inside your car
  • Any lost wages due to missed work or your loss of earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Your loved ones’ loss of companionship damages
Your personal injury lawsuit may help cover medical costs after a car accident.
PARRIS has won many awards for our exceptional victories for clients.

After a Car Accident in Santa Clarita, Why Trust PARRIS Law Firm?

Four Decades of Results

Since PARRIS first opened its doors to clients in 1985, our attorneys have served thousands of clients from all over California, winning over $1.9 billion on their behalf.

Our firm has been recognized throughout our 37+ years in practice for our landmark cases and 99% success rate. Some of our most recent victories include:

  • A $120 million verdict for a man involved in a horrific T-bone accident in Lancaster
  • A $46.6 million verdict for a CHP officer rear-ended and thrown off his motorcycle on the 5 freeway near Castaic
  • A $9.6 million verdict for for a man severely injured in a car accident in a Santa Clarita intersection
  • The landmark $1.8 billion settlement for victims of the 2015-16 Porter Ranch gas leak

Attorney recognition programs such as Best Lawyers® and Super Lawyers have PARRIS attorneys annually for over a decade. Founding attorney R. Rex Parris has been recognized by the Litigation Counsel of America, the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for his herculean legal victories on behalf of California residents.

When you’re injured in an accident, you deserve a law firm you can trust to deliver results. Look no further than PARRIS Law Firm.

Serving Clients First

The secret to our success? An unabashed commitment to our clients.

The PARRIS process was developed with your interests in mind:

  • We deploy an investigative team of researchers to examine your accident thoroughly.
  • We hire some of the best experts in their fields to provide insight into your case.
  • We demand documents and other pieces of information through discovery.
  • We carefully prepare your case for trial.

All the while, our client care coordinators will keep you updated at every twist and turn of your case.

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No Fees Until We Win

The attorneys at PARRIS Law Firm work on contingency, meaning we do not charge any fees unless we win the case.

If our Santa Clarita car accident lawyers successfully secure compensation for you, we will charge a percentage fee for our services. However, payment will never be required up front so that you can turn your attention to what matters most: your physical and mental recovery.

Like the Lion, We Fight Fearlessly For You.

Following an accident, you may think that it’s simpler to settle with the at-fault driver’s insurance company on your own.

However, insurance companies are not necessarily in your corner. An insurance adjuster’s job is ultimately to increase profits for their company, not to pay out the financial recovery you may need. Therefore, an insurance adjuster might work to reduce or deny your claim to save their company money.

One of the most common tactics we’ve seen insurance adjusters use is leading with a lowball settlement, hoping you will take it without consulting an attorney and determining the true value of your claim.

Hiring a trustworthy, yet relentless, attorney is the surefire way to protect your rights after an accident. Our Santa Clarita car accident lawyers have seen every insurance play in the book—and we know how to deal with them.

After your accident, don’t hold off on discussing your legal options with an attorney. Protect your rights from the start.

What Do I Do After a Car Accident in Santa Clarita?

After a car accident in Santa Clarita, you’ll want to follow these steps:

  1. STOP and pull over to the nearest shoulder, away from traffic. Never drive away from the scene of the accident.
  2. If anyone is injured (even a simple scrape or bruise), call 911. Calling law enforcement is still useful even if no one is injured, as law enforcement will collect information for a police report.
  3. Exchange contact information and insurance information with the other driver. Sometimes, law enforcement will help facilitate this. Make sure you get the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all drivers involved, as well as their insurance policy number, their license plate and/or VIN, and a photo of their driver’s license.
  4. Take photographs of the accident scene and any damage.
  5. Call your insurance company to report the accident as soon as possible.
  6. If police did not arrive at the scene, report your accident to local law enforcement within 24 hours.
  7. If damage exceeded $1,000, report your accident to the DMV within 10 days,
  8. If you are injured. call a Santa Clarita car accident attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights.

How do I know if I am at fault for a car accident in Santa Clarita?

Insurance companies use photos, witness accounts, dash cam footage, police reports, and more to make a fault determination. Notably, this determination isn’t legally binding – only an arbitrator, judge, or jury can make a final determination of fault.

Fault in a car accident in Santa Clarita often depends on the type of accident, and the circumstances that led to the crash. For example, the rear driver in a rear-end accident is almost always considered at fault.

If you believe you are not at fault for your car accident, contact a Santa Clarita car accident lawyer right away to safeguard your rights.

Can multiple parties be at fault for a car accident in Santa Clarita?

Yes. California operates under a pure comparative negligence system, which allows drivers to collect compensation after a car accident in accordance with their degree of fault.

Say you were speeding on the freeway when another car rear-ends you. The other driver may be 75% at fault for hitting you, but you may be considered 25% at fault for speeding. In this case, if you were awarded $100,000 in damages, you would only collect $75,000. Your damages would be reduced in proportion with your percentage of liability.

Read more about how fault is determined in California car accidents.

How much does it cost to hire a Santa Clarita car accident lawyer?

At PARRIS Law Firm, our car accident lawyers work on a contingency fee system. We don’t charge any out-of-pocket fees to represent you. Our fee is a proportion of your verdict or settlement. If we are unsuccessful in securing a favorable result for you, you will owe us nothing.

How long do you have to report a car accident in Santa Clarita?

After an accident that causes injury or damage over $1,000, you must report the incident to three entities:

  • Your insurance company
  • The police
  • The DMV

You must report your car accident to police within 24 hours. The DMV, on the other hand, gives you 10 days.

There is no legal limit to when you should report your car accident to insurance companies, but you should do so as soon as possible. Late or delayed reporting could result in your claim being denied.

California law prevents insurers from raising your rates for accidents that were not your fault.

Learn more about reporting a car accident.

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