Beverly Hills Car Accident Lawyers
Helping Car Crash Victims Win Just Compensation
Automobile accidents can result in serious personal injury or wrongful death to drivers and passengers alike. Given the millions of cars on California's roads and highways, even defensive driving may not be enough to protect you from an accident. The Beverly Hills car accident attorneys at Levitt, Leichenger & Aberle LLP have decades of experience representing people who have been injured in collisions with negligent or reckless drivers.
Our Beverly Hills car accident attorneys have what it takes to investigate your crash and collect evidence, calculate the total amount you need to pay off all your accident-related expenses, and negotiate or litigate on your behalf. While most car accident claims settle outside of court, our trial-tested litigators are willing to stand up for you in court should your case make it to trial. We understand the aftermath of a car crash can be a hectic and difficult period and are prepared to handle the legal aspects of your case on your behalf so you can dedicate more time to what’s important—your recovery.
California Car Accident Data
Car crashes are one of the deadliest events in the United States. In 2019 alone, there were 33,244 fatal motor vehicle accidents which lead to 36,096 fatalities nationwide. That same year, 3,316 fatal crashes caused 3,606 deaths in California, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
More California Crash Facts:
- In 2019, car occupants made up the majority of traffic fatalities at 33% of that year’s traffic deaths followed next by pedestrians (27%) and pickup and SUV occupants (19%).
- 71% of fatal crash victims were found to have a blood alcohol count (BAC) above zero.
- In California that same year, 68% of crash deaths occurred in urban areas and 31% in urban areas (a small percentage occurred in unknown areas).
- Related Reading: Los Angeles County is Rated Most Dangerous for Drivers - Here’s Why
Common Causes & Effects of Car Accidents
Factors that often lead to traffic accidents in California include:
- Distracted driving
- Driving while intoxicated
- Speeding, tailgating, and other reckless driving
- Driving while fatigued
- Disobeying traffic signs, signals, and laws
- Not looking out for pedestrians, cyclists, and bikers
Drivers and occupants of automobiles face significant risks of serious personal injury or wrongful death when involved in an automobile accident, especially when the other car is a heavier truck, van, or SUV. Neck and spine injuries frequently occur from rear-end collisions, while head injuries, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), are often the unfortunate result of rollovers and roof crushes. Head-on collisions are particularly dangerous because the speed of the vehicles is multiplied by the resulting force on the passengers.
What Should I Do If I’m Involved in an Auto Accident?
Getting into even a minor car accident can throw off your entire life. You may suddenly be forced to deal with car repairs, taking time off work, doctor’s appointments, and insurance claims. It’s no wonder, then, that getting into a car crash can set off a host of emotions and worries as well as chemicals like adrenaline that can make it difficult to think or behave rationally. Fortunately, if you can manage to stay calm and remember the basics of what to do post-accident, you can be well on your way to protecting both your health and potential car accident claim.
If you find yourself involved in a car accident, do the following as soon as possible:
- Seek medical attention, especially if you or someone else involved with the crash have suffered serious injuries. Call an ambulance to the scene immediately if needed; if not, head to a doctor as soon as possible after leaving the crash scene. Even if you don’t have any obvious injuries, internal injuries (including brain damage) can be latent for days or even weeks, so it’s best to always schedule a post-crash checkup just to be safe.
- Exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver or drivers involved in the crash.
- Call law enforcement to the scene and file an accident report.
- Take pictures of the crash scene, including any property damage, bodily injuries, road and weather conditions, and anything else you believe may be relevant to the investigation.
- Call a local car accident lawyer to discuss your legal options during a free case evaluation.
What to Avoid After a Car Accident
If you were involved in an auto accident, there are also some things you should avoid doing:
- Do not apologize or say things like "I'm sorry" or "I feel guilty" . Doing so may be seen as an admission of fault or wrongdoing.
- When providing information to a police officer about the incident, do not guess or assume facts. Only provide what you know occurred.
- Do not delay seeking treatment -- you may have injuries that are not obvious now and may appear in a few days or weeks.
- Do not provide statements to insurance representatives (even your own) until you speak with a car accident attorney.
- Do not accept offers for settlement or agreements without consulting an attorney first.
Damages Available in a Car Accident Case
Damages you may be able to recover after filing a bicycle accident claim include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Punitive damages
The exact damages awarded will depend on the facts of your unique case and needs. When you hire a Beverly Hills car accident lawyer at Levitt, Leichenger & Aberle LLP, we will help you calculate the exact amount of funds you need to make your best recovery now and into the future. Be sure to save all bills, receipts, and other documentation related to your accident to help accurately determine how much compensation you need.
The Comparative Negligence Defense
Defendants often claim that the injured driver or rider was also negligent and, in some way, contributed to the accident or exacerbated the injuries, by driving recklessly or following too close, or by not wearing a seat belt or a helmet. In California, such contributory negligence is not a complete defense to recovery but will serve to limit the amount of damages an injured plaintiff can collect. Under California's doctrine of pure comparative negligence, even a plaintiff who is more than 50% responsible for causing an accident may still sue and recover from a negligent defendant for that person's portion of negligence.
The Value of Experienced Representation
The attorneys at Levitt, Leichenger & Aberle LLP are particularly experienced in handling motor vehicle accident cases. Our familiarity with these types of cases enables us to appreciate the extent of liability owed by the defendant and to argue persuasively for a full and fair recovery, whether in negotiations with the insurance company or in front of a jury seeking a verdict and monetary judgment.
Brain Injury $7.75 Million
Motorcycle Accident $7.3 Million
Spinal Cord Injury $6.7 Million
Wrongful Death $6.55 Million
Child Brain Injury $3.5 Million
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