Ventura Highway Crash Lawyer
Life happens fast, especially when you’re zooming down the Ventura Freeway. But sometimes, the unexpected occurs—a highway crash—and suddenly, you’re stuck dealing with injuries, insurance hassles, and emotional turmoil. If you’re in this tough spot, know that you don’t have to go it alone. Matt Zavala and the team at Zavala Law are here for you. Serving the residents of Ventura County, if you’ve been injured in an accident on the 101 or SR 1/Pacific Coast Highway, our firm can help. Contact our experienced Ventura highway crash lawyer today.
Why Highway Accidents Are So Dangerous
Highway crashes are seldom fender benders; they more often occur at high speed, causing a lot of damage and catastrophic injuries. Even when a minor accident does occur on the highway, such as during rush hour, getting the vehicles and their occupants to safety without causing further crashes is risky business. California Highway Patrol says to move to the shoulder or another safe place after a minor accident, but doing so safely can be tricky and could impact your claim against the negligent driver as well.
Ventura County freeways are almost always crowded. If you travel the highway for your daily commute, it increases the odds you’ll be in an accident, which is already almost a certainty for every driver at some point. Other commuters might be speeding, impatient or aggressive, or distracted as they eat breakfast or mentally plan their work day while driving. Carpooling passengers injured in a crash might find it especially difficult to know who to blame or hold liable in an accident; passengers can even be blamed for causing or contributing to a crash themselves.
Chain reaction crashes and multiple vehicle pileups are another danger on crowded Ventura County highways, especially during stop-and-go rush hour traffic. Eighteen-wheelers plying the 101 at all hours are an ever-present risk to motorists sharing the roads with these 40-ton behemoths; a tractor-trailer jackknife can take out dozens of cars in one incident.
Another pervasive danger on California highways is the presence of motorcycles traveling at high speeds and weaving in and out of traffic. Bikers can lawfully lane-split in California, but they must do so carefully. Some motorcycle maneuvers only look risky, while others actually are. Motorists and motorcyclists alike must be vigilant, wary and respectful of one another to avoid a crash, especially at busy times on the highway when motorcycles might be traveling at much greater speeds than the surrounding traffic.
When cars traveling in one lane are moving at a different speed than vehicles in another, the risk of a crash is high as faster-moving and slower-moving vehicles change places. We’re talking here about highway on-ramps and off-ramps. Ventura County residents jump on and off the 101 to get where they are going on a daily basis. It’s the most efficient way to get around, but freeway entrances, exit ramps, and the adjacent lane are a frequent source of accidents.
Another speed differential danger Ventura County will have to get used to involves carpool lanes, also called High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes. HOV lanes can lessen congestion overall and be a blessing to motorists entitled to use them, but the speed differential between the HOV lane and the adjacent lane, especially during rush hour, raises the risk of a crash involving vehicles getting in and out of the HOV lane. Drivers needing to exit and get all the way to the right might drive aggressively or recklessly to get over in time, and other aggressive drivers might block them out of road rage. Ventura County and the California DOT currently have several miles of HOV lanes in the works.
Trust Matt Zavala and Zavala Law After a Highway Crash in Ventura County
You might be wondering what sets us apart from other personal injury law firms in Ventura County. Well, Matt Zavala, our lead attorney, has a unique blend of skills that position him—and by extension, you—for success. With a decade of insurance defense under his belt, Matt knows how insurance companies operate from an insider’s perspective. There is no better experience than that when you are fighting an insurer that is disputing liability, damages, and other issues critical to your claim.
Not only does Matt have the skills and knowledge needed to negotiate an effective settlement with the insurer, but he has a great deal of trial and litigation experience as well. He’s also an accomplished mediator, so whatever approach your case requires, Matt has the skill set to craft and implement the appropriate strategy.
Now, all this expertise wouldn’t mean much if you felt like your lawyer wasn’t listening to you or responding to your needs. At Zavala Law, we believe that stellar results should go hand-in-hand with an outstanding client experience. We focus extensively on customer service and go out of our way to make ourselves accessible to you. We communicate with our clients regularly, offering updates and advice to make sure you are comfortable and getting the help you need.
Contact Zavala Law Today
So, if you’ve been in a highway crash and need a dedicated Ventura personal injury law firm, look no further than Zavala Law. Because here, you’re not just a client—you’re family. Feel free to reach out and let us help you get back on the road to recovery. Call 805-429-4292 for a free consultation.