Burbank Car Accident Lawyers
Seeking Compensation After an Auto Accident
With some of the most dangerous intersections and roadways in Los Angeles County, Burbank is home to hundreds of serious motor vehicle collisions every year. If you or someone you love was injured by a negligent or reckless motorist, you could be entitled to financial compensation—and Custodio & Dubey LLP can help.
Our Burbank car accident attorneys are here to guide you through the legal process. Whether you need help finding a doctor, or you are having issues getting ahold of the at-fault party’s insurance company, our team is ready to assist you every step of the way. Our attorneys come from diverse backgrounds. We understand the unique challenges you are facing, and we are prepared to advocate tirelessly for you.
Is California a No-Fault Car Accident State?
While some states require motorists to carry no-fault insurance (known as “personal injury protection,” or PIP), California is not one of them. Instead, our state follows a traditional, fault-based system when it comes to auto insurance and accident claims. This means that, if you were involved in an accident, you must prove that the other driver was at fault. You can then file a claim with their insurance provider, or sue them directly for damages.
The other driver is considered “liable” if they caused the accident that left you injured. Some common causes of car accidents include:
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Distracted driving
- Texting or using a cellphone while driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Violating traffic laws
- Making unsafe or illegal turns
- Following too closely (“tailgating”)
- Merging or changing lanes unsafely
- Driving while fatigued
- Swerving in and out of lanes of traffic
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Road rage and street racing
- Failing to yield the right of way
Sometimes, car accidents result not from the negligence of the other motorist but due to unsafe road conditions or auto defects. When this is the case, the injured accident victim could have a claim against a manufacturer, construction company, or another liable party.
Our team at Custodio & Dubey LLP knows how to investigate claims to determine liability. We often work alongside accident reconstructionists, expert witnesses, and other industry professionals who help us build powerful, evidence-based claims for our clients. We can handle all of the legal details while you focus on your physical recovery.
Can You File a Car Accident Claim If You Were Partly at Fault?
California follows a “comparative fault” rule, which means you can still file a claim after a car accident if you were partly at fault for the crash. In fact, because California follows a pure comparative fault rule, you can file a claim even if you were mostly at fault. However, if you are found to be partly at fault for the accident, you cannot recover the full amount you are seeking in damages.
Your degree of fault directly affects the amount you can recover in compensation in that your recovery is reduced by your percentage of fault. For example, if you were found to be 25 percent at fault for the accident that resulted in your injuries, you would only be able to recover up to 75 percent of the total amount you are seeking in damages. So, if you suffered $10,000 in damages, you would only be able to recover up to $7,500.
After an accident, the insurance adjuster assigned to your claim is the one responsible for determining who was to blame. Unfortunately, insurance adjusters often assign victims a high degree of fault in order to limit the amount the insurance company has to pay. It is important that you work with an experienced attorney, like those at Custodio & Dubey LLP, who can protect your rights and fight for the full, fair amount you are owed. If necessary, our Burbank car accident lawyers are prepared to take your case to trial.
Fighting to Maximize Your Recovery
At Custodio & Dubey LLP, we have seen firsthand how serious car accidents impact the lives of victims and their loved ones. As your legal team, we will fight aggressively for every penny you are owed so that you can manage your medical bills, make up for lost wages, and be fairly compensated for your pain and suffering. In addition to representing injured individuals, we help the families of fatal car accident victims in filing wrongful death claims and lawsuits against negligent and reckless parties.
Learn how our firm can help you after your car accident; reach out to Custodio & Dubey LLP today to set up a free initial consultation with a member of our team. We offer our legal services on a contingency fee basis, so there are no out-of-pocket expenses for you. Instead, we only collect legal fees if/when we recover a settlement or verdict for you.