Car accidents are abundant here in Los Angeles, California. Our roads and freeways are constantly plagued by traffic, which inevitably leads to countless auto accidents day-in and day-out.

If you have been involved in a car wreck, the insurance company may try to throw you a low-ball settlement that doesn’t even come close to the full compensation you are entitled to under the law. That is why it is in your best interest to retain the legal services of a car accident lawyer in Los Angeles who can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

At Levin & Nalbandyan, LLP, we represent the victims of automobile crashes who are facing medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and other unjust expenses resulting from the accident. We are here to help you fight for justice.

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What to Do After a Car Crash

The first several seconds after a car accident are some of the most terrifying moments you will ever experience. However, failing to take the appropriate steps after a collision can be disastrous for your chances of any future legal claims. This is why it is vital you do the following after a car accident:

  • Move your vehicle away from danger: If your accident was on a busy road or intersection, it is extremely important no additional accidents take place. Move your vehicle to the side of the road and turn on your emergency lights to warn others to avoid you.
  • Call 911 and request an ambulance if necessary. Remember to check if anyone else involved needs medical attention, including passengers and other drivers.
  • Take photographic evidence of everything, including road signs, street damage, nearby lights, intersections, physical damages to both vehicles,
  • Exchange information with other involved parties including license plates, phone numbers, ID information, and other relevant details.
  • Seek medical attention and gather any medical documentation as part of your evidence. This will help support your claim.
  • Contact a legal professional. Many injured parties wonder whether they should contact an attorney. It is essential that you work with a professional car accident lawyer from the start of your case to pursue the best possible results.

Holding the responsible party liable for what they have caused is vital for your mental, physical, and financial recovery. If you make certain mistakes in the immediate aftermath, you may find your claim fails to hold--even if your claim is legitimate. It is important to have an auto accident lawyer in Los Angeles, CA protect your rights.

How We Can Help

When we take on a car accident claim, we build a strong case on your behalf by:

  • Consulting with witnesses
  • Reviewing potential evidence such as red light camera footage
  • Bringing in experts like accident reconstructionists
  • Consulting with medical professionals

If a settlement cannot be reached, we are not afraid to take your case to trial. Our Los Angeles car accident attorneys have extensive courtroom experience litigating personal injury claims, and they are prepared to put to work for you.

Let's Discuss Your Injuries

Auto accidents can range from minor fender benders to severe head-on accidents. Regardless of the severity of the accident itself, the injuries that victims sustain can be serious. Even a seemingly minor rear-end accident can lead to severe whiplash and spinal cord injuries.

Before you speak with the insurance company or sign anything, be sure to consult with an attorney at our firm. We can ensure that your rights are protected as we develop a strategy to help you recover the maximum compensation.

Car Accident Fatalities

If you lost a loved one in a car accident in Los Angeles, you and your family may be entitled to compensation for the mental anguish suffered, along with financial recovery. If the car accident was caused by a negligent individual, our team can help you piece your life back together by holding that party responsible. We understand that no amount of compensation will reduce the grief your family is experiencing, but it can help with the stress brought on by the accident.

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Interactions with Your Insurance Representative

At some point soon after a car accident, you need to speak with your insurance company to inform them of the crash. Waiting too long could make your insurer suspicious and doubt the details you provide. However, you need to be aware of what you say and do when interacting with your own insurance representative. Even if you are confident that you did not cause your crash at all and the other driver has a different insurance provider, the situation – and your chances of recovering a fair amount of compensation – could worsen if you say the wrong thing.

Four things to remember when you talk with your insurance company:

  • If you already have a car accident attorney, then instruct your insurance company to redirect all future inquiries to them first.
  • Ask what documents your insurance company wants to handle your claim, like medical bills, police reports, etc. Get copies of those documents when you can.
  • There will be due dates set by your insurance company regarding when to submit different documents and paperwork. Learn and record those dates.
  • Lastly, always record any information regarding the insurance agent who spoke to you. You need to know their name, job title, office location, and contact number, as well as the keynotes of what you discussed.

Do Not Apologize for Your Crash

Please keep in mind that you should never apologize for a car accident. You do not owe an apology to the other driver, your insurance agent, or anyone else. While your instinct is probably to be kind and say you are sorry for what happened, you should do your best to avoid any apologetic phrases.

When you apologize for a crash, insurance companies will try to record that statement and use it to manipulate your case later. An apology is seen as an admission of guilt, i.e. an acceptance of liability. You might apologize purely out of habit and believe fully that you did not cause your crash, but it can be reworded and misinterpreted by the other driver’s insurance company all the same. It is best to save any apologies for after your claim is officially closed and over.

Damages to Pursue in Your Car Accident

While it is important to get a sense of closure and justice after being hit by a negligent driver, the roots of your car accident claim are wrapped around receiving fair compensation for what happened. A personal injury claim seeks compensation for damages, which are types of harm experienced by the claimant or plaintiff if the case escalates to a lawsuit. The types and extents of damages vary for each claim because all claims are unique.

There are some commonly cited damages in a car accident claim, though, such as:

  • Costs related to your medical treatment, including emergency care, hospitalization, surgeries, prescriptions, etc.
  • Costs of lifelong rehabilitative care and therapies, such as physical therapy to regain mobility.
  • Prices related to the repair or replacement of the damaged vehicle.
  • Wages lost due to missing work while in the hospital or due to disabilities.
  • Future income that would have been earned had there not been an accident resulting in serious injuries.
  • Noneconomic damages related to your pain, suffering, emotional trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and so forth.

Car Accident Statistics You Should Know

The average motorist in Los Angeles County drives about 20 miles each day to go to work, school, shopping, and more, according to the Federal Highway Administration. With a population ranging well into the millions, you can expect to see essentially countless cars on the roads and highways whenever you head out on the road, which inherently increases the chances of getting into a car accident. Just how dangerous and prevalent are traffic collisions, though? A quick examination of crash statistics from Los Angeles County’s Vision Zero initiative and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) can reveal the answer.

According to key crash data:

  • The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) investigated 236 traffic fatalities in 54,000 crashes throughout the city in 2019.
  • 2019 saw a 32% crash fatality increase since 2015 and a 7% hit-and-run crash fatality increase since 2018.
  • Only five other cities in the country have more fatal traffic accidents per year than Los Angeles.
  • There were 36,560 traffic fatalities in the United States in 2018. It is estimated that 2019 will see a slight decrease to about 36,100.
  • For every 100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2019, there were 1.10 traffic fatalities.
  • Most traffic fatalities occur between July and September as traffic increases due to summer vacations and travel.

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