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.
What to Do if An Injury Has Occurred
An accident report should be completed at the time of the incident noting what happened, who witnessed both the accident and the conditions that caused the fall along with any other relevant information such as lighting, weather (if accident occurred outdoors) or hidden hazards. The requirement for a report is generally a store or business policy, rather than mandated by law. However, the timely reporting of the accident is most beneficial for all involved parties.
If a report is not completed at the business location, occurred on a public street or sidewalk, occurred at private location or was not observed by others, take the time to write down your recollection of what happened as soon as you possibly can. Information you gather immediately or soon after the accident occurs is much more accurate than any gathered later on. Besides, timely recording of your recollection will help make your claim stronger. Include information such as:
- Date and time the fall down accident occurred
- A description of the circumstances surrounding the accident, such as grease or water being on the floor and there not being any signs warning you that the floor may be slippery
- Who was present at the time the fall down accident occurred and a written record of the comments made by those who saw or helped after the fall
- If possible, take photos of the area as soon after the accident occurred as possible, and
- If you were physically hurt, have your injury treated immediately to help substantiate your slip and fall / trip and fall personal injury lawsuit. If treatment is delayed, the property owner may argue that it was not his or her negligence that caused your injury, but rather something that occurred between the time of the fall down accident and your visit to the doctor.