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Being in a car accident is scary, especially when the cause was another’s negligence. At Ghozland Law Firm, we work tirelessly to ensure that the rights of car accident victims are protected. Because auto injury accidents have the potential to result in serious damages, it is essential to work with an attorney you can trust. Our attorneys in Los Angeles, Diamond Bar and West Covina are passionate about helping clients obtain the compensation they deserve, and we do everything we can to ensure our clients reach favorable outcomes.

Car Accident Checklist

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As of 2011 the California Department of Motor Vehicles reported that there were over 31 million registered vehicles in the state of California. With so many drivers on the roads at any given moment, your chances of being involved in a collision at least once in your lifetime are rather high. At the Ghozland Law Firm we have dealt with countless auto accident cases over the years and we want to provide you with important information that can help you prepare mentally and financially in case you’re ever involved in an accident with a negligent driver. We encourage you to carefully review the following tips that we have provided on our car accident checklist so you can know what to do if you are ever in a car accident.

  • Stop Your Vehicle

    Stop your vehicle, and if possible, move your vehicle to the side of the road in order to prevent further accidents from occurring. Turn off your vehicle’s ignition. If you get nervous and flee the scene of an accident you are in violation of the law and can face criminal charges.

  • Remain Calm

    It’s imperative that you remain calm in order to think clearly and act responsibly. When people get nervous they can say or do things that they later regret and that can ultimately harm their situation.

  • Check for Injuries

    Check for injuries immediately, and if you are physically able, check for others’ injuries as well and this includes passengers in your vehicle, the driver or passengers of the other vehicle involved and any motorcyclists or pedestrians that may have been injured in the crash. If someone was hurt, call 911 and request that an ambulance be dispatched to the scene immediately. After an accident it can be a life or death situation for those injured and it’s critically important that an ambulance be called right away if one is needed.

  • Do Not Admit Fault

    Whatever you do, do NOT admit fault, even if you think you are responsible. While it may be human nature or a natural response to say “I’m sorry” and say that you were in the wrong, this is the last thing you want to do after an accident. Don’t accept responsibility, don’t agree to pay any damages, and don’t insinuate in any way that you were at fault. Doing so can only harm your claim later on and it’s the insurance company’s job to determine fault and not the driver’s.

  • Call 911

    Immediately after the accident, call the police. The police will secure the scene, they will prevent further accidents from occurring, make sure that any debris is removed and they will file an accident report. If there were witnesses the police will take their statements as well. You will need to obtain a copy of the police report and forward it to your insurance company.

  • Document the Scene

    Since almost all cellular phones have picture and video taking capabilities, you can utilize these devices to document the scene of the accident. Take pictures of where the vehicles landed, property damage, skid marks, injuries sustained and any other relevant factors that may have played a role in the cause of the accident.

  • Exchange Information With the Other Driver

    Following an accident, you should always exchange the following information with the other drivers involved: name, phone number, address, email address, insurance company info and policy number, driver’s license number, and license plate number.

  • Understand Your Insurance Policy

    It’s important to know what your insurance policy does and does not cover. We recommend that all of our clients carry underinsured/uninsured motorist coverage and plenty of it. It’s also important to know your policy limits and whether or not it will cover a rental car and the cost of towing.

  • Contact an Experienced Attorney

    You need to contact a car accident lawyer as soon as possible following the accident. An attorney will know exactly how and where to pursue compensation for damages and an attorney may be able to help you obtain compensation in a wide range of circumstances that you never would have known about our thought to look.

Causes of Car Accidents

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As of 2011, the California Department of Motor Vehicles reported that there was a total of 31,802,483 registered vehicles in the state, thereby making the possibility of being involved in a collision a very real one for Californians. Those who live in Southern California are accustomed to a fast pace, we are a class of busy people who are trying to balance our work and our families and in the pursuit of finding balance, we often employ extreme multitasking techniques.

Between sending emails, paying bills online, sending text messages, and making a massive shift towards more efficient and effective communication, we want everything done fast. However, when it comes to driving safely, especially in a big town such as Los Angeles, it’s important to slow down and for the sake of safety, to make the right choices when getting behind the wheel.

Top 3 Causes of Car Accidents

Automobile accidents are a serious epidemic in the United States, and unfortunately, the easier cars get to drive, the easier it is for drivers to engage in unsafe driving practices. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2011 alone there was an estimated 5,338,000 police-reported motor vehicle crashes in which 2,217,000 people were injured. According to the Centers for Disease Control, motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death in the United States with the economic impact costing $70 billion in 2005.

Distracted Driving
Distracted driving involves any activity that can divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. While all distractions can endanger the driver, passenger or pedestrians, the most alarming form of driver distraction is texting while driving. In 2011, 3,331 people were killed by a distracted driver and in 2010, 387,000 people were injured in distracted driving crashes.

Drunk Driving
Drivers are considered to be alcohol-impaired when their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) registers at .08% or higher. In 2011, there were 9,878 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities representing an average of one alcohol-related fatality every 53 minutes and accounting for 31% of the total traffic fatalities.

Speeding
The NHTSA considers a crash to be speed-related whenever a driver is charged with a speed-related offense or when an officer indicates that racing, driving too fast for conditions, or exceeding the posted speed limit was a contributing factor to an accident. Speeding remains one of the prevalent factors in traffic accidents. In 2011, speeding was a contributing factor in 30% of all fatal crashes and 9,944 (31%) lives were lost in speeding-related collisions.

What Damages Can I Receive Compensation for?

It is important to remember that after an accident, there are a few things you can do to obtain your rightful compensation. Should you choose to work with us, we will do all we can to help you recover compensation for the following:

Medical Bills

Repairs to your car or other damaged property

Rentals during the time your car is out of commission

Compensation for lost wages

Restitution to help replace your vehicle if it was totaled

Critical Steps to Take in the Aftermath
of a Car Accident

Calling the police as soon as possible after an auto collision is always a good idea.

They will be able to take down a detailed report of what occurred and provide official documentation of the accident. Taking down the information of the other driver or drivers, passengers and witnesses is also key. Photograph the surrounding area, especially paying close attention to signs, road condition and the angle of how the cars collided if possible.

Regardless of the severity of the accident, you should never make any statements to an insurance company without first speaking to a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer. Insurance companies will work hard to make sure that you do not receive the full amount of money that you deserve. Obtain medical treatment as you see fit, but never make a statement to an insurance broker without getting in touch with our firm.

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