Los Angeles Auto Accident Attorney

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What Are Auto Accidents?

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Unfortunately most people who drive a car will at some point in their life be involved in a car accident.  When this happens, you should call a Los Angeles auto accident attorney so that you have someone fighting on your side. 

Minor fender-benders and other small collisions usually do not result in serious injuries to those involved. However, the state of California, including the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas, both have a high population and a large number of drivers which increase risk of serious auto accidents.

Serious car accidents are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries and serious spinal injuries, both of which may lead to permanent disability, mental and physical impairments, long-term financial, emotional, physical damages and even death.

Long-term physical injuries sustained in a car accident might not present themselves immediately or in their full severity. Sometimes what appear to be minor personal injuries or insignificant pain can lead to permanent back or neck pain, herniated disks, ruptured spinal disks or more devastating internal organ or brain injuries.

Those involved might have pain for years, or even permanently, that is difficult to quantify yet causes great personal distress.

If you have been injured in a car accident, call the Law Offices of David H. Greenberg. We will act as your Los Angeles auto accident attorney to help you get your compensation.

Types of Auto Accidents

Auto accidents fall under the umbrella category of traffic collisions, which involve a motor vehicle and another vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle, pedestrian, animal or geographical object.

Car accidents are classified by the mechanism or manner of collision. Mechanisms of collision include rollovers, rear-end impacts, head-on crashes, side or T-bone collisions and off road collisions. Each category is potentially dangerous or fatal, but rollovers, head-on collisions and side collisions are the most lethal.

  • Head-on collisions: involve two vehicles driving towards each other from opposite directions and colliding front to front.
  • Rear end collisions: the most common accidents; typically from tailgating, distracted driving and/or speeding. They’re usually under-represented, many drivers do not report minor collisions to keep their insurance premiums down.
  • Side impact collisions: often occur at intersections; one car is turning and another car fails to yield to right-of-way at a stop sign or a red light.
  • Off-road collisions: usually one vehicle which either swerves off the road or is knocked off the road by another object and can lead to fatal rollovers. Fortunately off-road crashes account for only 16% of all car accidents.

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“I just got my money and I felt like I really need to thank Mr. Greenberg for the way he handled my case. My wife was in the car when we got hit and she broke her ankle and I got whiplash. I thought after going to the hospital that was all that they could do, but Mr. Greenberg had a list of specialists to help my wife heal her ankle after the cast came off. He was great through the whole process and we got a huge settlement.”

Steve R.

How Do Car Accidents Occur?

Driving is an inherently risky activity. Impatience and distraction while driving lead to more preventable deaths than any other type of accident.

1. Distracted driving: according to the NHTSA, 80% of all car accidents and up to 65% of near-miss car accidents are due to distracted driving no more than 5 seconds before the crash. Although there is nothing that can be done to prevent random accidents (such as falling palm trees or earthquakes), most car accidents occur due to actions that could have been prevented.

2. Speeding: driving above the speed limit is the second largest cause of accidents due to driver negligence. Speeding slows the ability to react and correct in the event of an unforeseen obstacles. Speed limits are designed for maximum driver and pedestrian safety and several departments of the United States government work together each year to learn more about car accident causes and the best measures to prevent them.

3. Driving Under the Influence: driving drunk or under the influence of other drugs is an obvious form and driver negligence that causes slow reaction times, decreased ability to observe driving conditions and other vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles on the road.

4. Reckless Driving: this is also an obvious cause of accidents, endangering not only the reckless driver but those nearby who cannot predict where they will go. Drivers on the road with aggressive and reckless vehicles must use defensive driving techniques to avoid or minimize interaction with these sorts of cars. Speed racing is a deadly form of reckless driving.

5. Unforseen Circumstances: weather conditions such as rain snow ice or fog, locations where large animals are known to cross, or roads that are curvy, unpredictable, narrow or unfamiliar may all cause accidents and drivers must exercise the utmost caution and awareness in these circumstances. Bad roads with potholes can cause tire blowouts and loss of control.

Negligent Driving: Driving with negligence includes aggressive driving, inattentive driving, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol or fatigue or driving while engaging and other tasks like texting or applying make-up.

Neglected Equipment: Accidents also occur because of defective or neglected driving equipment, such as poorly maintained brakes, defects in the steering wheel, or tire blowouts from poorly maintained or poorly constructed tires. 

How Can a Los Angeles Auto Accident Attorney Help?

California residents pay their auto insurance premiums in the hope that in an accident, they will be covered. Unfortunately, the sad reality is that after filing a claim, there is a chance that they could be underpaid or worse still, not be paid at all.

Contrary to popular belief, insurance companies do not act with the customers best interests at heart. Firstly they accept as many insurance premiums as they can, and they look to invest a percentage of these premiums. Both of these give the insurance company a profit. In order to keep a healthy profit, they simply need to keep the pay outs to a minimum, while collecting on the premiums.

On the flip side of this, our team of Los Angeles auto accident attorneys have a good track record in dealing with such issues. The Law Office of David H. Greenberg acts with the customer in mind. We work on a contingency basis, meaning we don’t get paid unless they win your case. 

Why Contact a Los Angeles Auto Accident Attorney Instead of An Insurer?

Los Angeles has some of the busiest roads in California and as a result traffic accidents are commonplace, from minor fender benders to serious incidents. Sometimes, not everyone admits liability and that liability isn’t always as clear-cut as it seems.

The insurance company may see the policyholder to be partially at fault. In these instances, they would not pay out on the policy, because some or all of the fault lies with the policy holder.

If you believe that you were not at fault for the accident then a skilled auto accident attorney will look to investigate the case and try to establish exactly what happened. 

We Consider Comparative Negligence!

As your Los Angeles auto accident attorney, we will always look at comparative negligence. This is when the plaintiff admits some fault for the incident, but depending upon the circumstances, they may still be able to file for a claim (with the percentage awarded being comparative to the fault of the client).

An example of this is that if a court agreed that the plaintiff was 30% responsible for the incident, they will still receive 70% of the total amount payable. If you were dealing with an insurance company, they simply wouldn’t pay out, even if you were 1% at fault.

At the Law Offices of David H. Greenberg, our Los Angeles based car accident lawyers work on a contingency (no win, no fee) basis. Therefore there are no up front fees or out of pocket expenses to be incurred by the client. 

If you, or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident, contact us today.

Car Accident Statistics

  • Dialing a cell phone multiplies one’s risk of a car accident by 2.8 while talking on a cell phone multiplies the risk by 1.3.
  • Texting multiplies the risk of a car accident by 23.2 times.
  • California is consistently ranked as one of the top three states in the nation for numbers of car accidents and fatalities.
  • Approximately 25% of all fatal car accidents within the state of California are result of the alcohol or drug use of one or both of the drivers.
  • Los Angeles has the highest number of fatal car accidents in California.
  • Approximately 35% of fatal car accidents occur through collisions with other motor vehicles.
  • Failure to wear a seat belt plays a part in 60% of car accident injuries and deaths.
  • Head on collisions account for only 2% of all car accidents, yet represent 10% of all fatal car accidents.
  • Side impact collisions account for 28.9% of all car accidents in the United States.
  • Rollovers account for 2.3% of United States car accidents annually and are more likely to occur in larger vehicles like SUVs or minivans because of their higher center of gravity.
  • Rear impact collisions account for 29.6% of all United States car accidents.
  • Fatal car accidents involving a pedestrian and a motor vehicle account for about 250 deaths annually in Los Angeles alone.
  • Small and mid-sized passenger cars make up the largest proportion of fatal car accidents followed by SUVs, minivans and light trucks.