No one expects to be involved in an accident when they get into a car. Yet Los Angeles has the highest rate of traffic accidents in the United States. All car accidents are serious. Even a minor fender bender can place a huge burden on your life - a burden you weren’t prepared for. Medical bills, missed work, emotional suffering, caring for dependents add up just as quickly as the auto repair bill from your mechanic. With such frustrating and stressful experiences, you can feel like your world has turned upside down. You may feel like you’re at wit’s end as you try to recover from the shock and pain, and having to put your life together.
At Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney, we understand the pressure you’re under and the confusion you’re experiencing. Our car accident lawyers are here to provide you and your family the support you need to overcome the difficulties caused by your auto wreck. We believe in protecting the rights and wellbeing of victims of auto collisions to ensure they have a timely personal and financial recovery.
Attorney George Chakmakis has over 28 years of experience in personal injury and wrongful death cases. He is a former judge pro tem for the Los Angeles Superior Court. Los Angeles Magazine and the New York Times have designated him a Personal Injury Super Lawyer since 2014, seven years in a row. He recently obtained a 2.5 million dollar award for his injured client in Orange County Superior Court; and a recent million dollar award from the Fresno Superior Court.
He has tried cases to jury verdict involving wrongful death, automobile crashes, government negligence, slip and fall incidents, medical malpractice, dog bites, and other liability issues. George Chakmakis is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and a past speaker at the Consumer Advocates Association of Los Angeles’ convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mr. Chakmakis worked at an insurance defense firm, Gilbert Kelley Crowley & Jennett, prior to opening his own law firm in 1995. This experience allowed him to learn personal injury from the defense perspective, but now he only represents injury victims. Prior to Gilbert Kelley, George Chakmakis worked at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the Federal Public Defender’s Office. Mr. Chakmakis received his education from UCLA and Southwestern University School of Law. He is also an instrument rated pilot.
At Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney, we’re always honest with clients regarding all aspects of their claims. At the beginning of the claim, it’s difficult to establish the exact value of your case given the number of indefinite variables involved. Even giving an estimate would not be truthful and honest. But as the claim progress, we will be in a better position to assess the value of your claim as some variables become known. The value of your injury claim will be based on the details of how you obtained the injuries, the ability to prove your injuries, as well as the extent of your injuries.
At Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney, we prepare every injury or wrongful death case as if going to trial. Insurance companies know that we mean business. While we cannot undo injury or suffering, we can put the pain and suffering into words to obtain the very best recovery possible for you. We give you professional, experienced, aggressive, and compassionate representation. Don’t be a victim twice – don’t settle for less than you’re entitled to.
On paper, filing a claim and obtaining compensation seems like a fairly straight forward process. At Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney, we know that the process can turn complicated, intimidating, and overwhelming quickly. Our role is to be advocates for car accident victims. By taking care of everything you need through the car crash process, we want to ease the stress and pain of the crash so you can focus on healing and recovery. This involves dealing with the insurance provider, the court system, and keeping you informed on all the developments of your case.
Here are some of the ways we will fight for you in your car accident case:
If the police responded to the car accident, they may have investigated the scene. This typically involves getting statements from involved parties, sketching out the scene, and possibly getting witness statements. But if the police did not respond, insurance providers will have to depend on their customer’s account of what happened. Unfortunately, this does not provide a clear picture of the events. They may also include false and erroneous statements by the other driver.Read more
Personal injury claims often involve much negotiation between involved parties in an attempt to get damaged after a car accident. Negotiation with the insurance adjuster begins with the issuance of a demand letter, which provides the basis of the other party’s liability and outline of the claim. It’s worth noting that negotiation can be one of the riskiest parts of a claim, especially if the victim decides not to hire an attorney.Read more
If the settlement offer is not satisfactory or the claim is denied, we are fully prepared to file a personal injury lawsuit in California civil court. The lawsuit will include a claim for damages and a basis for liability. It can take time for a car accident lawsuit to go all the way to trial to facilitate the compensation you need and deserve to fully recover.Read more
Any car accident can cause serious injuries and property damage. At Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney, we believe every car accident victim has the right to be represented, no matter how the collision occurred. Below are the most common types of car accidents that we handle:
Head-on collision in most cases causes severe injuries. This type of car accident occurs when two vehicles collide while going in opposite directions, especially when one of the cars is attempting an overtaking maneuver. Even at modest speeds, a head-on collision can result in catastrophic front end damage to the vehicles involved and severe injuries to the driver and passengers.
Sideswiping usually occurs when one car drifts into another lane. In this collision type, the side of one vehicle collides with the side of another while both are traveling in the same direction. Sideswipe collisions are typically caused by drivers in packed vehicles re-entering moving traffic without first ensuring the lane is clear and drivers failing to check their blind spots before changing lanes. At high speeds, sideswipe collision will cause significant and severe injuries.
Also known as side-impact collision, a “T-bone” happens when the middle of the vehicle is hit by the front or back end of another vehicle. This type of collision can lead to serious injuries for both parties involved.
These types of accidents occur when one of the drivers involved in the accident decides to flee the scene without providing their contact information.
Rollover accidents occur when a car is overturned as a result of departure from the roadway or collision with another vehicle. Rollover accidents are typically severe, especially if there is a roof crash involved.
A rear-end accident occurs when a driver collides with the vehicle in front of them. These mishaps can range from minor to severe, based on the speed at which the vehicles were moving and the precise circumstance under which the crash happens.
This type of car accident involves only one automobile and can result from a collision with a stationary object or veering off the roadway. These mishaps can happen as a result of driver error resulting from factors like the intoxication of fatigue or can happen as a result of external factors such as hazardous road conditions or intemperate weather.
Driving is a daily task most of us have to do as part of our personal, professional, and recreational lives. But with the huge number of vehicles traveling along the same roadways and highways, driving can also become hazardous.
Here are the most common causes of car accidents in Los Angeles:
Because accidents are entirely unexpected, the impact can take those involved by surprise. Your life can be turned upside down in just a moment and the experience can take a huge toll physically, financially, and emotionally. There are specific actions you can take in the aftermath of a collision that will help you protect your legal rights, concurrently positioning you to recover. Here’s what you should do:
If you’ve been involved in or injured in a car accident in Los Angeles, immediately call the police to the scene. The report compiled by police will be a valuable piece of evidence in your personal injury claim. Ask the officer for a copy of the report. Your attorney will use it in preparing your claim.
Following a car accident, you should assess the physical state of everyone involved in the accident and call emergency medical help if necessary. Be sure to tell your physician everything you can remember about the crash as well as any symptoms you’re experiencing. You need to receive proper and timely medical treatment, even if you feel okay or have sustained minor injuries. You may have sustained internal injuries that may take time to manifest.
It’s important to note that most people underrate the severity of the injuries since they have an adrenaline rush resulting from the incident. Make sure you request a complete examination and strictly follow your physician’s recommendations for treatment and therapy. This will not only enhance your recovery process but also prevent other parties from claiming you were partially liable for your ailments because you failed to heed to your doctor’s advice.
If you’re able to, collect detailed information, such as the name and contact information of involved parties and any witnesses. Get the names, telephone numbers, driver’s license numbers, addresses, as well as insurance information. As you exchange information, be sure to watch what you say to the parties involved or bystanders. Any admissions you make can negatively impact your ability to file a claim in the future.
It’s also helpful to take pictures of your injuries, damage to the vehicle, and the accident scene, including areas that you think might have contributed to the wreck. It’s also advisable that you keep vehicle parts that broke off during the accident. All these can be used as evidence and will help your attorney collect critical information on how the mishap occurred.
Before you talk to anyone about the accident, especially an insurance adjuster, consult an experienced Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney to avoid mistakes. Our attorneys have the expertise to assess your case while working with investigators to collect and analyze information. Retaining us is the best move you can make to obtain compensation from liable parties.
Taking detailed notes during your recovery period can prove to be an excellent way of collecting critical bits of information you accident lawyer can utilize when filing a claim. Providing comprehensive answers to the following questions can go a long way in gathering accurate information at the time of the accident and help jog your memory during the claim process.
Furthermore, it’s imperative to keep a daily journal recounting your injuries. Every single day, assess your physical wounds, the pain they inflict, and your mental state. It’s also good to carry your journal at all times and note down any recollections you have regarding the crush.
The car crash itself is only the beginning of what can be an incredibly long process of determining fault, filing an insurance claim, and getting the closure you need to move on with your life. But despite what they claim, insurance companies do not have your best interests at heart. They strive to take advantage of people when they need help the most. In far too many cases, car accident victims permanently forfeit their rights to fair compensation and are left with a lifetime of regret just because they believe what they were told by the insurance companies.
What should keep in mind during this time is that insurance companies are profit-based. They will employ different tactics and resources to challenge your claim and safeguard their bottom line – not helping you. In most cases, these large companies have an edge when dealing with injured claimants. The last thing you want is to navigate a maze of complicated procedures and legal jargon. There are deadlines to meet, paperwork to file, and you may have to go to court to get the compensation you deserve.
Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney is here to do all the hard work for you so you can focus on recovery. Our skilled Los Angeles car accident lawyers have the foresight and skill to determine the best course of action and consider future damages that may harm you for years, including emotional trauma, pain, subsequent injuries, and medical treatments. We will take the time to learn about your case and properly evaluate the full extent of your claim. Our law firm has recovered millions of dollars in settlement for our clients and we want to do the same for you.
Everything we do at the Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney firm is done with dedication, integrity, and effectiveness. We strive to ensure that you receive the highest caliber of legal representation. No matter the size of the case, we don’t back down from it. We have the legal firepower and financial resources to take on the big insurance companies to ensure you receive the compensation you need and deserve.
California law provides a set time frame for car accident victims to file a claim for damages. This is called a statute of limitations. If you or your loved one has suffered injuries in an automobile collision, you have 2 years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim for a loved one killed in the accident. On the other hand, you have 3 years to file a property damage claim. If your case involves a government entity, the statute of limitations is 6 months. Once you have passed the time limit, obtaining damaged to compensate for your pain and suffering and cover your medical bills is practically impossible.
But even if you have 2 years to file a claim, it’s important to take swift action. Accidents scenes change rapidly and evidence may be lost or repaired if it’s not collected immediately after the crash. Key witnesses may also forget important details regarding the crash. Surveillance footage may not be retained for long periods. Insurers are more than likely to send their investigators to collect evidence. When you retain Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney as early as possible, we’ll help you collect the evidence needed for your case. Time is of the essence – act now!
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Chakmakis Law was great, you guys got me my maximum and referred me to great doctors for the whole process.
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If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a car accident due to another person’s careless actions or negligence, you should contact the Los Angeles Car Accident for legal representation. Our legal team is dedicated to protecting the rights and best interests of car accident victims in Los Angeles and the surrounding area. We utilize aggressive litigation combined with the expertise that our attorneys possess to come to quick and favorable resolutions for our clients’ cases.
You can call our office any time to discuss a potential new injury accident case and we will act quickly to protect your rights. Call us at 424-237-3600 or fill out our online contact form for an immediate consultation.