Tenacious Advocates for Auto Accident Victims in Los Angeles
When it comes to being involved in a serious car accident, the environment and culture of the greater Los Angeles area represents a perfect storm of accident factors that may result in serious injury or the tragic death of a family member. The greater Los Angeles area is characterized by horrendous gridlock, minimal public transportation options and a mindset that combines time pressure and extensive use of portable devices like cell phones.
It is hardly surprising that car accidents in Los Angeles represent the leading cause of both serious injury and fatalities. Anyone who spends long hours commuting to work while struggling with gridlock on the 405 freeway, 110 freeway, 5 freeway, 10 freeway or 91 freeway is well aware of both the frequency and seriousness of Los Angeles car accidents.
Preserving Your Los Angeles Car Accident Claim
If you are involved in a car accident anywhere in Los Angeles County, it is imperative that you take certain steps to protect your physical health and your potential legal claim. Many people involved in accidents that they believe are relatively minor, such as a rear end collision, may presume that because there is little property damage there is little need to seek immediate medical attention. This is a mistake because there are a number of serious debilitating injuries that may not be immediately apparent in the aftermath of a car accident including serious head injuries or whiplash. Head injuries can be especially tricky because they can result in a traumatic brain injury that can have debilitating and life-altering consequences. While whiplash may be a less serious injury, victims who suffer this injury caused by the jerking motion of the head, neck and back during an auto collision often experience pain and some degree of disability for many months.
If you delay treatment for your injuries following a car accident in Los Angeles, it can adversely affect your prognosis and complicate your attempt to obtain compensation for your injuries. A prompt examination following a Los Angeles car accident may result in objective diagnostic tests including x-rays, MRIs, CT scans and similar evidence of the injuries you suffered in your collision. Motorists who delay seeking such diagnostic treatment open themselves up to claims that they are being dishonest regarding the existence and severity of their injuries. An insurance carrier may even claim that your injuries were caused by a subsequent activity unrelated to your Los Angeles car accident. It is not uncommon for insurance companies to hire private investigators to take video or pictures of you while keeping you under surveillance to substantiate their claim that you are being disingenuous about the nature of your injuries.
Our experienced Los Angeles car accident attorneys have extensive experience with the sometimes unethical tactics of insurance adjusters. We recognize that the typical car accident victim may not be sure how to deal with insurance and legal issues following a serious car accident in Los Angeles. Our experienced car accident legal team can handle all negotiations with the other driver’s insurance company while advising you regarding any actions that may inadvertently undermine your car accident claim.
We routinely use a wide variety of experts to build the strongest possible Los Angeles car accident lawsuit including accident reconstruction experts, forensic accountants, medical experts and any other evidence the will allow us to build the strongest possible case on behalf of Los Angeles car accident victims.
Comprehending the Vast Range of Los Angeles Car Accidents
There are virtually an unlimited number of types of car accidents that our experienced Los Angeles car accident attorneys can handle including:
- Single car run off the road accidents
- Multicar accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Rollover accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Rear end collisions
- Sideswipe accidents
- Back over accidents
- Tractor-trailer accidents
- Collisions with bicycles
- Defective vehicle accidents
- Pedestrian car crashes
If you are involved in any of these types of car accidents anywhere in Los Angeles County, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries if your accident was caused by the negligence of a third-party. Negligence in its simplest sense is effectively unreasonably careless conduct by a third-party that puts others at risk of injury. While the negligent party will frequently be another driver this is not exclusively the case. There are a wide range of other defendants that may also share liability for injuries including the following:
- Employers of negligent drivers
- Public entities like the County of Los Angeles or City of Los Angeles
- Makers of defective cars or car components
- Parents or guardians of drivers under age 18
- Friends, family or acquaintances that entrust a vehicle to an unsafe driver
Although these are just a few examples of third parties other than negligent drivers who may share liability for your injuries if you are in a serious car accident, it is important to identify all responsible parties in order to assure that you receive the maximum possible compensation for your injuries. Our Los Angeles car accident lawyers carefully investigate all of the potential evidence in your case so that we can determine the best strategy and identify all potential defendants.
Our investigation will typically include an evaluating the accident scene, obtaining statements from witnesses, reviewing any police accident reports and other relevant documents, identifying prior accident histories involving the defendants or the scene of the accident and utilizing an accident reconstruction expert to analyze the vehicle positions, vehicle damage and other critical evidence in your car accident case.
While there may be a wide variety of parties that may be a factor in causing your car accident, the most common cause of most Los Angeles car accidents are other negligent drivers. Because we have handled literally hundreds of car accident cases on behalf of those injured in car crashes all across Los Angeles County, we are qualified and experienced in handling a wide range of car accidents caused by negligent driving behavior including the following:
- Speeding drivers
- Drivers committing DUI/DWI
- Motorists who failed to obey stop lights or stop signs
- Drivers distracted by cell phones, grooming, eating and drinking or otherwise not paying attention
- Motorists who do not adjust their driving based on unsafe weather or traffic conditions
- Those who make unsafe turns
- Drivers that do not check blind spots
- Anyone who disregards the California Rules of the Road
- Tractor-trailer drivers who are fatigued
- Aggressive drivers or those who display road rage
Serious Personal Injury Recovery for Serious Auto Accidents
Whether you are involved in a Los Angeles car accident that results from any of these causes or any other cause, you may suffer permanent debilitating injuries. Serious injuries suffered in a car accident can impose enormous physical, financial and emotional obstacles. A car accident victim may need physical assistance to perform even basic everyday functions and be unable to work. This can mean a loss of household income and increased stress that may impair your physical recovery. Our Los Angeles car accident attorneys understand these challenges and are committed to removing the legal and financial hassles from our client shoulders so that they can focus on their recovery. There are many injuries that one may suffer in a car accident in Los Angeles:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Paralysis resulting from damage to the spinal cord
- Head, neck or back injuries
- Whiplash injuries
- Disfiguring lacerations and burns
- Fractured bones
- Injuries to joints, such as the shoulder, elbow or knee
- Amputation of limbs
- Life threatening damage to vital organs
Our Los Angeles car accident law firm may be able to help you obtain tangible quantifiable damages like lost wages, future diminished or lost earnings, all medical expenses and property loss. These types of damages are often referred to as “special damages.” We also routinely seek other less tangible types of damages including pain and suffering and impairment on one’s quality of life and marriage relationship, which is referred to as “general damages.” There are also other damages that may be recoverable based on the specific circumstances of your Los Angeles car accident lawsuit including funeral and burial expenses in a wrongful death lawsuit or punitive damages to punish particularly egregious conduct.
When you speak to a member of our team of experienced and knowledgeable Los Angeles car accident lawyers, we can evaluate the specific facts and circumstances of your case to explain the types of damages and to estimate the value of your Los Angeles car accident claim.
Our experienced Los Angeles car accident attorneys zealously fight for car wreck victims who have suffered injury or the loss of a loved one caused by the careless or reckless conduct of others. We have successfully represented hundreds of Los Angeles auto accident victims in obtaining the compensation they need to rebuild their lives. Our California motor vehicle accident law firm provides extensive investigation of your case, current knowledge of the law, proven litigation tactics, tenacious negotiation and persuasive advocacy. We invite you to call our offices today so that we can begin working on obtaining the justice and compensation that you need and deserve.