Hollywood Car Accident Lawyers
Auto Accidents in Hollywood & the Surrounding Areas
Hollywood has some of the busiest streets, highways, and intersections in L.A. It’s no surprise that it is also home to numerous motor vehicle accidents each year. Sadly, many of these accidents result in serious bodily injury or, in the most tragic of cases, death.
If you or someone you love was recently involved in an accident in the Hollywood area, we encourage you to reach out to our team at Custodio & Dubey LLP right away. Our experienced personal injury lawyers can help you deal with the insurance company and fight for every penny you are owed for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We offer a highly personalized, innovative approach to law and are ready to represent your best interests throughout the legal process.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Car Accidents?
Generally speaking, negligence is the most common cause of car accidents. When drivers are careless or reckless, they put everyone else on the road at risk and should be held accountable.
Specifically, some of the most common causes of car accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Texting while driving
- Using a cellphone or GPS device
- Drunk driving
- Fatigued driving
- Running red lights/stop signs
- Unsafe/illegal turns
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Unlawful passing
- Unsafe lane changes/merging
- Following too closely
Although most car accidents are caused by the actions (or inactions) of other drivers, some result from third-party negligence. For example, a poorly constructed or maintained roadway filled with potholes could cause a driver to lose control of his or her vehicle, or an auto defect—such as a faulty accelerator or improperly installed airbags—could contribute to a collision.
At Custodio & Dubey LLP, we work with industry experts, including accident reconstructionists, to identify how an accident occurred and who is liable. Our Hollywood car accident attorneys utilize cutting-edge techniques to build powerful, evidence-based claims aimed at securing the maximum compensation our clients are owed.
What Is Comparative Negligence?
Comparative negligence refers to cases in which multiple parties are at fault for an accident or another injury-causing event. In comparative negligence states, like California, an injured individual can still file a claim and seek compensation for their damages if they were partly at fault for the accident. However, the amount they are seeking in damages will be reduced by the percentage of fault they are found to have.
For example, if you were hit in an intersection by someone who ran a red light, but you were on your phone at the time, the insurance adjuster and/or court may assign you 40 percent of the blame. If you suffered $100,000 in damages, this total would be reduced by 40 percent, or $40,000. This means that, in this example, you could only recover up to $60,000 for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Why Should You Hire a Car Accident Lawyer?
There is no law that states you must hire a lawyer to file a car accident claim. However, there are many reasons to trust your case to an experienced legal team.
First, countless studies have shown that people who work with personal injury attorneys nearly always recover higher settlements than those who attempt to handle their claims on their own. Insurance companies know that attorneys understand the law and how it applies to their clients’ cases. This means that they are more likely to play fair when an attorney is involved.
Additionally, an attorney can ease a great deal of stress in the wake of an accident. At Custodio & Dubey LLP, our team can not only handle the various legal details of your claim, such as gathering evidence and submitting paperwork, but we can also help you locate a doctor, receive proper medical care, get your car repaired (or receive compensation if it was totaled), and manage other unexpected challenges. As your legal team, we are here for you every step of the way, from the moment you call until the moment your case is resolved.
If We Don’t Win, You Don’t Pay
We offer all our legal services on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not collect any upfront or out-of-pocket fees from our clients. Instead, our attorneys are paid via a percentage of your recovery, meaning you do not pay anything unless we recover a settlement or verdict for you. There is absolutely no risk and no cost to you if we do not win your case.
If you or someone you love was involved in a car, motorcycle, or truck accident in Hollywood or the nearby areas, reach out to Custodio & Dubey LLP today to learn how we can help. Our bilingual staff offers legal services in English and Spanish and can provide a same-day appointment by request.