SoCal Injury Lawyers is a premier personal injury practice serving clients in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California. If you have been injured in a car accident that was not your fault, we can help you obtain just compensation. We truly understand that being injured in a car accident is an overwhelming experience. When you become our client, we will stand by you every step of the way and fight to protect your rights.
Who is at fault for my car accident?
In California, all drivers have a legal obligation to operate their vehicles safely and avoid causing injuries to others. To have a valid car accident claim, we must be able to prove that the other driver was negligent. A driver can be found negligent for all types of errors, such as:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Drowsy driving
- Running red lights/stop signs
- Improper turning
- Unsafe lane changes
- Reckless driving
In addition, we must also be able to show that the driver’s error caused the accident and that your injuries were the direct result of the accident.
Why do I need a lawyer if I have car insurance?
Because California is a “fault state” for insurance purposes, the other driver must be found responsible for the accident. Insurance companies typically attempt to settle claims for far less than their value, however, and the other driver’s insurer may claim that you caused the car accident. You should know that the theory of “comparative negligence” applies to car accidents in Southern California.
This means that if you contributed to the accident in any way, you can still recover damages, but the amount will be reduced by the percentage of blame assigned to you. As an example, if the amount of your damages is $100,000, but the insurance company determines that you were 30 percent at fault, the final amount of damages awarded to you will be reduced to $70,000.
At SoCal injury lawyers, we have the skills and experience to prove the other driver was negligent and will help you get the maximum compensation you deserve. If the insurance company fails to offer a fair and reasonable settlement, we will take them to court.
Why Call SoCal Injury Lawyers for Your Car Accident Claim?
At SoCal Injury Lawyers, we have a proven history of helping car accident victims obtain just compensation. Our founding attorney, Hussein Chahine is highly regarded for helping his clients fight back against the big insurance companies. Fluent in both Arabic and Spanish, Mr. Hussein dedicates his practice to providing first-class representation to underserved communities.
When you become our client, we will be your voice and work to protect your rights. While each car accident claim is unique, you may be able to recover economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages will cover your actual financial losses, such as lost wages (present and future) and medical expenses, while non-economic damages are intended to compensate you for pain and suffering, permanent disabilities, and loss of consortium.
You can count on SoCal Injury Lawyers to provide you with knowledge, compassion, and dependable service. We understand the difficulties you are experiencing as a result of your car accident, which is why we will not charge any attorneys’ fees until we win compensation for you.
What to Do After a Car Accident in Southern California
The first thing you should do after a car accident is contact law enforcement because the police report will be important to your personal injury claim. You should also seek medical treatment, if you don’t think that you’ve been injured. In some cases, injuries may not be apparent for days or even weeks after a car accident. In addition, get the other driver’s contact and insurance information, if you are able to do so, as well as the names of any witnesses. It is also important, if possible, to take pictures of the car accident scene, including pictures of your injuries and of damage to the vehicles.
If you are receiving medical care, it is crucial to follow your doctor’s recommendations for treatment. Our legal team will work closely with your doctor to collect medical evidence that supports your claim, including records of doctor visits, surgeries, radiological tests (e.g X-rays, CT scans), rehabilitation and physical therapy.
Finally, shortly after the accident, you will probably be contacted by a claims adjuster from the other driver’s insurance company. This person does not represent you; his or her job is to protect the insurer. This is why you should not speak to anyone from the insurance company before you contact SoCal Injury Lawyers. We have insight into the tactics insurers use in car accident claims and will make sure you are treated fairly.
Contact Our Experienced Southern California Car Accident Lawyers
At SoCal injury lawyers, we are committed to keeping the roads and highways of Southern California safe and holding negligent drivers accountable. If you have been injured in a car accident, we will provide you with aggressive representation and fight for every dollar you deserve. If a loved one has been killed in a car accident, we will determine whether there are grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit and help you find justice. Above all, we will be there for you when you need us most. The sooner you contact our office for a free consultation, the sooner we can start working on your car accident claim.