If you have been in a car accident in the state of California contact SoCal Injury Lawyers today at (800) 950-7755.
We have a legal team that includes experienced personal injury lawyers, accident reconstructionists, private investigators, paralegals and former car insurance specialists. Our professional team can help you receive the maximum amount for your car or vehicular accident in Los Angeles or any part of Southern California. While this page will provide answers to frequently asked questions, we strongly urge you to contact us at (800) 950-7755 to discuss these questions with the best car accident lawyers in Los Angeles.
Read below to learn more about car accidents in the southern part of California. If you are looking for the Spanish version of our car accident page go here – Abogados de Accidentes de Auto en Los Angeles y el Sur California
How Much is My Car Accident Case Worth?
This is the most common question we get. A large percentage of those that have been injured in a car accident would like to know how much their case is worth. The main reason they want to know is to determine if they should “settle” with the car insurance company or should seek legal representation from a Los Angeles car accident lawyer.
While we would like to create a calculator that can determine how much your case is worth, it would be nearly impossible. Remember that each case is unique. This includes the severity of the accident, the insurance of all the parties involved, comparative fault, loss of income, medical costs and much more. It would take an in depth algorithm to truly determine the cost of each case without the expertise of a personal injury lawyer and the support staff of a law firm.
We will highlight many factors that are involved in determining the value of a car accident case. Over time, we will be sure to provide links to our resources from this page. If you want to find more literature you can also check out our blog. You can also read our extensive resource on How Much is My Los Angeles Car Accident Case Worth?
How Long Will it Take to Get My Insurance Settlement Check?
This is one of the most common questions we get asked. “How long will it take for me to get my settlement check?” Unfortunately, there is no quick answer to this question. Some insurance companies are more willing to work with policy holders than others. It may take three weeks or it may take several months. At the SoCal Injury Lawyers, we work aggressively to make certain you receive your settlement check as quickly as possible. Not only do we do that, but we also seek the maximum compensation for your injuries.
If you have to go to the hospital or you need therapy and you cannot afford it and you don’t have health or medical insurance, we work with doctors and medical professionals that can help you on a lien basis. Do not hesitate to call us today so we can set you up with a physician that can assist you without your family having to pay thousands of dollars out of pocket. If you broke your arm or have had a severe injury in the car accident that was not your fault, you should not have to pay for the medical bills or cover the damages.
When you contact us we will give you some realistic expectations as to how long it will take for you to receive your full settlement check.
Types of Los Angeles Car Accidents
Throughout this section we will highlight some of the most common types of car accidents in Los Angeles. Most people have seen a car accident on a major freeway or at a specific intersection but there are a number of different driving conditions that can cause accidents if drivers are distracted or unaware of their surroundings.
Head on Collisions
Four Way Stop Intersection and Roundabout Accidents
Running a Stop Sign
DUI Car Accidents in Los Angeles
Two Lane Road Collisions
Taxi Cab Accidents
Drivers Sleeping on the Side of the Road
Construction Site Car Accidents
2017 Los Angeles Traffic Accident Study
Head On Collisions
Along with vehicle rollovers, head on collisions are some of the most dangerous types of vehicular accidents. A head on collision between any two cars, trucks, vans or SUVs often intensifies the injuries because the speed at which the impact happens is much higher in terms of physics. When a vehicle hits another vehicle going the same direction the speed is similar. When a vehicle hits a vehicle coming from the other direction the force of the impact is twice that of other types of rear end or side swipe accidents.
Unfortunately, a number of wrongful deaths occur due to head on collisions. If you have lost a loved one due to a head on collision contact the SoCal Injury Lawyers today. We can help you understand your legal rights when it comes to receiving compensation to pay for the funeral and future loss of income for the family and loved ones.
Vehicle rollover car accidents can be some of the most dangerous as drivers and passengers are in a compromised position as the vehicle is turned over onto its roof. While most automakers have improved vehicle safety, there are still no Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs), trucks or minivans that have airbags on the roof. If the vehicle lands on the roof and stays in this position, there are very few ways in which an occupant of a vehicle can escape unharmed.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a vehicle rollover accident due to a vehicle defect or at the cause of someone else, feel free to reach out to us at (800) 950-7755. We have Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyers that can help you receive the proper compensation to cover your bills as well as your pain and suffering.
Four Way Stop Intersection and Roundabout Accidents
Anyone that has driven throughout downtown Los Angeles knows just how many accidents happen at stop signs or roundabouts. Unfortunately, it is often difficult to determine who is at fault in these types of accidents. If you have been injured at no fault of your own in a four way stop or roundabout accident in Los Angeles make certain to call the SoCal Injury Lawyers today. We have experienced personal injury lawyers that can help you with each and every step of the legal process.
After getting into a car accident in which both parties think the other is at fault there is often a dispute with the car insurance company as well. Allow our professional legal staff to do the negotiating rather than trying to figure it out yourself. By trying to negotiate yourself you could be minimizing the amount of money that is paid out. The compensation is often more than just the expense to fix your vehicle.
If there are any intersections in which you have noticed a large number of car accidents please feel free to give us a phone call as we would love to document it and help drivers avoid these major accidents. With pedestrians in harm’s way in many of these situations it is very helpful to warm those of blind spots or highly trafficked areas that could be accident prone.
Running a Stop Sign
At the SoCal Injury Lawyers, we often hear victims of car accidents explain that a driver ran a stop sign causing the accident. A vehicle running a stop sign is extremely dangerous as drivers do not expect traffic to simply roll through an intersection when it is expect to stop. Here is an example of an intersection in which one road has a stop sign while another does not:
If you have been injured in a car accident in Los Angeles or Southern California due to the negligence of another driver running a stop sign, call us today at (800) 950-7755. We have a wealth of experience when it comes to seeking the maximum compensation to help pay your medical bills, loss of income and repairs on your vehicle. Do not think that you are at fault when another driver did not stop at a stop sign.
DUI Car Accidents in Los Angeles
During the summer months, the number of DUI car accidents increase for a number of reasons. One reason is that alcohol consumption increases during the summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The July 4th or Independence Day holiday is known as being one of the most alcohol driven holidays of the year along, with New Year’s Eve.
With this being the case, we see an increase in pedestrians being struck by drunk drivers. From Chula Vista to Lakewood DUI accidents happen on a consistent basis during May, June, July and August. In terms of compensation for injuries after a DUI car accident, it is quite obvious the driver cited with a DUI is negligent. That said, it is a wise decision to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer to help you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries.
You may find that a car insurance company wants to settle for much less than your medical bills and the amount of money you lost by not being able to go to work for several weeks or months. If this is the case, please contact the SoCal Injury Lawyers today as we will help you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries. We will also diligently research your case to determine the proper amount of money required to pay all medical bills, repairs and for pain and suffering.
One of the more recent DUI car accidents in Los Angeles involved a woman that crashed into a Taco Stand in Boyle Heights. One of the victims was trapped under the vehicle and lost his life. Too often, it is the case that a DUI car accident ends up taking the life of an innocent pedestrian or bystander simply because they are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Another DUI accident occurred in Bakersfield when a vehicle rolled over after an impaired driver attempt to merge back into their lane after passing another vehicle.
Our friend, Houston DWI Lawyer Mario Madrid, has a great deal of valuable information for those that have been issued a citation unjustly. Note that a DWI in Texas is similar to a DUI in California. That said, each state has different laws and punishments for a driving while under the influence charge.
Vehicular manslaughter accidents are not uncommon when it comes to DUI and DWI accidents; depending on what state you are in. Over the last several months there have been a number of vehicular manslaughter cases with individuals under the age of 30. Unfortunately, immature drivers tend to feel as if they are invincible and take risks that are unnecessary. Whenever an individual has been consuming alcohol, there is no reason to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. With Uber and Lyft being readily available to almost anyone, getting behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated is unacceptable.
Two Lane Road Collisions
Recently, we have seen an increase in the number of car accidents on two lane roads. While the large majority of miles traveled in Southern California, especially Los Angeles, are on interstates and freeways there are many that travel on two lane roads every single day. On a curvy, two lane road, it is very easy for a distracted driver to swerve or slide into the lane of oncoming traffic.
This is extremely dangerous, especially when driving on a road with blind curves. If a driver looks down to check a text message or notification, they may not take a curve properly and end up in a head on collision. Head on car collisions on two lane roads often end in very serious injuries. There is the potential for fatal injuries as head on accidents leave all occupants of a vehicle vulnerable. For the reason, we strongly suggest driving the correct speed and taking away all distractions when on a two lane road.
Taxi Cab Accidents
Every single day, Los Angeles residents spend a significant amount of money paying taxi drivers to take them from point A to point B. While Uber and Lyft have disrupted the taxi cab industry, there will always be a place for regulated taxi companies, especially at airports, hotels and tourist destinations. Unfortunately, not all taxi cab drivers are responsible when trying to get their patrons to their destination.
Remember that taxi cab drivers are paid for their time. This means, the faster they can get a fare to their destination the quicker they can pick up another rider and make more money. This is one of the reasons they drive so recklessly in downtown settings. If you have been injured in a Los Angeles taxi cab accident do not hesitate to contact the SoCal Injury Lawyers today. We have a great deal of experience helping taxi patrons receive the proper compensation for their injuries, discomfort, pain and suffering, loss of income and medical bills.
Drivers Sleeping on the Side of the Road
It is very common for truck drivers and other transit drivers to pull over and catch a few hours of sleep on the side of the road. If they are in an area in which there is not a rest area, they may be inclined to pull over on the shoulder because they are getting tired. While they may think this is a safe action, it is actually very unsafe and illegal. In the state of California, it is illegal for any driver to pull over on the shoulder of the road and sleep.
We have had a number of clients that have contacted us because they were in an accident due to a vehicle that was sitting on the side or the road or on the shoulder. The vehicle may not have pulled completely off the road or they may have parked at an angle leaving the front or back end of the car on the highway; obstructing the path of other vehicles.
If you have been injured in a car accident in which another driver was asleep on the side of the road, contact the SoCal Injury Lawyers today. Remember, even if the accident was partly your fault you can still recover with comparative fault. Reach out to our firm today.
Construction Site Car Accidents
It seems as if there is always construction going on in and around Los Angeles. While there are often signs and construction workers employed to inform drivers to adjust their speed, there are times in which these construction workers are negligent in their efforts to assist drivers through a dangerous part of the road. There tend to be nails, equipment and other items on the road in construction sites. With this being the case, it is very easy for a vehicle to drive over a hammer and puncture a tire.
If you have been in the unfortunate situation of getting into an accident on a construction site at no fault of your own, contact the SoCal Injury Lawyers today. We will work diligently to help you recover the proper amount to pay for the damages of your vehicle. Our friends and Dallas, Texas construction lawyers Lovein & Ribman have explained, in great detail, that construction accidents are likely to increase in the near future with the an infrastructure bill on the way.
Please be aware of more construction sites in and around Southern California over the next several months. These construction sites can be very dangerous if you are not 100% aware of your surroundings. Stay off your phones and be cognizant of the construction workers that will be very close to your vehicle.
2017 Los Angeles Traffic Accident Study
We are pleased to announce we will be working on a 2017 Los Angeles traffic accident study along with a number of other well respected professionals. For the first six months of 2017 we are going to determine the major causes of vehicular accidents in Los Angeles and Southern California. This ongoing study will have a number of important pieces of data that should help Los Angeles drivers avoid accidents. Ultimately, the study will also help to reduce traffic in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California.
Amount of Damage
We are commonly asked if the amount of damage to a vehicle determines the compensation when it comes to car accident cases. This is not how compensation is determined in a California car accident case. In fact, we have worked on many cases in which a client had a car that was completely totaled yet they did not receive the compensation of someone that was in a simple fender bender and vice versa. Our goal is always to seek the maximum compensation for our clients but there are a number of factors that come into play when it comes to a car accident case.
What If My Car Isn’t “Totaled”?
When a car is “totaled” it means the damage is irreparable. This type of car crash often happens when a vehicle is moving at a high rate of speed. The only way to truly “total” a vehicle is to collide with a solid object at a high rate of velocity. That said, just because your car was not totaled in a crash it does not mean you cannot receive compensation for your injuries, loss of income, medical bills and pain and suffering.
Eggshell victims are those that have very thin bones or a thin skull. These individuals can be injured relatively easily because they do not have as much padding or protection when it comes to their brain, muscles and organs. We have had cases in which an eggshell victim was rear-ended and it caused severe brain damage. By looking at the car, one would never have know that someone was injured in the crash.
Rather than assuming your crash is not significant enough to lead to compensation from a car insurance company, contact the SoCal Injury Lawyers today.
Read End Car Accidents
One of the most common types of car accidents is a rear end car accident. Most of us were taught in driver’s education that the car in the rear of a rear end accident is always at fault. While that is often true, it is not always the case. Recently, Allstate Insurance has created a commercial explaining the “swoop and squat”. This is a technique used by some to swoop in front of a moving vehicle and immediately slam on their brakes. In this case, the driver that rear ended the car in front of them is not at fault.
In the court of law, it is often difficult to defend oneself in these types of cases. That is why a Los Angeles car accident lawyer is necessary in any type of car accident in which there is comparative or complete fault. Feel free to contact us at any time to better understand who is at fault in a rear end car accident in Los Angeles.
As previously mentioned, if your vehicle is rear ended and it does not do a significant amount of damage, it does not mean you cannot recover compensation for loss of income, pain and suffering, medical bills and your injuries. You can still get whiplash, head and neck injuries and other types of medical conditions from an accident even if your rear bumper is hardly damaged. This is something to keep in mind before settling with an insurance company.
Self Driving Accidents in Los Angeles
Self Driving or Autopilot Car Accidents
In 2016, we are hearing more and more about self driving cars from Google, Apple, Baidu and individual automakers. Telsa is a name that continues to come up in terms of an autopilot driving feature. While all these futuristic options seem great to think about, they can be very dangerous for those of us that are driving the roads, highways, interstates and streets of Los Angeles and southern California.
A number of engineers and renowned researchers have stated that the Tesla autopilot feature is not “road ready” meaning the company should not sell a vehicle that has this option. Some have predicted that the autopilot feature is going to cause more problems then solve issues. We do not know the exact engineering of the autopilot feature but all gears and gadgets will need to be in tip top shape for this type of product to work effectively. If one wire shorts or one spark plug goes out, it could cause the entire autopilot feature to malfunction.
When it comes to self driving cars, we are likely several years, if not decades, away. That said, Google is test driving cars on California roads in 2016. There is the possibility that one of these self driving cars could cause a major accident resulting in a multi-car pileup on an Interstate. Unfortunately, those that are manning the self driving cars are not at the same awareness level of someone that is driving a normal motor vehicle.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a self driving car or autopiloted car please contact the SoCal Injury Lawyers today at (800) 950-7755. We will be more than happy to discuss your legal rights under the California law.
Turo and Uber Car Accidents – Who is at Fault?
Two of the hottest apps related to vehicle travel are Turo and Uber. Both of these companies have a huge valuation as they allow people to get rides from normal drivers, Uber, or borrow the car or truck of someone else, Turo. Unfortunately, there are a number of risks that come along with both services. If you happen to get into an accident in Los Angeles in an Uber or driving a vehicle from Turo you will want to know that you can receive the proper coverage as far as auto insurance.
If you would like to better understand your legal rights with the services of Turo and Uber feel free to call us today at (800) 950-7755. We have a legal team that will go above and beyond to assist you in receiving the proper compensation for your injuries. If Turo and/or Uber is not willing to fight for you, we will. If the car insurance company is unwilling to settle with the proper amount we will take the next step for you.
Note that Uber is attempting to get more self driving cars on the road so this could be a concern moving forward. They have already started to test these types of vehicles in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is all in due time before they come to Los Angeles.
CHP Car Accidents
Over the last several years, it seems to be the case that more and more CHP car accidents and collisions are being reported throughout the state. In early June 2016 a CHP officer looked down at his laptop computer right before rear ending a vehicle and killing a 15 year old boy. These types of accidents could be avoided and should never happen.
If you have been injured in an accident with a California Highway Patrol officer do not hesitate to reach out to us today. We have personal injury lawyers that can explain your legal rights when it comes to the negligence of a California Highway Patrol officer.
LAPD Patrolling Intersections with High Fatalities
In 2016, the Los Angeles Police Department has focused an effort on patrolling intersections with high fatalities and injuries across the City of Los Angeles. Some of the intersections include:
- Alvarado Street at 6th Street
- Alvarado Street at Wilshire Boulevard
- Broadway at Gage Avenue
- Daly Street at Broadway
- San Pedro Street at Florence Avenue
You will likely notice a lot more LAPD cars at these intersections making certain there are no laws being broken. Sometimes, it is simply a police vehicle near the area to make certain drivers are more attentive. Lately, we have been seeing too many accidents at red lights and four way stop intersections. Hopefully, this helps reduce the number of accidents and, more importantly, fatalities.
Mobile Devices and Driving
Mobile devices have proven to be one of the most common forms of distracted driving. Over the last decade, the number of mobile devices has grown exponentially. With a large number of southern California drivers now using an iPhone, Android or Windows smartphone, it comes as no surprise they would use these devices while driving. Some use it as a GPS device while others text, chat, Facebook or watch videos. No matter what a smartphone is used for, it is a distraction for a driver and could easily be the main factor behind an accident.
How Many California Drivers Use a Smartphone or Cell Phone?
A recent study by the California Office of Traffic Safety states that over 12 percent of drivers were spotted using their cell phone. This number continues to increase while the number of distracted driving citations decreases. During the same period of the survey, distracted driving citations were down 27 percent year over year. Distracted driving citations are down from 168,000 in 2012 to approximately 91,000 in 2015.
This is something we will continue to monitor as Los Angeles City Council Members have started a discussion on distracted driving. When behind the wheel of a vehicle, we strongly urge all drivers to make certain they give their undivided attention to the road and driving.
Holiday Weekend Driving Statistics
Throughout the year, we will do our best to publish the driving and traffic statistics for holiday weekends.
Millions of Los Angeles drivers will hit the roads on Thanksgiving and Black Friday; for very different reasons. Wednesday and Thursday of Thanksgiving week will be a travel day for families to travel across the city to spend time with their loved ones. Although most stores will be closed, it is well known that both Wednesday and Thursday of Thanksgiving week are very heavily traveled. Always remain aware of your surroundings and do not try to speed to get from Point A to Point B on this day.
Expect to see a large number of police officers out on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the week of Thanksgiving. They are doing their part to make certain the roads, interstates and highways are safe for all.
During Black Friday, one of the largest shopping days of the year, millions will be shopping at local retailers trying to get the best deals. They will also be shopping at grocery stores trying to get those after Thanksgiving meals at rock bottom prices. Remember to remain patient on this particular day as traffic will be very bad at shopping centers and malls. Drive with caution when you are around pedestrians.
Halloween is just around the corner meaning millions of people in Los Angeles and Southern California will be out and about trick or treating. While a large majority will be walking from house to house, there will be some that are driving to a specific location. While most drivers will be responsible there will be some that act inappropriately in an attempt to impress their friends, boyfriend or girlfriend. This often happens when driving too or from a party.
Sadly, a large number of people feel as if they can drive home even if they have had too many adult beverages. If you feel as if you have had too many drinks then you have. Use Uber or Lyft and get home safely rather than trying to get home while under the influence of alcohol or any type of drugs.
During Labor Day weekend in early September 2016 there were 2017 drivers arrested under suspicion of drunk driving and 30 traffic related deaths. In Los Angeles County there were 382 driver arrested under the suspicion of drunk driving and two traffic related deaths. The number of drunk driving arrests and traffic deaths was down when compared to 2015 for the Labor Day holiday weekend.
Wrongful Death Car Accidents in Los Angeles
Over the last several months we have reported a number of accidents in which the driver or passenger passed away during or after the accident. A large number of these incidents happen to be with 18 wheelers or big rig trucks. If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of a freight company or the driver of a big rig truck contact the SoCal Injury Lawyers today. We have a great deal of experience fighting some of these freight companies that try to get off scot free after they have been negligent.
Coming up with the money for medical bills, funeral costs and simply surviving without a main source of income in a household can be extremely difficult. The stressful times of losing a family member should not be compounded with the pains of attempting to figure out where money is going to come from. Allow the SoCal Injury Lawyers to fight the life and auto insurance companies so you receive the proper compensation for the loss of the loved one in your life.