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Attorneys for People Injured in los angeles Winter Car Accidents

While the winters in Los Angeles are not necessarily as harsh as those in other parts of the country, winter weather can make roads slippery at times. If you have been involved in an accident that may have been occurred during times of slick roads or poor visibility, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. What should you know before you pursue legal action against the person who caused the accident?

Was Negligence Involved?

The first question that you have to ask yourself when determining if you are entitled to compensation is if negligence occurred. In a car accident, a person may be negligent because he or she was talking on a phone or was going too fast for road conditions. An attorney may gather physical evidence from the crash scene or video footage of the accident to determine if the driver who caused the crash is liable for damages.

What If the Other Driver Wasn’t Negligent in Causing a Crash?

If it is determined that another driver wasn’t at fault for causing a crash, you may still be compensated by your insurance company. Your policy may provide coverage for medical bills and other costs related to the crash. It is also possible that a government agency or another party may be negligent in causing the accident.

Who Else Could Be Liable in Your Accident Case?

Let’s say that the person who hit you was driving an employer’s vehicle when the collision occurred. If the brakes on that vehicle failed, the employer may be liable for damages because he or she didn’t maintain the vehicle properly. The manufacturer of the brakes or a store that sold them could be negligent in allowing those brakes to be used on the vehicle.

Government agencies may also be liable for damages if they created conditions that caused your accident. For instance, let’s suppose that a driver had to swerve to avoid a pothole or to avoid a construction worker in the road. In such a scenario, whoever was responsible for fixing the road or for supervising the worker could be named as a defendant in your case.

You Generally Have Two or Three Years to File a Personal Injury Case

Depending on who you are seeking damages from, you generally have two or three years from the time that the accident took place to file a lawsuit. This is one reason why it may be a good idea to talk with an attorney as soon as possible after being hurt in an accident. Your attorney will likely set a deadline to resolve the matter through settlement talks before filing a lawsuit. It is important to point out that filing a lawsuit does not mean that settlement talks have to end. Many cases are resolved either just before or even during a trial.

Family Members May Seek Justice on Your Behalf

If you are killed in an accident, your spouse or other family members may be able to seek compensation on your behalf. This may also be possible in the event that you are incapacitated as a result of an accident. Legal counsel may be able to gather evidence, talk to witnesses and take other steps to obtain that compensation regardless of whether you are able to actively participate in the legal process.

When it starts to rain, the roads can become a dangerous place to be. While you may take steps to drive safely, others may not follow your lead. If the careless actions of another driver result in injuries that cause you to miss work or otherwise reduce your quality of life, talk to an attorney immediately. It may be possible to obtain compensation to pay for medical bills, recoup lost earnings or otherwise help you provide for yourself and your family.

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