Woodland Hills Car Accident Attorney
Sound Legal Representation for Severely Injured Motorists
In the U.S., there are almost 4 million miles of public roadways that are
traveled by millions of Americans every day. While vehicles are becoming
safer every year, and accidents are generally preventable, with so many
miles of asphalt and concrete filled with vehicles, there are bound to
be accidents—some minor, some severe, and some fatal. Unfortunately,
these happen on a daily basis.
Studies show that there is an average of more than two people killed every
day in Southern California because of car accidents. Most of these accidents
are caused by driver negligence and distraction. At the
Law Offices of Ali Taheripour, our experienced and knowledgeable Woodland Hills car accident lawyers
work hard to fight back against distracted driving, negligent driving,
drunk driving, and all other types of preventable, accident-causing driving
If you were injured or your loved one was killed in a car collision,
contact our firm for a free consultation. Call
(818) 629-1121 today.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Car accidents occur for a wide variety of reasons. However, the most common
factor in the majority of car accidents is negligence.
This can be seen in the most common causes of car accidents, which are
- Distracted driving, including cellphone use and texting while driving
- Speeding/driving above posted speed limits
- Drunk driving/operating while intoxicated (OWI)
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Illegal driving behaviors (such as illegal lane changes)
- Defective car parts, including tires, brakes, airbags, and seatbelts
- Poorly maintained roads, dangerous conditions, and faulty road design
In these and other common causes of car accidents, the negligence of another
driver, auto manufacturer, or another entity can lead to serious consequences.
When this is the case, victims and their families are entitled to take
legal action against the negligent party.
What to Do If You Are Involved in a Car Accident
Collisions and car wrecks are frightening experiences, regardless of how
major or minor they may be. Many people are unsure of what to do immediately
after a car accident, but there are a few things you can and should do
in order to protect your health, safety, and rights.
If you are involved in a car accident, make sure you do the following:
Stay at the scene: Never leave the scene of an accident until you have been cleared to do
so. If you flee the scene, it is considered a hit-and-run. You can face
serious criminal penalties, especially when injuries are sustained.
Check on all drivers and passengers: If you are able to, check on all parties involved in the accident to determine
if anyone needs medical attention. Never move an unconscious person or
someone complaining of neck or back pain unless their life depends on
it. Call for help if medical attention is needed. If everyone is okay,
assess property damage.
Exchange information: Get names, phone numbers, addresses, drivers’ license numbers, license
plate numbers, and insurance information from all drivers involved. If
there are passengers, also obtain their names, numbers, and addresses.
You also want to gather contact information for any witnesses at the scene.
Take pictures: If you can, take pictures at the scene of the accident, all vehicles involved,
and any damage to your vehicle and the other vehicle related to the accident.
Be sure to get photos of any injuries as well. Photos will help determine
who is at fault in case of disputes, serve as important pieces of evidence
if your case goes to court, and can help determine compensation for your claim.
Call the police: Whenever there is evidence of property damage, injury, or death, the police
must be called. Always gather officer names and badge numbers and request
that a police report be filed.
Avoid discussing the accident: You should not discuss the accident with anyone except your attorney, your
insurance company, and the police. Never talk to the other insurance company;
refer the call to your attorney instead.
Seek medical attention and keep track of your medical treatment: Seek medical attention immediately and anytime you have been involved in
more than a fender bender. Note any doctors or other medical professionals
you received treatment from. Keep a detailed record of dates, times, treatments,
and/or medications you receive. Request a copy of all medical reports
and expenses. Keep a record of how your injuries have impacted your daily
life. Include any time off work, missed routine activities, and how the
injuries have affected your family life and personal life.
Inform your insurance company: Review your insurance policy and then contact your insurance company immediately.
Explain the facts of the accident clearly. Obtain and review any police
report filed so you can check for accuracy and determine who was at fault.
Keep a detailed account of all conversations with insurance company representatives
and be sure to take note of their names, phone numbers, and job titles.
Request vehicle valuation: Request insurance adjuster’s estimation of vehicle valuation. If
you are satisfied, proceed with getting estimates from body shops for
repairs. If you don’t agree with the insurance adjuster, get at
least two independent valuations and report back to the initial insurance
company. Contact an experienced Woodland Hills car accident attorney if
you still can’t agree on a value.
Reject early settlement offers: Never sign a release with the other insurance company. Refer all offers
to your attorney. Never accept an offer until all medical treatments have
concluded, and you have been fully released by your medical provider.
Always consult with an experienced
personal injury attorney prior to signing any legal documents related to your accident.
Consult with an attorney to answer your questions: Auto accident claims can be complicated, especially if injuries were sustained
in the accident. A personal injury attorney can help ensure you receive
a fair settlement and recover maximum compensation for your injuries.
If you would like to discuss your car accident case with an experienced
and highly skilled attorney, contact the Law Offices of
Ali Taheripour and request a free consultation today. We offer contingent fees, meaning
you do not pay unless we win your case. We also offer legal services in
Spanish and we can travel to meet you if you are not able to make it into
our office for your consultation.
Contact our Woodland Hills car accident attorneys
online or by phone at
(818) 629-1121 today.