Car Accident Attorney

If you or a family member has sustained severe injuries in a car accident, you shouldn’t have to confront car insurance companies by yourself. Our proficient car accident attorneys will assist you in obtaining the representation you merit, guaranteeing that you receive the utmost compensation for your injuries.

Car Accident Attorney

What are the damages I can recover from a car accident?

While a lawsuit cannot undo the aftermath of a car accident, it can significantly aid in recovering your losses. You are entitled to seek compensation for various damages, including:

  • Medical Expenses and Healthcare Costs – This covers all medical treatments, hospital stays, and ongoing healthcare needs resulting from the accident.
  • Punitive Damages – In cases where the at-fault party’s conduct was particularly egregious, punitive damages may be awarded as a means of punishment and deterrence.
  • Property Damage – Compensation for the repair or replacement of your vehicle and any other personal property damaged in the accident.
  • Lost Wages and Impaired Earning Capacity – This includes not only lost income due to the accident but also potential future earnings if your capacity to work has been affected.
  • Physical and Emotional Distress – Compensation for the physical pain and emotional suffering endured as a result of the accident.

Navigating Car Accident Claims

Achieving a favorable outcome in a personal injury claim hinges on meticulously reconstructing the events that led to the accident and clearly establishing the other party’s actions as the direct cause. While attributing fault in simpler incidents like fender benders or rear-end collisions might be more clear-cut, the process becomes significantly more intricate in cases involving t-bone collisions, head-on accidents, and scenarios with mechanical failures. These complexities necessitate a thorough investigation to accurately determine liability and ensure a just resolution.

Determining fault in a car accident in California

California operates under a fault system, meaning another driver must be deemed responsible for causing the accident for you to seek damages through an insurance claim. Under California’s comparative negligence law, each driver can be assigned a percentage of fault. For instance, if you are found 10% at fault for an accident resulting in $100,000 in damages, your compensation may be reduced to $90,000. This can significantly affect the compensation received from your claim.

To establish negligence, it must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that:

  1. The at-fault driver had a duty to operate their vehicle safely.
  2. The at-fault driver breached that duty.
  3. The at-fault driver’s actions caused directly or indirectly caused the accident.
  4. The accident resulted in injuries and/or monetary losses of other parties involved.

In cases where an accident occurs due to inadequate road maintenance, it may be possible to file a case against the department, city, or state responsible for the negligent road conditions.

Common Types of Car Accidents

These are the types of accidents that can often lead to serious injuries for anyone involved:

Rear-End Accidents.

Minor collisions, known as fender benders, are frequent occurrences on roads daily. However, rear-end collisions, depending on the vehicles involved and the speed of impact, can result in significantly more extensive damage to both life and property. Generally, the driver of the rear-ending vehicle is deemed at fault, as these incidents often happen due to tailgating or driver inattention. Yet, if the vehicle being rear-ended is backing up at the time of the collision, they may bear responsibility for the accident.

T-Bone Accidents.

These accidents occur when the front of one vehicle strikes the side of another. With the passenger area of the vehicle frequently bearing the brunt of the impact, T-bone collisions can pose a deadly threat to all occupants involved.

Sideswipe Accidents.

Such accidents happen when vehicles collide sideways. Sideswipes are often seen in parking lots or on highways when a driver changes lanes without properly checking their blind spot. The severity of injuries resulting from side collisions can vary from minor to severe, depending on the vehicles’ speed at the time of the accident.

Head-On Accidents.

Cars crashing into each other while heading in opposite directions, regardless of how fast they are moving, can produce a surprisingly destructive impact. Head-on collisions can result in severe injuries or death for all parties involved.

Single-Vehicle Accidents.

When a vehicle collides with stationary objects due to a driver losing control, serious injuries can ensue even when only one vehicle is involved. Reckless driving, mechanical malfunctions, driver fatigue or impairment, and hazardous road conditions are typical culprits behind single-car crashes. In Los Angeles, there are an estimated 300 to 500 single-vehicle accidents annually.

Vehicle Rollovers.

A vehicle overturning poses an exceptionally hazardous scenario for its occupants. The vast majority of fatalities resulting from rollovers occur in accidents involving only one vehicle.

Common Injuries Resulting From Car Accidents

Over the past decade, millions of car accidents have taken place in the United States, leading to various injuries commonly associated with vehicle collisions. Despite ongoing advancements in safety technology by vehicle manufacturers, serious injuries stemming from accidents continue to happen daily. Below are some of the most common injuries resulting from auto collisions.

  • Whiplash happens when someone’s head is thrown abruptly back and forward during an impact. This type of injury can cause severe spinal cord injuries & strain on parts of the neck and the back. While most cases of whiplash tend to be less severe and heal on their own, some may require physical therapy or surgery in order to heal.
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) are another result of car accidents and impacts. A TBI happens when the soft tissue of the brain is thrown against the hard inner surface of the skull. Such injuries are particularly dangerous because symptoms don’t always result in symptoms immediately, which is why seeking medical care following an accident is so important.
  • Broken Bone Injuries are one of the most common injuries in crashes. Being knocked around the interior of a car generates enough force that bones can break, from hairline fractures to more serious ruptures. Any broken bone should be treated seriously and evaluated by a qualified medical professional.

What Should I Do After a Car Accident?

If you’ve sustained injuries in a car accident, the first step should be contacting the police and seeking medical attention. These actions serve as crucial pieces of evidence in most car accident cases and can bolster your claim. The police report aids in reconstructing the accident’s conditions, while medical tests and procedures validate and document the severity of your injuries resulting from the accident. Ideally, you should also photograph the accident scene and gather the other driver’s insurance information promptly after the crash.

It’s imperative to adhere to all recommendations provided by your doctor throughout the recovery process, including medication, treatment, or therapy instructions. Failure to comply could increase your liability for the accident’s negative outcomes, thereby reducing the potential settlement amount.

Following medical treatment, it’s always helpful to consult with a lawyer before working with insurance companies. Avoid disclosing any information to insurance adjusters or companies that could be used to reject your claim or diminish the payout amount. An experienced car accident attorney can help you navigate common pitfalls that insurance companies use to deny or decrease settlements.

Why Hire an Accident Attorney?

Negotiating a settlement with car insurance companies can be arduous, especially when you’re dealing with the aftermath of a car accident. A car accident lawyer can assist you in navigating the complexities of your claim and securing the best possible outcome for your case. An attorney can aid you in obtaining appropriate medical treatment, gathering evidence, assessing damages incurred from the accident, and maximizing your compensation.

Contact our seasoned personal injury attorneys today to evaluate the compensation you deserve. We have offices conveniently located in major cities such as Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Fresno, and Irvine.

Get Help with Your Car Accident Claim

At Heidari Law, our Los Angeles car accident attorneys handle personal injury lawsuits for the people throughout Southern California and Nevada. We have decades of experience serving our clients to secure the results they deserve.

When you work with Heidari Law Group, you can be certain that:

  • Your attorney will work diligently to get the best settlement for your injury or repair claim
  • We are available 24/7 for our clients
  • Our team will take care of the legal procedures, so that you can focus on healing and getting back to your busy life
  • No fee until we win 

 We are strong advocates for our clients and each client gets our personal attention. 

Contact an experienced car accident lawyer at Heidari Law Group to get compensation for the injustice you’ve suffered.