Everything to Know About a Car Accident Lawsuit

Everything to Know About a Car Accident Lawsuit

Our top-rated personal injury law firm, Megeredchian law, is available 24/7 to answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding your car accident claim.

Our experienced car accident attorneys have been representing car accident victims for decades. We understand the financial and emotional burden a car accident can have on a victim. While we maneuver through the legal process for our clients, we make sure that our clients focus on healing. We work to make sure that our clients receive maximum compensation for their injuries. You can trust our attorneys to be available for you 24/7 and to communicate and negotiate with insurance companies and adjusters. Our legal team knows all the different tactics insurance companies may use to avoid paying out any claims to reduce their liability as much as possible.

What type of compensation can I recover for my car accident claim?

We will use our negotiation and legal skills to ensure you get the maximum compensation you deserve. The compensation you recover depends on the circumstances and injury in a car accident. Examples of different types of compensation you could receive include;

  • Past lost wages
  • Future lost wages
  • Permanent disability
  • Hospital bills
  • Prescription medication
  • Physical rehabilitation sessions
  • Emotional distress
  • Pain and suffering
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

California Car Accident Statistics

  • According to the National Safety Council, in the year 2020, drivers have driven less. However, although fewer drivers were on the road, fatalities were still at an all-time high.
  • Claims for car property damage were up 20% in the year 2020.
  • Car accidents are more likely to occur at night between the hours of 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Car accidents are more likely to occur during a weekend.
  • Those between the ages of 16 and 20 are more likely to be in fatal car accidents.
  • Speeding is one of the top major causes of car accidents in California.
  • California is the number one state to experience the most car accidents compared to any other state.
  • 30% of car accidents in California are by drivers driving under the influence.
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists are more likely to be in an accident in Los Angeles than in any other city.

Los Angeles Car Accident Statistics

  •  According to the Los Angeles Police Department, 289 people were killed in traffic accidents in 2020.
  • 1,465 people were severely injured in car accidents in 2020.
  • There was a 30% increase in car accidents between 2019 and 2020.
  • The Los Angeles intersections with the greatest risk are the intersections of San Pedro and Washington Boulevard, Florence Avenue and Vermont Avenue, and Hollywood and Highland Boulevard.
  • Besides reckless driving, the Los Angeles Police Department has also noticed an increase in car violence, such as shootings from one car to another on the freeway.

Almost all car accident fatalities that occur in Los Angeles are preventable.

Common Car Accident Injuries

Car accident injuries could range from minor bruises and cuts to a variety of severe injuries, including:

  • Whiplash
  • Concussions
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Back injury
  • Head injury
  • Neck injury
  • Cuts
  • Bruises
  • Broken bones

Wrongful Death Car Accident Attorney

At Megeredchian Law, our personal injury attorneys have experience filing wrongful death claims for clients who have lost their family members in a car accident. Examples of compensation we could recover for a wrongful death claim include funeral expenses, burial expenses, loss of companionship, loss of consortium, etc. For wrongful death lawsuit consultation, contact our attorneys today.

How are car accidents caused?

There are several causes for car accidents, especially in Los Angeles, where the streets are constantly busy. Examples of the different types of causes are:

  • Speeding while driving
  • Failing to stop at a stop sign
  • Driving under the influence
  • Fatigued drivers
  • Distracted drivers
  • Texting while driving
  • Eating while driving
  • Poor road conditions
  • Dangerous weather conditions
  • Road construction
  • Inexperienced drivers

How do you prove liability in a car accident lawsuit in California?

Our top-rated California attorneys have decades of experience representing victims who have been injured in a car accident due to another's negligence. We file a negligence claim against the at-fault party. In order to prove negligence, four separate elements need to be proven. These elements are proven by gathering as much evidence as possible to determine liability. The four different elements are:

  • The defendant had a duty to the plaintiff to drive in a reasonably safe manner
  • When the defendant failed to act within that duty and breached that duty
  • The defendant's actions and the breach caused the plaintiff to suffer injuries
  • When the plaintiff now suffers physical injuries and monetary loss

After going through the traumatic experience of a car accident, we understand that looking for an attorney might be the last thing on your mind. But, hiring an experienced personal injury attorney can make or break your entire lawsuit. We understand how to deal with insurance companies and how to receive maximum compensation. Our personal injury and car accident team are available to help you navigate through the legal process, and we'll work to gather evidence to make a strong legal claim in your favor.

When should I call a car accident attorney?

Our attorneys advise that you seek the assistance of a car accident attorney as soon as possible after the accident. The sooner you contact an attorney, the sooner you may be able to file a claim against the at-fault party and receive compensation. Our attorneys start building your case and gathering as much evidence as possible in your favor. Hiring lawyers experienced in auto accidents gives you more chances to win the case.

When should I file my car accident lawsuit?

California's statute of limitations laws mandates that victims of a car accident file a lawsuit against the at-fault party two years after the accident. If the claim is filed too late with the court, the court will dismiss the entire lawsuit altogether, and the plaintiff will lose their right to seek compensation.

What is a normal settlement amount for a car accident lawsuit in California?

The amount of compensation you could receive from your car accident claim differs depending on the circumstances of the case. Each accident is unique, especially if there are multiple parties involved. No attorney will be able to give you a specific amount that you are entitled to without hearing the details of your case. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, the minimum settlement amount from a car accident is $15,000.

What is a good settlement offer for my car accident claim?

In order to provide more information on what a good settlement offer may be, our attorneys will need more information as to the costs the plaintiff encountered. For example, we advise that you collect and maintain a record of the medical bills, along with the lost wages. A settlement amount is meant to compensate the plaintiff for the full value of all expenses.

Should I hire a car accident attorney even if my accident was minor?

Whether your car accident was minor or resulted in severe injuries, it is very important that you hire an experienced car accident attorney. If you do not have representation by an attorney, insurance companies and investors will try to take advantage of you to downplay their liability.

How much do our car accident attorneys cost?

Our attorneys here at Megeredchian law work on a contingency fee basis. Other law firms may charge their services hourly; however, our attorneys do not seek fees upfront unless we win compensation in your favor. This means that until we win a settlement or judgment in your favor, you do not owe our car accident attorneys anything.

What are the different types of car accidents in California?

There are different categories of car accidents in California depending on the circumstances of the Collision. This includes:

  • Head-on accidents
  • Rear-end accidents
  • Car accident sign
  • T-Bone accidents
  • Rollover accidents

Contact Megeredchian Law for a Free Consultation with Our Attorneys Today

We understand how stressful it may be to be in a car accident lawsuit. That is why we are available and on your side 24/7. Our free consultations are confidential and have no obligation to you. During these consultations, we will determine the compensation you could receive, along with who the at-fault liable parties may be.

We have been addressing our clients' needs for decades and want to inform you of your case and support you every step of the way. Call us today. 

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