Life is never the same when you lose a loved one in an accident. If a loved one’s death may be due to the negligence or behavior of someone else, it’s important to seek the professional guidance of an attorney who specializes in wrongful death cases.
Each wrongful death lawsuit is unique. Because a wrongful death is so tragic, significant compensation is often on the table for a victims’ surviving family or beneficiaries. Many companies will hire a top law firm to fight liability for a wrongful death suit—so it’s important that you have an experienced attorney on your side to advocate for just compensation from the tragic wrongful death of a loved one.
It’s very important to act fast as the evidence can be quick to disappear and is almost impossible to retrieve later. In death cases, the evidence itself, how it is collected, and how it is preserved is critically important. You need to have an experienced lawyer on your side.
At Amerberg Law Group we have been handling wrongful death cases for over 20 years. Some of the most common wrongful death cases are related to medical malpractice, product liability, workplace and construction accidents, premises accidents, and car accidents. We help choose the best strategy in preparing and fighting your case, finding you the professional, medical, and counseling help you need. You don’t have to pay our attorneys until your claim is resolved and you recover full compensation for your loss.
What is a traffic accident?
A traffic accident is an event that occurs during movement of a vehicle on a road, in which people are injured or killed, and vehicles, structures, and property are damaged or other material damage occurs.
Traffic accident causes
Let’s take a look at the most common causes of traffic accidents:
- Driving under the influence
- Lane splitting
- Sudden stops
- Inexperienced drivers
- Left turn accidents
- Dangerous road conditions
- Vehicle defects
- Hazard on the road
- Weather conditions
- Los Angeles currently is considered to have the highest rate of traffic accidents resulting in injuries and fatal outcomes in the United States.
- Each year, tens of thousands of accidents are reported in Los Angeles (upwards of 50,000 in recent years), and these collisions led to hundreds of reported deaths.
- The amount of deaths from traffic collisions has risen 32 percent compared to the previous five years, with pedestrians making up the majority of the victims.
- The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) categorized over 25,300 crashes as hit-and-runs.
- Pedestrian fatalities have gone up by 69 percent over the past few years.
- Fleeing the collision scene is a felony even if the accident was not the driver’s fault.
- Two of the main reasons for the increase in car crashes are DUIs and texting.
What to do in a traffic accident ?
When you get into an accident, you might feel frustrated or scared, depending on the severity of the collision. It is important to pull yourself together (if possible) and promptly take the following steps:
- 1. Move to a safe area right away (if you can).
- Move your vehicle/motorcycle out of the way, for example to the road shoulder, in order to prevent further harm. If your car is impossible to move, turn on your emergency lights to let other drivers know that you’re going to be there for a while.
- 2. Stop your car and get out of it.
- Make sure that your car has come to a complete stop and is no longer moving, turn it off, put it into the park mode or use the hand break if you’re driving a manual. Take a deep breath and always look around to make sure it’s safe to get out before you open the door. Flares and other safety items might come in handy.
- 3. Check on other people.
- Walk over to the other parties involved (drivers, passengers, and pedestrians) in order to make sure they are not hurt. If someone is injured, it’s time to call 911. A person may be severely injured even if there are no significant signs other than dizziness and bruises.
- 4. Report to the police
- It’s always best to have a police officer come to the scene which will allow you to prove important details in the future when dealing with the insurance company. Be careful not to admit fault or put the blame on the involved drivers right away at the scene. This would be the police’s job to adequately judge the situation and conclude whose fault it really is. There are cases when police often don't come to the scene (usually when there’s no injuries), in which case you can simply report your accident to your local DMV.
- 5. Information exchange
- Try to gather as much information as possible according to the list below:
- Name of the driver and the passengers
- License plate numbers
- Insurance information
- All involved vehicles’ makes and models
- Accident location
- The police officer’s name or badge number
- 6. Documenting the scene
- Most likely you have your smartphone with a camera. Use it to take a few pictures of the accident. This can come in very helpful for a claim or case.
- 7. File your insurance claim
- All these steps will make the process much smoother and less stressful when filing an insurance claim.
Life is unpredictable; it’s good to be prepared. Amerberg Law Group. Always here for you.