Los Angeles Car Accident Lawyer
Auto Accidents in California
After a car accident, you are likely to have a lot of questions. Whose fault was the collision? Will you have to pay out of pocket to have your car repaired or replaced? Who is responsible for your injuries and the resulting medical bills?
At KJT Law Group, we recognize that this is a confusing, stressful, and difficult time in your life—but our team can help. Our Los Angeles car accident lawyers have extensive experience navigating all types of auto accident claims, including those involving rear-end and head-on collisions, rollovers, large trucks and commercial vehicles, Ubers and Lyfts, side-impact crashes, and more. We can help you file a claim with the liable party’s insurance company or, if necessary, pursue fair compensation at trial.
If you were recently involved in an auto accident in Los Angeles or the nearby areas, call KJT Law Group at (818) 873-0181 and set up a free, no-obligation consultation with an attorney at our firm.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Auto Accidents?
Every year, thousands of people are injured or killed in motor vehicle accidents in California. Tragically, most of these accidents are preventable and should never have happened.
The number one cause of auto accidents in California—and throughout the U.S.—is negligence. This negligence takes many forms, but some of the most common include:
- Distracted driving
- Texting while driving
- Fatigued driving
- Failing to follow traffic laws or rules of the road
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Aggressive or reckless driving
- Road rage
- Tailgating/following too closely
- Improperly reacting to poor weather or changing traffic patterns
In some cases, it is not the negligence of another motorist but the negligence of a separate third party that causes or contributes to a collision. For example, a manufacturer that sells a defective vehicle or auto part could be held liable if it is found that the defect led to the accident.
Determining the cause of an accident is important, as it often indicates who is liable for the victims’ resulting injuries and damages. At KJT Law Group, our Los Angeles car accident attorneys have the tools and resources to thoroughly investigate car accident claims and determine who is responsible. We are happy to answer any questions you may have during a free and confidential consultation.
Ways to Prevent a Car Accident
- Practice driving as much as possible
- Always wear your seat belt
- Limit the number of passengers in your car
- Don't be on the cell phone
- Make sure you are driving a safe vehicle
Who Is Liable for a Car Accident?
California is one of several states that follows a traditional fault-based (or “tort”) system when it comes to car insurance and accident claims. This means that injured accident victims generally must file personal injury and/or property damage claims with the at-fault party’s insurance provider if they wish to recover compensation for their damages.
You may be able to recover compensation through your own auto insurance coverage, depending on the type of policy you have. However, if you can prove that another person or party was at least partially at fault for the accident, you can file a claim against their insurance provider. In some cases, you may also be able to sue the at-fault party for damages.
In most cases, the person or party who caused the accident is liable. This could be:
- Another motorist who acted negligently
- A large truck or commercial vehicle driver
- A negligent pedestrian or bicyclist
- The manufacturer or distributor of a defective vehicle or auto part
- An entity that designed or built a defective roadway
- The entity responsible for road maintenance
The vast majority of car accidents involve claims against other drivers, but our team at KJT Law Group can evaluate your case and identify all liable parties. We leave no stone unturned when it comes to pursuing the maximum compensation our clients deserve, and we are prepared to use all available resources to fully investigate your claim.
Damages in Car Accident Claims
A serious car accident can leave you facing significant hardships. You may be dealing with large, mounting medical bills and lost wages after being forced to take time off work to heal. You might find yourself struggling to cope with the physical pain and emotional suffering caused by the collision, not to mention numerous other unexpected challenges.
Our Los Angeles car accident lawyers are here to help you seek fair compensation for all your damages, including but not limited to:
- Emergency medical care
- Ambulance fees
- Surgeries, rehabilitation, and other treatments
- Medications and medical equipment
- Future medical expenses
- Lost income, wages, and employment benefits
- Lost future earnings
- Lost or reduced earning ability
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and trauma
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Counseling and/or therapy
- Home modifications
- In-home assistance and care
- Diminished quality of life
Every case is unique, and the specific factors involved in your crash will play a large role in the types of damages and overall amount of compensation you are entitled to receive. We can discuss the potential value of your case in greater detail during a free, confidential consultation.
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In cases involving multiple at-fault parties, California’s pure comparative negligence rule applies. Under this rule, anyone injured due to the negligent or wrongful conduct of another party can seek compensation for their damages even if they were partly to blame. Because the state follows a pure comparative negligence rule, there is no cap on the degree of blame a person can have (as long as it is less than 100%) and still be entitled to file a claim.
So, if you were partially at fault for the accident, you can still file a claim against the other person’s insurance company and recover compensation for your damages.
However, if you were partially to blame for the collision, you will not be able to recover the full compensation you would have received if you were not at fault at all. Instead, your total recovery will be reduced by your at-fault percentage. So, if the insurance company argues that you were 40% at fault, you can only recover up to 60% of your total damages. If you suffered $10,000 in economic and non-economic losses as a result of the accident, you would only be able to recover up to $60,000.
Insurance companies often use the rule of pure comparative negligence to undervalue and underpay claims. They may inflate your degree of fault to avoid paying you the amount you are rightfully entitled to, or they may even try to argue that you were 100% at fault for the accident and, therefore, not entitled to compensation whatsoever.
At KJT Law Group, we know how to fight back against the insurance company’s efforts to dispute or deny your claim. The insurance company may not be on your side—but we are. Our team is ready to aggressively advocate for the maximum compensation you are owed, even if that means taking your case to trial.'
Let our experienced attorneys lead the fight. No case is too small and no odds are too daunting for us to roll up our sleeves, go to work, and win for our clients.
If you were injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you deserve justice. KJT Law Group is ready to serve as your advocate and guide throughout the legal process, providing personalized representation, honest communication, and dedicated support every step of the way. We only accept cases we truly believe we can win, which allows us to provide every single client with a high level of attention, accessibility, and service.
Our car accident lawyers are ready to go up against the insurance company or even sue the at-fault party on your behalf. We are available 24/7 and provide legal services in English, Spanish, and Armenian to meet the needs of our clients. Your initial consultation is completely free, and there are no upfront or out-of-pocket expenses when you hire our firm. Instead, our attorneys only recover fees if they win your case.
We provide legal services in English, Spanish, and Armenian. Request a free consultation today by calling us at (818) 873-0181 or by submitting an online contact form.