Wrongful death cases are the most complex and emotionally charged in the entire personal injury law. Life is never the same when you lose a loved one to an accident like that. No matter how it happened you would need professional guidance.
It is very important to act fast as the evidence is very quick to disappear and is almost impossible to retrieve later. In death cases evidence is the main aspect the whole case is based on so it becomes critical to know how to collect it and how to preserve it. You do need to have an experienced lawyer on your side who will assist you with that. Without the proper evidence you might lose the entire case.
The wrongful death lawsuits are very different as they all have unique circumstances. Sometimes even laws are subject to change. Amongst other types of personal injuries that don’t end up lethal, wrongful death accidents qualify for a very significant compensation. That’s why many companies would hire a top law firm in order to reduce their liability as much as possible and avoid paying out the money that the victim’s family is entitled to. So without hiring an experienced attorney it will be extremely hard to fight for your compensation.
At Amerberg Law Group we have been handling wrongful death cases for over 20 years and have seen many different types of them. To name a few, the most common ones are usually related to medical malpractice, product liability, workplace and construction accidents, premises accidents and car accidents. Do not waste another moment and contact us for legal advice. We will offer you and help choose the best strategy in preparing and fighting your case, get the professional medical and counseling help you need and you don’t have to pay our attorneys until your claim is resolved and you recover the full compensation.
What is an accident?
A traffic accident is an event that occurred during movement of a vehicle on a road and with its participation, in which people were injured or killed and vehicles, structures and property were damaged or other material damage was caused.
Let’s take a look at the most common ones:
- Driving under the influence
- Lane splitting
- Sudden stops
- Inexperienced drivers
- Left turn accidents
- Dangerous road conditions
- Vehicle defects
- Hazard on the road
- Weather conditions
- Unfortunately nowadays Los Angeles is considered to have the highest rate of traffic accidents resulting in injuries and fatal outcomes in the United States.
- In 2019 alone there have been roughly 54,000 collisions reported, making it a bit less than 2018, according to the LAPD including 236 reported deaths.
- It is a very disturbing fact that the amount of traffic collision deaths is 32% more compared to the previous 5 years making the pedestrians the majority of the victims.
- LAPD categorized over 25,300 crashes as hit-and-runs.
- Pedestrian fatalities raised by 69% over the past few years.
- Important to understand that fleeing the collision scene makes it a felony even in case it was not the driver’s fault.
- The main reason for the crash increase was caused by DUI and texting
What to do in an accident?
When you get into an accident you might feel a bit or a lot frustrated, depending on the severity of the collision. It is important to pull yourself together (if possible) and take the following steps promptly:
- 1. Move to a safe area right away (if you can)
- Move your vehicle / motorcycle out of the way, for example 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 look around to make sure it is 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 is time to call 911. A person may be severely injured even if showing no significant signs other than dizziness and bruises.
- 4. Report to the police
- It is 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 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 number
- 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 will be a great addition to the other claim details.
- 7. File your insurance claim
- All these steps will make the process much smoother and less stressful.
Life is unpredictable so it is good to be prepared. Amerberg Law Group. Always here for you.