Los Angeles Car Accident Lawyers

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Car accidents, are extremely hazardous and often lead to serious injuries or fatalities. In Los Angeles, if you or someone close to you has been affected by an automotive accident, Blair & Ramirez LLP is here to support you in securing the fullest compensation possible. For a complimentary consultation, contact us at (213) 568-4000.
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Why consulting a lawyer first matters.

Before talking to an insurance company, it's important to speak with a lawyer first. Insurance companies often try to pay you much less, but a lawyer will work to get you a fair amount that helps you get back on track.

  • Legal Expertise: Attorneys possess extensive knowledge of traffic laws and legal processes, guaranteeing proficient handling of your case.
  • Negotiating with Insurers: They adeptly handle intricate negotiations with insurance firms, striving for equitable compensation on your behalf.
  • Optimal Compensation: Lawyers can precisely evaluate your claim's worth, encompassing medical costs, lost income, and emotional distress, to optimize your compensation.
  • Managing Legal Challenges: They oversee all legal facets of your case, from initiating claims to courtroom representation, enabling you to concentrate on recuperation.

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5 Key Actions to Take After a Car Accident in California

  • Call 9-1-1

    First and foremost, you need to call the police and medical personnel. Even if you seem uninjured, you may not know the condition of your passengers or those in other vehicles. If you find yourself injured, have yourself or another passenger call emergency services and remain calm. Even if those involved in the accident appear to be uninjured, call the police. Ask them if a police report on the accident can be filed. An official police report is a critical step in getting fairly compensated for any injuries or damage.

  • Get Medical Assistance

    In the event of a serious car accident, always request and seek out medical treatment or an evaluation by on-site medical personnel. If you have any injuries, make sure that the on-scene emergency personnel—including the police officer making the accident report—know about them and their severity. Too often, the rush of post-crash adrenaline leads accident victims to underreport or overlook their injuries. Many people who can walk away from a crash seemingly fine later find themselves in incredible pain. Until examined by medical personnel, do not make any statements about being uninjured.

  • Collect Information

    Once you and your passengers have been treated medically, you will want to collect information and documentation from all the parties involved. Using your phone or a pen, take notes on the names, addresses, phone numbers, and driver’s license numbers of all those involved. Use your smartphone to snap pictures of the license plates of other vehicles. Additionally, if you are able, take pictures of the scene. This includes the vehicles involved and their current condition, as well as images that will help you place the scene of the accident later, such as landmarks, road signage, or—if on a highway—mile markers.

  • Consult A Car Accident Lawyer

    Call Blair & Ramirez LLP before you talk to any insurance representatives. We can advise you on what to tell insurance adjusters and conduct our own investigation on the accident and what happened. California’s Comparative Negligence Law means that your compensation for your injuries could be limited by an adjuster finding you partially at fault for the accident.

  • Contact Insurance Providers

    After consulting with your lawyer, they'll inform your insurance provider about the accident. Your lawyer can speak directly with the provider to protect your interests.

Car Accident Insurance Claim Process

Notice of Intent:

Your attorney will inform the other driver's insurance company about your plan to pursue a claim for injuries. The insurer will then issue a claim number and assign an adjuster to handle the case.

Statement Recording:

The adjuster may ask for a recorded statement from you. Exercise caution, as these professionals are trained to extract responses that could undermine your case. Always seek legal advice before giving any statements.

Vehicle Repairs:

In Los Angeles, if the other driver is at fault, their insurance should cover your car repairs or provide a total loss settlement, including rental car expenses. If you have collision coverage, you also have the option to let your own insurance handle the property damage claim.

Initial Settlement Offer:

You might receive an early offer to settle from the adjuster, who aims to close the case swiftly for a low amount. It's wise to postpone any settlement discussions until you have fully completed your medical treatments.

Commencing Negotiations:

After completing your medical treatment, begin the negotiation process by submitting a demand letter along with pertinent documents to the at-fault driver's insurance company.

Achieving Final Settlement:

After negotiations, a settlement is often agreed upon. Once the settlement agreement is signed, the payment should be issued to you within a few weeks.

Alternative to Failed Negotiations:

Should negotiations fail, you have options like arbitration or filing a lawsuit against the at-fault driver for personal injury.

Car Crash with police

Calculating Compensation for a Car Accident

Here's a simplified guide to calculate your compensation from a car accident:

  1. Compile Costs: Begin by adding up all your expenses from the car accident in California, including medical bills, lost earnings, and other accident-related costs.

  2. Calculate Pain and Suffering: For pain and suffering caused by the car accident, multiply your total expenses by 1 to 5 times, depending on the severity of your injuries.

  3. Determine Total Compensation: Add together your expenses and the calculated amount for pain and suffering to estimate the total compensation you might expect from the accident.

Key Factors Affecting Compensation in a Car Accident

  • Fault and Responsibility: Your compensation for a car accident in California may decrease if you're partially at fault. In some jurisdictions, being more at fault than the other driver can disqualify you from compensation.

  • Documented Expenses: The more evidence you present of your expenses from the car accident, like medical bills, the higher the potential compensation.

  • Injury Impact: Lesser injuries typically result in lower compensation, particularly for pain and suffering. Severe injuries require detailed assessment, often with legal expertise.

  • Insurance Coverage: Compensation may be affected if the at-fault party's insurance is insufficient. Your own insurance policy might offer some relief in these scenarios.

Understanding Your Case

Negligence-Based Accidents

In car accident cases rooted in negligence, crashes frequently occur due to another driver's carelessness or reckless actions, such as texting while driving, speeding, disregarding traffic signals, or DUI. These negligent behaviors endanger everyone on the road, with car occupants facing significant risks from such irresponsible actions.
Legal Focus: Our strategy includes carefully demonstrating the fault of the other party by collecting crucial evidence such as video from traffic cameras, statements from eyewitnesses, and police reports. This process helps us establish liability and ensures we obtain the rightful compensation for our clients.

Hit and Run Accidents

Hit and run incidents in car accidents add complexities, with the at-fault party escaping and leaving the victim without essential claim information. Prompt action and detailed investigation are crucial to track down the responsible party. This ensures victims gather needed details to assert their rights and secure just compensation for their injuries and losses, even when initial information is scarce.
Legal Focus: Our efforts focus on identifying the fleeing driver through investigations and dealing with uninsured motorist coverage if they remain unidentified, ensuring our clients are not left without options.

Drunk Driving Accidents

Accidents involving drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs are alarmingly common and extremely dangerous. Such drivers have decreased reaction times, impaired judgment, and poor vehicle control, significantly increasing the risk of severe injuries or fatalities for others involved in these hazardous situations.
Legal Focus: We highlight the drunk driver's legal responsibility while seeking full compensation for our clients, including seeking punitive damages when justified.

Automotive Accidents Due to Road Conditions

When poor road conditions like potholes, insufficient signage, or neglected roadways contribute to car accidents, these factors significantly impact safety. Such conditions are especially dangerous for drivers, leading to accidents without adequate warning to safely maneuver, potentially resulting in severe outcomes.
Legal Focus: We confront governmental bodies in charge of road upkeep, tackling the legal intricacies of filing claims against such entities to achieve justice for our clients.

Defective Automotive Parts

Car accidents often occur due to malfunctions or failures in the vehicle or its parts, such as brake failures, tire blowouts, or engine issues. These defects can suddenly affect the vehicle’s performance and safety, leading to accidents that may cause serious injuries or deaths. Identifying and proving the specific defect responsible for the crash is crucial in these cases.
Legal Focus: We hold manufacturers and retailers accountable by filing product liability claims for selling defective products, aiming to secure compensation for our clients.

Serious Injury and Wrongful Death Cases

Car accidents resulting in severe injuries or fatalities are some of the most devastating cases. They can lead to life-altering consequences, such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, or loss of life. The toll on victims and their families, both physically and emotionally, as well as financially, can be immense. Specialized legal support is often necessary to navigate the aftermath and pursue adequate compensation for their significant losses and suffering.
Legal Focus: We aim for thorough compensation to address extensive damages, encompassing ongoing medical care, rehabilitation, lost earnings, and, in instances of fatality, wrongful death claims and the loss of companionship.
Our extensive highways and freeways here in Los Angeles are home to one of the highest accident rates in the nation.

Impact Types Of Automotive Accidents Here In Los Angeles

In Los Angeles, car accidents vary from multi-vehicle collisions, which can result in intricate injury scenarios, to abrupt rear-end crashes in congested traffic. Head-on collisions typically lead to severe trauma, while side impacts occurring at intersections or during lane changes are frequent and hazardous.

Here are a few types of impacts:

What are the financial consequences of car accidents?

An automotive accident that results in serious injuries for the occupants can lead to substantial medical expenses, including treatment costs and lost income during recovery. In cases of fatalities, the family may face funeral and burial expenses, as well as the loss of the deceased's income and support.

In California, the comparative negligence law allows insurers to reduce compensation for accident victims based on their degree of fault in the incident. This, combined with prevalent biases against car occupants, often results in inadequate compensation for their injuries.

As your legal representatives in car accidents in Los Angeles, the team at Blair & Ramirez LLP is prepared to advocate for you and strive to secure maximum compensation for your injuries. Contact us for a complimentary consultation at (213) 568-4000.

Any collision involving vehicles poses serious risks and can have potentially fatal consequences for the occupants. Below are some common types of car accidents frequently observed in the Los Angeles area.

Choose Us To Represent Your Car Accident Case

Selecting Blair & Ramirez LLP to represent you in your car accident case ensures access to expertise, dedication, and personalized service. Recognized for our comprehensive knowledge of California's traffic regulations, we boast a successful history of obtaining significant settlements and verdicts. Our strategy blends assertive representation with empathetic client support, guaranteeing robust defense of your rights.

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