Los Angeles Car Accident Lawyer | Ellis Injury Law

Los Angeles Car Accident Lawyer

A car accident can change your life forever, leaving you with serious injuries, significant financial hardship, and troubling questions about your future. If your accident was caused by a reckless or negligent driver, you have rights and the Los Angeles car accident lawyers at Ellis Law are here to protect them.  

With law offices in El Segundo, we are proven advocates for people who have suffered serious and life-changing injuries in L.A., Anaheim, Bakersfield, Diamond Bar and throughout Southern California. 

But don’t just take our word for it. See what past clients have to say about our legal services. Our case results speak for themselves. 

If It Wasn’t Your Fault, You Shouldn’t Have to Pay 

California personal injury law is clear when it comes to car accident cases: The person who is found at-fault for causing a car accident is responsible for losses suffered by victims. These losses may include medical bills, wage loss, property damage, pain and suffering, and more. 

How does liability coverage impact my case?  

California law requires that every driver carries liability coverage. Of course, careless drivers may be careless in other ways and fail to fulfill their requirements concerning car insurance.  

If your accident was caused by a driver who let their insurance lapse, you may still seek compensation for your losses, but it will have to come from some other source, such as directly suing the at-fault driver or drawing upon the uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage in your own car insurance policy. 

Protect yourself; hire the experts 

Car insurance issues can become very complex after a motor vehicle accident. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer at Ellis Law can analyze the available insurance coverage in your accident to help you determine which course of action best suits your overall financial needs. If you’re feeling uncertain, we cover in more detail the importance of having an attorney further down the page.  

Accounting the Full Scope of Your Injuries 

In seeking fair compensation for your injuries, it is necessary to fully account for the many losses you have suffered due to the actions of a careless driver (or other negligent party), and how this accident has changed your life. 

Car accident victims often face profound hardships that last months, years, or even a lifetime. These hardships may include: 

  • Medical expenses: From an initial ambulance ride and emergency room care to ongoing doctor’s visits and home health care, the cost of treating car accident injuries is enormous. 
  • Lost wages: A car accident can leave you temporarily or even permanently disabled, making it impossible to do the work you once did. Personal injury law allows you to seek compensation for lost wages and lost earning capacity. 
  • Pain and suffering: Non-economic damages are also available in a car accident lawsuit. These include pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life. 
  • Property damage: If someone wrecked your vehicle, they owe you for that damage. Valuables and personal property in your car may also be compensable. 

While the losses you have suffered may be great, do not despair. There is good news: California personal injury law provides a path to a full financial recovery. You just need the right Los Angeles car accident lawyer on your side. 

How Can a Los Angeles Car Accident Lawyer Help My Case? 

Even if the law is on your side, you have an uphill climb making the legal system work for you. Insurance companies do not profit by freely paying out the full value of car accident claims. They will likely do everything in their power to limit, delay, or even deny the compensation you are entitled to. 

An experienced Los Angeles auto accident attorney can even the playing field. 

Ellis Law is a full-service law firm and does much more than protect you from insurance company practices and protocol. Our firm also works diligently to build you the strongest, trial-ready car accident claim possible by: 

  • Handling all insurance company correspondence, including phone calls, letters, and settlement negotiations 
  • Thoroughly investigating your accident and reconstructing the accident scene to determine which parties were at fault 
  • Obtaining evidence to prove liability and pursuing any sources of compensation 
  • Proving the total impact of the accident on your life 
  • Collecting any available police accident reports 
  • Gathering accident scene evidence and taking photos 
  • Interviewing any eyewitnesses 
  • Getting copies of traffic camera surveillance or store security camera footage 
  • Organizing your medical records and other documentation 
  • Assessing your lost wages and future lost earnings 
  • Procuring any chemical test results, cell phone records, and other useful evidence proving the other driver(s) caused the accident 
  • Getting damage estimates for all vehicles 

Without experience in personal injury law, victims often do not know how to value their accident claim and ensure they receive a settlement that covers their accident-related losses both now and in the future. The Los Angeles car accident attorneys at Ellis Law will assess your accident-related needs both at present and in the future to be sure you do not settle for less compensation than you deserve or need for your injuries. 

When you meet with one of our California injury lawyers, we will address the many challenges insurance companies place in your path and explore strategies for overcoming them. After thoroughly analyzing the circumstances of your accident, insurance issues and applicable statutes, we can help you determine a fair dollar value for your claim. From there, our attorneys will fight tenaciously to help you obtain every dollar you are owed. 

Getting the Most Out of Negotiations 

Negotiating a favorable settlement after a serious car accident injury is no simple task. Insurance companies devote significant resources to the defense of injury claims and will come armed with facts and evidence carefully selected to limit their liability. They may claim that their client is not liable for damages. They may even claim the accident is your fault. 

You need a skilled negotiator on your side, and the Los Angeles auto accident attorneys at Ellis Law are up to the task. Two of the most important elements in a successful negotiation are: 

  • Preparation: The more work and preparation your legal team puts into your claim, the more leverage they will have at the negotiating table. Our intensive investigations into car accidents and our meticulous attention to detail allow us to negotiate from a position of strength. When appropriate, we hire private investigators and experts in accident reconstruction, medicine and other fields who help us build compelling cases for our clients. 
  • Past success: Insurance companies and other defendants in car accident lawsuits know who they are going up against in negotiations. A proven track record of success, including billions obtained on behalf of California injury victims, sends a clear message: Treat our client fairly or face a difficult legal struggle. 

Negotiating from a position of strength is one reason Ellis Law has built such a strong record of success serving people in Irvine, Long Beach, Oakland and throughout California. We understand, however, that the opposing party is not always willing to negotiate. When the best means of protecting a client’s rights—and car accident compensation—is in a courtroom trial, we are always prepared. 

 

Finding the Cause and Pinpointing Blame 

Whether your case is settled through negotiation or at trial, a Los Angeles car accident attorney at our firm will work diligently to uncover the cause of your accident and to identify all at-fault parties. 

What did a careless driver do to cost you so much pain, worry, and expense? Some of the most common ways negligence contributes to car crashes in Los Angeles include: 

  • Distracted driving: Texting while driving is an especially dangerous form of distracted driving, but any instance of multitasking behind the wheel can prove dangerous and even deadly. A skilled personal injury lawyer knows how to find evidence of distracted driving in text message logs, surveillance footage, and other sources. 
  • Drunk driving: It’s illegal to drive in California with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, but drivers with a much lower BAC may be held liable in a car accident lawsuit. Impairment starts with the first drink, and impaired driving may also arise from use of illegal drugs and even legal prescription drugs. 
  • Breaking driving laws: From speeding and reckless driving to tailgating and running red lights, bad drivers who break the law and injure others should be held accountable. Police reports and traffic citations can provide evidence of a driver’s careless nature and may play a role in a personal injury claim.

Finding Other Liable Parties 

While the at-fault parties in Los Angeles car accident cases are often careless drivers, other parties may be held liable for your injuries, even if only partially. 

For instance, a negligent auto manufacturer may have sold a vehicle that had faulty safety features, leading to more severe injuries than would have otherwise occurred.  

In some drunk driving cases, other parties besides the driver may be held liable for damages. These may include a bar or restaurant that knowingly served a drunk patron alcohol, or a person who loaned their car to someone they knew or should have known would drive drunk or under the influence of drugs. 

In handling your claim, our Los Angeles car accident attorneys will consider all potential liable parties and explore all available avenues of compensation. Your future depends upon maximizing your claim, and we are here to help you obtain the highest dollar amount available under the law. 

Legal Help for the Seriously Injured 

The Los Angeles car injury attorneys at Ellis Law are prepared to handle any motor vehicle accident claim, no matter how serious the injuries. Some of our clients suffer from injuries that may last a lifetime. We work closely with each and every client so we can fully understand the impact injuries have had on their lives and will continue to have for the rest of their lives. 

Spinal Cord Injuries 

According to research by the Mayo Clinic, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries in the United States. For those who have suffered serious spinal cord injuries in car accidents in the LA area, the effects of the injury are often severe and long lasting.  

Tingling, numbness, severe pain, loss of sensation and mobility—these are only a few of the effects of spinal cord injuries. An experienced Los Angeles car accident attorney knows how to seek full and fair compensation for the medical needs and various hardships spinal cord injury victims will face. 

Brain Injuries 

A traumatic head injury (TBI) suffered in a car accident can inflict profound changes on the accident victim’s life. Sometimes a head injury seems minor at first, only to later reveal the full extent of its severity. If you suspect you may have suffered a concussion, brain contusion, skull fracture, or other TBI in a car accident, obtain medical treatment as soon as possible. A qualified physician can provide you with a full examination and an accurate diagnosis. 

The longer you wait to be treated, the more likely it will be that your insurance company will try and assign blame for the injury to something else.  

Soft Tissue Injuries 

Injuries to muscles, tendons, ligaments and other soft tissues can have lasting effects, even though insurance companies try to downplay their severity. Whiplash is a common soft tissue injury suffered in car accidents, showing up markedly in rear-end collisions.  

If you have suffered whiplash or any soft-tissue injury in a car accident, make sure to carefully account for the many ways this injury has affected you. A seemingly minor injury today can progress into a serious condition such as osteoarthritis or aggravate existing conditions such as degenerative disc disease. Such medical complications can significantly increase the amount of compensation you need and are entitled to. 

Any injury can prove life changing. One of the most important things you can do in the wake of a car accident (after obtaining medical treatment), is to consult with an experienced Los Angeles car injury lawyer as soon as possible. With an understanding of the full extent of your injuries, your lawyer can begin assessing damages and pursuing a fair settlement that accurately addresses your needs. 

We Stand With Surviving Family Members 

Tragically, some car accident victims do not survive their injuries. Surviving family members have the right to pursue justice and compensation for fatal car accidents through a wrongful death claim. 

Under California law, surviving family members may pursue compensation for: 

  • Their loved one’s final medical bills 
  • Lost financial support 
  • Loss of benefits 
  • Loss of household services 
  • Loss of emotional support 
  • Funeral and burial expenses 

At Ellis Law, we handle wrongful death claims with the utmost care and compassion. We understand that nothing can replace who was lost, but we are dedicated to helping surviving family members obtain the financial resources they need to pay their bills and move forward after a tragic loss. We handle wrongful death claims for people in Ontario, Oxnard, Riverside, San Bernardino and throughout surrounding California communities. 

Make the Right Decisions…Starting Today 

A car accident can leave you with significant hardship and tons of questions. The decisions you make today can have a profound impact on your future, your family, your medical treatment, and quality of life. Numerous clients in Los Angeles and throughout California chose Ellis Law after a serious car accident injury and were glad they did. 

Our Los Angeles car accident lawyers are here to help you understand California personal injury laws and how they apply in your case. We will carefully analyze all aspects of your accident, including applicable insurance policies, available evidence, the conduct of the at-fault driver, and other factors so that we can help you understand the strength of your claim. Armed with this valuable knowledge, you can make informed decisions going forward. 

Contact our law offices today to arrange a free initial consultation with an experienced member of our legal team.