Representing the Rights of Injured Motor Vehicle Accident Victims
According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, there were 223,128 people injured in motor vehicle traffic collisions during 2013. In cases where these accidents are the result of the negligence of others, victims are often entitled to obtain significant compensation for their injuries and other losses. For this reason, it is crucial for anyone that has been hurt in an accident to retain an experienced attorney as soon as possible. To schedule a free case evaluation with one of our Los Angeles car accident attorneys, please call our office today at 888-890-5288.
Common Injuries Resulting from Collisions
Car accidents are capable of causing extremely serious injuries, some of which may affect victims for years or even for the rest of their lives. Some of the more common injuries that Los Angeles car accident victims regularly sustain are detailed below.
- Traumatic brain injuries – Traumatic brain injuries, commonly referred to as TBIs, are a serious type of injury that occurs when a bump, blow, or jolt to the head causes an issue with the way a person’s brain function. In serious cases, TBI victims can develop serious cognitive disabilities that may prevent them from living independently. Even in less serious cases, individuals who sustain TBIs may miss weeks or even months of work and incur tens of thousands of dollars in medical expenses.
- Spinal cord injuries – Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) occur when physical force causes injury to the spinal cord, which is the bundle of nerves that facilities communication between the brain and the rest of the body. Spinal cord injuries are either categorized as complete or incomplete, which refers to the level of function that a victim has below the site of the injury.
- Broken bones – The significant physical forces that are often involved in serious car accidents often result in fractures, often referred to as broken bones. These injuries can be extremely painful and may leave victims with long-term complications including loss or range of motion, scarring, and disfigurement.
Negligence can Lead to Auto Accidents
In the context of a California personal injury case, “negligence” has a very specific meaning. Generally speaking, negligence occurs when a person fails to exercise the degree of care that would ordinarily be exercised by a reasonable person in the same or similar circumstances. There are a number of ways that negligence could lead to a serious accident, including the following:
- Driving under the influence (DUI) – Anytime an individual chooses to drive while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol, they are putting the safety of any other motorists on the road at risk. In addition to any criminal charges, such drivers may also face civil liability for personal injuries they caused.
- Distracted driving – According to the U.S. government, distracted driving resulted in approximately 424,000 injuries in a single year in the U.S. Texting is widely considered to be the most common distracted driving activity despite state laws prohibiting such behavior. Many other driving distractions exist including eating, talking on the phone, personal grooming, reading, and more.
- Aggressive driving – With the traffic in LA, it is only natural for drivers to become impatient at times. However, when impatience rises to the level of aggression, dangerous collisions can occur. Tailgating, dangerous lane changes, threatening other drivers, and excessive speeding are all examples of risky aggressive driving behaviors.
- Violating traffic laws – Traffic laws are in place for a reason – to keep motorists safe. When a driver violates these laws, they can be deemed automatically negligent (or “negligent per se”) by the court. Speeding, failing to yield, violating traffic signals, and failing to signal can all lead to accidents and injuries.
- Failing to maintain a vehicle – Drivers have a duty to keep their vehicles well-maintained and in a safe condition so they do not malfunction on the road. If a driver fails to replace tires, brakes, or similar parts, they can be held responsible if a parts failure leads to injuries.
- Dangerous road conditions or hazards – Some car accidents are caused by hazardous road conditions that are related to a private party or state agency’s failure to adequately design or maintain a road. When this occurs, victims are often able to recover from the party responsible for the road.
Do you Need a Lawyer for your Car Accident Case?
Individuals that have been injured in a car accident often wonder whether they need to hire an attorney to represent them. After all, lawyers are known for charging relatively high fees and many insurance companies often are quick to offer victims seemingly substantial settlements. While retaining legal counsel may seem like an unnecessary expense, represented parties regularly obtain significantly higher settlement amounts. Furthermore, we take all of our cases on a contingent fee basis, meaning that our clients do not owe any legal fees unless we successfully recover a settlement or award on your behalf. There are many ways that an attorney can be of assistance, including the following:
- Negotiate on your behalf with the insurance company
- Thoroughly investigate your case
- File a lawsuit on your behalf
- Represent you in court
Consult with an Experienced LA Car Accident Attorney as Soon as Possible
While car accident cases may seem relatively straightforward, there are many complex legal issues that may arise during the course of your case. For this reason, you want to ensure that you have a personal injury lawyer handling your claim who thoroughly understands all relevant California law and knows how to effectively present evidence to support your claims.
The car accident lawyers at the law firm of Trusted Attorneys have extensive experience investigating car accidents, identifying negligent parties, and holding them responsible so that injured victims can fully recover. While money will never turn back the clock and eliminate your injuries, it can help to relieve any financial struggles stemming from the accident. We offer free consultations and take our car accident cases on a contingency fee basis, which means no money comes out of your pocket. You have nothing to lose by scheduling a consultation, so please call our LA office at to discuss your case today.