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Knowing where to turn after an accident does not have to be a difficult decision. With a little homework, you can arm yourself with the knowledge needed to find competent help, and allow yourself to partner with the right legal professional. In order to do this though, you will need a short checklist of frequently asked questions, so you can be sure to have all your concerns addressed.

When meeting with a potential personal injury attorney for help with your case, here are some common questions to ask:

  • When is the deadline to file my case? If the deadline is fast approaching, you will want to be sure that there is a system in place at your attorney’s office so the deadline is not missed.
  • How long will it be before my case is resolved? Knowing what lies ahead will help to prepare you for what to expect.
  • Will I be able to recover for the time I had to take off work?
  • What type of evidence will I need to prove my case?
  • Will I have to go to Court?
  • Should I give a statement to the adjuster? If so, what should I say?
  • Do I need to get a copy of the police report?
  • Will I have to give testimony, or a deposition?
  • Can I talk to the witnesses?
  • Are my passengers allowed to file a lawsuit too? And, if so should it be a separate lawsuit from mine?

There may be other questions you need answers to, and that depends on the specific facts of your case. You should also have a clear understanding of the attorney fee arrangement, so there are no surprises when your case settles or an award of compensation is made. This includes knowing how much your attorney will charge for their services and whether the fee is a contingency fee or by the hour. It is also a good idea to know whether costs will be advanced, and how those will be repaid at the end of your case. This includes the court costs as well as the medical expenses associated with your care. If you have been in an accident, call our office for help.

 

For questions about what to about what to expect after an accident, call our office for answers. We aggressively seek reimbursement for your personal injuries. Call a Culver City personal injury attorney today.

With a little homework, you can arm yourself with the knowledge needed to find competent help, and allow yourself to partner with the right legal professional. In order to do this though, you will need a short checklist of frequently asked questions, so you can be sure to have all your concerns addressed.

When meeting with a potential personal injury attorney for help with your case, here are some common questions to ask:

  • When is the deadline to file my case? If the deadline is fast approaching, you will want to be sure that there is a system in place at your attorney’s office so the deadline is not missed.
  • How long will it be before my case is resolved? Knowing what lies ahead will help to prepare you for what to expect.
  • Will I be able to recover for the time I had to take off work?
  • What type of evidence will I need to prove my case?
  • Will I have to go to Court?
  • Should I give a statement to the adjuster? If so, what should I say?
  • Do I need to get a copy of the police report?
  • Will I have to give testimony, or a deposition?
  • Can I talk to the witnesses?
  • Are my passengers allowed to file a lawsuit too? And, if so should it be a separate lawsuit from mine?

There may be other questions you need answers to, and that depends on the specific facts of your case. You should also have a clear understanding of the attorney fee arrangement, so there are no surprises when your case settles or an award of compensation is made. This includes knowing how much your attorney will charge for their services and whether the fee is a contingency fee or by the hour. It is also a good idea to know whether costs will be advanced, and how those will be repaid at the end of your case. This includes the court costs as well as the medical expenses associated with your care. If you have been in an accident, call our office for help.

 

For questions about what to about what to expect after an accident, call our office for answers. We aggressively seek reimbursement for your personal injuries. Call a Culver City personal injury attorney today.

When you are in an accident it is comforting to know what to expect. The first thing to know is that you are entitled to receive compensation for your injuries and to be put in the same position you were in prior to the accident taking place, both physically and for any damage done to your personal property. The way you get to this place depends on the facts of your case, but there is a certain procedure that must be followed and some common ground for how personal injury cases happen.

The basic anatomy of a personal injury case goes something like this:

  • An accident happens and the parties contact the police for an investigation of the scene.
  • A police report is filled out, outlining the likely cause of the accident. The police report might also contain information helpful to your case, such as which driver was cited and the details of the citation.
  • A claim is made with the insurance company for the negligent driver and a demand for repayment made.
  • The adjuster will review the medical records, the police report, any testimony from witnesses, and any other information you provide. An offer of settlement is either then made, or the adjuster denies their insured is liable for the damages.
  • If the offer made is satisfactory, you can accept the offer and close your case. If the adjuster fails to make a reasonable offer, you are entitled to proceed with a lawsuit. It is a good idea to file the lawsuit while negotiations are ongoing, so you do not miss the deadline to do so.

It is important to know that you are allowed to seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and any other out of pocket expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident. You should not accept a settlement that less than what will make you whole again, and before you agree to settle your case you should enlist the assistance of a qualified attorney. Once your case is finalized you will not be able to request further compensation, which is why it is vital to have a competent attorney on your side when negotiating for a full and fair compensation. If you have been in an accident, call us today for answers to your most important questions.

Put the experience of a trained personal injury attorney to work for you. Call a Culver City personal injury attorney today to schedule an appointment and receive an analysis of your case.

 

 

Not all car accidents occur between persons driving their own vehicles. There are some cases where public transportation is in use when a wreck takes place. It may seem like a difficult task to bring a case for injuries caused while riding a bus, in an airplane, or on a train, because there is no “other driver” besides the official in charge of the transportation. But, you do have rights when involved in a public transportation accident, and should take the steps needed to obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

Even though you have the right and the ability to bring a claim for an accident that involves a mode of public transport, doing so is a special kind of personal injury case. There are some similarities, but there are also some differences to be aware of; such as:

  • The usual legal standard of care applied to car accidents is one of negligence, but when a public transportation accident happens the standard may be easier to meet. This information may seem counter-institutive, but the reality is that a company engaged in transporting passengers is held to a higher standard of care within the definition of negligence, and because the standard is higher it can be easier to establish that the standard of care was breached.
  • If the transportation is provided by a city or other governmental agency, you will have to overcome a claim that the city is immune from suit. There is a law in place referred to as the Governmental Tort Claims Act that places special requirements on persons harmed by a governmental agency, and these requirements are somewhat different than the requirements of filing a personal injury lawsuit against a civilian.

You should also be alert to any different time frames within which you must bring a claim if the transportation was provided by a governmental agency, and take special care to file on time. A skilled personal injury attorney will know what is best for your case, and will help you by taking the proper steps to seek compensation for your injuries.

 

If you have been in an accident while riding a bus or taking any other form of public transit, call our office for help. Call a Culver City personal injury attorney today to schedule an appointment and receive an analysis of your case.

 

 

The degree and level of injury caused by a car wreck depends on many factors. The speed of the vehicles, the weight of the cars involved, the positioning of the autos at the point of impact, and whether the occupants were wearing seatbelts all play a part in the severity of an accident. And while it is near impossible to pinpoint an exact cause of an accident, there are some common causes. Distracted driving, inexperience, and speed are all good reasons an accident may take place. If you are in an accident and escape with minor or moderate injuries, you could consider yourself luckier than some. The fact is that a good number of accidents are fatalities, and finding ways to avoid that outcome is a must.

Statistics help when trying to figure out the top causes of fatal car accidents, and interestingly the time of day is sometimes a contributing factor. Among the top causes of fatal accidents are these top three:

  • Driving while distracted, whether it be by an electronic device or something else inside the car. Other than texting and driving, a driver can become distracted by a passenger, by the radio controls, or by a misbehaving child.
  • Driving while intoxicated.
  • An inexperienced driver.

Speeding and reckless driving are also major causes of fatal car crashes, because when a driving pattern is such that the driver is going to fast or failing to take safety precautions, it is easy to lose control of a car. An out of control driver is a hazard to everyone else on the road, and the best tactic for driving around this type of driver is to put some distance between yourself and their car. When weather conditions deteriorate, the chances of having an accident go up, and if a driver is engaging in an otherwise risky driving pattern, the likelihood that the accident will result in a fatality is great. In order to avoid the possibility of being a victim of a fatal accident, it is best to stay put when the weather turns south, or take it slow. If a loved one has been in an accident that caused death, call our office for help.

 

For answers and more information about accidents, call a qualified personal injury attorney to find out more. Call a Culver City personal injury attorney today to schedule an appointment and learn your options.

 

 

When new model years cars are unveiled every year, the temptation to upgrade your ride can be great. But, with the economy slowly recovering, the cost of a new car might make getting one out of the question. This financial reality keeps many drivers in their cars, and as cars age so do the reliability of certain safety features. The depreciation of an auto is something that might contribute to the chance of being in an accident, and knowing whether the age of your car plays a role in an accident can help you make decisions about whether to trade it in or hang on to it for a little longer.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has this to say about how much weight to give the year of your car when an accident happens:

  • The statistics on deaths that result from accidents involving newer model SUV’s has dropped in recent years.
  • The decrease in the chance of death in later model vehicles is partially contributable to improvements in design and safety.
  • Overall, the incident of fatal injuries goes down as the year of the car’s model goes up; meaning newer cars are safer than older models.

The year of your car is not the only factor that plays a part in whether an accident will happen, and if one does if the injuries will be severe. Things like proper use of a safety belt, staying alert while driving, and having more experience behind the wheel than other motorists also play a role in whether an accident might occur. But what is clear regarding the age of cars, is that with improvements in driver and passenger restraint systems, the likelihood of suffering a serious injury is lessened. The fact remains that many of these improvements are only found on newer vehicles. Along with the improved safety features that come with a new car, you also get higher chances that the general mechanical condition of the vehicle is better than that of an older car. This phenomenon is not unfamiliar to us, because as humans age the chances of developing serious medical conditions increases. A car is no different.

Contact a qualified attorney to review your personal injury case. We fight for a full and fair compensation for your injuries, taking into consideration the special facts of your case. Call a Culver City personal injury attorney today.

Riding a bike to work, to school, or to places of entertainment has become a popular mode of transportation lately. The money saved on gas, and the physical exercise a bike provides are two good reasons to both of your feet on pedals rather than to push down with one foot on a gas pedal. But, if biking to where you need to go is your choice, there are some things you should know about staying safe. This is true for any type of riding environment, but becomes more important when you are riding in a high traffic area.

First, it is important to know that bike riders have the same rights as people that drive cars. That said, cyclists also have the same responsibilities and must follow the same rules of the road as motorists. This includes avoiding doing any of the following:

  • Improperly maintaining your bike.
  • Inappropriate use of your bike, like riding a passenger on your handlebars.
  • Failing to stop at traffic signals and signs.
  • Failing to yield the right of way to another bike rider or car.

Biking safety rules also dictate that you maintain a safe distance between yourself and others, and that you wear protective gear. It is also smart to wear reflective clothing at certain times of day, and brightly colored clothing at all times, if possible. Bikers should also take care to know their terrain, which might require paying attention to scheduled construction and taking an alternate route during work hours or heavy traffic times of day. The key to staying safe on a bike to be aware of your surroundings, and pull over if the ride gets too bumpy. Taking a break, safely pulled to the side of the road, can give you a chance to get your bearings and ride with confidence. If you have been in an accident while riding your bike, make sure to gather all of the evidence (including the police report and any witness information), and call our office to speak with one of our trained personal injury attorneys for help. We will fight for a full and fair compensation for your injuries.

 

If you’ve been involved in an accident while riding a bike, contact a qualified attorney to review your case and develop a strategy that best fits the facts of your case. Call a Culver City personal injury attorney today to learn more.

One of the scariest types of personal injury accidents is the one where a car strikes a pedestrian. It is bad enough when two vehicles collide but without the protection offered by a seatbelt, an airbag, or just the steel cage that frames a car, it is easy to understand how easily a pedestrian can be seriously injured when hit by a car. You might be thinking that the chances of this happening to you are slim, but statistics show that the number of auto pedestrian accidents is on the rise.
For this reason, and for help avoiding this situation, it is important to know how to react to being struck by a car as a pedestrian.

Three tips for recovering from a personal injury case involving a car and a pedestrian include:

  • Seek immediate medical attention, whether on the scene from a trained paramedic or thereafter by going to the emergency room or your regular physician. Many times injuries take a while to manifest, which means you may feel fine right after the accident but start experiencing symptoms only a few short hours later.
  • Obtain a report of the accident, if one was made.
  • Take down the names and contact information for all witnesses. You may need this later, in the event the driver tries to claim right of way or otherwise place the blame on you.

If you have been in an accident as a pedestrian, doing the above three things will help you to develop an effective case against the vehicle’s driver. But, avoiding an auto pedestrian accident all together will save you the burden of proving you were in the right. Some things you can do to stay out of harm’s way while on foot include looking both ways before crossing a street, and being alert to cars approaching too quickly. Even when you are given the signal to walk, you can be hit if a driver is trying to “run” a light or make it through an intersection. Taking a moment to double check the roadway before stepping onto the pavement can help to prevent an accident. If you have been hurt in an auto pedestrian accident, call our office for help.

 

If you have questions about auto pedestrian accidents, we have answers. We analyze the facts of your case and help you decide how to best fight for compensation for your injuries. Call a Culver City personal injury attorney today to learn more.