Northridge Car Accident Lawyer
With cars serving as the primary mode of transportation in Northridge and most of the San Fernando Valley, it should be no surprise that car accidents are a common daily occurrence in the area. Though accidents are common, the consequences may be anything but for those experiencing an accident firsthand. The skilled Northridge car accident lawyers at Walch Law have 45 years of experience that help them understand the aftermath of car accidents intimately; that’s why Robert and Gary know you need closure and a check as quickly as possible. From the moment you hire us we’ll fight to get you the compensation you deserve with no unnecessary delays. Call us today to see why we’re the team you want handling your case when your recovery is at stake.Northridge Risks of Car Accidents
Located in the bustling San Fernando Valley, Northridge is a moderately large city wedged between three congested, massive freeways – the 101, 118, and 405. Though these roads and the city’s busy streets make it convenient to commute, run errands, and travel to other cities in the area, they also pose constant risks for accidents, severe injuries, or even death.
Not only are these busy roads often hazardous due to the government’s struggle to keep them maintained properly, motorists must content with an even greater hazard – other drivers. Nearly 80 percent of drivers admit to at least engaging in at least one negligent (and illegal) behavior occasionally; texting while driving. Include other unsafe behaviors such as speeding, tailgating, or drunk driving, and it’s safe to view all other motorists as posing an accident threat. In 2019, a woman was killed when a vehicle ran a red light at Balboa Boulevard and Lassen Street and struck her vehicle.How to Win Your Case
If you were hurt in a car accident, it’s no wonder you’d like to be compensated for the damage done to you. Most victims pursue compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit alleging that the defendant’s negligence caused their harm. These suits are not limited to other drivers – any negligent party may properly be sued, such as negligent mechanics, car manufacturers, or even government agencies in charge of road maintenance.
After proving your harm was caused by the defendant’s breach of their owed duty of care to you, they will owe you compensation for damages unless they have a valid defense. You can also establish negligence if you prove the defendant harmed you while violating a law or rule meant to promote public safety. This includes traffic laws such as the prohibition against speeding or texting while driving.Car Accident Damages
It’s no secret that car accidents can be expensive when injuries, property damage, and other consequences are factored into the equation. To compensate a victim negligently injured by another, courts may award damages to make them whole for the physical, emotional, and financial harm they suffered. Awards may issue for injuries such as:
- Hospital bills
- Property damage
- Funeral expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Lost wages and lost future earning capacity
- Scarring and disability
It’s normal to feel confusion and a rush of emotions following a car accident; no wonder – you’ve just been through a traumatic experience. However, it’s important you don’t forget to do a few easy things which can benefit your future claim for damages, help you recover physically, and prevent mistakes that could seriously harm your chance for compensation.
- Call 911 if anyone is injured or if property was damaged
- Notify law enforcement and cooperate with all responding officers
- Notify your insurer an accident occurred, but decline to give any recorded statements
- Exchange license and insurance information with all drivers
- Obtain contact information from all witnesses
- Seek medical attention even if you believe you weren’t hurt
- Keep paystubs, medical bills, and all other documents related to your accident and injuries
- Photograph the accident scene, vehicles involved, any injuries you sustained, and any evidence such as skid marks that could indicate fault
- Avoid apologizing, admitting fault, commenting about your health or your injuries
- Do not post about the accident, parties involved, your injuries, or any legal action on social media
Car accidents are expensive; it’s not surprising that hefty hospital bills, a short- or long-term inability to work, and costly property repairs make many people believe they can’t afford help from an attorney. The Northridge car accident lawyers at Walch Law know your situation and take all their cases on a contingency basis so everyone can pursue the justice they deserve. That means you pay nothing until we’ve gotten you paid first. Contact us today to have your questions answered, learn about the lawsuit process, and find out how we’ll put our 40 plus years of personal injury experience to work in order to get you the maximum possible compensation.