Car Accidents On the Rise In California – Are You Protected?
Over the past few years, automobile manufacturers have been competing aggressively to introduce the safest vehicles. This push is in response to the increased number of motor vehicle accidents occurring all over the country, including Los Angeles. Sadly, many of these accidents result in serious injuries and even death.
Indeed, despite protective and preventive measures taken by the California Highway Patrol and other concerned authorities, fatal car accidents increased by nearly 20% in 2015. With car accidents on the rise, it’s important to know and understand how you can protect yourself and your loved ones in the case of a motor vehicle accident. According to California law, you are entitled to monetary compensation in the event of an injury or wrongful death by any motor vehicle or truck.
When Wrongful Death Occurs
A wrongful death claim is usually filed when the accident victim is killed as a result of negligence or an intentional harmful act carried out by the defendant, such as a drunk driver causing a fatal crash or hitting and killing a pedestrian.
Any accident that results in death is devastating to the close family, not only emotionally but financially as well. Under California law, you may be entitled to receive monetary compensation if the motor vehicle accident occurred due to another driver’s fault. You will have to issue a wrongful death claim or take legal action against responsible parties.
Wrongful death lawsuits can be filed by surviving family members of the victim, i.e.
- Spouse and domestic partner
- Parents of victim
- Minor children
Speak to our wrongful death attorneys to learn more.
When Serious Injury Occurs
Car accidents can result in serious injuries that require a lifetime of care. Not surprisingly, these injuries often involve hefty medical bills. Other financial loss includes:
- Temporary or permanent wage loss due to injury
- Medical billing expenses
- Future foreseeable medical expenses (at home care, assisted living homes)
- Loss of enjoyment of life
The above are just a few of the examples of the types of financial compensation attorneys can seek on behalf of their clients.
Accidents and Your Insurance Provider
Often enough, insurance companies (both yours and the party's) will offer a seemingly enticing settlement to discourage you from taking legal action. Most of the time, you deserve far more. Contact our experienced accident attorneys about filing an injury claim to recover the maximum compensation available.
For more information on what to do after being injured in an auto accident, reach out to Ghozland Law Firm today for a free consultation.