Car accidents are relatively common occurrences on L.A.’s highways, freeways, and roads. Unfortunately, many of these accidents result in devastating bodily injury or death. At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, we represent individuals who have been injured in serious car wrecks, as well as the loved ones of those killed in car accidents. Our Glendale car accident attorneys offer compassionate, personalized legal counsel and aggressive advocacy at every stage of the process. We understand what you have been through and we are here to help you fight for the fair recovery you are owed.
Call Aghabegian & Associates, PC at (818) 350-8870 or contact us online for a free consultation with a member of our legal team today.
Proving Liability in California Car Accident Claims
Like most other types of personal injury claims, car accident claims in California hinge on the notion of liability. In order to successfully obtain compensation for your damages, you must show that another person or entity was at-fault for the accident. You must also show that your injuries were a direct or indirect result of the accident.
Some examples of common causes of car accidents that can be attributed to negligence include:
- Distracted driving, such as texting while driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol
- Fatigued driving, including falling asleep at the wheel
- Reckless driving, such as street racing
- Failing to yield the right-of-way
- Failing to stop at a red light or stop sign
- Improper or unsafe lane changes
- Turning into the path of oncoming traffic
- Engaging in road rage behaviors, such as tailgating
Other, somewhat less common situations in which negligence leads to car accidents involve defective automobiles/car parts (including brakes, tires, airbags, etc.), defective roadway design/construction, and unsafe road conditions.
How Much Is Your Claim Worth?
When it comes to automobile collisions, California follows what is known as the rule of “pure comparative negligence.” This means that you may be able to recover compensation even if you were partly at fault for the accident. However, the percentage at-fault you were (as determined by a jury, should your case go to trial) will affect the amount of compensation you can recover.
For example, if you are hit by a car that is changing lanes but you were speeding at the time of the accident, you may be found to be 20% at fault for the collision. If the total amount of damages is $10,000, you will only be able to recover up to $8,000.
Every situation is unique, and it is crucial that you speak to an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible about your legal options. Our Glendale car accident lawyers can help you protect your rights and work to secure the maximum compensation you are owed. We have successfully recovered more than $100 million for our clients; let our firm fight for you.
Injured in a car accident? Contact Aghabegian & Associates, PC today for a free consultation: (818) 350-8870.