Van Nuys Auto Accident Lawyers
Decades Spent Serving the San Fernando Valley
An auto accident can negatively impact your job, your family, your health, and your quality of life. Even an apparently minor collision may result in serious injuries. If you have been hurt because someone was negligent, our Van Nuys auto accident attorneys can help you seek compensation for your injuries, including pain and suffering, past and future medical bills, and lost income. Williams And Seemen represents clients injured in motor vehicle accidents in the Sherman Oaks area and throughout California.
Handling a Range of Car Accidents
The financial costs of an accident can take a heavy toll on its victims. Our knowledge of California statutes and personal injury law enables us to confidently seek the compensation you deserve.
At Williams And Seemen, we represent clients involved in accidents caused by:
- Distracted driving — Drivers who fail to pay attention to the road put others in danger. Texting, talking on a cellphone or using a GPS are just some of the distractions that can lead to accidents.
- Reckless driving — Excessive speeding or failing to follow other traffic rules can result in devastating collisions. We examine police reports and witness testimony to substantiate your claim.
- Drunk driving — There is no excuse for taking the wheel when impaired by alcohol. Our attorneys go after drunk drivers who put others’ lives at risk.
- Weather conditions — Rain, snow and other weather conditions create challenges for drivers and can affect the functionality of cars. When weather is a factor in an accident, we work to show how much of the accident was a driver’s fault and how much was unavoidable.
- Defective auto parts — Automakers who fail to alert their customers to defects can be held liable for their negligence. Similarly, if a driver doesn’t attempt to remedy a known problem with their vehicle, they may face repercussions when they become involved in an accident.
Our attorneys are known as skilled and trustworthy advocates for auto accident victims and will support you throughout the legal process.
Who Pays the Medical Bills in a Car Accident in California?
Under laws in California, the person responsible for causing the accident or injury is responsible for paying the injured person’s medical bills. The person responsible doesn't always pay the bill right away, they may also force the injured person to file a lawsuit to pay for their bills. An injured person will usually need to look into:
Private health insurance
Medicare, or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
What Is the Most Common Reason for Traffic Fatalities in California?
The most common reason for traffic fatalities in California is distracted driving, drunk driving, and speeding. 80% of car accidents involve some form of distracted driving, and mobile phones play a large part in those distracted driving accidents. In California, hundreds of thousands of distracted drivers receive tickets for mobile phone use while driving.
Responsive to All Your Needs
When you file a claim with an insurance company, getting the monetary compensation you deserve can be time-consuming and stressful. Insurers, adjusters, and their attorneys try to pay the minimum amount of accident compensation possible, but we help our clients to prepare strong claims and we challenge insurers who attempt to deny them.
To establish liability for the accident and substantiate the severity of your injuries, we may bring in experts in various fields, from trauma doctors to collision reconstruction analysts.
It is important to speak to an attorney immediately following an auto accident to ensure the preservation of crucial evidence and witness recollection. In addition, California law places time limits on filing an automobile accident claim. We are committed to the timely investigation of your claim.
Selecting a capable personal injury attorney is one of the best choices you can make after a car accident. Call (818) 536-7776 now to get started.
I have been in an accident, what should I do?
If you have been involved in an accident there are certain steps you should take to make sure you are properly compensated for your damaged property, medical bills and injuries. Always make sure to gather as much information as you can about the other party. This includes vehicle descriptions, license plate number, insurance information, and contact information. Be certain to gather the contact information for any witnesses because many people leave the scene of an accident believing the other party has accepted responsibility only to find out later that the other party is actually placing you at fault. Also take photos of the scene, damage to all vehicles involved, and the individuals involved. If there is a police officer on the scene, get his/her name, badge or I.D. number, and contact information. This information will be useful when attempting to obtain the police report. These are just a few things to keep in mind to streamline the handling of your claim. Below is a list of common most common questions we receive regarding personal injury claims.
Why should I hire an attorney, can't I just handle my claim myself?
The short answer is yes, you can handle your personal injury claim yourself, but it is never a good idea. Remember, the insurance company is there to represent the best interest of their insured. This means they will sometimes try to deny liability for your property damage, minimize your medical expenses, or outright deny your claim for bodily injury compensation. Personal injury law is complex and requires an experienced professional to analyze every factor involved in your case to ensure your rights are protected. This is why it is important to hire an experienced personal injury attorney with an in depth knowledge of the law to secure the best possible outcome for you and your family.
How do I know who is at fault?
Understand that determinations of fault are not always clear or consistent. For instance, a responding officer might deem you or the other party at fault, but the officer’s opinion is not binding upon the insurance company. Even if the insurance company determines you to be at fault, you might still be able to recover. This is one of many reasons you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can thoroughly investigate the case in order to support and document who is truly at fault. When at the scene, avoid volunteering your opinion about who is to blame for the accident. You might think you were at fault and later learn that the other driver is as much or more to blame than you are for the accident. Keep in mind, statements you make about the accident could be used against you at a later time.