A traffic collision, also known as a traffic accident, motor vehicle collision, motor vehicle accident, car accident, automobile accident, or car crash, occurs when a vehicle collides with another vehicle, pedestrian, animal, road debris, or other stationary obstruction, such as a tree or utility pole. Traffic collisions may result in injury, death, and property damage.
Los Angeles has its share of reckless, negligent and drunk drivers that are a serious hazard for innocent drivers on the streets and highways in the area. Motor vehicle accidents cause the loss of time, property, health and even life. Such accidents occur because of elements including driver error, negligence, manufacturing, defects and dangerous weather.
Automobile accidents give rise to the majority of personal injury claims in the United States. This is not surprising, given that every 10 seconds someone in the United States is involved in a car accident, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Determining who is at fault in an auto accident is a matter of deciding who was negligent. People who operate automobiles must exercise “reasonable care under the circumstances.” A failure to use reasonable care is considered negligence. A person who negligently operates a vehicle may be required to pay for any damages, either to a person or property, caused by his or her negligence. The injured party, known as the plaintiff, is required to prove that the defendant was negligent, that the negligence was a proximate cause of the accident, and that the accident caused the plaintiff’s injuries. Issues of fault can be complicated by who acted when and which laws governed the situation. If the other driver was negligent, you may have to prove that the driver breached a duty of care to you and that the breach caused your damages. The assistance of an attorney can be immensely valuable at this time. Contact the auto accident attorneys at Grey Law in Los Angeles, California, to schedule a consultation with an experienced attorney. Our attorneys have over 25 years experience and will help you determine who was at fault for your accident.
Some factors in determining whether a driver was negligent may include, but are not limited to:
- Disobeying traffic signs or signals
- Failing to signal while turning
- Driving above or below the posted speed limit
- Disregarding weather or traffic conditions
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Sleep deprivation
- Distracted Driving – including texting or talking on cell phone
- Improper or excessive lane changing
Defective automobiles can cause car accidents. Automobile parts, such as tires or brakes, which are defective may also cause car accidents. If a part is defective, persons who were injured because of the defect may sue the manufacturer or supplier of the part under the legal theory of products liability. Courts generally treat products liability as a strict liability tort, meaning that the court will hold the manufacturer or seller liable regardless of whether or not they acted negligently.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident you may be able to seek monetary compensation for injuries and damages. Cases are specific, typically with complex issues of proof and fault in dispute. Working with an experienced attorney at Grey Law will help you sort out your legal options.
The Los Angeles auto accident lawyers at Grey Law have over 25 years of experience representing victims of auto accidents. Our attorneys have successfully represented and fought for clients in many car accident injury cases, many of which have resulted in large verdicts and settlements. Call today for a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers at 323-857-9500.