Car accidents result in hundreds of deaths in Southern California every year, many of which are entirely preventable. Los Angeles continues to lead the state in traffic deaths and injuries, making its roads and highways some of the most dangerous in the nation.
If you were injured or lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident caused by the negligence of another party, Salamati Law is here to protect your legal rights.
Why hire a Los Angeles car accident lawyer?
Let an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer from Salamati Law help you pursue the financial compensation you deserve from negligent parties. You can depend on our legal team to protect your interests and deftly handle negotiations with reticent insurance companies. We have secured millions of dollars on behalf of our clients, and approach every new case with the same level of compassion and dedication to securing fair money damages for your losses and suffering.
Retaining a reputable auto accident lawyer can make the difference between a large monetary award and an inadequate insurance settlement – or recovering nothing at all. Any type of collision that results in physical injury, emotional trauma, and property damage warrants the guidance and knowledge of a trusted attorney. With expert representation, you won’t have to worry about dealing with unscrupulous adjusters, or understanding traffic laws, liability issues, or California’s “fault” insurance.
As a skilled litigator, attorney Sean F. Salamati knows how to effectively prepare a strong case, document injuries and financial losses, and work toward a settlement or verdict that justly compensates his clients. We believe that no one should have to suffer because of another motorist’s careless behavior, and work tirelessly to put your mind at ease as we advocate on your behalf.
When a car accident injury lawyer is needed
Even the most clear-cut accident claims can prove difficult to resolve without the knowledge of an experienced lawyer who possesses a deep understanding of California’s laws. After any type of crash, always speak to your attorney before talking to insurance adjusters. This will help preserve the integrity of your claim and prevent you from making statements that could damage your chances of financial recovery.
Not sure if your accident warrants a free legal consultation with Salamati Law? We encourage you to reach out if:
- You or family members suffered physical injury resulting in substantial medical bills
- Your injuries may lead to future disability and lost earnings
- Your accident involved uninsured or underinsured motorists
- Liability is being disputed or uncertain
- An insurance company is asking for your medical records
- You have been offered a quick but very low settlement
Common types of car accidents
Salamati Law has a long track record of securing favorable outcomes in complex claims involving:
- Uber accidents
- Distracted driving accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Head-on collisions
- High-speed collisions
- Rear-end collisions
- Road hazard accidents
- Rollover accidents
- T-bone accidents
Driving behaviors that cause accidents
According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, there are six common driving errors that cause or contribute to accidents:
- Distracted driving – cell phone use, grooming, tending to children, or any other activity that takes your focus off of the road
- Unsafe speeds– driving faster than weather and road conditions permit
- Right-of-way violations– motorist does not give the right-of-way to the proper vehicle
- Illegal turns– creates dangers for all vehicles in proximity
- Ignoring a stop sign or traffic light– a primary cause of fatal collisions
- Improper lane change– creates a high probability of crash
- Driving on the wrong side of the road– a primary cause of head-on collisions
Deadlines for car accident claims
If you decide to pursue a car accident lawsuit against the at-fault party in California, you have two years from the date of the accident to file your initial complaint. This time limit does not apply to insurance claims, which should still be filed in a timely manner in the event that settlement negotiations reach a dead end.
Since California operates under a “fault” insurance system, the insurance carrier of the at-fault driver is under obligation to cover damages related to the accident.
Under California law, motorists are required to carry minimum liability coverage that includes:
- $15,000 for injury or death to an individual
- $30,000 for injury or death to more than one person
- $5,000 for property damage
Uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage is not mandatory in California. Having your own UIM policy will help you recover damages from your own insurance company in the event of an accident with an uninsured driver.
Maximum compensation for car accident injuries
Common auto accident injuries like whiplash and concussions that go undiagnosed or untreated can worsen and result in long-term problems. For this reason, it’s imperative to seek medical attention after any kind of car accident. The tests and medical reports from your health care provider will serve as the main evidence of your injuries, which can range from minor to life-threatening.
Depending on the speed and severity of the accident, injuries may include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury
- Whiplash injuries
- Head, neck, and back injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Facial fractures
- Lacerations and contusions
- Broken bones
- Acute burns
Compensation available to injury victims
Since California is a comparative fault state, you may recover car accident compensation even if you were deemed partially responsible for the collision. If it is determined that you were 20 percent at-fault for the crash, you may be able to receive up to 80 percent of the total damages.
Money damages will account for both economic and non-economic losses, such as:
- Existing hospital bills and future medical expenses
- Lost income
- Loss of future earnings
- Costs of vehicle repair or replacement
- Mental anguish
- Lost enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of spousal consortium
Consult with a car accident lawyer Los Angeles residents trust
Salamati Law is a trusted name in car accident injury litigation for residents throughout Southern California. Our Los Angeles-based law firm handles personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no attorney fees unless we win money in your case.