Motor Vehicle Accidents
There are approximately 254 million passenger cars on the road in the U.S. according to a Department of Transportation (DOT) study, and the U.S. is home to three large car manufacturers: General Motors, Ford Motor Company and Chrysler. Consequently, it comes as no surprise that car accidents are one of the leading causes of injury and death in the United States, and the roadways in Los Angeles are some of the most congested. As the number of cars on the road haveincreased, the number of car accidents have similarly increased.
Often car accidents result in mere fender benders. However, others end in serious injuries or death to the drivers or passengers involved. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) recently reported that there are approximately 33,000 fatalities each year from car accidents. Car accidents can result in severe spine or back injuries, burns, and head and brain injuries. As a result, each case and each car accident must be viewed differently, and we at Heimanson & Wolf see our clients as individuals with their own particular injuries. We have obtained million and multi-million awards for our clients who have been the victims of the most severe types of car accidents. For example, we recovered $2 million involving a wrongful death of a young man killed in a Los Angeles car accident.
Car accidents are caused in a variety of ways. Certainly, driver error is a common cause of car accidents. However, car accidents have resulted from faulty roadway design, defectively designed vehicles, and improper maintenance of vehicles. We at Heimanson & Wolf carefully consider the variety of potential causes for these accidents to ensure that car accident victims are properly compensated for their injuries.
Drivers who are in car accidents should know the following:
- If injured, seek immediate medical attention with a family doctor, at an emergency room or from an urgent care
- Obtain the names, addresses and phone numbers of the drivers involved and any witnesses to the accident
- Take photographs at the scene of the accident and of the vehicles involved
- Do not speak with an insurance adjuster before speaking with an attorney with experience handling cases involving injuries from car accidents