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Category: Car Accidents

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…

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…

Were You Injured in an Uber Accident in Los Angeles?

November 20, 2020

As ridesharing has exploded in popularity in Los Angeles, the number of accidents involving rideshare vehicles has increased as well. If you have been injured in an Uber accident – whether as an Uber passenger or the occupant of another vehicle – it is important to understand how California law applies to your accident and what insurance coverage may be available. What is the Law Governing Uber Accidents in California? In California, Uber accidents are generally subject to the same laws as all other vehicle collisions. To recover compensation for your losses (i.e., your medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering), you must be able to prove fault. The simple fact that an Uber driver was involved does not automatically mean that the Uber driver (or Uber itself) is liable for your injuries. Instead, to pursue a claim under the driver’s or Uber’s insurance policy, you must be…

Steps to Take Immediately After a Car Accident

November 9, 2020

Getting into a car accident in Los Angeles can leave you feeling pretty shaken up. In addition to the stress or emotional toll the accident may have taken on you, you are likely facing mounting costs related to medical expenses or lost wages. Fortunately, seeking the advice of an experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer can relieve the burden of facing this ordeal on your own. In fact, after a car accident, one of the first things you should do is get an attorney who can make sure you are properly compensated for your injuries and that your medical bills and lost earnings are covered by the at-fault driver’s insurance company. In California, there are a number of steps after a car accident you can take to ensure your resulting personal injury case is well-positioned to recover the full extent of the damages available to you. Below, we review the…

Who Pays for My Injuries After a Car Accident in Los Angeles?

October 9, 2020

Getting into a car accident in Los Angeles can be incredibly stressful. Between navigating any resulting injuries to figuring out how to fix a damaged or totaled car, you’ll want the experience of a Los Angeles car accident lawyer on your side to walk you through the process. One of the questions attorneys are asked most frequently is who is responsible for covering the medical expenses and recovery costs after a car accident. In California, car insurance companies have certain obligations and are generally held accountable for covering drivers’ personal injury claims. Ensuring you have taken all the appropriate steps to document your accident and injury, leaning on your attorney to handle the insurance companies, and following their lead on making important decisions regarding any resulting personal injury claims will be essential to your physical and financial recovery after an accident. Reporting Your Car Accident in California Reporting your car…

Will Your Los Angeles Car Accident Lawyers Fight for Punitive Damages? 

September 29, 2020

Punitive damages are quite a bit different from economic and non-economic damages on a fundamental level. Economic and non-economic damages are “compensatory,” which means they are meant to cover the losses suffered by the plaintiff due to the negligent or wrongful misconduct of the defendant. By contrast, punitive damages are meant as a modifier to the compensatory damages amount, to discourage the defendant (and others who are similarly situated) from engaging in similar misconduct. Confused? Here’s an example: Suppose that you are injured in a car accident by a defendant-driver who was going through a fit of “road rage.” Your damages total $100,000. Simply put, the defendant was angered that you did not let them merge into your lane, and as such, they rammed the back of your car, causing you to crash and sustain significant injuries as a result. Under such circumstances, the court might find that the defendant’s…

Ridesharing in the Age of the Coronavirus

July 24, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted industries that once remained at the forefront of growth, and ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft are some of the hardest hit in the coronavirus economy. Each company saw its earnings plummet as social distancing and stay-at-home orders were implemented to slow the spread, and both company executives and drivers alike were faced with dwindling profits. Drivers, in particular, bore the brunt of the chaos, as they watched their average sales fall dramatically from a lack of ridesharing passengers, and were put into situations that endangered their health and safety if they wanted to continue earning.  Passengers, likewise, found themselves wondering whether hopping into an Uber remained safe, and what their rights were should they encounter a driver who wasn’t adhering to Uber and Lyft guidelines regarding mask wearing or proper social distancing measures. Needless to say, our Los Angeles personal injury lawyer is well…

Recover Compensation for Bodily Injuries in an Accident

June 29, 2020

Los Angeles Accident Attorney Discusses Compensation for Bodily Injuries For most people, suffering an injury is an unwelcome interruption to their lives. Most injuries require some type of medical treatment. Even a simple trip to an emergency room can leave you with thousands of dollars worth of crippling debt. If you suffer a more severe injury, the medical bills only get worse. If your injury prevents you from being able to work, it may seem impossible for you to ever cover the cost of your medical expenses. If you were injured as the result of someone else’s negligence, you should not have to bear the burden of covering the expenses of your injury. Your Los Angeles personal injury attorney can help you receive the compensation to which you are entitled for this unwelcome interruption to your life and daily routine. Types of Injuries We Represent The attorneys at Banafshe Law…

Who is Liable When an Autonomous Vehicle Crashes?

March 25, 2020

The advent of autonomous vehicle technology has created plenty of buzz all over the world, but a variety of questions remain who is to blame when an autonomous vehicle causes an accident. Mass adoption of the technology proclaims that accidents will decrease significantly and therefore significantly reduce insurance premiums. However, autonomous vehicle technology remains far from perfect, and accidents do still occur. A Los Angeles car accident lawyer can help you understand who might be at fault if you’ve been involved in an accident with a self-driving car.  Understanding the Complexity Current automobile accident laws were not designed with self-driving vehicles in mind. In most cases, when a car accident occurs, fault can easily be assigned to the negligence of one or both parties. With self-driving vehicles, it is presumed that the car’s hardware or software may have glitched, causing an accident. In that case, there may be multiple parties…

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