Our Thousand Oaks car accident attorneys at the Downtown LA Law Group have helped innumerable clients recover compensation for their car crash injuries. We know that many clients do not have any legal experience and are hesitant to take legal action, and we aim to make the entire process as knowledgeable and informative as possible. We will gladly walk you through each step of the legal process and ensure that you know what is coming next. Our attorneys will see to it that you are rightfully paid what you deserve. You should not be expected to pay for your expenses if another driver hit you out of negligence or carelessness.
Car Accident Details
Give that there are millions of individuals on the road each day, it is no surprise that accidents are quite common. Of course, many accidents are simply fender benders or minor incidents that result in negligent damage to vehicles, but in other cases, the crashes are severe. There may be various factors that contribute to each accident. Some may be directly due to driver error, while others may be beyond the control of the operators. Examples include:
- Drunk driving
- Texting while driving
- Driving while tired
- Turning left into oncoming traffic
- Turning illegally at lights or into crosswalks
- Ignoring right of way laws at intersections
- Improperly merging onto freeways and highways
- Vehicle defects (poorly inflated tires, broken lights, engine troubles, brake trouble)
- Poor weather (rain, snow, fog, sleet, ice)
- Road defects (sharp turns, curves, steep hills, unmarked driveways)
If you were struck by an individual who was driving recklessly, you can hold him responsible for the accident and the ensuing injuries. If his car were defective in some way and he knew it, he can still be held responsible, but if it is revealed or discovered that his vehicle had troubles he was unaware of and he company made manufacturing errors, you could sue the business. It is recommended that you accurately identify who can be held responsible. If you need assistance, feel free to contact our Thousand Oaks car accident lawyers to pinpoint the proper party to sue so you can receive your ample compensation.
Car Accident Injuries
There are various ways that you can be hurt in a car accident. You may be struck head-on while on the freeway at night or you may be rear-ended while at a stop light in town. No matter what, the injuries you suffer could change your life and cause you to miss out on many opportunities. They may force you to abandon your job or pursue another car and they may cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses and expenses. Injuries stemming from car crashes include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones and fractures
- Sprains and strains
- Nerve damage
- Torn muscles
- Knee and hip injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Neck injuries
- Crushing injuries
- Puncture wounds
- Permanent scarring
- Facial injuries
- Severed limbs and digits
- Internal organ damage
Some injuries may lead to recurring damage. For example, if you suffered severe organ damage, there could be lasting pain and issues. Broken bones and fractures may heal relatively quickly, but they may not be as strong as before. You could suffer phantom pains if a part of your body is removed or severed, and you may be extremely sensitive after certain types of nerve damage or burns. Do not let your injuries control your life or prevent you from carrying out your daily activities and job duties. Let our Thousand Oaks car accident lawyers handle your case for you and we promise to bring you the maximum restitution available for your injuries. You will not have to bear both the physical damage and financial strain from a car accident with the help of our firm.
How To File A Lawsuit
If you wish to file a lawsuit after a car accident, you must be able to show that the driver who hit you was negligent. If you were on the road, you were owed a duty of care; the driver must have breached this duty of care in some way, then proceeded to cause an accident that resulted in physical harm. If you were not physically hurt, you won’t be able to file a lawsuit. You will only be able to pursue damages for damaged property or lost wages. The benefit of these types of claims, though, is that you may not need an attorney for such low damages. Once physical injuries are introduced, though, you will need ample documentation and evidence, as well as an attorney to help you negotiate a fair deal. The insurance agent will do all he can to show that you were not as injured as you claimed or that you were not even hurt in the accident. You should be sure to have the following forms of evidence to adequately file a lawsuit:
- Proof of medical treatment
- Credit card statements, bank statements, or insurance claim forms showing that you received treatment
- Pictures of your injuries
- Photos of the damage to your car
- Photos of the environment or scene of the accident
- Surveillance or security footage if the accident happened at a business, in a parking structure, or in a monitored area
- Eyewitness testimony
- A copy of the police report
You should be sure to write down the contact information of the driver who hit you. You can copy his insurance information so you can file a lawsuit against his insurance company. It is highly recommended that you contact a skilled Thousand Oaks car accident attorney who can assist you with your claim, as you may not know the best method for gathering evidence or submitting it. We will be glad to work your case from start to finish.
The Worth of Your Claim
Your claim’s value will depend on the degree and severity of your injuries, the impact the injuries had on your life and career, your age, the level of negligence you exhibited, and more. If it can be shown that you contributed to the accident in some way, you could be held partially responsible, and thus, receive less compensation from the insurance agency. Some agents may even use partial negligence as a way to entirely dismiss your claim, even if you were, on the whole, not responsible or not breaking the law at the time of the incident. Our car accident lawyers in Thousand Oaks will strive to negotiate the fairest deal from the insurance agent for you. It is not uncommon for insurance agents to undervalue your claim or try to pay you much less than you deserve. This is essentially an act of bad faith, as they are prioritizing their profits and trying to prevent you from getting any coverage at all. We promise to work around the clock to bring you the maximum settlement available under the law.
Car Accident Lawsuit Compensation
Victims of car accidents should not pay for their debts and expenses if they were injured because of another driver’s negligence. The driver’s insurance company should pay off the appropriate debts. We will seek to bring you the following:
- Medical expenses (surgery, ambulatory transportation, hospitalization, anesthesia, medical outfitting, medication, physical rehabilitation, and future medical procedures)
- Structural remodeling
- Lost income from the days you missed at work from the past and future
- Disability payments if you cannot return to your job
- Property damage to repair your vehicle
- Pain and suffering damages for psychological anguish, PTSD, anxiety, fear, mental trauma, and more
- Wrongful death expenses if a loved one died in the car accident (funeral and burial fees, pre-death medical bills, pre-death pain and suffering, loss of consortium, loss of income)
- Punitive damages, which are handed out in times of gross negligence and can only be won by a skilled lawyer due to their reputation as being too severe or harsh
You should be sure to pursue the maximum compensation you can. Our lawyers can see to it that you are appropriately compensated. You may already have an attorney, and you may be wondering if he is doing everything possible to bring you total coverage. If you wish to have a discussion, we will give you a free second opinion on your current representation. We will tell you what we believe your case is worth and if your current attorney is doing a good job. If you wish to switch firms, we will help you with the paper work and do all we can to make the switch effortless. Contact our car accident lawyers in Thousand Oaks for more assistance.
Statute Of Limitations For Your Case
Your lawsuit must be filed within 2 years of the injury or you will not be able to pursue compensation. Many individuals miss out on their opportunities to file claims because they wait too long and their evidence becomes lost. If you file your claim within the acceptable amount of time, you will have a higher chance of success than if you hesitate. However, if you were under the age of 18 at the time of the incident, you can wait until you turn legal age to sue. Additionally, you may have been left physically or mentally incapacitated, such as in a coma or bedridden, which would halt your statute until you return to health. The defendant must also be present in the state or you won’t be able to take action against him. If he leaves or takes a vacation, the statute would be suspended until he returns. To accurately determine how much time you have left to sue, contact our car accident lawyers in Thousand Oaks. We will check your deadlines and verify your time limit, and if you wish, we will file everything on your behalf.
Why Pick Our Firm
The Downtown LA Law Group has handled thousands of car accident claims throughout the years and we are no stranger to even the most difficult cases. Our attorneys know the most successful methods to winning your claim and will not hesitate to go to court to fight for your rights. You deserve the utmost compensation, and our aggressive lawyers will do all we can to make it happen. Call our law offices at (888) 649-7166 for a free legal consultation. You can discuss your case with us and we will tell you more about the legal process and what you can earn. We will also give you our zero fee guarantee if you hire us, which will allow you to spend nothing throughout the case. We will cover the legal costs and the insurance agency will pay our fees if we win. We do not get paid if we lose your case. For the best help available, reach out to a Thousand Oaks car accident lawyer at the Downtown LA Law Group.