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Los Angeles Accident Center was created to provide useful information for anyone who has been injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence in Los Angeles and throughout the state of California. Author and attorney Sherwin Arzani and his team have over 17 years of personal injury experience. If you have been injured in accident, you will find useful information to assist you during this difficult time.


Aggressive Driving Causes Los Angeles Big Rig Accident

Last month, four people were seriously injured in a collision involving a Honda Civic and a big rig truck. Surprisingly, no one was injured in the crash. However, the driver of the Civic reportedly suffered critical burns and other injuries that required around-the-clock medical attention.

Reports indicate that the truck driver lost control of the vehicle when another motorist swerved in front of him to change lanes. The truck, traveling on the 405, struck the center median and rolled over onto the Civic. All four victims may be entitled to compensation for their injuries.

Causes of Truck Accidents in Los Angeles

Each year, there are more than 300 reported fatal truck accidents in California. Approximately 15-20 percent of these accidents happen in Los Angeles County. Why? There could be a few explanations for the high rate of fatal truck accidents in the area.

More Trucks on the Road: The economy in Los Angeles is getting better. As the economy does better, people are working more and spending more money. Trucks are an essential part of commercial logistics. Since the economy is doing better, more trucks are traveling in and through Los Angeles. Increased truck traffic also means that the likelihood of being involved in a truck-related accident is greater.

Road Design: California’s roads are built for speed. Trucks, on the other hand, are not. Trucks are difficult to navigate and often require additional time to speed up and slow down. When trucks share the road with passenger vehicles that can easily navigate the city’s roadways, collisions are more likely to happen.

Aggressive Drivers: Traffic is a reality in Los Angeles. When drivers finally escape a traffic jam, they may be inclined to bend the rules and drive aggressively to make up lost time. Drivers, including the motorist who reportedly caused the most recent Los Angeles truck accident mentioned above, often think that they can cut in front of trucks without consequence. As we can see, this kind of behavior can result in serious accidents.

Fatigued Drivers: Truck drivers, by law, are prohibited from driving for extended periods of time. Driving a truck takes concentration, expertise, and energy. Drivers who are overtired are more likely to lose control and be involved in an accident.

Damages Available to Truck Accident Victims

What kind of compensation can a Los Angeles truck accident victim recover from a personal injury lawsuit? In most cases, economic and non-economic damages will be available.

Economic Damages: Economic damages make up for the victim’s out-of-pocket financial costs related to an accident. The purpose of these damages is to make it as if the accident never happened. A victim is generally entitled to recover an amount equal to any verifiable costs they have spent, as well as any reasonably calculable future costs. These may include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Disability
  • Lost wages
  • Rehabilitation, and
  • Property damage.

Non-Economic Damages: Non-economic damages are paid to compensate a victim for hard-to-value injuries of an accident. These injuries tend to vary significantly from case to case. Example of non-economic damages may include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life, and
  • Disfigurement.

Comparative Fault in California

In California, anyone who contributes to the cause of an accident can be held financially responsible for injuries. This includes victims who also suffer an injury in the crash. Each person is simply held liable to the degree of his or her own fault. If a victim contributes to their own accident or injury, his or her ability to recover compensation is reduced.

Here’s an example: Let’s say that the only person who was to blame for the Los Angeles truck accident was the driver who cut off the truck. The four people who were injured in the crash played no role in the accident. Each would be entitled to 100% of the damages they suffered. The single at-fault motorist would be entirely responsible for all damages.

Now, imagine that the truck driver was texting at the time of the accident. Since the driver was distracted, he was unable to prevent the accident. An investigation shows that the truck driver and other motorist are both 50 percent at-fault for causing the accident. Both drivers would be responsible for shouldering 50 percent of the damages suffered by other victims. If the truck driver suffered an injury, he would only be entitled to 50 percent of his own damages from the other driver.

Los Angeles Truck Accident Attorney

Truck accidents have the potential to cause serious and life-threatening injuries. If you or someone you love has been injured in a Los Angeles truck accident you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the Los Angeles Accident Law Center to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer today. We will review your case, explain your rights, and answer any questions you have.

Los Angeles Settles Sidewalk Injury Case for $3 Million

In 2014, a Los Angeles woman was seriously injured on New Year’s Eve when she fell and hit her head on a sidewalk in Hollywood. She promptly notified the city and demanded compensation for her injury. After more than four years of litigation, the city has finally agreed to pay the woman as much as $3 million.

Can You Sue the Government for an Injury?

In most situations, the government (and government employees) will enjoy immunity from civil lawsuits. However, this immunity does not always apply. The California Tort Claims Act allows injured accident victims to pursue compensation from the government in limited situations. One such situation is when the government’s negligence (or the negligence of a government employee) causes a victim to suffer an injury.

Negligence and Dangerous Conditions

The Los Angeles woman’s lawsuit alleged that the city sidewalks she tripped on were in dangerous condition. Specifically, she argued that she tripped over “a pattern of defects on the sidewalk. According to her lawsuit, there were no signs warning her of the uneven pavement and the defects were reportedly covered by fallen leaves.

The government is responsible for maintaining all avenues of transportation to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all travelers. This does not only apply to roads, bridges, and tunnels. Sidewalks must also be regularly maintained for pedestrian safety.

When roads and sidewalks are in dangerous condition, a government agency responsible for repair can be held liable for damages. Liability exists when a government knew or should have known about a hazard that posed a threat to the public but failed to take steps to fix the situation. Knowledge can be actual (e.g., they were explicitly told about the dangerous sidewalk) or constructive (e.g., realizing that many accidents happen at this specific location).

Government Claims Must Be Filed Quickly

In California, civil personal injury lawsuits must typically be filed within two years of the date of an accident or injury. When a lawsuit involves a government agency, victims have even less time to file a claim.

Special Administrative Claim

In order to recover damages from the government, an accident victim must file a special government administrative claim within six months of an accident. This claim is filed directly with the government agency itself, rather than in a civil court of law. The government has 45 days to review the administrative request for damages.

How Can the Government Respond to a Claim?

The government can do one of four things after receiving the claim:

  1. Approve the request and pay the victim
  2. Approve the request, in part, and deny the rest
  3. Deny the request in full, or
  4. Ignore the claim altogether.

If the administrative claim is approved, the victim recovers compensation and the legal process ends. If the administrator is denied, the victim must file a claim in civil court within 6 months of the denial. If the government fails to respond to the claim, the victim has two years to file a claim in civil court.

Shifting Blame to the Victim

In any personal injury lawsuit, the defendant will likely try to shift some of the blame to the victim. In the Los Angeles sidewalk case, the government did just that. In its response to the claim for damages, the government argued that the victim was negligent and responsible for her own injuries. They pointed to the fact that it was New Year’s Eve and that she had been carried piggyback style through the city streets shortly before her accident.

Since the injured woman was demanding compensation, it is her responsibility to prove the government was to blame. In civil cases, plaintiffs must be able to prove their case by a preponderance of the evidence. In other words, a victim’s argument must simply be more likely true than not. The finder of fact (usually a jury) will take all evidence into account when making its decision, including any arguments proposed by the defendant.

Most Lawsuits Settle

Like more than 95 percent of all civil cases, the Los Angeles woman’s sidewalk injury case did not go to trial. Instead, the Los Angeles City Council voted to end the legal battle and settle the case for as much as $3 million. In exchange for accepting the settlement offer, the woman would be required to drop her lawsuit.

Injured in Los Angeles? Call a Lawyer for Help

Suffering an injury can be incredibly overwhelming. If another person or the government is responsible for your harm, you may be entitled to compensation. Call the Los Angeles Accident Law Center to speak with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys. During your free consultation, we will review your case and answer any questions you have.

Three Injured in Los Angeles School Bus Crash

A Los Angeles school bus with 30 children on board was recently involved in a Reseda crash. Fortunately, no one involved in the school bus crash was killed or suffered life-threatening injuries. However, at least three people – including passengers of other vehicles – were transported to a local hospital for immediate medical care.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation. Anyone who suffered an injury in the car crash may be entitled to an award of monetary damages from whoever is ultimately responsible for the incident.

Liability for School Bus Accidents

Who could potentially be held responsible for injuries suffered in a Los Angeles school bus accident? California law operates under the rule of comparative fault. This means that anyone who contributes to the cause of an accident or injury can be held financially responsible for damages. When more than one person/party is to blame, each is held liable to the degree they contributed to the crash.

School Bus Driver

In order to operate a school bus, drivers must obtain a special Commercial Driver’s License with special authorizations. This license can only be obtained by those individuals who complete certain training measures. Once the license is obtained, school bus drivers have an obligation to “do all that human care, vigilance, and foresight” can reasonably do under the circumstances to prevent harm to passengers. This duty goes above and beyond the level of care that must be demonstrated by other drivers on the road.

When a school bus driver acts negligently, they may be held financially responsible for injuries sustained by his/her passengers or others involved in a crash.

School/Employer

The school bus driver’s employer has a legal obligation to ensure that the driver is properly trained and supervised. Schools must keep a close eye on their drivers, have routine meetings to address any concerns, and do everything in their power to hire the best possible candidates. Failure to ensure that drivers can do their jobs safely can result in liability.

Bus Manufacturer

What happens if an accident is the result of a vehicle malfunction? Perhaps the driver did everything in his or her power to prevent a crash, but a defect in the bus was too much to overcome. Companies that are responsible for putting vehicles on the road can be held strictly liable for injuries caused by defects in those vehicles. This applies to companies that design, manufacture, distribute, and/or sell buses.

Third Party Drivers

Some drivers become very aggressive when they share the road with a school bus. Drivers become impatient and try to sneak ahead of the bus to avoid getting “stuck” behind the large vehicle. These third-party drivers frequently cause school bus accidents. Buses do not have the ability to stop on a dime or navigate as swiftly as smaller vehicles. As a result, accidents happen. These third-party drivers can be held responsible for school bus accident damages.

Government Agencies

The government is responsible for maintaining its roads and highways. When roads contain hazardous or dangerous conditions, accidents are more likely to happen. If a government knew or should have known about a dangerous condition, but failed to resolve the hazard, it can be liable for damages.

Injured in a Bus Crash? We Can Help.

Have you been injured in a Los Angeles bus accident? Have you recently lost a loved one because of an unexpected school bus accident? Contact the Los Angeles Accident Law Center for help. Our experienced personal injury attorneys can help you get the money you deserve after an accident. The financial award you recover can help to pay for costly medical bills, make up for lost wages, and compensate for the emotional toll of the accident.

You only have a limited amount of time to file a claim, so do not hesitate to call us now.