A car accident can leave you severely injured with no idea how to file a lawsuit to get the compensation you deserve. In the worst cases, you can get hit by a driver who flees the scene ad forces you to collect compensation from your underinsured/uninsured motorist coverage, which can be extremely troublesome. Even when dealing with another insurance company and responsible driver, you may have issues. This is why we recommend hiring one of our Whittier car accident attorneys at the Downtown LA Law Group. We have years of experience with car accident claims and can work to bring you the compensation you deserve. You should not worry about debts and expenses stemming from the accident if you were the victim – the responsible party should be held liable and cover such fees.
What Causes Car Accidents?
The majority of the time, car accidents are caused due to driver negligence or recklessness. Too many individuals do not exert proper care when behind the wheel. They are careless and do not realize they are driving large objects that are capable of causing fatalities at even low speeds. Some of the most common reasons car accidents occur include:
- Tailgating or failing to maintain a safe following distance
- Texting or using the phone while driving
- Drunk driving or driving while under the influence of inhibiting substances
- Tired driving
- Running red lights and stop signs
- Failing to yield at intersections and while merging
- Ignoring right of way laws and proceeding before any other cars can safely move ahead
- Unsafe driving in storms, fog, rain, and other inclement weather
- Driving on unsafe roads with defects, sharp turns, hills, inadequate street lights, and more
- Driving a vehicle with malfunctions or problems that can cause accidents, like improperly filled tires, broken brakes, engine trouble, and more
At times, it is simple to determine the cause of an accident. If you were rear-ended while at a stop sign, it may be apparent that the driver behind you was traveling too fast to stop in time or was not looking at the road. T-bone or broadside accidents may be more difficult, as you could have been proceeding through a light when someone else was running a yellow. There are over 6 million car accidents per year. This number can be greatly reduced if more people simply paid better attention. In the event you are in a car accident, you should call our law firm at (888) 649-7166. Our Whittier car accident lawyers will gladly help you with your case.
What Kind Of Injuries Happen In Car Accidents?
Car crashes can be severe for everyone involved. You can suffer intense injuries in any form of an accident, whether a head-on collision or a sideswipe. Even though seat belts prevent a lot of damage, the sheer impact of crashes can cause extreme trauma to the body. Such examples of injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Closed head injuries
- Broken bones
- Severed limbs
- Internal organ damage
- Nerve damage
- Torn muscles
- Crushing injuries
- Neck injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Herniated discs
- Knee ligament injuries
- Lacerations and abrasions
- Gashes and puncture wounds
- Blood loss
- Brain bleeding and swelling
- Facial damages
Your injuries may be permanent or have a long-lasting effect on you, forcing you to change jobs or alter the way your life is lived. If you are seriously hurt, your claim could be worth a lot of money. The reason is simple: insurance agents tend to value your claim first by how extensive and impactful your injuries were. If your life changed and you had to find a new career, or if you were forced to go on disability, the insurance agent would value your claim very highly. He would also consider your age and job type, as well as the level of negligence you displayed in the incident. If you were partially responsible for the accident, the insurance agent would lessen the value of your claim. For the best representation available if you were injured in a car accident, call our car accident attorneys in Whittier at (888) 649-7166.
What Do I Need To File A Lawsuit?
To file a car accident lawsuit, you must establish that you were a victim of negligence. There are four points that must be shown to be true:
- You were owed a duty of care by the driver
- The duty of care was breached in some way
- The breach of duty led to an accident
- The accident caused physical injuries
If you were not physically injured, you would not be able to file a personal injury claim. You would only be able to receive compensation for the damage to your vehicle and reimbursement for the wages you lost. To file an effective lawsuit, you should gather ample evidence at the scene of the accident. If you were hurt, you should immediately go to the hospital or get help from the paramedics. Some injuries may not show up immediately or may take a while to appear. Your body may also mask them because of adrenaline. If you wait too long to go to the hospital, you will likely be penalized or even have your claim thrown out because of the gap between the injury and the treatment. You should then retain all of the medical notes and documents, as well as any payments you made to the hospital. You should take photos of your injuries, the damage to your car, the scene of the accident, the other vehicle, and more. If there were any security cameras or the accident happened where surveillance occurs, you can request copies of the footage. You should also interview any passengers or eyewitnesses who saw the accident happen so their testimonies can be used in your claim. It is important that you write down the contact information, license plate number, and insurance details of the responsible driver so your claim does not take a long time to be sent to the right party. If the police showed up, you can request a copy of the accident report once it has been submitted to the station and finalized. Our car accident lawyers in Whittier can gather your evidence together and write the demand letter for the insurance agency. We will reach out on your behalf and negotiate a fair deal from the company.
How Long Do I Have To File A Claim?
In California, you only have 2 years from the date of the injury to take legal action against the responsible driver in a car accident. If you do not sue in this two-year window, you will not be able to receive compensation in the future, and your claim will be tossed out. Two years is enough time for your evidence to stay fresh and for memories to not become foggy. However, it is recommended that you file a claim quickly so your expenses are paid off and you do not accrue large debts. You may be eligible for an exception to the statute of limitations in some cases. Common exceptions include extensions for underage individuals or minors, mentally or physically compromised people, and individuals who cannot file claims because the defendant has left the state. A return to normal circumstances will unfreeze the statute of limitations in these situations – so turning 18 years old, returning to health, or the defendant returning to California. If you do not know how much time you have to sue, you can call our firm at (888) 649-7166 to assist you. We’ll be able to get your claim out on time and will never miss a deadline or important date.
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What Can I Win In A Car Accident Lawsuit?
You can receive a fair amount of compensation if you were involved in a car accident and you were injured as a result of another party’s negligence. Our lawyers will do all we can to bring you the maximum settlement available under the law. You may be able to get compensation for the following:
- Medical bills for surgery, hospitalization, medication, physical therapy and rehab, and future treatments
- Property damage to your vehicle, personal items and belongings, and more
- Lost income from the pat and future
- Pain and suffering for PTSD, anxiety, fear, psychological anguish, and more
- Punitive damages if the defendant deliberately harmed you or acted in gross negligence, but these are seen as excessive by many juries and are hard to win
- Wrongful death damages for the untimely death of a loved one or family member, which can include funeral and burial fees, loss of consortium, loss of relations, loss of expected inheritance and savings, pre-death medical bills and pain and suffering, and more.
Don’t settle for a low amount. Let our car accident attorneys in Whittier secure you every penny you deserve in your lawsuit.
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DTLA Law Group’s Promise
Our law firm, the Downtown LA Law Group, promises to aggressively work to win you the compensation you deserve if you were hurt in a car accident. We are willing to go to court if necessary and we will fight for your rights with the insurance agent until they give us a settlement we are satisfied with. Call our law offices at (888) 649-7166 for a free legal consultation. We are available around the clock and your private information will not be shared elsewhere. During the consultation, we will discuss your case and the legal process, and we will tell you how much money we think we can win for you. If you want to hire us, we’ll give you what’s known as our zero fee guarantee. This is a promise that you won’t pay a dime for our services from start to finish. The insurance agency will cover the legal fees only if we win, and if we lose, we eat the costs ourselves while you walk away debt-free to our firm. Contact a car accident attorney in Whittier today at the Downtown LA Law Group to win your fair compensation from a crash.