Van Nuys Car Accident Lawyers
Car Accidents in Van Nuys & the San Fernando Valley
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, Van Nuys is home to the most dangerous intersection in Los Angeles: Sepulveda Blvd. and Sherman Way. Additionally, the intersections at Burbank Blvd. and Sepulveda Blvd. and Sherman Way and Woodman Ave., both located in Van Nuys, are in the top 10 most dangerous intersections in all of L.A.
If you were involved in a car accident in Van Nuys, whether in an intersection or elsewhere, reach out to Custodio & Dubey LLP right away. You could be entitled to financial compensation, and our attorneys can help. We know how to go up against auto insurance providers who seek to dispute, devalue, or deny our clients’ claims, and we are ready to aggressively advocate for the maximum compensation you are owed.
Proving Fault After a Car Accident
California is one of many states to follow a traditional fault-based system when it comes to car accidents and insurance claims. This means that you are responsible for proving the other driver’s fault when you are injured in a crash. You may then file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance provider and seek compensation for your damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
At Custodio & Dubey LLP, we work with our clients to gather evidence that establishes the fault of the other driver (or another party).
You could have a claim if the accident was the result of someone else:
- Texting or using a cellphone while driving
- Driving while distracted (by a cellphone or otherwise)
- Driving while drunk/under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Violating traffic laws or rules of the road
- Making dangerous turns and other unsafe driving maneuvers
- Passing, merging, or changing lanes unsafely
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Running a red light, stop sign, or another traffic control device
- Driving while fatigued/falling asleep at the wheel
In some cases, car accidents result from third-party negligence. For example, an auto defect—such as an improperly installed airbag or a faulty braking system—may cause or worsen the effects of a collision. At Custodio & Dubey LLP, we work alongside accident reconstructionists to determine exactly what happened and, most importantly, who is at fault, whether it’s another motorist, a manufacturer, or some other party.
What If You Were Partly at Fault for an Accident?
If you were partly at fault for the accident that caused your injuries, you could still have the right to file a claim against the other motorist’s insurance provider. California follows a “pure comparative negligence” rule, which allows injured accident victims to seek compensation for their damages as long as the defendant was at least somewhat to blame. Even if you are found to be more at fault than the other person or party, you could still have a claim.
However, it is important to note that you will not be able to recover the full amount you are seeking in damages if you are found partly at fault for the accident. Instead, your recovery will be reduced by your at-fault percentage. In other words, if you are found to be 20 percent to blame for the crash, you can only recover up to 80 percent of the full amount you are seeking.
Why Should You Hire a Car Accident Lawyer?
After a serious car accident, you are likely to face numerous difficulties, from finding a doctor to taking time off work to heal to getting your car repaired or replaced. You shouldn’t also have to deal with an insurance company that is refusing to pay out the full amount of your claim—or one that has denied your claim altogether.
When you work with an experienced personal injury attorney, like those at Custodio & Dubey LLP, you can focus on your physical recovery while your legal team handles the rest. Our firm is prepared to communicate with the insurance company on your behalf. We know how these companies operate, including the extent they will go to in an effort to dispute or deny claims. Our Van Nuys car accident lawyers are prepared to handle every legal detail so that you can work on getting back on your feet.
Numerous studies have shown that people who work with attorneys tend to recover higher settlements than those who attempt to handle their claims on their own. While we cannot guarantee a specific outcome in your case, we can assure you that we will do everything possible to secure the full amount you are owed. Our attorneys have recovered more than $90 million in compensation for our clients, and we are prepared to go to trial and represent your rights in court if necessary.
Get Started with a Free Consultation Today
If you were injured or if someone you love died in a car accident in or near Van Nuys, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm right away. We can advise you of your legal rights and options during a free, no-obligation consultation.
Our staff is fully bilingual and provides legal services in both English and Spanish to better serve our community. We offer same-day and weekend appointments by request, and there are no legal fees unless we recover a settlement or verdict for you.