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Altadena Car Accident Lawyers

Altadena Car Accident Attorney- Andrew L. Ellis Andy Ellis is one of the most successful Car Accident lawyers in Los Angeles California. Meet Mr. Ellis and find out how he helps his clients who are injured in auto accidents.

The Altadena car accident lawyers at Ellis Injury Law Firm are committed to serving those who have been involved in auto accidents in Southern California. When a careless driver causes an accident, it can injure another driver, a carload of passengers, and even the families of those who were affected. Our car accident lawyers work to hold those at-fault drivers responsible for the damages they cause.

Who is responsible for a car accident?

When a driver runs a red light, fails to yield, or takes some other careless action that causes a collision, it may seem obvious that that driver is responsible for the accident. However, from a legal standpoint, there may be many other potential defendants such as:

  • The owner of the vehicle
  • The driver’s employer
  • The underage driver’s parents
  • A business that improperly serviced the vehicle
  • A bar that served the driver an excessive amount of alcohol before the crash

A skilled car accident lawyer will examine the facts of your case and do some investigation to determine who may be legally responsible for the crash. This is an important step in knowing which parties’ insurance may be available to pay for the damages and who should be included in a lawsuit.

When the injured party is partly at fault

California law allows a party to recover compensation from an at-fault party even if the injured party was also partly to blame. Each driver is responsible for the percentage of fault he or she bears for the damages; this is known as comparative negligence.

When a case goes to trial, a jury will be asked to determine the monetary value of the losses suffered by the plaintiff, and to apportion the degree of fault that each party bears for the accident. The plaintiff would be entitled to a judgment in the amount equal to the monetary value reduced by the degree of his or her fault.

Well before a case goes to trial, it is common for insurance adjusters and attorneys on behalf of the defendant to contact the plaintiff in an attempt to talk the plaintiff into accepting an unfairly low settlement amount. When the plaintiff was partly to blame, they will use this to misrepresent the strength of the claim. When you choose a car accident lawyer, you can direct all communications through your attorney and avoid the pressure of these unfair pressure tactics.

What a car accident lawyer can do for you

Experienced car accident lawyers help their clients before and during the accident claims and litigation process. In addition to reviewing your case, explaining its strengths and weaknesses, and determining who should be included in a claim, your car accident attorney will offer sound advice and counsel. He or she will assess the litigation and prepare the strongest case possible to maximize a settlement or verdict.

As your advocate, your attorney also becomes your primary contact person for the case. This means other attorneys or adjusters will no longer be allowed to hassle you by contacting you directly without your or your attorney’s permission. Clients often find this to be a major relief.

If you have been injured in a car accident in Altadena or another part of Southern California, call Ellis Law today to schedule a free, confidential consultation. We are here to meet your needs and we never charge a fee up-front; we do not get paid until we secure payment on your behalf.