Car accidents are a fact of life in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California. And while we don’t think about getting into an accident when we’re in our cars, accidents can and do happen. If you were injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness, call The Dominguez Firm for a free consultation at 877-924-2639 today. We’re available 24/7 to take your call.
The Dominguez Firm has over 30 years of experience helping car accident victims obtain the compensation they’re entitled to. Our award-winning Los Angeles car accident lawyers, skilled investigators and client-oriented staff allow us to go toe-to-toe with insurance companies and their attorneys. And if the insurance companies refuse to compensate you fairly, we have the financial resources to go to trial. Not all personal injury law firms can say the same. Some will settle for less in order to minimize their costs or refer your case out because they can’t handle it in-house.
For over 30 years, The Dominguez Firm has successfully resolved thousands of Los Angeles car accident cases, and cases throughout Southern California. We have recovered over $1 billion* for grateful clients and will work to do the same for you.
Below you’ll find some of the most common questions we receive from car accident victims and how we can help you.
Do you need to hire a Los Angeles car accident lawyer?
If you’ve been in a car accident, you may be asking yourself whether you need to hire a car accident attorney. If you’ve suffered an injury, then yes, you should consult with a car accident lawyer. That’s because even accidents that appeared to be minor at first can later prove to be complicated. When the accident happens, you may be in shock and unaware of any injuries. They may take time to appear and when they do, they can cause severe pain and complications. In situations such as these, it is essential to have a car accident lawyer by your side.
If you’ve been in a serious car accident, then it’s crucial that you hire a law firm with a record of success in Los Angeles car accident cases. These include any accident that resulted in emergency medical care, hospitalization and/or left you unable to work.
This is not the time to go it alone. Insurance companies will do everything they can to minimize your claim, regardless of the extent of your injuries. Sometimes, the other person involved in the accident will dispute who’s to blame. These situations can and do arise. The Dominguez Firm has successfully handled all types of car accidents and injuries. We know the insurance companies and the other side’s tactics because we’ve confronted them all and we know how to counteract them.
And if you think you can’t afford to hire a team of Los Angeles car accident lawyers, think again. The Dominguez Firm works on a contingency basis. That means we receive a percentage of your final settlement or verdict amount. You pay no upfront fees or costs. And in the unlikely event that we are unable to obtain compensation for you, you owe us nothing. You win, or you don’t pay! So, you have nothing to lose and so much to gain by hiring The Dominguez Firm.
Questions you should ask a Los Angeles auto accident lawyer before hiring them:
- Have you handled cases like mine? How many?
- If I lose, will I be responsible for your expenses?
- What are your fees?
- What staffing and financial resources do you have to fight my case?
- How long have you been handling Los Angeles car accident cases?
- How long will my case take?
- What can be done to improve the chances of a successful outcome?
- How many cases has your firm won in a jury verdict?
- What were your top 5 jury verdicts?
- Were those top verdicts with in-house car accident lawyers, or did you need or use outside lawyers?
What to do after an accident
- Move to a secure area if it’s safe to do so and call 911 to report the accident.
- Seek immediate medical attention.
- Provide the officers on the scene with the facts of the accident as best you can.
- Gather witness information and take pictures of the cars involved and the accident scene, but only if it’s safe to do so.
- Hire The Dominguez Firm to handle all aspects of your car accident case.
What should I not do?
- Do not admit fault or any wrongdoing. Also, don’t apologize since that can be understood to be an admission of guilt.
- Do not guess or assume facts when providing information to a police officer.
- Do not delay medical treatment.
- Do not give statements to ANY insurance companies or their representatives (including your own) until you have consulted with our firm.
- Do not accept any settlement offers or settlement agreements without consulting with your lawyer.
What are some common car accident injuries?
While a lot of people think the bigger the crash, and the more property damage to your car, the bigger the injury. The truth is that even small or seemingly minor accidents can result in catastrophic injuries. It doesn’t take much force to hurt vulnerable areas such as the spine, brain, joints, and bones.
What are some of the most common injuries?
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Wrongful death
- Spinal cord injuries, including partial or full paralysis, whether temporary or permanent
- Whiplash and nerve injuries
- Internal injuries, including bruised, damaged, and/or lacerated organs
- Crush injuries
- Facial injuries, eye injuries, dental injuries, and scarring
- Broken bones
- Torn ligaments
- Dislocated joints and/or deranged joints
- Cuts and lacerations
- Muscle strain and/or sprain
The legal process and time frames
In Los Angeles, lawsuits related to car accident injuries are generally treated as personal injury lawsuits and filed in civil court. The plaintiff (the person filing the lawsuit) seeks to recover money from the defendant (the person being sued). Here is a general overview of the steps involved in filing a lawsuit.
- File a complaint. The first step in pursuing a car accident lawsuit is to file a complaint with the court. This provides a detailed narrative laying out what happened, the damages you are claiming, and the legal basis for bringing the lawsuit. You must file your complaint within your state’s statute of limitations—in the case of California, within 2 years of the accident that caused your injuries.
- Serve the Defendant with the complaint. After filing your complaint with the court, you must inform the defendant that you have filed a lawsuit against them. This process is formally known as ‘serving the complaint,’ and you must follow strict guidelines in order for the court to consider the document properly served.
- The Defendant files an answer to your complaint. This answer will usually include admission or denial of the factual allegations laid out in your complaint and set forward any legal defenses.
- Discovery. Once the complaint and answer have been filed in court, both parties will request and exchange information. This process is known as discovery. During this phase, you may be asked to produce documents, answer written questions, or undergo depositions related to the case. The defendant will also have the opportunity to do the same.
- Trial. Once discovery is complete, both sides will gather and present their arguments to a judge or jury. If the evidence is overwhelming for one side, the case may settle before going to trial. If not, both the Plaintiff and Defendant will be given the opportunity to present evidence, produce witnesses, cross-examine the witnesses of the opposing party, present experts, etc. Once the trial is closed, the judge or jury will deliberate and issue a verdict in favor of either the Plaintiff or Defendant based on a ‘preponderance of evidence’ supporting their claim, and a judgment will be entered, including an amount in compensation, if any.
Filing a personal injury lawsuit in Los Angeles for your car accident claim is no simple task. It requires a significant amount of skill and experience. This is not something the average person can successfully take on by themselves.
What types of compensation am I entitled to?
- Medical expenses. You are entitled to compensation for medical bills related to your injury. Among these are:
- Hospital bills
- Ambulance bills
- Physical therapy
- Consultations with specialists
- In-home care services
- Psychiatric counseling
- Property damage. You are entitled to compensation for damage to your property—in most cases, the cost of repairing or replacing your car.
- Pain and suffering. Also known as ‘non-economic damages,’ pain and suffering are damages related to the invisible impacts of the accident on your quality of life. These damages are meant to compensate for physical and mental distress resulting from the accident, such as anxiety or PTSD. Under the guidance of an experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer, these more difficult-to-quantify damages can account for a sizeable portion of your accident compensation.
- Lost wages. If your injuries have impacted your ability to work, you are entitled to compensation for lost wages. Your employer will need to provide a letter stating your salary and the hours you have missed.
- Punitive damage. If the conduct of the defendant was particularly malicious or willful, then you may receive punitive damages as well. Punitive damages are given more to punish the defendant and discourage them from acting in a similar manner in the future.
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What are the different types of car accidents, their causes, and related statistics?
Car accidents come in all shapes, sizes, and situations. Some of the more common car accidents include:
- Rear-end collisions
- Head-on collisions
- Left-turn collisions
- Side-swipe collisions
- T-bone collisions
- Merging collisions
- Failure to yield right-of-way collisions
These accidents can include any of the following types of vehicles:
- Passenger vehicles (4-door, 2-door, hatchback)
- Sport utility vehicles (SUVs)
- Pick-up trucks
- Light utility trucks
- Box trucks
- Large commercial trucks (aka as big rigs, 18-wheelers, or tractor-trailers)
Causes of car accidents include:
- Distracted driving (texting, eating, using one hand to talk on the phone, etc.)
- Drowsy, fatigued, or sleepy driving
- Impaired driving (driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol)
- Reckless driving
- Following too close
- Ignoring traffic signals, road signage, and stop signs
- Vehicle defects or vehicle recalls
- Roadway design, repair, or maintenance issues
- Teenage or inexperienced drivers
- Lane splitting (for motorcyclists)
- Construction zones
If you’d like to read more, here is an article about the common causes of car accidents.
According to data compiled by the California Office of Traffic Safety, fatality statistics related to car accidents include:
I’m undocumented, can you still take my case?
Yes. In California, it is against the rules in any civil case, including a car accident lawsuit, to use someone’s immigration status against them. In other words, when someone is negligent and causes you injury, it doesn’t matter what, how, or why you are here. To be on the safe side, we always issue privacy objections to stop any line of questioning meant to obtain this type of information.
While English is the language spoken in the courtroom, it is common for non-English speakers to utilize licensed interpreters. Our car accident attorneys work with some of the best interpreters in Los Angeles that can help be your voice, often matching your dialect, tone, and intonations, to ensure the translation and interpretation are spot on and conveys your story and emotions.
Can I get compensation for a car accident if I am partly to blame for it?
Yes. California is a “comparative fault” state, which means your total recovery will be reduced by the percentage you are deemed to have contributed to the accident occurring. For example, if you’re total recovery is $1,000,000 and your actions were deemed to have contributed 25% to the accident, then your recovery is $750,000. You can recover even if you are considered 99% at-fault. When speaking to a personal injury attorney, this will be discussed.
What if I was working or on-the-clock at the time of my accident?
Depending on the specific facts of your case, you may be able to make a workers’ compensation claim and file a lawsuit in civil court against at-fault third parties (non-employer). Fortunately, we have you covered as we not only have award-winning auto accident lawyers on staff, we also have a workers’ compensation department with extensive experience and success handling all types of workers’ comp cases.
How our award-winning auto accident attorneys can help you
In addition to everything discussed above, our core values focus on compassion, service, and results. Our Los Angeles car accident lawyers take a client-first approach and aim to give you the best, most personable service possible. We keep you informed, answer your questions, and never make any important decisions without first informing and consulting with you.
Results also matter, and with over $1 billion* recovered for thousands of injured clients, we have the track record to prove it. Our team of award-winning accident lawyers, including an expert trial team, has won several multi-million-dollar jury verdicts and settlements including a $29 million auto accident verdict.
According to SAFE, there were 312 traffic deaths in 2022. Which meant a 29% increase over 2020 and a 6% increase from the previous year. These injuries can change a person’s life forever and if you were injured it is your right to get justice for the injuries you suffered.
The attorneys at Starpoint Law created a mission statement to provide the best legal representation for those who were injured after a car accident.
We strive to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients and ensure that we are creating the best experience for our clients.
We care about the people in our community and want to give you the best legal representation possible because it is your right to compensation if you suffered an injury after a car accident.
Auto accidents are one of the leading causes of serious injuries in California.
According to the most recent data from the California Highway Patrol (CHP), more than 250,000 people are injured in traffic collisions in the state each year.
Following a major accident, injured victims need to know how to protect their legal rights.
Being involved in a car accident can be devastating, and the recovery process can be long, daunting, and expensive.
Injured victims may be eligible to obtain financial compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering, and other damages.
The experienced car accident attorneys in Los Angeles at Starpoint Law have years of experience handling personal injury cases and are committed to providing aggressive yet compassionate representation to every client.
Why Hire Starpoint Injury Law for Your Motor Vehicle Accident?
At Starpoint Law, our car accident attorneys in Los Angeles have extensive experience fighting for the legal rights and financial interests of injured victims.
To provide our clients with the highest and most professional experience while dealing with complex legal situations.
We handle our cases one-on-one and take a special approach to each car collision or motor vehicle accident. Whether it was a multi-vehicle accident or a rear-end collision our legal team is here to help.
If you or your family member has been in a motor vehicle accident in California, you need skilled legal representation.
For a free, no-obligation consultation, please do not hesitate to contact our Los Angeles law office today.
Recent Case Settlements for Auto Accidents We Have Won
- $1,175,000 settlement above policy limits for victims of auto accidents involving a rideshare vehicle
- $1,475,000 car accident settlement involving back and neck injuries
- $1,000,000 settlement for 60-year-old involved in rear-end collision with grocery truck
The California Car Accident Statute of Limitations
Under California law, car accident victims generally have two years from the date of the collision to file a personal injury claim.
If you were hurt in an accident, and you fail to file your claim on time, then your case will likely be dismissed.
There is no reason to wait to take action: you should contact a car accident attorney in Los Angeles as soon as possible after a major traffic collision.
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What to Do After a Car Accident in California
Should I Seek Medical Attention?
If you were injured in an auto accident in Los Angeles, it is crucial that you seek medical evaluation.
Many common car accident injuries — from concussions and back injuries to whiplash and other forms of soft tissue damage— come with a delayed onset.
Even if you believe that you can deal with the pain on your own, you may be far more injured than you realize.
Beyond your health, you should also know that car accident victims cannot pursue a personal injury claim unless they have valid medical documentation to support their damages.
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How Do I Report the Accident?
Under California law, all traffic accidents that result in any physical injury or at least $1,000 in total property damage should be reported to state or local law enforcement officials.
It is in your best interests to ensure that a police officer gets to the scene of your crash to draft an official accident report.
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Secure and Record Relevant Evidence
All successful legal claims are built on a strong foundation of reliable evidence. To protect your legal rights, you should try to secure and record as much relevant information related to your accident as possible.
Among other things, this includes taking pictures of the accident, getting the contact information of any witnesses, and obtaining the name and insurance information of all drivers involved in the wreck.
Consult with a Car Accident Attorney in Los Angeles
Ultimately, the best thing you can do to protect your legal rights is to consult with an experienced car accident attorney in Los Angeles as soon as possible after an accident.
Your lawyer will be able to conduct an in-depth investigation of your claim — taking whatever action is necessary to help you get access to the full and fair financial compensation you deserve.
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Proving Liability in an Auto Accident Case
California is a fault-based car accident jurisdiction. To hold another driver — or any other entity — legally liable for your auto accident injuries, you must be able to prove that their negligence played a role in contributing to your accident.
Negligence is reckless or careless conduct that falls short of the standards that a reasonably prudent person would live up to in a similar situation. Some common examples of negligence include:
- Failure to yield;
- Running a stop sign;
- Unsafe merging;
- Inattentive driving;
- Distracted driving;
- Drunk driving;
- Drugged driving; and
- Failure to conduct proper vehicle maintenance
To prove negligence, you will need compelling supporting evidence. In some cases, an at-fault driver may own up to their own culpability for the wreck.
However, this certainly does not always happen. Injured victims should be ready to contact experienced car accident attorneys in Los Angeles who can help them put together a strong, persuasive legal claim.
Notably, California is a comparative fault state. Multiple parties can share liability for the same accident. In these complex legal cases, each party’s liability will be directly proportional to their level of fault.
If a driver was 80 percent responsible for an accident, they should be held legally liable for 80 percent of the resulting damages. An injured victim can be held partially liable for their own accident.
While partial fault will not prevent you from recovering compensation entirely, it will reduce the overall value of your financial recovery.
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Financial Compensation Available to Injured Victims
Establishing liability for your injuries is only one aspect of bringing a successful car accident injury claim.
Even when liability is clear, insurance companies will still fight these cases — attempting to settle the claim for the lowest amount possible.
To recover the full financial compensation that you are entitled to under California law, you must be able to present a well-documented account of your damages.
At Starpoint Law, our Los Angeles car accident lawyers know how to help plaintiffs maximize their financial recovery. You may be entitled to money damages for:
- Emergency medical care;
- All other medical bills;
- Rehabilitative expenses;
- Lost current and future income;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress;
- Permanent impairment;
- Reduced quality of life; and
- Wrongful death damages.
A Los Angeles car crash attorney will calculate the fair amount of damages to seek for your case.
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Tips for Staying Safe on Los Angeles Roads
While not every accident can be avoided, taking safety measures while on the road can help prevent unnecessary accidents. To help you stay safe on the roads, you should:
- Allow enough time to get to your destination;
- Pay full attention to the road;
- Try not to drive during bad weather;
- Maintain a safe distance between vehicles;
- Ensure all passengers are wearing seatbelts; and
- Obey the speed limit.
Following all road rules and making an effort to drive safely can help keep you and other drivers around you safe.
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Why Should You Hire an Auto Accident Lawyer in Los Angeles?
While many try to handle their car accident claims on their own, it is wise to have an auto accident lawyer in Los Angeles handle your case. A Los Angeles accident attorney can help you in a variety of ways:
- Attorneys have knowledge of all relevant laws;
- Your attorney can help determine how much your claim is worth;
- Your attorney can help you seek fair compensation;
- A car accident attorney is experienced in settlement negotiations; and
- A lawyer will know how to strengthen your claim.
A car accident attorney can be the strongest ally in your fight.
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Contact Starpoint Law; Experienced Los Angeles Car Accident Lawyers
At Starpoint, LC Attorneys at Law, our Los Angeles car accident lawyers are committed advocates for injured victims.
If you or your loved one was hurt in a traffic collision in Southern California, we are here to help.
For a free, fully confidential review of your car accident injury claim, please do not hesitate to contact our legal team today.
Fighting For Those Injured in Catastrophic Car Crashes
Those who survive a major car accident may be left with serious injuries and nowhere to turn for financial assistance. At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, our car accident Attorneys in Los Angeles are committed to helping car crash victims and their loved ones by filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim on their behalf.
Because we focus our attention on only the most catastrophic injury claims, we have the resources and bandwidth to take on cases that other firms might turn down.
To find out how our Los Angeles catastrophic car accident lawyers can help with your car accident claim, contact our firm at (866) 634-4525.
We Handle a Variety of Catastrophic Car Accidents
Our Los Angeles Car Accident Attorneys have the experience to take an all types of car accident claims for clients across the country.
Types of serious car accident cases we handle:
- Uber & Lyft accidents
- Van accidents
- Taxi accidents
- Distracted driving accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Auto defect-related accidents
A Los Angeles car accident attorney from our firm will help you find the party that is responsible for your accident and help you recover the compensation you need. Remember, don’t risk your future on a car crash in Los Angeles, get a car accident attorney near you who knows how to build a strong case.
What Are the Common Car Accident Injuries in Los Angeles?
To an accident victim, there’s no such thing as a “straightforward” or “simple” car accident claim. However, some crashes are so severe that they leave victims with life-altering physical injuries, disabilities, and decreased quality of life.
In the aftermath of a crash like this, you may need immediate hospitalization and surgical intervention just to survive. Long after leaving the hospital behind, you may still suffer from disfiguring injuries and a significant degree of post-traumatic stress. On top of that, it can often be difficult for crash victims to negotiate with insurance providers and secure enough financial resources for their medical bills and other expenses.
In addition to emotional pain and suffering, victims may suffer the following injuries:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and head wounds
- Internal organ damage
- Bone fractures
- Cuts, bruises, and lacerations
- Amputations and severed limbs
- Spinal cord injuries
- Paraplegia and quadriplegia
What Is the California Car Accident Statute of Limitations?
In California, the statute of limitations for car accidents is two years from the date of the accident. This means that if you don’t file a lawsuit within two years, you will likely be unable to recover damages for your injuries. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. For example, the deadline may be extended if the car accident was caused by a minor or someone lacking mental capacity.
If you’re not sure whether you have a case, it’s important to speak with our Los Angeles car accident attorneys as soon as possible. We will be able to help you understand the statute of limitations and determine whether you have a case.
Who Is Liable for My Injuries & Losses After a Car Accident?
When you’ve been seriously injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to pursue a civil lawsuit against the responsible party and collect damages for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, long-term care, lost wages, and other needs. Depending on the nature of your car accident, however, it’s possible for multiple parties to be held liable for your losses. From car part manufacturers who fail to consider your safety to drunk drivers on New Year’s Eve, there are many individuals and organizations that could potentially be held accountable after a crash.
Some of the most common parties involved in a car accident claim:
- Car insurance providers
- Automobile manufacturers, sellers, and marketers
- A company that leased or rented a vehicle
- Commercial employers
- Other drivers on the road
- Truck drivers and other commercial vehicle operators
- Car dealerships
- Car mechanics and auto shops
- The government agency or property owner responsible for the road
- Construction site planners and managers
Our Car Accident Settlements & Verdicts
At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, our Los Angeles car accident law firm has won millions for auto accident victims and their families.