California Car Accident Attorneys

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that over 30,000 people die each year in motor vehicle accidents. This number, while staggering, does not include the thousands of people who are injured in non-fatality crashes every day.  In fact, the NHTSA estimated that 2,240,000 people where injured in motor vehicle accidents in 2010 alone. An average of 6,136 injuries a day!  If you or a family member have been injured in an auto accident, BD&J is here to help.   We understand and believe that you deserve justice for your loved one, especially if their accident was caused by the negligence of another party.

What is Negligence?

The outcome of many car accident lawsuits hinges on the legal theory of negligence.  Negligence occurs when a person or entity behaves in a careless manner that results in the  injury or harm to another person. Under Los Angeles law, a person must use reasonable care when driving a vehicle and keep a constant lookout for pedestrians, obstacles, and other vehicles.  They must also control the speed and movement of their vehicles.  The failure to use reasonable care in driving a vehicle is considered negligence.   

How Does Negligence Affect a Car Accident Case?

Victims of car accidents are entitled to compensation for their injuries, pain and suffering, lost income or earning capacity, and property damage.  Conversely, a person who negligently operates an automobile may be required to pay damages to the injured party.  In Los Angeles, the plaintiff (the person who brings the lawsuit) must prove five elements of negligence in order to recover compensation.  Those elements are:

  1. Duty – Did the defendant owe a duty of care to plaintiff?
  2. Breach of Duty – Did the defendant breach this duty?
  3. Cause in Fact – Did the breach of duty cause the plaintiff’s injury?
  4. Proximate Cause – Could the harm resulting from the action be reasonably predicted?
  5. Damages  Did the plaintiff suffer actual damages?
  6. In certain cases, the defendant is presumed negligent and must prove otherwise.  Typically, this occurs when the driver violates right-of-way laws (including pedestrian right-of-way), drives on the wrong side of the road, or is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

How We Can Help You Now

With over 40 years of combined legal experience, BD&J has the tools, expertise, and ability to maximize our clients car accident lawsuit compensation – as our record of success demonstrates. Here are a few things we can do for you immediately:

  • Get you medical treatment with world-renowned doctors, therapists,  and specialists.
  • Collect key evidence.
  • Collect medical records.
  • Use our reputation and success record to get your case taken seriously with the insurance company.
  • Get the ball rolling on developing and strategizing your case so you can receive maximum compensation for your medial treatment, pain and suffering and recover lost income.

Auto Accident Attorneys Who Look For All Responsible Parties

There can be multiple responsible parties that may not have been at the scene of the accident but they are responsible to pay you for your damages. Years of experience and knowing where to look for additional money for our clients is was separates BD&J injury attorneys from other Los Angeles accident attorneys. Our Los Angeles car accident lawyers look for all of the potential negligent parties including liability on part of the car manufacturer, distributors, retailers, and other suppliers for defects in the vehicle or airbags. A car accident attorney will also review your case for possible liability against government entities for the maintenance, condition and design of the Los Angeles roads and freeways. At BD&J we have a strong reputation for maximizing compensation and have recovered over $175 million for our clients.

Contact Us- Free Case Evaluation

All initial case evaluations are free. You will meet and speak with a car accident attorney now and you will not incur any legal fees or costs for our time when we conduct our evaluation. You will not pay us a dime unless we do our job and win you a verdict or settlement. Our payment comes from the insurance company settlement, so you never have to take out your checkbook to pay us.

What to Expect at Each Phase in a Car Accident Lawsuit

There are several phases someone who has been in an car accident and subsequently files a lawsuit can expect to experience. While not all cases will go to trial, here is what to expect after you file a lawsuit:

  • Interrogatories are the first phase of discovery following the filing of an accident-related lawsuit. Interrogatories are a list of questions, typically 30 or so, which are sent to the opposing party to gather information. This list is most often limited to no more than 45 questions to protect the recipient from harassment. The types of questions included in interrogatories are usually broad-stroke inquiries, regarding how the car accident occurred, what injuries the party is claiming, and what type of medical treatments have been received since the car accident.
  • Depositions are the second stage of gathering information during a lawsuit. These typically involve the oral interview of a party involved with the accident by a skilled attorney. Various individuals may be interviewed during a deposition, including involved drivers, passengers, witnesses, police officers, and doctors who treated resulting injuries. Each deposition usually takes a few hours and is scheduled ahead of time to give all interviewees due notice.
  • Collecting a settlement. The winning party will be awarded a settlement as compensation for damages or injuries sustained in the car crash. Settlements take place before a trial concludes and often are a way to avoid the trial process altogether while still granting recompense to affected parties. If a settlement is reached, it is the legal obligation of the indebted party to pay the amount due in a timely manner. Failure to do so could result in garnished wages or other punitive actions. While it may take a long time to start receiving payments, you should be able to eventually collect your full reward.
  • The trial phase. Most car accident claims are resolved via settlement. However, if no agreement can be reached, a trial is necessary to determine fault and liability in the matter of the car accident. The trial process is comprised of six parts: jury selection, opening statements, presentation of evidence, closing arguments, jury deliberation, and verdict. Once the jury has decided who is at fault, the case is closed and payments will be ordered for the winning party.

By choosing an experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer who handles only personal injury cases and has a documentable record of success, you will receive the level of expertise that your case deserves and that will produce the best possible outcome given your circumstances. A dedicated car accident lawyer in Los Angeles understands the tactics that insurance companies employ to avoid paying claims and know how to combat them aggressively, to protect your legal right to compensation.

Common Accident Factors

Reasons for car accidents typically fall into one of two categories: those caused by driver error and those not caused by driver error. Driver error accidents typically occur due to negligence on the part of the vehicle operator or failure to adhere to traffic laws. Common causal factors include:

  • Driving While Intoxicated
  • Driving While Distracted (some examples include texting or talking on the phone without the aid of Bluetooth or some other hands-free device, etc.)
  • Speeding
  • Failure to Yield
  • Road Conditions
    • Wet or Icy Pavement
    • Loose Debris
    • Poorly Maintained Roads
  • Atmospheric Conditions
    • Rain
    • Fog
  • Mechanical Failure
    • Degraded Tires
    • Brake Failure
    • Steering loss
    • Transmission or Engine Failure

Help From the Car Accident Attorneys in Los Angeles

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident that resulted in damage or injury, contact  the seasoned Los Angeles car accident lawyers at the BD&J Law Firm today. Our highly-skilled attorneys will fight to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.