With over 70% of the U.S. population licensed to drive, a car accident is almost inevitable in our lifetime. Many accident victims will suffer debilitating injuries that restrict their daily lives, and others will lose their lives. A majority of these people will require ongoing therapy and long-term care. With serious injuries, victims lose essential income from missed work and family responsibilities may become stressed.
Our team strives to help take some of the pressure off you and your family, which allows you to concentrate on recovery. While enduring a car accident can be mentally and physically excruciating, the resulting events unrelated to the immediate harm caused by the accident can add even more physical and economic hardships onto both parties' recovery efforts. Ideally, if the accident was not your fault, you should take action to settle your accident claims fairly, accurately, and quickly. Oftentimes insurance companies will try to settle a victim's car accident claims to the insurance companies' advantage. If you were unfortunately at fault in a car accident, you should let an experienced personal injury law firm guide you through the legal process. You should protect yourself against car accident claims that are potentially unfair, and you should settle such claims in a proper and timely fashion. Regardless of who is at fault, both parties involved in vehicle collisions must deal with the legal issues that will arise from the accident. Unfamiliarity with personal injury laws can place both parties at undeserved disadvantages and hinder their rights to a fair resolution.
Types of Collisions
- A low speed impact crash occurs at a speed of 10 miles an hour or less. While these tend to be less destructive, bodily injury can and does occur even at slow speeds.
- A side impact collision occurs when one car's front collides with another's side. A driver or passenger, depending on which side is hit, can suffer serious injury or death from a devastating side impact collision. With the side movement, there is little to block the thrown weight, and severe brain, neck, and back injuries are common. Dislocations, broken bones, bruising and fractures are also probable in side impact accidents.
- A frontal collision, perhaps the most serious type, results when two cars hit each other head-on. Depending on the speed and the size of the vehicles, frontal collisions can cause numerous severe and fatal injuries, including damaging internal injuries.
Insurance companies spend much time and money preventing high dollar payouts. Their representatives might attempt to pay out as little as possible, despite the fact that it may be your right to collect more. You don't have to let an auto crash ruin your life. With the help of an attorney who is knowledgeable and organized, you may be able to make a full financial recovery. Our experienced car accident lawyers represent clients suffering from major injuries and know how to negotiate fair settlements. We won't stop until we exhaust every resource in order to get you the compensation you deserve.
Motorcyclists are not invisible. In many cases, those who cause accidents claim that they didn't see the person on the motorcycle. It is the responsibility of drivers to be aware of those they share the road with. Drivers who fail to accept that responsibility and cause an accident should be held responsible. We are ready to take them and their insurance companies on. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, we will stand by your side and strive to get you the compensation you need. Los Angeles and Southern California are filled with streets and highways. No matter where a bike accident takes place, we can take on the case. We can handle accidents that occurred on Interstates 405, 5, 101, 15, 215, 60, 210, 134, 170, 10, 110 and Highway 1, the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), and every other public or private property. Whether your case involves a motorcycle head injury from a crash, burn injury or road burn, imbedded debris in the skin, degloving (skin being pulled from body), spinal injury, any other serious injury or the loss of a loved one, our team can help.
If you have been injured or a loved one killed in a bicycle accident, it is of little solace to learn that more than one thousand bicyclists are killed each year, and some 540,000 bicyclists visit emergency departments every year. Of those, 67,000 have head injuries, and 27,000 have injuries serious enough to require hospitalization. 43,000 bicyclists are injured in traffic accidents each year, while others involve single-bike accidents and accidents resulting from riding in a tightly packed group of fellow bike riders, among other causes.
When a bicyclist has been involved in an accident with a car, SUV, minivan, pickup truck, or other motor vehicle, the injuries to the bicyclist are often severe due to the vast weight disparity between the bicyclist and the motor vehicle. The bicyclist may also suffer broken bones and limbs, such as a broken arm, leg, or ribs, or suffer a spinal cord injury that leaves him or her paralyzed from the neck ("quadriplegia") or waist ("paraplegia") down.
Some of the common causes of injuries to bicyclists caused by motorists include:
- The failure of the driver of a motor vehicle to yield the right of way to the bicyclist when the motorist is making a turn, whether it be a right or left turn;
- A person parked on the side of the road swings his or her door open without looking, resulting in the bicyclist not having time to take evasive action and colliding with the door and falling to the street, suffering severe injuries;
- Dangerous road conditions;
- A vehicle driving in the bike lane;
- A road without a sufficient shoulder or designated bike lane that causes the bicyclist to ride in the traffic lane (bikes are required to drive as far to the right of the road as is practicable);
- A driver speeding up when the light signal turns yellow, so that by the time the driver is at the intersection the light in his or her direction is red while the biker's light is green, but the driver of the motor vehicle proceeds through the intersection on the red light, hitting the bicyclist
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a bicycle accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately so he or she can start working right away to obtain all the monetary compensation you are entitled to. Your lawyer will want to start gathering evidence as soon as possible. He or she will want to send his or her investigator to visit the scene of the accident to see if there were any contributing factors to the accident, take photographs of the scene and the bike and the motor vehicle before it is repaired, and talk to witnesses while their recollection of the accident is still fresh in their minds. In catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases, the lawyer will frequently hire an "accident reconstructionist" - an expert in recreating automobile and truck accidents-to prove that the driver of the motor vehicle was at fault.
Hit & Run Accidents
Dealing with car accidents is always irritating, especially if the person who caused your injury and/or property damage on your vehicle either doesn't have insurance or was a hit and run driver. Fortunately, you are still able to claim damages under the uninsured motorist coverage with your own insurance company. Make sure, however, that you contact the police immediately after the accident in order to provide your insurance company with the report that stated that it was a hit and run accident. According to the California Hit and Run Law, the driver of any vehicle involved in an accident is required to stop the vehicle, locate the owner of the damaged vehicle or property and exchange driver documentation. If you cannot locate the owner or person in charge of the vehicle or property then you are required to do the following: Leave a visible note on the damaged property with your name, telephone number, and facts surrounding the accident; File a police report immediately.
According to a major research report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly one in five pedestrians (18%) killed on America's roadways is the victim of a hit-and-run. In California, it is estimated that as many as one million unlicensed drivers get behind the wheel every day. When these drivers cause accidents due to their own negligence, rather than face the consequences of breaking the law for driving without a license or driving with a suspended or revoked license, they may flee the scene, leaving a victim to suffer or die in the middle of a street.
Uninsured Motorist Accidents & Underinsured Motorist Accidents
You can protect yourself and your family from the financial devastation of a hit-and-run accident or accident caused by an uninsured driver by always carrying uninsured /underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage. This coverage protects you if you are injured in an accident caused by a driver with no insurance, a driver with insufficient insurance for you injuries, or a hit-and-run driver. If you or a family member is the victim of a hit-and-run accident, you should contact a hit-and-run accident lawyer as soon as possible to protect your rights to compensation in a personal injury claim.
Drunk Driving Accidents
While drunk driving is a crime and you can be assured in an injury accident the state will prosecute the drunk driver criminally. That does not help the victim of a drunk driving accident. One of the key factors in serious drunk driving accident is to determine where and how the drinking driver got drunk because many times other potential defendants can be pursued in addition to the drunk driver. It is important to hire a reputable drunk driver accident attorney as soon as possible after the car accident while evidence can still be preserved. In many drunk-driving accidents punitive damages can be sought for the dangerous conduct on the part of the defendant driver. It is important to note, that punitive damages are in addition to actual damages and are assessed as a civil punishment for bad acts.
Bus Accidents and Injuries
Commuting by bus has become a popular method of transportation for LA residents. As highway congestion continues to increase, more commuters are electing to let someone else do the driving, rather than sit in traffic. However, more commuter buses on the roads and highways mean more bus accidents.
Weather conditions, negligence, defective equipment and poor maintenance lend to bus crashes. As a passenger, you are entitled to safe transportation associated with being a common carrier; this is a higher level of duty than that owed to pedestrians and drivers of other vehicles. If you have been injured as the result of a Los Angeles bus accident, you may be able to file a claim against the service provider for damages. It doesn't matter if you are a commuter on the bus, or injured elsewhere in the accident.
California has almost 3,400 miles of ocean shoreline and nearly 8,000 square miles of inland water for boating, fishing and other water sports. The pristine waters up and down California's coast are also home to boating accidents. In 2006, according to the California Department of Boating and Waterways report, there were 757 reported accidents, injuring 445 people and killing 42 people causing more than 8.9 million dollars in property damage. Did you know that if an accident occurs on boat, California law requires that the boat operator must file an accident report? If the operator is unable to file this report, the owner of the boat is responsible for filing an accident report.
Every day, countless people go out for a walk. Some walk for exercise, some walk for fun and some walk simply to get from one place to the next. No matter why someone is out for a walk, he or she expects to get to his or her destination safe and sound. People expect that, when they have to interact with motor vehicle traffic, the drivers of those vehicles will follow the proper safety precautions. Unfortunately, that expectation is not always met. When it's not, we are here to help. We can take on cases involving: Pedestrians struck by vehicles pulling out of parking lots or driveways, Crosswalk injury case, Children hit by cars when trying to cross the street, Pedestrians struck by motor vehicles while walking on the sides of streets without sidewalks. Whether you or a family member was involved in a pedestrian accident involving a bus, car, truck, motorcycle or other motor vehicle, we can help. From those resulting in serious brain injury, spine injury, other serious personal injury or the wrongful death of a loved one, we are ready to stand by your side.
We enjoy dogs. And for the most part, if we treat them well, they will return the favor. Unfortunately this isn't always the case. Here are some sobering statistics:
- There are over 4.5 million dog bite sufferers every year.
- Of those, nearly 1 million require medical attention.
- Dog bite cases have increased more rapidly than the national increase in dog ownership.
- On average, 15 victims of dog bites die every year, with the greater part of them being children.
Dogs are like friends and family, but they also have the potential of inflicting a great amount of pain on humans. If you have suffered a dog attack, you have legal rights.
California has the highest number of dog bites and dog-related fatalities in the US. The odds of getting bit by a dog in this state are high. If it happens to you, you need to seek a Los Angeles dog bite lawyer. We have the best skilled connections, the necessary resources to engage in expensive personal injury litigation, and a reputation that gives us the advantage in winning these types of cases.