Known as the birthplace of the California citrus industry, Riverside, California, is located about fifty miles east of the city of Los Angeles and is the county seat of Riverside County, California. Riverside is home to just over 300,000 residents, and millions of tourists flock to the greater Los Angeles area each year.

If you’ve been injured in an accident in Riverside caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Talking to a Riverside personal injury attorney from OnderLaw will help you figure out what your next steps should be to obtain justice for your injuries and to compensate you for your losses.

Working with an attorney can help you achieve your goal of maximizing the compensation that you receive for damages related to an accident. The skilled and experienced attorneys of OnderLaw will work with you to investigate the accident, speak to witnesses, identify the at-fault party, and help you reach a fair settlement. Call us today to get started.

About Riverside

The city of Riverside, which derives its name from the Santa Ana River, as does nearby Anaheim, was founded in the early 1870s. The California citrus industry, centered around the sweet navel orange, actually began in Riverside. Riverside is also home to some fascinating and historic landmarks, such as the Mission Inn. The Mission Inn, which remains in operation today, is the largest Mission Revival-style building in the United States, though it is influenced by many different architectural styles.

The University of California’s branch at Riverside is a well-known higher education institution and is also the city’s second-largest employer, after the county itself. More than 25,000 students, both undergraduates and post-graduate students, attend the university.

Riverside has many interesting tourist attractions. Aside from the historic Mission Inn, Riverside is home to the Riverside Museum, the California Museum of Photography, and the Castle Park amusement park. Tourists can also visit the Parent Washington Navel Orange Tree in Riverside, which is the only surviving citrus tree from the city’s founding days.

Although it was once a major citrus producer, urban development has caused the citrus industry to wane. Most of Riverside’s economy today largely consists of manufacturers, film and television, and retail.

Injured in Riverside? A Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help

If you were in an accident because of a negligent third party, you may be entitled to claim compensation for past, present, and future damages, such as medical expenses, lost income due to your inability to work, any property or vehicular damage you sustained, as well as physical and emotional pain and suffering caused by the accident.

There are many types of accidents that can be caused by negligence, including:

Entering into negotiations with the at-fault person’s insurance company can be challenging and intimidating. Insurance adjusters will use every tool in their belt to minimize any payout they make to you, so having an experienced and knowledgeable attorney at your side to counsel you can mean the difference between a small, limited settlement and the settlement that you deserve.

Your OnderLaw attorney will work with you to investigate your claim, speak to any eyewitnesses who were present at the scene of the accident, review your medical files, and help you build a solid case against the at-fault individual or entity.

Your attorney will work tirelessly to negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf, but in the event that the insurance company denies your claim or tries to offer a paltry payout, your lawyer can file a personal injury lawsuit in court so that your case can be reviewed by a judge.

Working with an attorney who has extensive experience with personal injury cases and who cares about getting victims of accidents the compensation they deserve is crucial. Not every person is qualified for the job. Make sure you seek out an attorney who has the skill and experience to comprehensively investigate your claim and put together the strongest possible case for compensation.

At OnderLaw we understand that navigating the claims process can be difficult and challenging. Going up against a for-profit insurance company can be intimidating. That’s why we’re here: to take that burden off your shoulders and fight for you while you recover from the accident.

Common Injury Claims in Riverside

The attorneys at OnderLaw have vast experience helping our clients with a variety of injury claims in Riverside. Through the years, we have worked with claimants on these and other types of cases:

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Riverside is a driving-centric city, and because of that, auto accidents are common. Each motor vehicle accident is unique, and can become more complicated when multiple vehicles or commercial vehicles are involved. Some types of motor vehicle accidents include:

  • Single-vehicle accidents
  • Multi-vehicle accidents
  • Rear-end collisions
  • Head-on collisions
  • Motorcycle crashes
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Commercial truck crashes
  • Rideshare crashes

Premises Liability Accidents

Premises liability accidents typically happen when a property owner’s negligence leads to an accident. Whether the accident occurs at a residence or in a business, these types of accidents can be dangerous. For instance, if you were to be bitten by a dog at a friend’s home, and the friend knew that their dog had a history of biting visitors, the homeowner (or, more specifically, their homeowner’s insurance policy) could be responsible for paying damages related to your dog bite.

Common types of premises liability accidents include:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Workplace accidents
  • School-related accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Amusement park accidents
  • Swimming pool & drowning accidents
  • Elevator incidents
  • Dog bites
  • Fires

Workers’ Compensation Accidents

Employees who are injured while on the job are entitled to claim compensation for expenses associated with their injury, such as medical bills, physical therapy expenses, and lost income, if the injury leaves them unable to work for a period of time.

One important distinction between workers’ compensation and personal injury claims is that workers’ compensation doesn’t cover non-economic damages like pain and suffering. On the plus side, though, you won’t have to prove that anyone in particular, like your employer, was at fault for the accident in order to get compensation. Workers’ compensation is straightforward: if you were injured on the job while performing your duties, you have a right to compensation.

Some types of workers’ compensation accidents we’ve handled include:

  • Slip and fall accidents that occur in the workplace
  • Defective machinery
  • Physical assault in the workplace
  • Exposure to hazardous chemicals
  • Commercial vehicle accidents

Nursing Home Abuse Accidents

Nursing home abuse is a tragic topic to discuss but is becoming more common as time goes on. It can be difficult for a family to grapple with the suspicion that their loved one is the victim of abuse and/or negligence, especially because they trusted the nursing home and their staff to take care of their loved one.

There are many forms of negligence and abuse, and it can be perpetrated by multiple parties within the nursing home, including staff and other residents. Here are some of the common types of abuse to be on the lookout for:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Bedsores, which can indicate your loved one is not being turned
  • Missed medication doses
  • Misdiagnosed illnesses and injuries
  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Physical assault
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional trauma
  • Psychological abuse
  • Financial abuse

Common Injuries Suffered in Accidents in Riverside

When an accident occurs because another party was negligent, the effects can be devastating and can last a lifetime. The consequences of an accident aren’t limited to physical injuries and pain. They can also cause emotional trauma, mental anguish, and PTSD. Some of the common injuries we’ve seen in accidents caused by another party’s negligence include:

Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries

While every crash is different, motor vehicle collisions can cause severe, even fatal, injuries. Motorcyclists, cyclists, and pedestrians who share the road with drivers are even more at risk since they don’t have any safeguards against an impact with a motor vehicle. Some of the common types of injuries that result from motor vehicle accidents include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Concussions
  • Whiplash
  • Spinal injury
  • Paralysis
  • Soft-tissue damage
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Sprains and strains
  • Scrapes
  • Burns
  • Lacerations

Premises Liability Accident Injuries

Premises liability accidents can cause a variety of injuries depending upon the type of accident. Some common injuries include:

  • Head and neck injuries
  • Spinal injuries
  • Bites, scratches, and lacerations
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Burns
  • Strains and sprains
  • Drowning

Worker’s Compensation Accident Injuries 

Workplace injuries are common, particularly in workplaces with an increased level of hazards such as factories, construction zones, and restaurants and bars.

  • Head and neck injuries
  • Sprains and strains
  • Accidental amputation
  • Burns
  • Scrapes and lacerations
  • Broken and fractured bones
  • Soft-tissue damage
  • Toxic chemical exposure
  • Hearing loss

Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse Injuries

It’s not something anyone likes to imagine, but if your loved one is in a nursing home, it’s always a good idea to keep your eyes peeled for any signs that abuse or neglect might be occurring. Some common signs of abuse or neglect include:

  • Bruising
  • Fractured or broken bones
  • Slip and fall injuries
  • Emotional trauma
  • Sexual abuse trauma
  • Medication overdose
  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Bedsores

What Compensation Am I Owed?

There are three main types of compensation that a victim of an accident caused by negligence can claim: economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages.

Economic Damages

Economic damages are damages specifically related to your finances. Economic damages are designed to help you cover the past, present, and future cost of:

  • Medical bills, including emergency care, surgeries, physical therapy, and other expenses
  • Lost wages due to your inability to work
  • Property damage, from something as big as your vehicle or as small as your eyeglasses

Non-economic Damages

Non-economic damages are damages that aren’t related to the financial impact of the accident but that compensate you for a different type of loss you sustained.

  • Physical pain
  • Emotional trauma
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Punitive Damages

Although this type of damages is not frequently awarded to claimants, if a judge finds that the negligent party acted in a particularly reckless manner or willfully ignored a hazard to your health, then you could receive punitive damages as the court’s way of “punishing” the negligent party.

California Accident Statistics

According to Centers for Disease Control data, there were 15,116 traffic-related accidents across the state of California in 2019.

In 2018, the California Office of Traffic Safety recorded these traffic accident fatalities:

  • 1,116 drunk driving crash fatalities
  • 42% of all traffic-related deaths occurred because of drunk driving
  • 978 pedestrian accident fatalities
  • 523 motorcycle crash fatalities
  • 165 bicycle accident fatalities

State Farm Insurance Company counted 488 total dog bite claims throughout the state of California in 2017, which was nearly 14 percent of nationwide dog bite injuries that year.

The Department of Industrial Relations reported 451 on-the-job deaths in 2019, as well as 483 injuries that sprang from work-related accidents.

In 2018, the CDC found that slip and fall accidents ended up being fatal for about 40 out of 100,000 seniors in the state.

Statute of Limitations for Injury Claims in California

In the state of California, you generally have two years from the date of an accident to file a personal injury claim. The statute of limitations in medical malpractice cases is shorter. In med mal cases, you have only one year to file a lawsuit. And for any individual who was injured in a government-related accident, the statute of limitations is only six months.

If you were injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, it is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible so that you can begin to build your case for compensation.

Resources for Accident Victims in Riverside

Hospitals in Riverside

Riverside Community Hospital

Address: 4445 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA 92501

Phone:  951-788-3000


Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center

Address: 3865 Jackson St, Riverside, CA 92503

Phone:  951-688-2211


Pacific Grove Hospital

Address: 5900 Brockton Ave, Riverside, CA 92506

Phone: 866-773-4546


Law Enforcement in Riverside


Riverside Police Department

Address: 4102 Orange Street, Riverside, CA, 92501

Phone: 951-354-2007


Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

Address: 22850 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA, 92552

Phone: 951-486-6700


Department of Motor Vehicles

Riverside Department of Motor Vehicles

Address: 6280 Brockton Ave, Riverside CA, 92506

Phone: 800-777-0133

Get in Touch

If you were the victim of an accident in Riverside that resulted from someone else’s negligence, feel free to reach out to one of our attorneys. We at OnderLaw will work tirelessly to independently investigate your claim, develop facts, and ultimately help you seek the compensation you deserve. Reach out to us to schedule a consultation today.