Those who are involved in car accidents may be frustrated and confused after the incidents. It is not common that people are involved in crashes, and as such, the way forward may be unclear. We often get calls from people who do not know what to do and need legal assistance. Our law firm, the Downtown LA Law Group, can help you get the compensation you need if you were injured in a car accident. Our team of Torrance car accident lawyers has been at the forefront of personal injury cases for years and we know the best tactics to winning your claim. We have been able to recover millions of dollars for injured victims and we will gladly represent you.
Why Do Car Crashes Happen?
Car crashes happen for a number of reasons, but the main cause is driver error or driver negligence. Unfortunately, too many individuals on the road do not drive with care and do not act as if there are others on the road as well. They routinely break the law and place themselves and others in dangerous situations. Some of the ways in which these drivers behave dangerously include:
- Speeding on residential streets
- Tailgating other vehicles
- Ignoring right of way laws and turning into oncoming traffic
- Running red lights and stop signs
- Driving while drunk
- Driving while tired
- Texting or using the phone and other apps while behind the wheel
Although you may be a safe and defensive driver, you will always need to be on the lookout for other drivers who are not adhering to the rules of the road. Of course, some of these drivers may drive somewhat safely but could be victims themselves. They may also not be aware of the issues on the road and could be involved in accidents the same as you. For example, there could be troubles with the road, such as potholes and sudden curves, that could make it difficult to keep control while driving. There could also be steep hills that block the view of cars coming over the other side and some driveways and exits may not be properly marked. There could be environmental or weather issues; fog makes it extremely difficult to see ahead of you, while snow makes it hard to maneuver. You should always be careful in inclement weather, but sometimes accidents happen. Additionally, there could be vehicular defects present with the car that happened during the manufacturing process or during repairs. If an automobile manufacturer or mechanic made errors and broke parts of a car, thus leading to an accident, the company could be held accountable, not the driver. The driver may be blamed if he knew there were issues and did nothing to fix them, though. If you have been injured in a car accident, no matter the cause, it is important that you call us at (888) 649-7166 to speak with our Torrance car accident attorneys for assistance.
What Are Some Common Car Accident Injuries?
Car accidents can lead to all kinds of injuries.. The severity does not even necessarily depend on the level or speed of impact. There have been instances where violent car crashes with numerous impacts have yielded no injuries, while accidents in residential neighborhoods at least than 25 mph have caused fatalities. Some other factors contribute to the likelihood of injuries, such as wearing a seatbelt and the type of crash, whether a head-on collision or rear-end crash. A few of the injuries we have seen in car accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
- Herniated discs and slipped discs
- Closed head injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Brain damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Puncture wounds
- Crushing injuries
- Severed limbs
When filing a car accident claim, you will need to show the degree of your injuries. If you were severely injured, your claim would be worth more than if you were only slightly hurt. The degree of permanence and the amount of time it took you to recover would be used to weigh your case. Your injuries are the primary factor when determining the value, and the insurance agent will do all he can to show that you were not as hurt as you stated.
What Should I Do After A Car Accident?
After a car accident, you should follow these steps to ensure that you are safe and do not suffer any further harm, and to have a good amount of evidence that will be a sufficient start for your lawsuit. Firstly, it is extremely important that you get medical treatment for your injuries. The paramedics can check to see if you have any damages that are masked or hidden due to the adrenaline, and they can tell you if you have any severe issues that need to be fixed immediately. You may need to go to the emergency room if you were seriously hurt. You should get medical help even if you do not believe you were hurt; the lack of proof of medical treatment can be a disaster for your lawsuit, since the insurance agent can claim that you were hurt elsewhere or that you are lying about the damages. Next, you should collect hard evidence in the form of photos and videos. You should show the degree of your damages, the ways in which your car and the other vehicle were both wrecked, the scene of the accident to show where you each were coming from and the layout of the road, and much more. There were likely passengers or bystanders who saw the accident happen. You can interview these individuals and record their statements and testimonies so you have other proof besides your own that you were hit by another car. They can state who was speeding and who was breaking the law of the road. Some accidents may occur at businesses or in parking structures where there are security cameras that record all the occurrences that happen inside. You could request a copy of the surveillance footage to add to your claim to show that you were not at fault. Many accidents that feature physical injuries have the police called, while others need police intervention to direct traffic. The cops will likely conduct an investigation, and you can ask for a copy of this police report after it has been submitted to the station and finalized. You should make it a point to write down the contact details, phone number, and insurance information of the driver who hit you so you can file a claim against the proper party. In some cases this is not possible, such as when a driver hits you and speeds off. As long as you have the defendant’s information, you will be able to file a claim. Lastly, you may not have any legal experience at all, or you may be too injured and unable to sufficiently handle your claim. With the help of our car accident attorneys in Torrance, you can be sure that you will get the best representation available. Your focus should be on healing and recovering after an accident, not on trying to negotiate the best deal form the insurance agency, and we plan to keep you stress-free throughout the case while we handle the legal legwork.
What Kind Of Compensation Is Available For A Car Accident Lawsuit?
You may be able to earn different forms of compensation for your injuries and damages after a car accident. The insurance company will likely try to pay as little as possible, but our expert lawyers will strive to bring you maximum coverage for all expenses. We will work to bring you:
- Medical expenses
- Property damage
- Missed income
- Pain and suffering
There are also special damages that you can receive in certain circumstances. For example, if a loved one died as a result of injuries from the accident, you could pursue wrongful death damages to cover the burial and fees that arose from before the death, as well as reimbursement for the various lost forms of income and relations. You can also pursue punitive damages if the defendant actively tried to hurt you or if he acted in gross negligence. These damages are additional forms of compensation and are handed out to replace jail, but judges and juries make these out to be too severe, so only a talented attorney will be able to win them. For more help, contact a car accident attorney in Torrance to earn every penny you deserve.
The DTLA Law Group and Your Case
Our law firm, the Downtown LA Law Group, has recovered millions of dollars for our clients throughout our tenure. We have been able to successfully provide ample coverage and ensure that they are protected from start to finish. We will proudly go to court if necessary to protect your rights and our aggressive lawyers will stay on the insurance agents until we find victory. Contact our offices if you wish to receive a free legal consultation. We encourage you to ask us questions and learn more about your case; none of your details will be shared elsewhere in the private and confidential discussion. We will also tell you what we feel your case is valued at and how much we believe we can secure you. If you wish to hire us, we will grant you our zero fee guarantee for your case. This will allow you to be in safe financial standing no matter what the outcome. We won’t get paid unless and until we win, and our lawyers will cover all legal costs throughout. If we lose, you won’t owe us a dollar, and you can walk away owing our firm no debts whatsoever. Don’t get trapped in debt because of a car accident. Call (888) 649-7166 to speak with our car crash lawyers in Torrance today for more assistance. Our representatives at the Downtown LA Law Group will happily take your call.