Each year, thousands in Los Angeles are involved in car accidents ranging from fender benders to fatal collisions. We know violent collisions can result in catastrophic injuries or even death. But, as Los Angeles car accident lawyers, we know that even accidents that are considered “minor” can result in injuries that could take weeks or even months to fully heal.
Types of Car Accidents
Car accidents occur in a number of different ways. Regardless of how or why they occur, victims face significant stresses and challenges in the aftermath of a crash. Our lawyers have helped victims and families secure favorable outcomes regardless of the type of car accident. Here are some of the most common types of car accidents we see in Los Angeles:
Proving Negligence in a Los Angeles Car Accident
In order to prove a car accident claim successfully, a plaintiff must show that the other driver had a duty of care to operate the vehicle in a reasonably safe manner. Plaintiffs must also demonstrate that the driver breached or violated that duty of care and as a result caused the accident, which resulted in the victim’s injuries and monetary losses.
In addition to the driver, other negligent parties may also be held liable for car accidents. For example, if a driver is on the job at the time of the accident, his or her employer can also be held financially responsible. When car accidents are caused by roadway defects or poor roadway design or maintenance, the city or governmental agency responsible can also be held liable. However, a car accident claim against a governmental agency must be filed within 180 days (6 months) of the accident.
Car Accident Laws in California
There are a few key laws that can play a significant role in your car accident claim:
Compensation for Los Angeles Car Accident Victims
If you have been injured in a car accident, you can seek compensation for the following losses:
If you have lost a loved one in a Los Angeles car accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault party seeking compensation for medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, lost future income and benefits, pain and suffering and loss of love, care and companionship.