Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney
No two car accidents are alike. At best, they are a major inconvenience. At worst, they are horrible, traumatic, and even deadly. In both situations Santa Monica car accident attorney David Olan does everything legally possible to ensure that you are compensated for your injuries.
A non-fatal car crash can leave you with serious personal injuries for years. Even a car crash without serious personal injuries can leave you anxious and fearful for a long time. But an accident that results in a wrongful death is the worst, in respect to the shock and heartbreak to the survivors.
You can be involved in a car accident without even being in a car. Sometimes cars hit pedestrians or people riding bicycles or motorcycles. Cars can even go off the road and damage your private property – you’ve all seen the occasional news story of the car running into somebody’s house or business.
Why You Need an Auto Accident Attorney
All accidents are costly, but for each the cost may vary depending on:
- Severity of the Personal Injuries
- If there was a Fatality
- The Amount of Property Damage
- How Much Insurance the Responsible Party(ies) Carries
You may be facing medical bills, need therapy, or adaptive equipment. If you have no insurance or not enough insurance, Santa Monica car accident attorney David Olan can refer you to quality medical care on a lien basis. A lien means that medical providers agree to treat you with the understanding that your medical bills will be paid when your lawsuit is resolved.
You may not be able to go back to work for a while. Or ever. If your injuries were terribly severe, you might need retraining or education for a new career. All of these are reasons why you need a quality car accident attorney who will obtain for you the most compensation possible. Santa Monica car accident attorney David Olan has the results to accomplish this for you.
Even If You are Partially Responsible You May Have a Lawsuit
In California, a negligent driver is responsible for whatever serious personal injuries and damages you suffer. California recognizes comparative negligence. This means that the degree of responsibility is determined proportionally. The court decides what percentage each responsible party is at fault for the accident.
For example, you could be considered 10% responsible for your accident. The other driver would then be 90% responsible for the accident. If Santa Monica car accident attorney David Olan obtained a $100,000 verdict — you would receive $90,000.
Even if a negligent driver is only 1% at fault for your injuries, they will be required by the court to pay 1% of your damages.
A driver may be found negligent in a motor vehicle accident for:
- Not paying attention
- Disobeying traffic laws
- Driving too fast
- Driving too slowly
- Driving while drowsy or fatigued
- Being under the influence of alcohol
- Being under the influence of drugs (including prescription or over-the-counter medication)
- Reckless behavior
- Talking or texting on a cell phone
Others Who May Have Influenced Your Auto Accident
Sometimes, the driver isn’t the only party responsible for your injuries in a car accident.
Depending upon the facts of your case, responsibility for that accident also may have been caused by:
- The local, state, or federal government (for maintaining unsafe road conditions, for instance)
- The car manufacturer
- The car dealership or seller
- The car’s owner (if someone other than the driver)
- A passenger in the other driver’s car
- A passenger in your car
- A driver or pedestrian not hit in the accident
Liability is the Key
Figuring out exactly who is liable and to what degree they are liable, can mean a larger verdict or settlement for you.
David Olan has extensive experience in representing victims of auto accidents. He knows the insurance companies, and he knows the law. David Olan does not permit insurance companies to bully you or to get away with low-ball offers of compensation.
Damages You Can Recover
You may be eligible for compensation if you suffered:
- Physical Injuries
- Emotional Distress
- A Wrongful Death
- Injury to or Loss of a Pet
- Medical Costs
- Pain and Suffering
- Lost Wages
- Loss of Earning Capacity
- Loss of Financial Support
- Car Repair Costs
- Rental Car Expenses
- Other Property Damage
The Cost of a Car Accident Lawyer
In most situations, Olan Law takes car accident cases on a contingency basis. This means that you pay no fees until the case is resolved.
In fact, it will cost you more in the long run if you don’t consult with Santa Monica car accident attorney David Olan. Insurance companies – even yours – are not there to help you. They have an army of company attorneys ready to protect their interests against your claim.
Time Limits to File a Car Accident Lawsuit
If you or a family member are considering a car accident lawsuit, you need to contact a Santa Monica car accident attorney at Olan Law as soon as possible. That’s best for you, best for the case, and best for your family.
If you don’t file your lawsuit by the deadline required, then you give up your Constitutional right to ever bring a car accident lawsuit. Contacting Santa Monica car accident attorney David Olan as early as possible allows him to investigate the case and to assess who the liable parties are. Witnesses’ memories fade. Records get lost.
Contact Santa Monica car accident David Olan for a free, no-obligation consultation about your or a family member’s car accident.
Questions & Answers
Q: Do I need a car accident attorney if I have a car accident?
A: If you or a passenger suffered any personal injuries or there was a wrongful death, you should talk a car accident attorney as soon as possible. As nice as the insurance adjuster may seem to be, they are not on your side. Their job is to settle with you as quickly as possible and for as little money as possible.
Q: I was in a car accident and the other driver doesn’t have insurance, what do I do?
A: You probably have some amount of uninsured motorist insurance bundled into your car insurance. This will cover at least some of your damages, depending on how much uninsured motorist coverage you carry. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, there may be others who also are liable for the car accident, but an investigation by a car accident lawyer would probably have to be carried out to determine who and if someone else is liable.
Q: How much does a car accident lawyer cost?
Reputable personal injury attorneys — including Olan Law — take car accident cases on a contingency basis. This means you pay nothing up front. You only pay attorney fees when your case is resolved.
Q: What do I do if the police report says the car accident was my fault, but it wasn’t?
A: Unless the police officer actually witnessed the car accident, the police report is heresy and usually is not admissible in court. Typically, the facts of the case come out in discovery and in depositions (sworn testimony by witnesses, experts, and the participants in a lawsuit taken before trial). Contact a car accident attorney to assist you in your claim.
Q: Do I have a car accident case if I was a passenger in the car that had the accident?
A: If you suffered serious personal injuries you probably are entitled to compensation for your damages by whomever is liable for the car accident. This could be the other driver or even the driver of the car in which you were a passenger.
For a free, no-obligation, confidential consultation, contact David Olan.