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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) 507-8525 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
- Failing to follow traffic laws or rules of the road
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Road rage
- Improperly reacting to poor weather or changing traffic patterns
- Fatigued driving
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Aggressive or reckless driving
- Tailgating/following too closely
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.
Common Car Accident Injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Fractures/ broken bones
- Neck injuries/whiplash
- Road rash
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
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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
- 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
- Medications and medical equipment
- Lost income, wages, and employment benefits
- Lost or reduced earning ability
- Emotional distress and trauma
- Counseling and/or therapy
- In-home assistance and care
- Diminished quality of life
- Ambulance fees
- Surgeries, rehabilitation, and other treatments
- Future medical expenses
- Lost future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Home modifications
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.
What should I do immediately after a car accident?
The first thing to do after a car accident is to call 911 if anyone has been injured or if a vehicle has been badly damaged. Next, check on everyone and get contact and insurance information from all motorists involved. Then, if it is safe to do so, take pictures of the scene and be thorough with how many you take. If you don’t go to the emergency department for immediate treatment, you still should go to urgent care once you are able to leave the scene of the crash. Lastly, call an attorney.
What information do I need to file a car accident claim?
To file a car accident claim, you need to know the insurance information of the other driver. A summary of your injuries will also be useful. Be prepared to also send your insurance company copies of eyewitness statements and photographs you took at the scene.
What if the accident was at least partly my fault?
California’s pure comparative negligence rule allows you to file a claim against any party that was at least 1% liable for your car accident. You can be partly or mostly liable for the crash and still have a valid claim to file under this distinct liability rule.
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Why You Should Hire a Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Although you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits by law, actually recovering those benefits is not a given. You need an experienced and knowledgeable attorney by your side who can help you navigate the process and avoid making any mistakes that could jeopardize your claim.
At KJT Law Group, we assist our clients with all aspects of workers’ compensation, including but not limited to:
- Making an initial report of the injury
- Filing workers’ compensation claims
- Gathering evidence and submitting paperwork
- Handling disputes with employers/insurance companies
- Obtaining approval for proper medical treatment
- Negotiating fair disability ratings
- Managing issues involving pre-existing conditions
- Appealing denied workers’ compensation claims
Can You Appeal a Denied Workers’ Comp Claim?
If your workers’ compensation claim was denied, you are allowed to appeal the decision. Workers’ compensation claims are denied for many reasons, from disputes over coverage to missing information or failure to report the injury. If your claim was denied, it is not the end of the road.
At KJT Law Group, we help injured employees appeal denied workers’ compensation claims and seek the fair benefits they are owed. The appeals process is complex and lengthy; we strongly recommend that you work with an experienced attorney to improve your chances of a successful outcome. You will need to complete and submit various forms and paperwork, gather evidence in support of your claim, and attend a workers’ compensation appeals hearing. Our team can help you prepare your appeal and ensure your rights are protected throughout the process.
How California’s Pure Comparative Negligence Rule Can Affect Your Claim
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.’
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