Pasadena Car Accident Attorney
Dedicated to Holding the Negligent Party Accountable
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 36,000 people are killed, and more than 2 million people are injured in traffic accidents each year in the United States. Most car accidents are caused by someone running a red light or stop sign, speeding, talking on a cell phone or texting, alcohol or drug use, or simply driving in a careless manner.
California Car Accident Statistics
In California alone, the NHTSA reports that there were 3,563 fatalities from car accidents in 2018 and 670 in Los Angeles County, specifically. In 2017, there were 485,866 reported car crashes in California with Los Angeles County being the most statistically dangerous county for drivers.
Everyone who lives in LA also knows about the traffic. In Pasadena, 210 freeway traffic can be especially troublesome. Traffic increases feelings of frustration in drivers, leading to more instances of aggressive driving and road rage. Additionally, even though using a hand-held cell phone while driving has been illegal for many years now, roughly 75% of drivers admit they still use their phones while driving, contributing to these astronomical numbers.
Impact of a Car Accident
Car accidents can have a significant impact on a person’s life. There may be substantial costs associated with medications, hospitalization, ongoing medical treatment, and lost wages or income.
- Medical expenses
- Disability and disfigurement
- Lost wages
- Mental and emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
Fatal Car Accidents
If you lost a loved one to a fatal car accident, you may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit. A successful suit can compensate the decedent’s estate for the damages in the previous section with a survival action. Further, compensation can help with the expenses of hosting funerary and burial services. For certain plaintiffs, pain and suffering, loss of inheritance, and loss of consortium may also be available.
How Much Can You Get for Pain and Suffering After a Car Accident?
There are two types of compensation known as "special damages" and "general damages" in the insurance world. Special damages are simply the hard costs that added up as a result of an accident injury. General damages are usually calculated by either the Per Diem or the Multiple method.
For special damages, monetary costs associated with medical bills, property repair or replacement fees, lost wages, and even services you had to hire to help while you were injured all fall under the category of special damages. The total of these can be easily proven with receipts and bills.
General damages, on the other hand, can be a little tricky to calculate. More commonly referred to as compensation for pain & suffering, general damages are most commonly factored into your accident lawsuit in one of two ways.
- The Per Diem Method. This commonly known Latin phrase translates to "per day" or "for each day" and means simply that; using this method, our Pasadena car accident lawyer will determine a daily value for your injuries. This daily value will then be multiplied by the number of days you were directly affected. If, for example, it is determined that your per diem value is $250 and you missed work due to your injuries for 35 days, then you will be filing a claim for compensation in the amount of $8,750.
- The Multiple Method. Using this method, the total value of the special damages, or hard costs, will be calculated, then multiplied by anywhere from two to five, depending on the severity of your pain & suffering. For example, if you were in a car accident that broke your leg and smashed the entire driver's side of your car deeming it totaled, your medical bills and car replacement costs might total up to $12,000. As a result of the accident, you now have trouble sleeping and a large scar on your leg. To consider the value of your pain and suffering in the lawsuit, the hard costs are multiplied by three. This means you would file a claim requesting $36,000 in compensation.
Contact our Pasadena car accident attorneys to learn more.
What Caused Your Car Accident?
As a densely populated county with millions of drivers on the road every day, car accidents are common throughout Pasadena and Los Angeles County. Having more cars on the road only increases your risk of being in a car accident, which is why the LA area has one of the highest numbers of traffic collisions in the nation. While some accidents are simply unpredictable and due to unfortunate circumstances, the majority of car crashes are due to driver negligence.
Top causes of car accidents include:
Is it Worth Getting a Lawyer After a Car Accident?
Trying to handle a personal injury case while also trying to recover from your injuries is a daunting task for anyone. Getting legal counsel is not required after an accident, but hiring an experienced car accident lawyer allows you to take a step back and focus on recovering while someone else advocates for you.
Car accident cases can benefit from having evidence detailing the accident to prove liability. By hiring our Pasadena car accident lawyers, our team can educate you about important documents to have access to. By calling an attorney directly after your accident, an experienced car accident litigator can help you know what kind of photos may be helpful in your case and can walk you through the process of getting eyewitness accounts and how to talk to the insurance company.
What is California's Statute of Limitations for Car Accidents?
California has a statute of limitations of 2 years for car accident injury claims. Sometimes insurance companies will stale and won't settle your claim before that time period. Our Pasadena car accident attorney will continue negotiations on your behalf. Our firm will make sure things are taken care of in a timely manner and that you are granted the maximum compensation that you need to fully recover.
Contact the Experienced Pasadena Car Accident Attorneys at KP Law
With over 40 years of collective experience, we understand what you’re enduring. Whether it’s seeking money for medical bills and car repairs or stepping in to deal with the insurance company, the Pasadena car accident lawyers at KP Law can help you.
Contact our firm today to schedule your free consultation. We are available 24/7.