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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 highly experienced 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 determined by how much they contributed to the circumstances that caused the accident. 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 depending on how each legal team builds their case.

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 You Should Hire a Car Accident Attorney

Dealing with car insurance firms for settlements post-accident can be taxing. An experienced car accident attorney can guide you through the intricacies of your claim, enhancing the chances of a favorable resolution. They can help in facilitating the right medical care, compiling evidence, evaluating the damages sustained, and ensuring you receive the fullest compensation possible.

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.

Commonly Asked Questions

What should I do immediately after a car accident?

After a car accident, you should first:

  • Ensure your safety and the safety of others;
  • Call the police to report the incident;
  • Seek medical care if needed;
  • Document the scene with photos and gather contact information from witnesses. This is a critical step in your legal team being able to build a proper case;
  • Avoid speaking to any insurance adjusters before getting in touch with legal representation;
  • Contact Heidari Law Group to discuss your next steps and ensure your rights are protected.

How do I know if I need a lawyer after a car accident?

If you’ve been involved in a car accident, especially one involving injury, legal representation can be crucial. Heidari Law Group can help assess the situation and determine if you’re entitled to compensation for damages and injuries. A consultation with our team can provide clarity on how a lawyer can support your case.

What types of compensation can I receive after a car accident?

Victims of car accidents may be entitled to various types of compensation, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Heidari Law Group specializes in securing comprehensive settlements that cover both immediate and long-term needs.

How long do I have to file a claim after a car accident?

The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim from a car accident varies by state, but this length of time is 2 years in California and Nevada. It’s important to consult with Heidari Law Group promptly to ensure your claim is filed within the statutory deadlines, as delaying could completely jeopardize your ability to receive any compensation at all.

Will my car accident case go to trial?

While most car accident claims are settled out of court, some do proceed to trial if a fair settlement cannot be reached. Heidari Law Group prepares every case thoroughly, whether it ends in negotiation or needs to be argued in court, to maximize your recovery.

What should I bring to my first meeting with a car accident attorney?

For your first consultation, bring any police reports, medical records, photographs of the scene, and any correspondence with insurance companies. This information will help Heidari Law Group understand the specifics of your case and tailor our advice accordingly.

How does Heidari Law Group charge for car accident cases?

Heidari Law Group operates on a contingency fee basis for car accident cases, meaning you won’t pay any upfront fees. Our payment is contingent upon securing compensation for you; if we don’t win, you don’t pay.

What if the other driver involved in the accident is uninsured?

If the other driver in your accident is uninsured, you still have options for recovery. Heidari Law Group can assist you in exploring potential claims under your own insurance policy, such as uninsured motorist coverage.

How can I assist my attorney in my car accident case?

Staying organized and communicating effectively can significantly assist your attorney. Keep all documentation related to your accident and injuries, follow through with medical treatments, and update your lawyer regularly on your recovery progress.

What is the difference between settling a claim and going to trial?

Settling a claim generally involves negotiating a compensation amount with the opposing insurance company, which can resolve the matter quickly and with less stress. Going to trial, however, might be necessary if settlement offers are insufficient and involves presenting the case in court. Heidari Law Group is equipped to handle both scenarios, always aiming to achieve the best outcome for our clients.

What percentage of car accidents in America involve fatality?

According to crash data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), there were over 6.1 million car accidents in America in 2021, but less than 40,000 of these involved some type of fatality. This equates to around 0.65% of all accidents in 2021 being fatal crashes, meaning that over 99% of American accidents do not involve a death.

Which states have the highest numbers of fatal accidents per year?

Data from the annual IIHS study shows that Texas (4,068), California (3,983), and Florida (3,451) saw the highest numbers of fatal accidents in 2021. On the other hand, states that had the highest number of accident deaths per 1 million miles driven were: South Carolina (2.08), Mississippi (1.89), and Arkansas (1.8).

Why Choose Heidari Law

Choosing Heidari Law Group for your car accident case offers several distinct advantages:

  1. Experienced Attorneys: Heidari Law Group boasts a team of highly skilled attorneys with extensive experience in car accident law. Our lawyers have a deep understanding of the legal system and know how to navigate the complexities of car accident claims effectively, ensuring that you receive the best possible representation.
  2. Client-Centric Service: We prioritize our clients’ needs and work diligently to ensure their comfort and understanding throughout the legal process. Our approach is personalized, and we’re committed to being accessible and responsive, keeping you informed every step of the way.
  3. Proven Track Record: Heidari Law Group has a strong record of securing favorable settlements and verdicts for our clients. Our strategic and aggressive approach to negotiation and litigation aims to maximize the compensation our clients receive for their injuries and losses.
  4. Comprehensive Support: From the moment you start working with us, we handle all aspects of your case, from dealing with insurance companies and other lawyers to coordinating with medical professionals to ensure you receive proper care. Our goal is to let you focus on recovery while we take care of the legal proceedings.

By choosing Heidari Law Group, you ensure that your case is handled by dedicated professionals who are committed to achieving the best outcomes for our clients. We strive to make the legal process as smooth and efficient as possible, allowing you to regain your life and move forward from the accident.

Get Help with Your Car Accident Claim

At Heidari Law, our Los Angeles car accident attorneys handle personal injury lawsuits for 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.