Common Types of Accidents in the South Bay
South Bay Personal Injury Lawyers
When you come to Layfield & Wallace, APC for help, you will be giving yourself the benefit of working with a team of South Bay personal injury lawyers who have won more than $70 million for their clients. Not only have we achieved excellent results, but we have also earned a reputation for ourselves as being attorneys who are willing to take on even the most challenging types of accident claims. Rather than specializing only in the easy cases and pursuing quick settlements, we are committed to helping our clients pursue justice and fair compensation, even when this means that we will have to go all the way to a full jury trial. Learn more about some of the most common types of accident claims which we represent, and then contact us for a free case evaluation to learn about how we can help you.
Types of Accidents in Manhattan Beach, Hawthorne, El Segundo, and Redondo Beach
When an automobile strikes a bicycle, it is nearly always the cyclist who suffers the worst injuries. On the other side of the coin, it is the driver who is at fault in a large percentage of collisions between cars and bikes. Drivers frequently ignore the presence of cyclists riding in bike lanes or on the side of the road, and will often deny the right of way while turning at an intersection.
Driving is a dangerous activity. Most people in the South Bay spend a large amount of time every day in the car, and many forget just what a great risk they are taking the moment that they step into the vehicle. For this reason, many drivers take dangerous risks by speeding, turning or changing lanes without looking, or even driving drunk or engaging in distractions such as texting or talking on a cell phone.
More than 30 years ago, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published the Hurt Report, a landmark study of the causes of motorcycle accidents. Among other things, the report found that automobile drivers are at fault in around two-thirds of all collisions with motorcycles. If the driver ran you off the road, struck you at an intersection or was otherwise to blame for causing your accident, we want to help you pursue financial compensation for your injuries.
A pedestrian has absolutely no protection in the event of being struck by an automobile, whereas the driver has a seat belt, air bags and thousands of pounds of steel to protect against injury or death. Many pedestrian accidents are caused by drivers who fail to check their mirrors before backing out of driveways or parking spots, or who do not observe the right of way while turning or crossing intersections.
Railroad / Metrolink Accidents
Train accidents can have devastating and tragic consequences, whether a single person is struck by a passing Metrolink train, if a passenger train is derailed or if a freight train collides with an automobile on the tracks. Depending on the circumstances of the collision, you may have grounds for legal action against the train operator, and we can help you determine whether you have a case.
Slip and Fall Accidents
While many people are able to walk away from a slip and fall or trip and fall accident without having suffered any type of serious injury, others are not so fortunate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the second-leading cause of spinal cord injuries, and they are the number-one cause of traumatic brain injury. A fall can cause a concussion, broken bone or even paralysis or death.
Careful investigation of a truck accident will often reveal that the truck driver is to blame. For example, the trucker may have been violating the federal Hours of Service regulations by staying on the road for long hours and driving through fatigue. He or she may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or perhaps the driver was texting on a cell phone. Such actions are entirely negligent in light of the immense size and weight of a semi-truck.
Under state law, virtually all businesses in California are required to carry workers' compensation insurance to cover their employees. Workers' compensation is a no-fault system, so you can claim benefits even if you were to blame for your accident. Benefits can include payment for necessary medical treatment, as well as disability benefits to replace the income which you lose as a result of your injury.
Take Action in Your Case Now
The one thing that you must not do in the period following any type of accident is to attempt to settle your claim by working directly with the insurance company. You cannot trust the insurance company to treat you fairly, since their primary concern is to protect the bottom-line by paying you as little as possible. In attempting to negotiate a settlement on your own, you could mistakenly make statements which would limit your ability to recover compensation or even deny your right to payment. You could be pressured into accepting less than the amount that you deserve. Don't take any chances with the outcome of your claim; there is too much at stake for your future. Contact us now to learn how much your case is worth and to get the process started!