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Pedestrian Accidents in L.A. are on the Rise

March 31, 2021

Last year, the well-known American actor Orson Bean was killed in a pedestrian crash in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Venice. That same day, another older gentleman was also killed in a pedestrian accident involving two vehicles. And in 2019 alone, it was reported that nearly half of all fatalities connected to car accidents involved pedestrians. Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents in Los Angeles continue to rise, and being involved in one can be painful, costly, and even life-threatening. If you’ve been the victim of a pedestrian accident in L.A., you should contact an experienced Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorney to review your case. Your attorney can advise whether you should pursue a personal injury claim and recover damages for your injuries. Though Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti launched a plan in 2015 designed to curb the incidence of pedestrian and bicycle accidents in L.A., it is clear that the plan, known…

Who Can I Sue After an Uber Accident in Los Angeles?

March 19, 2021

If you’ve recently been involved in an accident while riding in an Uber or after colliding with an Uber driver, you may be wondering whether you need to file a personal injury lawsuit to cover your medical expenses. However, determining who to sue after an Uber accident isn’t always so cut and dry – often, deciding who to sue will be based entirely on the facts and circumstances surrounding your case. Working with an experienced Los Angeles Uber accident lawyer is a good step in the right direction. They can help you review the facts of your case and identify who would be held liable in a personal injury lawsuit, making it that much easier to move forward and recover damages for your expenses and lost wages.  Who is Liable After a Rideshare Accident in California? After a car accident, liability will almost always be related to negligence. Negligence is…

When a Car Accident Becomes a Wrongful Death Suit

February 26, 2021

In late February, Los Angeles resident Monique Munoz was killed in a two-car crash near her West Los Angeles home. Munoz was on her way home from work at the UCLA hospital when a 17-year-old driver violently crashed into her, killing her on the scene. While few details have emerged regarding the cause of the accident, the officers who responded to the accident have stated that speed was definitely a major factor in the accident, suggesting that the surviving driver’s recklessness was to blame for the accident. Munoz’s stepfather told KABC they lost their daughter to a “senseless act.” In situations such as this one, Munoz’s family could work with a Los Angeles car accident lawyer to initiate a wrongful death lawsuit. While nothing will bring their daughter back, a wrongful death suit can help alleviate the costs of a funeral and attempt to bring some semblance of compensation for…

Pandemic Sends Cycling Soaring – and Accidents Too

February 19, 2021

With the coronavirus pandemic and shelter-in-place orders keeping more people off the road and a lack of anything better to do driving people to reconsider the value in exercise and the great outdoors, more and more bicyclists are taking to the streets in Los Angeles. The swell in activity has given rise, however, to an increase in accidents for cyclists. With fatality rates reaching an all-time high in Los Angeles, understanding your options after an accident has never been more important. If you’ve recently been involved in a bicycle crash, you should contact an experienced Los Angeles bicycle accident attorney at our firm. According to a study conducted by Canadian engineering firm Eco-Counter, the U.S. has seen a 21 percent increase in urban area ridership since the pandemic began. In a later survey by PeopleForBikes, it was estimated that as many as 9 percent of U.S. adults rode a bike…

What Trucks are Considered Commercial Vehicles?

February 5, 2021

A commercial trucking accident can have enormous implications for all parties involved, and the fall-out can involve assessing and determining liability among multiple parties. This often catastrophic event typically involves very serious injuries and requires extensive hospitalization and medical treatment. The impact of this long term care becomes costly, as medical expenses along with lost wages become a factor in the patient’s ability to recover after the accident. If you’ve been involved in a commercial trucking accident in California, consider contacting a Los Angeles truck accident lawyer who can offer insight into the most common frequently asked questions. What Types of Trucks are Generally Involved in Collisions? There are a variety of trucks on the road in California, and each pose their own type of danger on the road. Some of the types of trucks that are generally more likely to be involved in a serious accident include: 18 Wheelers…

What Causes Trucking Accidents in Los Angeles?

January 15, 2021

With a population of approximately 4 million people, Los Angeles is a massive city with sprawling highways crowded with commuters. From residents trying to get to and from work to truck drivers delivering goods and produce to stores, businesses, and homes, the incidence of car and truck accidents is high considering the high volume of traffic on the roads. Because of the size and weight of trucks, truck accidents can be quite serious and often require the experience of a Los Angeles truck accident lawyer. He or she will pursue a personal injury claim and recover damages for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering if you’ve suffered a serious or catastrophic injury. Because trucks can weigh 20 to 30 times as much as a passenger vehicle and can have greater difficulty coming to a halt or turning in the case of a split-second move to avoid an…

What Are My Rights as a Bicyclist in Los Angeles?

January 8, 2021

With California’s year-round sunny disposition, more and more commuters are taking to bicycling to get around town in Los Angeles. However, the influx of cyclists on the road, coupled with an increase in traffic from automobiles and other transit like scooters and buses, means accidents are increasingly likely to happen. Knowing your rights as a cyclist – both before and once a bike accident occurs – can be beneficial in helping you recover after an injury. An experienced Los Angeles bicycle accident attorney can advise what your rights would entitle you to and help you navigate a personal injury lawsuit after a bicycle accident. Knowing your rights as a cyclist who has been involved in an accident will give you a sense of how much compensation you are entitled to pursue from the at-fault driver. Along with covering property damage to your bike, medical expenses, and lost earnings, you may…

How to Select a Los Angeles Car Accident Lawyer

January 3, 2021

With over 6 million car accidents clogging the nation’s roads each year, this commonplace accident often costs victims thousands of dollars in property damages and medical expenses. As residents of one of the country’s largest states, Californians are all too familiar with the financial toll a car accident can take, and that’s especially true in the large and dense city of Los Angeles. Choosing the right attorney after a car accident in Los Angeles isn’t easy – you will want to find a Los Angeles car accident lawyer that has the experience and skill set needed to get the job done. With so many attorneys practicing in the metropolitan area of L.A., you may be wondering how you will pick the right attorney for you. Fortunately, there are certain questions you can ask in a pre-interview with an attorney that will help you make an informed decision. Below, we suggest…

The Biggest Personal Injury Lawsuits in L.A. History

December 15, 2020

When a person is involved in an accident that causes serious bodily injury or harm, and that accident was caused by someone’s carelessness or failure to act reasonably, California law allows the victim to sue the at-fault party and recover monetary compensation for the pain they’ve caused. Known as a personal injury claim, these lawsuits enable victims to cover their medical expenses and lost earnings. In some cases, they also recover monetary awards that aim to compensate for the victim’s level of harm. In circumstances where the negligent person acted exceptionally wrong, a victim may even seek punitive damages that provide additional compensation to the victim while signaling that their behavior was egregious. Any experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will tell you that mounting a successful personal injury claim after a car accident, burn injury, or construction fall will depend mainly on their ability to liken your particular case…

How Much Can I Recover After a Catastrophic Accident?

December 10, 2020

Catastrophic accidents are injuries so severe that they can permanently alter a victim’s quality of life. From being unable to go to work or take part in the types of activities that once filled your life, a catastrophic injury is generally grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. Hiring a Los Angeles catastrophic accident lawyer with experience handling these types of injury lawsuits is a solid approach for ensuring you get what you need to cover your injuries.  Catastrophic injuries usually involve permanent disabilities or otherwise serious injuries that will require costly medical treatment such as surgery, and ongoing rehabilitation and medical care. Some of the most common catastrophic injuries include spinal cord injuries, amputations, severe burns, brain injuries, and paralysis. Usually, catastrophic injuries are the byproduct of car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bike accidents, truck accidents, construction site accidents, and medical malpractice. No matter what caused your catastrophic injury, dealing with…

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