How Much is Your Car Accident Claim Worth?

How Much is Your Car Accident Claim Worth?

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This is perhaps the number one question that we are always asked at an initial consultation. The answer that we usually give is that we need to take a closer look, but we should have a good idea of how much you could receive when we review your records. This is because your settlement check would depend on how much you have suffered personally. Your car accident compensation would cover both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages pay you back for money that you actually lost. This includes things like: Lost wagesMedical billsDamages to your property Non-economic damages are intended to pay you for your experience. This would include things like pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life. You can be certain that the insurance company…
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Should You Call 911 After a Car Accident?

Should You Call 911 After a Car Accident?

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Many people ask us whether they should contact 911 after a car accident. Our answer is always yes. There are two primary reasons why. The Police Will Come You actually want the police at the scene of every car accident. Once they are called, they will issue a police report from the accident. While this is not admissible as evidence if your case goes to trial, here is how the police report could be used: The insurance company will review the police report when determining liability.If the other driver has violated the law, it can be evidence of negligence.The police report may identify witnesses who could be called to testify at trial. In addition, you want the police on the scene, especially if the tensions are high between the two…
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Concussions from Car Crashes

Concussions from Car Crashes

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Concussions are one of the more serious and common injuries that drivers and passengers suffer in an accident. Roughly 20% of all hospitalizations for traumatic brain injuries come from car crashes. Besides having potential long-lasting impacts, concussions are not always apparent at the time of the accident. In the meantime, you are walking around and living your life with an untreated brain injury that could cause long-term damage. Concussions usually happen when your head makes contact with something like an airbag or steering wheel. However, you do not always need for your head to strike something. Most often, you suffer a concussion from whiplash, which is one of the most common car accident injuries. Your head snapping forward would cause the injury when your brain moves inside your skull. What…
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Risks of Teen Drivers

Risks of Teen Drivers

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While everyone needs to get their start behind the wheel, this does not lessen the risks that teen drivers pose to others. Here are some of the dangers that go along with teen drivers. Inexperience There are some things that experienced drivers just know that they have learned over time. This includes things like: Driving a reasonable speed in the weatherDriving defensively at all timesLeaving a safe distance between cars Newer drivers also lack some reaction and crash avoidance abilities of more experienced motorists. Sometimes, inexperience can cause an accident when a teen driver misreads the situation. Distraction Teens are the stereotypical distracted driver. They have been raised on their mobile devices and may not even be able to put them down when driving. Besides being illegal, this is also…
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Car Accidents Can Result in Catastrophic Injuries

Car Accidents Can Result in Catastrophic Injuries

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Car accidents can widely range in severity, as can the injuries that result. Some people are able to walk away from a crash scene with hardly a scratch. Others sustain injuries that are completely and forever life-altering. Crashes can result in catastrophic injuries, which are injuries that impact the functioning of your brain, spinal cord, or other body parts. Catastrophic injuries from traffic wrecks can include: Traumatic brain injury (TBI), which can cause long-term coma and permanent cognitive and physical impairmentsSpinal cord injury (SCI), which can result in permanent paralysis below the location of the injuryThird-degree burns, which might cause permanent disfigurement, loss of use of a body part, or even amputationAmputation, which removes an extremity, appendage, or limb These injuries require immediate trauma care and emergency transportation with the…
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How Much is Your Car Accident Claim Worth?

How Much is Your Car Accident Claim Worth?

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Of course, if you know someone else should be liable for your car accident losses, it is only natural to wonder how much compensation you might receive. This is a highly specific calculation, and no attorney should give you a concrete answer without first carefully evaluating your individual circumstances. That being said, you might get an idea of what your claim might be worth by examining your various losses. In a car accident claim, injured claimants often seek financial recovery for the following, among other losses: Medical expenses - If you add up all the medical bills for treatment you already received, you can get an idea of the compensation you deserve for medical expenses. However, if you are not finished with your medical treatment, or you need ongoing treatment…
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Possible Corporate Liability for Car Accidents

Possible Corporate Liability for Car Accidents

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When you think of a car accident case, you might first think of an injured accident victim filing an insurance claim against another driver who caused the crash. While most car accidents are the fault of negligent drivers, not all cases involve a claim against a single individual and their insurer. Instead, in some cases, a corporation or another type of business might be liable for your injuries and losses stemming from a crash. Employers Many people drive for a living, and there is the risk they might make a mistake and cause an accident while on the job. If someone is negligent while working, the law holds their employer strictly liable for any harm that resulted. For example, if a truck driver hit you while making a delivery, you…
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Drones Can Help with Car Accident Evidence

Drones Can Help with Car Accident Evidence

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In recent years, you might notice more and more small, buzzing flying objects around Beverly Hills. These drones can help with real estate, deliveries, agriculture, and more. Did you know that drones might also help collect important car accident evidence? Following a car accident, it is important to gather as much evidence as possible. This information can determine how the collision happened, whether one or more drivers violated the law, and who was liable for the crash, among other things. However, it takes time for law enforcement to examine and record every inch of an accident scene, and this often causes disruptions in traffic. Such disruptions commonly lead to further accidents, which might be avoided had the evidence collecting happened quicker. When a drone is used at an accident scene,…
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Car Accidents on Halloween

Car Accidents on Halloween

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Halloween can be a fun and spooky time for adults and kids alike, and every October 31st, you can spot costumed revelers throughout Beverly Hills. Unfortunately, Halloween festivities can also increase your risk of involvement in a serious car accident. Let’s look at some of the ways how. Drunk Drivers Most celebrations involve the consumption of alcohol, at least for some. As a result, there are often more drunk drivers out on the roads around Halloween than there are at other times of the year. And, as well all know, drunk drivers are much more likely to cause accidents. New Traffic Patterns When people are out and about for a holiday, it can cause new and unfamiliar traffic patterns than can cause people to make mistakes. This is particularly true…
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Car Accidents Can Still Happen during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Car Accidents Can Still Happen during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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In recent weeks, most of our thoughts and concerns have been consumed by the COVID-19 threats in California, across the United States, and across the world. However, the spread of the coronavirus does not negate the chances of other types of medical issues arising. Car accidents can still occur during a pandemic, and they can still result in serious injuries. Even with strict stay-at-home orders in California, many people are considered to be essential employees and need to go to work on a regular basis. Other people still need to buy groceries, visit the pharmacy, or attend medical appointments for other issues. In addition, commercial drivers are still working to keep our stores stocked and deliver packages to our homes. Many people are still delivering food, so others do not…
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