Car & Motorcycle Accidents – Building a Strong Claim

In the event you are in an automobile or motorcycle accident and you believe it resulted from the negligent actions of another driver, attorney Russell Sawyer may be able to help you seek monetary recovery for your losses. Medical bills and property damage costs can ad up quickly. Recovery can be a long process involving months or longer, and we want you to focus on your health and spending time with your family.

Initially we’ll access the official police report and any records pertaining to the accident. Any evidence you have collected, as well as witness testimony is useful at this stage. Determining how the crash happened is an important part of building a strong claim. Common causes of accidents include:

Driver inattention

Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents in California. Common actions and behaviors that result in driver inattention include talking on a cell phone, texting, eating, rubbernecking, adjusting the radio, grooming, and smoking. Anytime a driver’s eyes are off of the roads or their minds are not focused on the task at hand, there’s an increased risk of getting into an accident.

Failure to yield the right-of-way

Drivers are required to abide by certain rules when it comes to yielding at intersections and elsewhere. IF a driver neglects to acknowledge a yield sign, or make a turn before they are supposed to, a crash can happen.


Tailgating is a dangerous driving behavior. If the lead car needs to perform an emergency stop or has to slow suddenly for a construction zone, a tailgating vehicle can cause a rear-end accident.

Alcohol/drug involvement

Drivers who choose to drink and drive are putting lives at risk every time. A drunk driver’s ability to perceive what is going on around them, and act accordingly, declines. They’re more likely to swerve, have poor reaction time, and drive too fast or slow for the speed limit or road conditions.

Excessive speed

When everyone on the road follows the limit, the risk of getting into an accident decrease. Unfortunately, negligent drivers often travel much faster than the posted speed limit. This decreases the control they have over their vehicles. If a sharp curve or unexpected roadblock pops up, the chances of getting into an accident are higher.

Driving left of center

Drunk and distracted drivers are at risk of traveling across the center line and driving into oncoming traffic. Head-on collisions are the most fatal of all traffic accident types.

Your accident may or may not have resulted from one of the causes above. Regardless of why it happened, we’ll make sure the negligent party is held accountable for their actions. 

Contact the Law Offices of Dr. Russell W. Sawyer for a free consultation. We can be reached by email or by phone at (707) 888-1118. We represent clients throughout California.

Russell W. Sawyer, MD, JD

131A Stony Circle, Ste 500,
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Phone: (707) 888-1118|

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