Glendale Auto Accident Attorneys
The state of California has some of the highest rates of auto accidents in the United States, and, as a major population center, Los Angeles County is home to many of these collisions. With our extensive freeway system, complex metro network, and the massive number of drivers who live here, it is no wonder our county sees daily crashes. Due to various factors such as speeding and distracted driving, these accidents are often serious, and thousands of drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists are injured every year.
If you have been injured in an auto accident that was not your fault, it is vital that you know your rights before you speak with the insurance company. The other driver’s insurance company does not want to pay the full costs of your injuries and will do everything it can to reduce the value of your claim. Instead of speaking to an adjuster on your own, reach out to a skilled Glendale car accident attorney at Aghabegian & Associates, PC.
With over 40 years of combined experience, our firm is well-equipped to handle all types of automobile and motor vehicle accident claims. Whether you were injured as a driver, passenger, pedestrian, or biker, we can explain your rights and provide legal guidance with filing a claim against the other driver’s insurance policy. If you have uninsured or underinsured coverage, or were injured by a government employee, we can help you file against your own insurance and against the government.
Our legal team can assist you if you were injured in a:
- Car accident
- Motorcycle accident
- Trucking accident
- Uber/Lyft accident
- Hit-and-run/uninsured motorist accident
When we take on a case for a new client, we handle every aspect of the legal process. This includes reviewing all available insurance policies, investigating the cause of the accident, calculating the costs of your injuries, and negotiating with insurance companies. In addition, we can connect you with skilled medical professionals who can prepare a long-term treatment plan for your injuries. Our goal is to make sure you are well taken care of after a collision and that your bills are covered. Our attorneys have helped individuals who suffered catastrophic injuries recover financial compensation for all of the following:
- Medical bills
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
We have also helped those who lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident navigate the legal system and secure justice on behalf of their family member. We can explain how the process differs for children under the age of 18, as well as how to file a wrongful death claim if you lost a loved one in an accident. We understand that the process can seem daunting; that’s why our Glendale auto accident lawyers are prepared to handle every aspect of your case so that you can focus on healing.
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Vehicles that are registered in California must be covered to demonstrate financial responsibility. The most common method of satisfying these requirements is by paying premiums on a car insurance policy. California Insurance Code Section 11580.1b covers all the rules and requirements for the minimum coverage amounts related to an accident, injuries, and property damage, which include:
- $15,000 for the injury or death of a single person
- $30,000 for the injury or death of more than one person
- $10,000 for property damage
Every car insurance provider in California is also required to offer uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage, and you can only reject this offer in writing. With these policies, you can file a claim with your own insurance company if the other driver does not have insurance or has an insurance policy that will not fully cover the costs of your injuries. Uninsured motorist coverage can also apply to a hit-and-run accident. If you have any questions or need assistance with an insurance claim after your accident, speak with our firm for guidance. We have answered many common questions accident victims have below.
Your immediate priority is to ensure the safety of yourself and any passengers in your vehicle. If it is safe to do so and you are physically able to, step to the side of the road and collect yourself. If you are too injured or the accident occurs in the middle lanes of a freeway, stay within your vehicle.
Once you have collected yourself and ensured you are not in an immediate danger, contact emergency services at 9-1-1. Explain that you have been in a car accident, whether or not you have any immediate injuries, and where you are located.
At this point, you should begin collecting evidence. Take photos and videos with your phone, and write down any information you can recall about the accident (road conditions, flow and speed of traffic, etc.). You will also want take photos of any traffic signs, including the location of stop signs, speed limits, yield or one-way signs, and no-turn on red signs. Make sure to collect any and all evidence that you can before the police arrive. Tow-trucks and cleanup crews may move evidence from the scene of the accident, and this may negatively impact your case if you do not have any physical evidence afterward. If there are any witnesses, ask them to speak to the police and provide a report from their perspective.
After speaking to the police and exchanging insurance information with the other driver(s) involved, your next priority is to seek medical attention. Even if you do not have any obvious injuries, you should have yourself assessed by a medical professional. Some injuries may not appear for days after an accident, while others might need to be treated immediately.
Following the accident, report the incident to your insurance company and contact an experienced car accident attorney. A lawyer can help you determine what is a fair settlement for your case and help you negotiate with the other party’s insurance company.
When speaking to the police, focus on providing only the facts surrounding the accident and avoid discussing liability, especially with regard to your own actions. The police can and will put it in their report and this could affect your claim.
Do not speak directly with the other’s driver’s insurance company; instead, let your lawyer handle all communication. They will know how to evaluate the insurance company’s offers for settlement and negotiate on your behalf. Insurance companies may also request information that you do not have to give out, such as medical information or accident statements, and these matters should be handled by your attorney.
When discussing a settlement, never accept the first offer. It will likely be lower than what you deserve, and your lawyer will help you push for a fair deal that encompasses all damages that you have suffered from your accident, both economic and non-economic.
An experienced car accident lawyer will fight solely for your interests after an accident and focus on ensuring that your needs are met. Aghabegian & Associates, PC, understands the language and methodology that insurance companies use, allowing us to know whether you are getting a fair deal or not. We will help you collect and review evidence, prepare your claim, and negotiate with insurance companies, so you can focus on recovering from the accident.
We offer free consultations, meaning there is no cost to speaking to us about your case and discussing how we can help you move forward with your claim.
Cases can either be very short or drawn out, depending on whether the opposing party accepts liability, the amount of money involved, legal issues related to the case, and the severity of the injuries. The earlier you speak to a car accident attorney, the faster we can start your claim and move through the legal process.
You have up to 2 years to file a claim for a personal injury in California. For cases involving property damage, you have up to 3 years to file a claim.
If the accident involved a government vehicle, you have up to 6 months from the date of the accident to file the claim directly with the government agency. However, if your claim is denied, you have another 6 months to file a claim in civil court with a personal injury attorney.
Auto liability insurance is designed to make the victim “whole” after an accident. While most people assume this means your emergency room bills are paid and your vehicle fixed, you can receive significantly more with a skilled attorney at your side. Aghabegian & Associates, PC, focuses on recovering the full costs of your injuries, which include your emergency room bills, follow-up appointments, diagnostic tests, surgery, medication, and physical therapy. If you require any medical equipment to deal with a disability, these costs can also be included.
In addition, our firm understands that many victims have to take time off work to attend appointments, rest, and heal, which is why we also include your lost wages in your claim. If your injuries prevented you from working your normal hours, these losses can also be included as lost earning capacity. Some victims may need to change careers if they are unable to continue doing certain physical or mental tasks, and we will advocate for the cost of changing careers if you are one of them.
Lastly, California allows accident victims to pursue pain and suffering damages, which refer to the physical, mental, and emotional trauma brought on by an injury. These damages are harder to calculate, but we can include them in your claim.
Altogether, your claim can include:
- Medical expenses, both past and future
- Lost wages
- Lost career opportunities
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment
If you are in a car accident with an uninsured driver or involved in a hit-and-run, you will need to turn to your own insurance company to handle medical costs and damage to your vehicle. You do retain the option to sue the at-fault driver if that driver is discovered, but it is likely that if they do not have insurance, they do not have the funds to pay for the damages.
Most insurance companies provide the option of adding on Uninsured Motorist Coverage to your auto insurance policy. If the other driver is uninsured, you may make an uninsured motorist claim and your insurance policy will cover the medical costs and damages to your vehicle.
California is a comparative negligence state. Under this standard, multiple people can be found at fault for an accident. Everyone who is found to hold fault will have the total value of their claim diminished by the amount of fault they are portioned. However, so long as you are less than 50% at fault for your injuries, you can still recover compensation from the more at-fault person(s).
Comparative negligence only applies to cases that go to trial and are judged by a jury. Only 10% of personal injury claims end in a trial, but our attorneys have experience representing clients before a jury and can advocate for proper compensation in a courtroom. If your case goes to trial, the jury will determine how much fault you and the other driver receive. Once that has been determined, they will then reduce the amount of compensation you receive by the percentage of fault you have. For example, if the jury assigns 20% of fault to you and awards you $100,000, you will only receive $80,000.
If you were injured or your loved one was killed in a car of any kind, reach out to our team of dedicated and experienced Glendale personal injury attorneys. Over the course of our 40+ combined years in practice, we have successfully secured $125 million for clients in Los Angeles and throughout the San Fernando Valley. We can represent you in both a settlement negotiation and jury trial, if necessary. If you are worried about hiring an attorney, rest assured knowing that we offer our services on a contingency fee basis, meaning there is no upfront cost for you and we only get paid if we win your case.
Call us at (818) 507-4311 today to learn more about how our attorneys can fight for you.
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