Contact a West Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney
If you have been hurt in a car accident, it’s important to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to protect your legal rights. Insurance companies often offer low-ball settlements that may not even cover your medical expenses and insurance companies will use your statements against you. An injury attorney can help you build your case and establish the other driver was at fault for the accident to help you seek maximum compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Contact Soliman Law Group for a free consultation with an experienced auto accident lawyer in West LA to discuss your case.
Most people who suffer injuries in a car accident or any other type of accident do not see the incident coming. Unexpected injuries can bring on physical and emotional damage as well as financial stress.
Immediately after suffering an injury due to a car accident, dog bite, or even a burn injury, you may be in shock. The most important thing to remember is to not panic and try your best to remain calm. If you have access to a cell phone, call the police and do not leave until an officer arrives to take a report of the accident. Do not leave the scene of a dog bite incident or a car crash until law enforcement has been able to complete their initial investigation and report. Take pictures and gather names and contact information of any witnesses. In the case that you are seriously injured, in pain, or bleeding, you should accept an ambulance ride to transport you to the nearest hospital where you can be fully examined and treated.
Once you have made a police report and received medical attention, it is best to retain a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. DO NOT speak to any insurance companies, especially on a recorded line. It is not in your best interest to speak to them because although they will seem like they are trying to help you initially, they may and will use anything you say to them against you as the claim progresses. Unfortunately, insurance companies are in the business of making money & keeping money so they will do so at all costs, even if you are their client.
Call us at the Soliman Law Group at 310-230-5255 so that we may evaluate your case and begin assisting you immediately.
More Information Regaring Car Accidents
Proving Fault in a Car Accident
Establishing who was at fault in the car accident is important as it determines who is legally responsible for the damages. This will involve deciding who was behaving negligently or carelessly. Determining fault will involve using:
- State traffic laws. Showing the other driver failed to obey traffic laws may be used to establish fault. This is likely the case if there is evidence the other driver was speeding, distracted, or failed to yield right of way.
- Police report. If police responded to the accident, the written accident report will be a valuable piece of evidence in establishing liability. Sometimes the report will state the officer’s opinion that a driver violated a traffic law and this violation caused the accident. The other driver may also receive a citation.
- “No doubt” liability. Some types of accidents put the other driver at fault in the vast majority of cases. If someone hits you from behind, it’s almost never your fault as they were following too closely. A car making a left-hand turn is typically liable for a collision with a vehicle driving straight in the other direction.
Compensation in a Los Angeles Car Accident Case
Under California law, you are entitled to recover a variety of damages if you are the victim in a car accident. This includes:
- Medical expenses (present and future), including surgery, ambulance transportation, doctor’s appointments, hospital admittance, physical therapy, and medical devices)
- Lost earnings and reduced earning capacity
- Cost of repair or fair market value of property destroyed, including your vehicle and personal property in the accident
- Non-economic damages which includes current and future pain, mental suffering, disfigurement, emotional distress, inconvenience, physical impairment, and grief.