UNITED ATTORNEY GROUP
A Professional Law Corporation
A serious auto accident can be a very traumatic and difficult experience. The Los Angeles and Orange County personal injury attorneys at United Attorney Group are here to help you. Regardless of whether the accident was a fender-bender or a catastrophic collision, our auto accident attorneys are here to help you and provide answers and direction 24/7.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident or you have a question that has not been answered, call United Attorney Group now at (844) 960-9800 to contact our Los Angeles or Orange County auto accident lawyers.
How we will fight for you
United Attorney Group is an experienced personal injury firm in Los Angeles and Orange County. Our attorneys are experienced in auto accident litigation and the residents of Los Angeles and Orange County have trusted United Attorney Group over the past years. Why? Because our auto accident lawyers have the knowledge and experience to get you the results you deserve.
Our personal injury firm can represent you as an auto accident attorney with a combination of courtroom skills and work ethic, leading to the results that our clients deserve. Our success has allowed us to attract and retain some of the most accomplished and competent trial lawyers in this field of law.
Proving Negligence in a Car Accident Claim
The outcome of many car accident lawsuits hinges on the legal theory of negligence. Negligence occurs when a person or entity behaves in a careless manner that results in the injury or harm to another person. Under the law, a person is required to exercise reasonable care whenever they are driving a motor vehicle, essentially staying aware of any pedestrians, road obstacles, or other drivers. In addition, they are responsible for controlling the speed their vehicle is going. If they fail to exercise this care, it can be considered negligence.
If you are dealing with catastrophic injuries that have caused you pain and suffering, as well as other damages following a car accident, United Attorney Group can help you determine if any negligence was involved, so that the responsible party can be held liable for any of these damages.
Proving this negligence can be complex, requiring that you show:
The defendant owed duty to the injured party (plaintiff)
The defendant breached this duty in some way
That breach specifically caused the victim's injuries
The harm could have been reasonably predicted based on the negligence
The victim suffered actual damages (medical bills, lost wages, etc.)
Depending on the case, the defendant may be automatically presumed negligent and will be required to prove otherwise if they wish to avoid paying damages, such as in a clear violation of driving laws, whether due to drunk driving, right-of-way violations, or something similar.
Our Los Angeles car accident lawyers can not only hold the negligent party responsible, but also thoroughly assess your case to determine if there were any third parties that may have led to the accident, such as construction companies, bartenders, employers, and more.
What Our PERSONAL INJURY LAW Firm Can do for You
Here are a few things we can do for you immediately:
What happens during a car accident claim? Keep reading for a step-by-step breakdown.
What Caused Your Car Accident?
Reasons for car accidents typically fall into one of two categories: those caused by driver error and those not caused by driver error. Driver error accidents typically occur due to negligence on the part of the vehicle operator or failure to adhere to traffic laws.
Some common factors that can often lead to car accidents include:
What to Expect at Each Phase of a Car Accident Lawsuit
There are several phases someone who has been in a car accident and subsequently files a lawsuit can expect to experience. While not all cases will go to trial, here is what to expect after you file a lawsuit:
Interrogatories are the first phase of discovery following the filing of an accident-related lawsuit. Interrogatories are a list of questions, typically 30 or so, which are sent to the opposing party to gather information. This list is most often limited to no more than 45 questions to protect the recipient from harassment. The types of questions included in interrogatories are usually broad-stroke inquiries, regarding how the car accident occurred, what injuries the party is claiming, and what type of medical treatments have been received since the car accident.
Depositions are the second stage of gathering information during a lawsuit. These typically involve the oral interview of the party involved in the accident by a skilled attorney. Various individuals may be interviewed during a deposition, including involved drivers, passengers, witnesses, police officers, and doctors who treated resulting injuries. Each deposition usually takes a few hours and is scheduled ahead of time to give all interviewees due notice.
Collecting a Settlement
The winning party will be awarded a settlement as compensation for damages or injuries sustained in the car crash. Settlements take place before a trial concludes and often are a way to avoid the trial process altogether while still granting recompense to the affected parties. If a settlement is reached, it is the legal obligation of the indebted party to pay the amount due in a timely manner. Failure to do so could result in garnished wages or other punitive actions. While it may take a long time to start receiving payments, you should be able to eventually collect your full reward.
The Trial Phase
Most car accident claims are resolved via settlement. However, if no agreement can be reached, a trial is necessary to determine fault and liability in the matter of the car accident. The trial process is comprised of six parts: jury selection, opening statements, presentation of evidence, closing arguments, jury deliberation, and verdict. Once the jury has decided who is at fault, the case is closed and payments will be ordered for the winning party.