Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney
Although car accidents are common in Los Angeles, with over 55000 collisions reported in a recent year, their impact on peoples’ lives is profound. Even minor accidents can lead to costly bills, nagging injuries, and long-term consequences. Fortunately, you may be significantly compensated through a car accident claim with the at-fault party’s insurance provider.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to a car accident, please contact The Ryan Law Group today. We understand this may be a difficult time for you, so we provide you help and support by pursuing the maximum possible compensation for your needs.
Why Choose The Ryan Law Group?
The Ryan Law Group is a personal injury firm with extensive experience representing clients who have been injured in Los Angeles car accidents.
- We have a reputation for success in Southern California, securing multi-million-dollar personal injury verdicts for several of our clients.
- We are aggressive in our proceedings, preparing every case as if it is going to trial to ensure we are not caught off-guard by any case developments.
- We pursue the maximum possible compensation by utilizing industry experts and investigators to fully evaluate your case for its full and fair value.
- We represent clients on a contingency fee agreement. You pay no upfront costs, and you only pay at the conclusion of a case if we secure a verdict or settlement on your behalf. If we don’t win, you don’t pay.
If you have been injured in a car accident in Los Angeles County, you are probably considering whether you need to hire a lawyer. The job of a personal injury lawyer is to negotiate, on your behalf, with the negligent party in the accident. They can figure out how much compensation your situation warrants and request that amount from the other party. If the other party refuses to pay the lawyer can sue them in court. In court a jury or judge will decide the merits of your claim by awarding a judgment.
Why Do You Need a Lawyer for a Car Accident in Los Angeles?
It can be difficult to comprehend why legal representation may be necessary for seemingly straightforward car accidents. However, an experienced car accident attorney may provide the best chance at the compensation you need to make a full recovery from your losses.
Many car accidents are resolved through correspondence with the at-fault party’s insurance provider. However, it is important to know that insurance companies often act in their own best interests. When you go to seek compensation, they will often offer a quick settlement to resolve the case—even without the facts or context of the accident. These settlements are often low-ball offers—payouts far lower than what you are entitled to.
An attorney can help navigate the negotiation procedures to ensure you are offered a settlement that is full and fair. Often, a single phone call from legal representation can significantly boost your chances at a higher payout.
Additionally, in some particularly serious car accidents, you may be compelled to file a claim against the at-fault driver. This is often the case when gross negligence is at hand, and the driver’s egregious carelessness behind the wheel directly contributed to your collision. This often requires an experienced Los Angeles accident lawyer to help with litigation proceedings.
What To Do at the Scene of the Car Accident
Hopefully, if you’ve already been in an accident you have already followed most of these steps. If not, some of these steps can be done retroactively. In either case, these steps are helpful to know and apply if you ever find yourself at the scene of an accident.
Get To Safety and Call For Emergency Services
Immediately after a car accident, you should first be thinking about your own safety and the safety of your passengers. Often in a traffic collision, there will still be other vehicles creating dangerous conditions around you. Please try to stay calm in these situations. In the event of a minor accident, you should get your vehicle out of the flow of traffic if you can safely do so. If there are potentially serious injuries involved in the accident, you should help others as best you can while maintaining your own safety and then wait for emergency services. If you can safely call 911 yourself you should do so, especially if you are unsure that passersby would have already done so.
Document the Scene
Regardless of the severity of your car accident, it is highly recommended to take as much documentation as possible. You may need this documentation to submit a claim to an insurance company or it could be something used to prove negligence in a personal injury lawsuit.
Some of the easiest documentation is photographs. Photos can be of the vehicles, the injuries, the surrounding area (including any hazards), and the people involved (in case an issue arises with identification). You’ll want to cover as much ground as you can with your photo taking as you may not know what will become important later on.
It is also crucial to take as many notes as possible at the scene of the accident. Take down any and all crucial information pertaining to the accident. This includes:
- Any identifying information of other involved parties, such as driver’s license information
- Insurance information of all involved parties
- The license plates, makes, and models of all vehicles involved
- The specific department/precinct that is submitting a report
- The name and badge number of the officer who is submitting your report
You may also want to use your phone’s voice recording app to verbally document what happened. This could save you time and you can even get statements from others using this method.
Communicate With Police Officers
At the scene of an accident, a police officer will often be present, especially if anyone is injured. Police officers are daily involved in coordinating accident recovery efforts and will be your best ally for instructions on what to do.
Police will also be taking a report of the incident that will become the most official record of what happened. Although the police report will not be available for a couple of days, it is crucial to retrieve one before filing a claim against any at-fault parties.
How Is Compensation Calculated in a Car Accident in Los Angeles?
Compensation in injury cases is calculated based on a handful of factors.
Medical costs are based on your current medical expenditures. This includes emergency treatment costs, ambulatory care, and any hospital stays and treatments you have undergone. Additionally, you may be able to factor in future medical costs as well. This can include copays for follow-up appointments, specialist visits, prescription medications, or any costs to rehabilitate you back to full health.
If you are injured by an accident, you will probably also not be able to go to work. Regardless of your employment status, there will still be a loss of income related to your injury. Depending on the injury and your work situation, an attorney can argue for how much money you are losing because of the accident. It is important to keep in mind that all monetary awards are calculated based on what you may have earned if the accident had never happened. Further appeals for awards may also account for how the negligent party can make your current financial situation whole again.
Property damage most commonly includes any costs to repair your vehicle — or, in the case of a total loss, compensation for the current value of your car. Additionally, you may also have had possessions in the car that were destroyed. The at-fault party’s car insurance policy may also pay for those lost possessions. However, some policies only cover possessions up to a certain limit.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering can be both physical and psychological. With physical pain, many appraisers consider only pain that now occurs – that didn’t before the accident. Psychological pain or suffering can be anxiety, fear, depression, or even PTSD.
Determining the monetary amount of pain and suffering is often difficult without experienced legal representation, and depends on multiple factors. This pain can be something treatable or something you may have to manage for the rest of your life. The duration the pain stays with you is a big factor in helping to determine how much monetary damage you could be awarded.
Loss of Consortium
Often in more serious accidents, the quality of life of the injured person’s family suffers. This can be the relationship someone has with their partner which would cover companionship. It can also include the loss of ability to participate in the activities of a parent.
What to Have Ready When Contacting an LA Car Accident Lawyer
When you first contact a law firm they will want to know the basic details of the accident. This will usually be what types of injuries are involved, was there any work missed, and what your future medical bills might be.
The second thing a lawyer will want to determine is who is at fault. In the initial phone call or email, it is fine to simply state if the other party was 100% at fault or if you share some of the blame.
After the initial point of contact the attorney will set up a time to meet in person and this is where you have the opportunity to bring in any documentation you may have. This can include all of the documentation you did at the scene, bills from medical expenses, written testimony from witnesses, police reports, or anything else that concerns the case.
From this, the lawyer is looking to see what evidence has been gathered to strongly prove your case. Your documentation may simply be the first step and the lawyers will probably investigate further to build a stronger case. But when you meet with your attorney for the first time it is best to bring anything you have that you think will assist them in building a strong case for why you were wrong and deserve a large settlement.
How Much Does a Car Accident Attorney Cost in Southern California?
Expenses for retaining a car accident attorney in Los Angeles can vary considerably depending on the circumstances and severity of the crash and injuries. At The Ryan Law Group, we understand the significant financial impact a car accident can have on the average person. Even a minor car accident with bumps and bruises can cause instant financial hardship due to sizable medical and property costs.
That’s why we offer our services based on a contingency fee basis. Under this agreement, you pay no legal costs for the initial consultation, and all expenses throughout the case are advanced. You pay for any legal fees at the conclusion of the case—and only if we secure a favorable verdict or settlement on your behalf. If we do, you never have to pay for expenses out of pocket – we simply take a percentage of your winnings.
This arrangement allows you to retain the best legal representation possible for your case without having to worry about finances. In addition, this allows us to offer the best possible legal support to ensure you receive the maximum possible compensation.
Contact a Los Angeles Car Accident Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident in Los Angeles County, The Ryan Law Group is available to help. We understand the devastating nature of car accidents, and we are here to provide you with the support you need for the compensation you deserve.
Schedule a free consultation with us by phone at (310) 321-4800 or online by filling out the form at the bottom of this page.
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