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If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an auto accident, you want a Los Angeles car accident attorney that will pursue maximum compensation on your behalf. Blair & Ramirez LLP only takes on a select number of cases at a time, allowing our attorneys to focus on your case and your needs. Our experienced attorneys are willing to take cases all the way to trial to get our clients the compensation they need.
Results that matter
Blair & Ramirez LLP has recovered millions on behalf of our clients. Our goal is to get our clients maximum compensation for their personal injury case. Our attorneys do not believe in settling for less in the name of expediency; we are willing to take your case to trial if necessary to get you maximum compensation. This dedication is just one of the reasons Blair & Ramirez LLP has been named a “Top 40 Under 40” legal firm by The National Trial Lawyers.
We offer free, no-obligation consultations. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident here in Los Angeles, call us at (213) 568-4000 so that we can discuss your case further.
California: Birthplace of car culture and car accidents.
There is something about the car and Los Angeles that just go together. California is the birthplace of American car culture, the freedom of the highway, and of fast food designed to eat in the car on a cool summer night. But, our car-heavy world has a dark side: in recent years, Los Angeles has led the nation in the number of serious car accidents and fatalities on the road. In 2016 alone, 260 Los Angeles drivers were killed in vehicle crashes.
As your Los Angeles auto accident attorney, Blair & Ramirez LLP is here to help car accident victims receive maximum compensation for the personal injuries resulting from car accidents. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident or collision here in the Los Angeles area, call us at (213) 568-4000 for a free consultation.
Common Causes Of Car Accidents
Even as vehicles add more safety features and accident-avoidance technology, car accidents are not only continuing to occur, but are actually increasing in number and severity. Los Angeles leads the nation in the rate of injury-causing or fatal accidents, and the number of fatalities has increased by more than 55% since 2016.
Distracted driving is a major reason why the number of car accidents is on the rise nationally. Even as many drivers transition from using cell phones to hands-free setups in their vehicles, many new cars now feature touch-screen displays that compete with traditional driving distractions—the radio, eating a snack, glancing at the kids in the backseat—for the very limited attention of drivers.
In evaluating why accidents are becoming more frequent, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has also pointed to larger demographic changes occurring nationally. The number of 65+ motorists has increased by 30% over the past decade.
Ultimately, NHTSA research shows that human decisions lead to 94% of serious accidents here in the United States. From driving under the influence to speeding, a vast majority of car accidents are caused by the person behind the wheel as opposed to external, non-human factors such as road conditions or vehicle failure.
Medical Consequences Of Car Accidents
The NHTSA notes that more than 3 million Americans are injured every year in car accidents. The scope and severity of such injuries can range from relatively minor scrapes and cuts to serious head and spine injuries that ultimately become debilitating for the victim. Even with all the safety advancements in modern vehicles, the number of car accident injuries are increasing.
One of the most common types of injuries experienced by car accident victims is whiplash. When a vehicle collides with another one at any speed, the force not absorbed by the vehicle itself is transferred to its occupants. This can cause sudden movement forward, stretching connective tissues and muscles throughout your body. The neck and upper back are especially vulnerable to this type of impact damage.
Not every injury is immediately apparent at the scene. For most people, the body begins pumping adrenaline at the shock and stress of an accident. This can mask pain or internal injuries for days, weeks, or months after the original collision. Many victims are able to walk away from a serious accident only to later find their back pain unbearable. As an auto accident attorney in Los Angeles, we advise that you remain at the scene to be examined by medical personnel.
Financial Damage Of Car Accidents
The true cost of car accidents is staggering. In 2014, the NHTSA found that traffic accidents cost Americans a combined $871 billion, with $594 billion of that coming from the “loss of life, pain, and decreased quality of life” resulting from vehicle accidents. To add insult to literal injury, auto crash victims pay for about 26% of all motor vehicle crash costs, per the NHTSA.
This is why car insurance exists, right? Yes and no. It is important to remember that insurers make money from premiums and lose money from payouts and settlements. Therefore, their interest is to maximize the former while minimizing the latter. This means that most insurers acting on behalf of the insured actively work against most car accident victims seeking compensation. This results in adjusters offer quick settlements below maximum compensation or an attempt to accumulate evidence limiting the fault of their driver.
If you need a reason to work with a personal injury and car accident attorney in Los Angeles, consider this: as the victim of a car accident, you are entitled to maximum compensation for your injuries and property. You may not be able to get that compensation going up against insurance companies on your own.
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In an accident-filled world, make sure you have a team that stands by you.
Here is what to do when you are in an accident.
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.
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.
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.
Get the compensation you deserve.
Do not trust the insurance company to do “the right thing.”
Fortunately, injury-causing accidents are an infrequent occurrence for most drivers. However, this means that most people do not have a strong understanding of the role insurance companies play in auto accidents and compensating victims.
Despite what their commercials may otherwise imply, insurance companies are not charities. Their primary goal in the event where one of their insured is involved in an accident is to limit their losses and liability. This, in turn, means they keep more of the money they collect in the form of premiums.
An insurance adjuster may sound conciliatory when you speak to them over the phone. They may assure you that they are conducting an “investigation” that will result in all the accident’s victims being fairly compensated. In most cases, what they are actually doing is looking for reasons to limit their own liability.
California is a comparative negligence state. This means that if the insurance company determines that any percentage of the accident is your fault—even if you were the one hit by a driver carrying their insurance—they will seek to reduce your compensation by that amount. Their investigation is a means to this end: their adjuster is fishing for information that can reduce the amount they need to compensate you.
Do not settle for less.
Our recommendation is that you call our team at Blair & Ramirez LLP before you speak to any insurance representatives.
Often, just the knowledge that you are working with a California car accident attorney is a strong signal to the insurance company that you are serious about being rightfully compensated for your injuries.
Our attorneys will conduct our own investigation of the accident to determine the degree of fault of the other parties. This is where the documentation you collected at the scene of the accident comes into play. Using that, the police report, and eyewitness testimony, we can put together a successful claim that proves the exact degree of fault in accordance with the laws of the state of California. This helps ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to.
Not every car accident or personal injury case will result in litigation. In most cases, with a claim made with the backing of our attorneys, the insurance company will make a fair settlement offer. In the event that they do not, our team of Los Angeles accident lawyers will immediately file suit to get maximum compensation for you, our client.