With so many cars on the roads nowadays, hearing about, or even seeing a collision is nothing of note to most of us. Many of us may see a car accident as little more than an inconvenience, making us late for work, or when trying to get home after a long shift. However, when that car accident has resulted in you, or a loved one, sustaining serious or fatal injuries, it becomes much more important in your eyes. You may think that, as a careful driver who abides by the rules of the road at all times, you have little chance of becoming involved in a collision. When you have been affected by an Inglewood car accident, an experienced car collision lawyer from the Law Offices of Howard Kornberg could ensure you recover the full settlement you are entitled to.
Inglewood and Los Angeles County Car Accident Statistics
Inglewood and other urban areas of Los Angeles County tend to experience a relatively high volume of car accidents, as our personal injury attorneys can confirm. According to the most recent statistics published by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), the following incidents occurred in Inglewood in 2015 alone:
- A total of 811 injuries and fatalities
- Alcohol played a role in 79 of these car accidents
- 218 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence (DUI)
- 183 accidents arose from driving at excessive speeds
- 75 hit and run accidents were counted among this total
- 107 accidents occurred during the nighttime hours of 9 pm and 3 am
If we consider the whole of Los Angeles County, rather than Inglewood on its own, the statistics read as follows:
- 82,437 injuries and fatalities from traffic accidents
- Alcohol was involved in 6,920 accidents
- 15,268 speed-related accidents featured in these figures
- 7,733 nighttime accidents and 6,927 hit and runs occurred during the twelve-month period
Of course, when you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident, you are unlikely to give a thought to statistics. You are more than just a number, and an Inglewood car accident attorney from the Law Offices of Howard Kornberg understands and appreciates that. When you hire our attorneys to handle your case, you will be treated as the individual you are, and afforded the compassion, empathy, and respect you deserve.
Types of Car Accidents
There are many different ways car accidents can happen on California roads. Our Inglewood car accident attorney has experience handling the following types of accidents:
- Distracted driving
- Hit and run accidents
- Rear-end collisions
- Fatal car accidents
- Drunk driving
- Uninsured or underinsured motorist accidents
- Head-on collisions
There are many other ways that an accident can occur, but these are just a few examples. Even though you might not see your particular accident listed here, that does not mean that we cannot handle your case.
Injuries After an Accident
No matter how your accident happens, the injuries that follow can be catastrophic. Some of the most common injuries we see include the following:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord trauma
- Herniated discs
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Open or closed head wounds
- Internal organ damage
- Open or closed body wounds
- Neck and back injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Severe scarring
- Orthopedic injuries
Not all injuries are visible, and you may also suffer from psychological and emotional trauma. While some injuries can heal over a few months or even a year, others will stay with you for the rest of your life.
Types of Compensation You Can Obtain
After an accident, you might be wondering who is going to pay for your medical expenses and property damage. Your first thought will be your insurance company or the other party’s insurance company. This is often one of the biggest misconceptions; although insurance companies should pay, they often do everything possible not to issue compensation.
The insurance company will work to deny your claim or offer you a lower settlement than what your case is worth. When you work with an Inglewood car accident attorney, we will fight against these big insurance companies to get you the compensation you deserve. When they choose to insure a person and their vehicle, they are responsible for their actions, including an accident. We will work to get compensation for the following:
- Loss of future earning potential
- Property damage
- Past and future medical expenses
- Loss of quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Out of pocket costs
- General household expenses
The amount of compensation you are entitled to will depend on the facts of your case. While these are general types of compensation you may be entitled to; it will be up to your Inglewood car accident attorney to determine which ones qualify for your case.
Is There a Deadline to File?
The most straightforward answer to this question is; yes. You will have a limited amount of time after an accident occurs to file a personal injury claim. You have exactly two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. While you have this amount of time to file a claim, you should not wait. You should file a claim the moment you can with the help of an Inglewood car accident attorney. If a government entity injures you, you will only have six months from the accident date to file a claim.
Why Should I Hire an Inglewood Attorney?
Following a serious car accident, it is important to choose a legal expert who has your best interests at heart. At the Law Offices of Howard Kornberg, we can promise you that:
- Your case will get the utmost attention it deserves from the time we take it, to the time we issue your settlement check
- You will not be charged a dime until a settlement is recovered
- You will never have to fear insurance companies and their counsel because we will handle them on your behalf
Above all, you can be confident that your lawyer will provide the outstanding legal representation required to recover the full settlement you deserve