Driving in Los Angeles has its risks. High traffic volume, distracted and inebriated drivers, and construction zones are just some of the factors that contribute to the high incidence of motor vehicle collisions in the city.
According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the California Department of Motor Vehicles, Los Angeles County consistently ranks as number one for having the highest number of traffic accidents and traffic fatalities in California.
Being in a car accident is a scary experience that can have life-altering repercussions. A serious injury often requires extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. It can also prevent someone from returning to work and threaten their ability to earn a living.
If you or a loved one were hurt in a car crash caused by someone else’s negligence, you shouldn’t have to bear the financial burden of their mistake.
Mansell & Mansell APC can help you take legal action against the at-fault party in an effort to pursue the highest level of compensation and damages for the losses you’ve suffered. Led by founder and veteran attorney Robert Mansell, our law firm has a 25-year track record of securing favorable settlements and verdicts on behalf of injured victims in LA — over $50 million to be exact.
Let us go to work for you! We’ll handle the complicated auto accident claims process so you can focus on healing. Call our office today (323) 466-4900 or complete the contact form on our website and schedule an initial FREE consultation. If you should decide to hire us, we work on a contingency basis, which means that you pay us nothing unless we obtain compensation for you.
Mansell & Mansell is a small boutique personal injury firm with a huge heart. We have great empathy for the hardships car accident victims face in the wake of an accident. While we can’t erase what happened, we work hard to alleviate some of the personal and financial stresses that are currently weighing you down.
Our unwavering commitment to you is backed by award-winning legal expertise. Robert Mansell and his team of car accident attorneys have a combined 90 years experience standing up for the rights of personal injury victims so you can be confident that you have the finest legal professionals working on your behalf.
We have the tools and resources needed to build a strong claim. You can count on us to:
The damages in a personal injury case refer to the “costs” of your injuries. There are two kinds of damages: compensatory and general.
Compensatory damages reimburse you for monetary losses you’ve incurred from the accident. Compensatory damages may include:
General damages refer to intangible losses that do not have easily calculated dollar amounts. They include:
Nothing can prepare you for the moment of impact with another vehicle. The violent jolt can be terrifying, leaving you dazed and confused. In the moments after a car crash, try to remain calm. If you’re able, there are steps you can take to preserve your right to a future claim.
Stay At The Scene
In California, it is illegal to leave the scene of an accident that has resulted in property damage or injury. It’s best not to move your vehicle unless you are in an unsafe location. Turn your emergency lights on.
Get Medical Attention
Your health should be your number one priority. If you or anyone else is hurt, seek medical attention immediately by calling 911. When the emergency responders arrive on the scene, they will determine whether your injuries are severe enough to warrant transporting you to the hospital in an ambulance.
Even if you do not believe you are badly hurt, it’s important to be evaluated by a medical professional. Symptoms are often masked by adrenaline and may not show up for days, even weeks after the accident. It’s better to be safe than sorry. If you feel more comfortable going to your primary physician, make an appointment as soon as possible following the accident.
This is not only beneficial for your health but is also hugely important for the validity of your claim. By having your injuries documented, you have proof linking your injuries to the accident.
Call the Police
Report the accident to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) or Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Police officers will be dispatched to the scene to fill out an accident report. Get the names of the officers as well as their badge numbers and request a copy of the report. When they ask you what happened, stick to the facts. Do not admit guilt or mention that you don’t think you are injured.
Exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver(s) involved. The most pertinent information includes their full name and contact information, the name of their insurance company and policy number, as well as their driver’s license and license plate number. If there are witnesses present, obtain their contact info as well for future testimony. Be polite and courteous but do not apologize for the accident or offer any theories as to what happened.
Use your smartphone or camera to take pictures of the accident scene including damage done to the vehicle(s), the position of the vehicle(s), traffic signs, debris or skid marks. Take pictures of your injuries as well.
Notify Your Insurer
Call your insurance agent to inform them you’ve been in an accident and open a claim.
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Preserve Relevant Documents
Keep all documents related to the accident in a secure place. These will help to show proof of damages. Some of these documents may include medical bills, repair receipts, damaged property receipts, and invoices for any medical or personal assistance.
Keep a Journal
Record your daily life since the accident. Provide details on the physical and emotional challenges of your injury. Rate your pain and keep track of your
Car crashes produce a wide range of injuries. Some are relatively minor such as scrapes, cuts or bruises while others are more serious and require surgery and/or extensive physical therapy and medication. In the most severe cases, an injury can be permanent and require life-long care and assistance.
Shortly after your accident, you will likely be contacted by a representative from your insurer as well as the at-fault party’s insurer. These representatives may seem friendly and concerned for your welfare but don’t be fooled. Insurance companies are large, powerful corporations that place profits above all else.
Despite what they advertise, they aren’t concerned about how you’ll pay your medical bills or be compensated for missed wages. Their goal is to pay you as little as possible (or not at all) so they can protect their bottom line.
An insurance adjuster may attempt to lure you into accepting a lowball settlement or trick you into saying something that ends up diminishing or devaluing your claim. Don’t ever accept an early settlement because it’s highly likely that the amount they offer you is a fraction of the amount you need and have a right to.
Furthermore, do not agree to give a recorded statement to an adjuster. Your best bet when dealing with insurers is to tell them that your lawyer will be handling all correspondence going forward.
Mansell & Mansell has gone head to head with insurance companies for years. We know the tactics and strategies they will use to jeopardize your chances of obtaining a fair recovery.
In California, the statute of limitations or time frame for filing an auto accident claims is two years from the date of the accident. While this may sound like a long time, it’s better to begin the process as soon as possible after the accident. Evidence needs to be preserved early on and witnesses need to be interviewed before their memories lapse.
Driver negligence or the failure to exercise proper caution while driving is the leading cause of motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. Examples of negligent behavior which may lead to collisions include:
Defective Auto Parts
Auto manufacturers have a duty to sell products that are functional, safe, and durable. If substandard parts were installed in your car and you were injured as a result, you may have an auto product liability claim.
Poor Roadway Design, Construction or Maintenance
Motorists who are injured as the result of a road defect, road design flaw, or negligent road maintenance may pursue a claim against the state of California, the city of Los Angeles, a county, contractor, or other government entity that is responsible for designing and maintaining the roadway in question. The California Tort Claims Act (the CTCA) which governs these types of claims states that a claim must be filed within six months of the accident or your rights to potential compensation will be forfeited.
Establishing liability is at the heart of a personal injury claim. You must be able to prove that your injuries and subsequent damages were the direct results of another party’s negligence. In some cases, such as a rear-end accident, it is easy to prove the other driver was at-fault.
In other cases, liability isn’t as clear-cut. It’s likely that whatever the truth is, the other party will attempt to shift some or all of the blame for the accident onto you.
When liability is in dispute, California relies on a legal doctrine called comparative negligence to determine who is at fault. The good news is, even if you were partly responsible, you are still entitled to compensation.
The caveat is that your recovery would be reduced by your percentage of fault. For example, if you are assigned 20 percent of the fault and your injuries were worth $100,000, you would get $80,000 because your claim would be reduced by 20 percent, or $20,000.
The car accident lawyers at Mansell & Mansell will conduct a thorough investigation of your accident and utilize all the tools in our arsenal to prove you were the victim of someone else’s negligence. We will consult with accident reconstruction experts, examine police reports and photos, gather witness statements, obtain medical records, and other evidence to support our argument.
California requires motorists in the state to carry minimum liability coverage including:
Despite mandatory auto insurance laws, California ranks as one of the highest states for drivers that are uninsured. If you were hit by an uninsured driver, you would need to bring an Uninsured Motorist (UM) claim with your own insurance carrier. If on the other hand, the at-fault driver is insured but your damages exceed their policy limits, you can recover the difference under your Underinsured Motorist (UIM) coverage.
Call Los Angeles Car Accident Injury Attorneys, Mansell & Mansell today for immediate help with your Los Angeles Car Accident Injury claim: (323) 466-4900
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