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Another Vehicle Hit My Car. Do I Have a Claim?

April 5, 2022 
by LA Injury Group

Thousands of people suffer injuries and losses in car accidents in California every year. High-impact collisions usually lead to tragic injuries. At the same time, people can also get hurt from minor fender benders. When you or a loved one is involved in a car accident, call the police at once and seek immediate medical attention. Also, contact a LA car accident attorney to help protect your rights and check if you have a claim.

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What Causes Car Collisions in Los Angeles?

There are several reasons why car collisions occur on Los Angeles roads and highways. Most of them are due to the driver’s negligence or errors. These are:

Distracted Driving 

Distracted driving is any action that deviates a driver’s attention away from the road while driving. It includes texting or talking on the phone, talking to passengers, and eating and drinking. The driver might also be fiddling with the stereo or picking up something like money or a phone from the car floor.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

A DUI is a criminal transgression wherein the driver becomes unfit for driving safely. A driver could be intoxicated with alcohol or dangerous substances such as illegal drugs. DUI is also known as driving while intoxicated (DWI) in some states. 

Driver Fatigue

Driver fatigue often results from one or more factors such as prolonged working periods, sleep deprivation, or physical tiredness. Exhaustion typically sets in during long journeys. Inconsistent or disruptive work schedules can also cause a driver’s tiredness. 

Disobeying Traffic Signals (DTS)

DTS violation means the driver disregarded traffic rules and regulations, resulting in catastrophic road accidents. When this happens, the aftermath is devastating. Drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and even bystanders can get hurt, injured, or die.

Reckless Driving

Reckless driving means that the driver has no control over his driving. It also means that he has limited skills. He risks people’s lives when he beats the red light, doesn’t yield to pedestrians, or steps on the gas.

Inclement Weather

Even the experienced driver will have difficulty controlling his vehicle throughout the inclement weather. Any incidental mishap can result in a car accident. This type of accident frequently occurs when the driver isn’t mindful of the dangerous conditions of the road because of the weather and other drivers.  

Road Construction

Road construction is another factor why car accidents occur in Los Angeles. Workers didn’t provide clear and sufficient warning signs to pedestrians and motorists. There could be an open manhole or no lights on the warning signs.

Vehicle Defects

When a vehicle has a defective part, it is likely to break down on the road and cause an accident. It could be that the brakes didn’t work, the tire blew up, or the airbag didn’t work, to name a few. When repair and maintenance have nothing to do with it, the manufacturer could be to blame.

Speaking to a LA car accident attorney is necessary in such a case. There is a third party to why the accident happened, making the case more complicated. You need someone skilled and knowledgeable about the law to help defend your rights.

How to Prove Negligence in a Car Accident?

Proving negligence in a car accident is challenging, and you’ll need all the patience and determination to pursue a claim. Most of all, you need to demonstrate the following:

  • The other driver had a duty to drive his vehicle safely
  • The other driver breached the said duty
  • The other driver’s action caused the collision
  • The car accident directly caused your injuries and losses

Moreover, a car accident can occur due to road defects, malfunctioning streetlights, curb or median, or a defective traffic signal. In this case, you can seek damages against the responsible city, state agency, or county.

Before filing a case though, you need to file a notice of claim to the liable party. You must submit the notice within six months from the date of the injury. Whatever caused your car accident, you need to have an advocate to defend you against those who caused you harm and injury.  

What Do You Need to Prove to Obtain a Claim?

Following a crash, you might be wondering if you have a claim. To qualify to seek damages, you need to meet these two criteria:

  • Another party’s recklessness at least comparatively caused the wreck
  • The collision caused you or a loved one extreme physical injuries

Schedule a Free Consultation with the LA Injury Group

Car accidents have high impacts during collisions, resulting in severe injuries and sometimes death. If you suffer injuries or damage to your property, talk to a Los Angeles car accident attorney at the LA Injury Group. 

Regardless if you need help in getting compensation or dealing with the insurance company, the LA Injury Group will always be here for you. We won’t let anyone take advantage of your situation. 

Schedule a free consultation with us. We work on a contingency fee basis. Call us at (818) 240-1800 and tell us about your case at no obligation. 

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