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Thousands of people are injured in motor vehicle accidents on a daily basis.
Car crashes are some of the most common causes of serious personal injuries.
If you or a family member have been injured in an auto accident in California,
BD&J, PC is here to help. Our Los Angeles car accident attorneys understand
how challenging it can be to pursue justice when you are dealing with
medical bills, health complications, missed time at work, and the emotional
and physical exhaustion of being involved in an accident. That is why
we are here to help.
Ready to discuss your case? Reach out to our firm today to schedule a free,
initial consultation with us: (855) 906-3699.
Watch our video, or keep scrolling to learn about how we can prove negligence
for your claim.
Proving Negligence in a Car Accident Claim
The outcome of many car accident lawsuits hinges on the legal theory of
Negligence occurs when a person or entity behaves in a careless manner that results in the injury or harm to another person. Under the law, a
person is required to exercise reasonable care whenever they are driving
a motor vehicle, essentially staying aware of any pedestrians, road obstacles,
or other drivers. In addition, they are responsible for controlling the
speed their vehicle is going. If they fail to exercise this care, it can
be considered negligence.
If you are dealing with catastrophic injuries that have caused you pain
and suffering, as well as other damages following a car accident, BD&J,
PC can help you determine if any negligence was involved, so that the
responsible party can be held liable for any of these damages.
Proving this negligence can be complex, requiring that you show:
The defendant owed duty to the injured party (plaintiff)
The defendant breached this duty in some way
That breach specifically caused the victim's injuries
The harm could have been reasonably predicted based on the negligence
The victim suffered actual damages (medical bills, lost wages, etc.)
Depending on the case, the defendant may be automatically presumed negligent
and will be required to prove otherwise if they wish to avoid paying damages,
such as in a clear violation of driving laws, whether due to drunk driving,
right-of-way violations, or something similar.
Our Los Angeles car accident lawyers can not only hold the negligent party
responsible, but also thoroughly assess your case to determine if there
were any third parties that may have led to the accident, such as construction
companies, bartenders, employers, and more.
What Our Firm Can do for You
Here are a few things we can do for you immediately:
Get you medical treatment with world-renowned doctors, therapists, and
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 medical treatment, pain and suffering
and recover lost income.
What happens during a car accident claim? Keep reading for a step-by-step
What Caused Your Accident?
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.
Some common factors that can often lead to accidents include:
Distracted driving (talking/texting on the phone)
Failure to yield
Dangerous road conditions
Adverse weather conditions
What to Expect at Each Phase of a Car Accident Lawsuit
There are several phases someone who has been in a 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 the party involved in 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 the 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.
Injured in a Car Wreck? Call Our Firm at (855) 906-3699 Today!
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident that resulted
in damage or injury, our seasoned car accident lawyers in Los Angeles
are available to help. BD&J, PC can review your case today and help
you determine your next best steps. We have recovered impressive case
results for clients, including a $34.5 million verdict for a
semi-truck and bicycle accident. Our attorneys know how to handle complex injury cases.
We can fight for the compensation you deserve. Call (855) 906-3699 today
to speak with our team.