Car Accident Lawyers in Sherman Oaks
Traffic accidents are one of the primary causes of injury in the United States. However, that doesn't mean it’s easy to get fair treatment for your medical bills and damages. At the Drexler Law Firm we represent clients who have suffered a wide range of injuries in auto accidents involving many different circumstances. Contact us to handle the legal process so your focus remains where it needs to be – on your health.
What to do After a Car Accident
Before you find an attorney, there are some things you can do to make sure that you’ve done everything possible to protect yourself and your claim. When in doubt, give us a call. Keep our phone number, (818) 907-7373, in your phone or written down in case the worst occurs. Make sure to take these steps after an accident:
Check yourself and others for injuries. Always stay calm and don't admit fault.
If possible, move all disabled vehicles to the side of the road. Put on your emergency flashers and stay somewhere safe until the police arrive.
Call the police as soon as possible. The police can document the incident, gather information and make it part of an official record.
Swap names, phone numbers and insurance information with the other drivers involved. Take photos of the vehicles, license plates and other vital details if possible.
Don't Admit Fault
Don't admit fault, even to the police. Stick only to the facts of what happened when speaking with a police officer.
Seek Medical Attention
Go to the hospital or your primary doctor as soon as possible.
Report to Your Insurance Company
Most insurers have time limits for how soon you must report an accident in California. Call quickly and follow the agent’s directions.
Create a File
Keep accident-related documents together and organized.
We offer free consultations, so you can discuss your car crash without risk or obligation.
Should I Hire an Auto Accident Attorney?
Believe it or not, your insurance company does not have your best interest in mind. If they can save more money by denying your claim or underpaying your claim, they will. The best way to ensure that you get paid fair compensation is to get a great attorney with a proven track record of success. There are several reasons why you should hire an auto accident attorney.
- Each accident has unique details and must be investigated thoroughly to maximize financial recovery.
- The more severe the accident, the more likely you are to benefit from the counsel of an experienced auto accident attorney.
- Insurance adjusters often try to take advantage of victims who are not represented by an attorney experienced in California accident law.
- It’s rare that the victim of a serious accident will end up with a more favorable result in an injury settlement without consulting a lawyer.
For minor accidents, it’s quite possible you don’t need an attorney. However, even if it turns out you don’t need to hire a lawyer, consultations are always free. If you’re in doubt, use our contact form or give us a call. We’ll let you know how much you can expect from your car accident settlement.
How to Choose an Auto Accident Attorney
There are several questions to ask and things to look for when choosing an attorney.
Does the lawyer or firm have the financial resources to handle your case and retain the proper experts?
Does your law firm have a reputation for trying personal injury cases before juries?
What experience does your lawyer have at handling personal injury cases?
Does your lawyer handle only personal injury matters, or a garden variety of practice areas?
Results / Case Studies
At the Drexler Law Firm in Sherman Oaks we have a strong record of winning cases and providing the highest levels of compensation for our clients. We've successfully fought and won cases that include medical malpractice, product liability, and bicycle accidents. We have won millions in compensation for our clients.
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Types of Compensation
The following are the types of damages we can recover for you in the event of an accident:
When your vehicle is damaged or totaled, it’s important to get prompt compensation for repairs or replacement.
This would include doctor and hospital bills, prescription medications, medical equipment and rehabilitation costs.
Present loss of earnings and future loss of earnings are compensable after an accident.
Pain and suffering
You can also be compensated for all non-economic damages that are suffered as a result of the accident.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
There are several reasons that car accidents occur.
Texting while Driving
Texting and driving is an unlawful act in California and can constitute negligence, serious injury, or death.
Distracted driving continues to be a major problem in many ways, including passenger conversation, listening to music, multitasking, and more.
Driving Under the Influence
Drivers under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or prescription drugs are at much greater risk of crashing into other vehicles, sometimes causing permanent disabilities or even death.
This can include tailgating, weaving through traffic or trying to intimidate other drivers.
Violating Traffic Laws
Speeding, running traffic lights or stop signs and failing to yield can lead to a serious accident and injuries.
Auto Design & Manufacturing Defects
The company that manufactured and sold a defective part that contribute to causing an accident should be held responsible.
Potholes, large cracks or other serious hazards, can cause your car to spin out of control and crash.
Common Types of Car Accidents
There are specific types of car accidents that often occur.
A rear-end accident occurs when a driver collides with the vehicle in front of them.
Also known as side-impact collisions, a “T-bone” occurs when the side of a car is hit by the front or rear of another vehicle.
A sideswipe accident is when the side of one vehicle collides with the side of another vehicle.
Head-on accidents occur when two vehicles collide directly with each other while going in opposite directions.
Single Vehicle Crashes
Single vehicle accidents involve only one vehicle and can be the result of hitting a stationary object or veering off the motorway.
A rollover accident occurs when one of the vehicles is overturned as a result of either a collision or departure from the roadway.
Hit and Run Accidents
This is when one of the drivers involved in the collision flees the scene.
We know the rules of the road as they relate to cyclists and the intricate technical knowledge involved in handling a serious bicycle vs. automobile case.
Motorcycle and bicycle accidents require extraordinary skill and expertise since police reports often place the cyclists or riders at fault.
We have been successful in recovering damages in pedestrian accidents, even then they are jaywalking or not at a crosswalk.
Bus and Train Accidents
These accidents can fall into the category of common carrier accidents. Make sure you have an attorney with experience in this particular field.
Ride Share Accidents
These include accidents when a victim is in an Uber or Lyft ride of if you’re in a collision with a rideshare driver.
Left Turn Accident
Physical evidence, expert accident reconstruction and witness testimony can make the difference in winning left turn accident cases.
Common Types of Auto Accident Injuries
Car accidents are among the greatest causes of personal injury in the United States. Over 5.6 million car accidents occurred in the United States in 2012, with over 30,000 fatalities and 1.6 million serious injuries reported. Below, are a few of the most frequent automobile injuries that occur:
One of the most common injuries is referred to as “Whiplash.” The trauma of a collision can also cause permanent damage that can even lead to disc herniation or paralysis.
Brain and Head Trauma
Traumatic brain injury can result in bruising, swelling or bleeding of the brain. Serious neurological injuries can cause substantial impairment to the victim’s cognitive functioning.
Minor sprains and fractures are common in automobile accidents. Some may require an extensive period of healing and rehabilitation to restore function in the injured area.
Facial injuries can range from minor to more severe, including fractures, deep lacerations, burns or dental/jaw damage. In some cases, victims may require reconstructive (cosmetic) surgery.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), is a common disorder often requiring the treatment of a professional following a car accident. Associated disorders resulting from a car accident can also include anxiety, severe panic attacks or depression.
Why Choose The Drexler Law Firm?
Our experience in auto accident litigation is extensive. The Drexler Law Firm will help you get proper medical treatment, assess your accident, examine all the medical evidence, and calculate losses. We can help maximize the compensation you recover. Our accident attorneys are here to explain your legal options, counsel you on the best way to proceed, and minimize the stress you’re feeling following your accident. Contact us for a free consultation.
We're conveniently located at 13808 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, California. Our practice is located between Matilija Avenue and Mammoth Avenue. Any potential client can park for free in the lot behind our building.
It's important to contact an attorney as soon as possible after an accident has occurred. During an initial consultation you'll meet with an attorney who will evaluate your case. We'll walk you through the process and get the necessary information to determine exactly how to handle your case. The first consultation is always free.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does hiring a car accident lawyer cost?
We work on a contingency fee basis. We only charge attorney’s fees, usually one-third, if and when we resolve your case.
What if I am at fault for the car accident?
If you are at fault for an accident we might not be able to help you. HOWEVER, you should still call us for a free consultation. If the accident was only partially your fault, we may still be able to recover compensation on your behalf.
How much is my car accident personal injury car claim worth?
The value of your case depends on the severity of your injuries, the extent of medical treatment and the totality of your damages. Retaining qualified expert witnesses to testify about liability and injuries will increase the value of a personal injury claim.
How much insurance do I need to have on my car?
We would be happy to help you evaluate your current insurance coverages. There is no correct blanket answer, but it is crucial to have adequate uninsured motorist coverage in case your accident is caused by someone who does not have insurance.
Can you file an insurance claim without a police report?
Yes, but it is in your best interest to call us before you speak to any insurance adjuster. We can advise you before you open your insurance claim. It is also possible file a police report following an accident.
How is fault determined in a car accident?
Investigating police officers determine which party is at fault in the police report, but their opinion is not binding and not admissible evidence at trial. Insurance adjusters make their own determinations regarding fault. Accident reconstruction experts are often relied upon to formulate opinions regarding fault.
How long will it take to resolve my car accident personal injury case?
The time frame depends on how much medical treatment is needed and how long it takes for an accident victim to recover from their injuries. Typically, personal injury cases settle within a month or two following the completion of medical treatment.
Will my car accident personal injury case go to trial?
Statistically, it is very unlikely that your personal injury case will go to trial, however, it is a possibility. That is why you need a lawyer who has actual trial experience and a proven track record of winning cases at trial.
I was in a car accident and the other driver was at fault. His insurance company says it can send me a check right away. Should I take it?
No! if any insurance adjuster makes a quick offer they are low balling you. Do not ever accept any settlement amount without consulting an attorney first. In our free consultation, we can advise you regarding all of your legal rights to fair compensation.
How long can I wait to file a claim?
You should hire an attorney and open your claim as soon as you can. California law generally provides a 2 year statute of limitations time deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit in an accident claim although there are exceptions and shorter time limits for governmental claims.