Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Leading Five Causes of Auto Accidents

Traffic incidents take a staggering number of lives every year that involve cars, motorcycles, trucks, vans, SUVs, buses and pedestrians on U.S. highways nationwide. In California there was 2,739 people killed and 229,354 people injured. This amounted to 2,520 fatal collisions and 161,094 injury collisions. What were the causes of these deadly and injury auto accidents? While there are various ways that traffic collisions can occur, the leading top five ways include:
  • Distracted Driving: Distracted driving comes in at number one and can happen in many forms. Talking on cell phones, texting, adjusting music players, eating, putting on makeup or grooming, are just a few of the ways can result in drivers taking their attention off of the roadway. Any type of activity that causes the driver to take their eyes and attention off of the road can lead to a serious accident. When a driver is not paying attention to the road, they can run a stop sign, go through a red light, fail to brake when necessary, side-swipe a another vehicle, or swerve into oncoming traffic, along with many other dangerous maneuvers. 
  •  Aggressive Driving: Aggressive driving is the behaviors by drivers that include speeding, rapid lane changes, tailgating, honking and gesturing.  There are other behaviors along with these listed that put other motorists at risk for being harmed in a collision.
  • Speeding: Speeding can consist of driving at an excessive speed over the speed limit or it can be traveling to fast for conditions, such as driving to fast in heavy rain. This is a large factor in serious traffic collisions. Some drivers think that speeding is not a big deal and may do it for numerous reasons like not paying attention, they are late, angry or frustrated. The slogan that is often used in speeding messages, “speed kills” is true, because drivers going over the speed limit require a faster reaction time to avoid accidents. If they are involved in a crash the force of impact is dramatically increased, which results in more serious injuries, fatalities and property damage.
  • Fatigued Driving: It may not seem serious to get behind the wheel of a vehicle when a driver is tired, or under the influence of a drug that causes drowsiness, but it is very dangerous. The reaction time is slower, their judgment is not clear and it is possible the driver could fall asleep at the wheel. This driver puts themselves at risk, anyone in their vehicle and other motorists on the roadway. 
  • Driving Under the Influence: Drivers that get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle after they have been drinking alcohol are involved in serious and deadly crashes every day. Approximately one-third of motor vehicle accidents involve alcohol, with it increasing as high as 50 percent on weekends. This is regardless of the crackdowns and the DUI penalties that can include jail time for some first time offenders. There are too many people including children losing their lives annually in collisions with intoxicated drivers.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in any type of automobile accident, the accomplished lawyers at Ehline Law Firm, PC can help. Our dedicated attorneys represent clients who have been harmed in California. We can make a difference in your case. Contact our office today to allow our top personal injury lawyers to discuss your claim. We focus on personal injury law and have an extensive background in this area and provide a free consultation. Call the law firm at 213.596.9642.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Car Accidents—Loss of Work and Compensation

Being involved in a car accident can be a devastating experience, because life can change in the matter of seconds. Medical bills can begin mounting up, recovery can be painful and it may be impossible to work for an extended amount of time. This is when compensation is necessary for the damages that have been suffered due to the incident and allow you to heal without the added financial pressure.

When a person is hurt in an accident that is the fault of another person or party it can be complicated to file a claim or bring a lawsuit in civil court and this is why having a personal injury attorney is often the best way to handle recovering compensation. They will have the skills to traverse the legal complexities leaving the victim the peace of mind to heal without worrying.

Handling a Claim Alone can Make You a Victim Again

When a person is harmed in an incident, they are referred to as a victim when the way they were hurt could have been avoided if another party’s actions were different. Filing a claim against the liable party’s insurance company is the starting point to be financially compensated. When attempting to settle a claim with the insurance company on your own unless the injuries were mild then it is possible the individual who was harmed can become a victim again.

This is because insurance companies use tactics to either deny or lower the amount of deserved compensation to save money. The best way to deal with the insurance company is to have legal representation to protect your rights to obtain the compensation you should recover from the insurer. When a personal injury attorney is retained they will deal with the insurance company and the insurance company will know that the claimant is not going to accept a lower settlement amount than what is deserved.

Do Not Put Off Consulting an Attorney

After being involved in a car accident or any other incident where another party was at fault consulting a personal injury lawyer should not be put off. Delaying contacting an attorney can have significant effects on your claim. The evidence from the mishap can deteriorate and the time limit can run out to file a claim.

The attorney will handle everything having to do with the case, whether it is negotiating with the insurance company or preparing the case to bring a winning lawsuit. In effect they act as a middle man, to obtain compensation, while protecting the claimant’s rights. The lawyer you chose should be well versed in personal injury law to ensure you have the right protection for your right to recover medical expenses, lost wages if you are unable to work, vehicle repairs or any other damages you should be compensated. These type of cases are complicated, but with an accomplished personal injury attorney they will be the right legal advocate to handle your claim in a timely manner and obtain the recovery that should be recovered.

What a Personal Injury Lawyer Does

The personal injury lawyer will use all the resources necessary to gather evidence and any other pertinent information necessary to build a strong case. They will obtain your accident report and any correspondence from the insurance company, as well as witness statements. Then they will use this information to negotiate with the insurance company to obtain compensation to cover the costs that have been incurred, like medical expenses, lost wages and other damages.

This can be a long process, especially if the insurance company does not want to be agreeable in settling for a fair amount. Then the case will need to be brought to court as a lawsuit against the liable party. The final result with a skilled negotiator and litigating personal injury attorney is fair compensation for the harm you have suffered and the expense.

Car Accidents and Whiplash Symptoms

Car accidents are the most common type of mishap that results in whiplash.  When the vehicles collide upon impact the head of the individual is violently thrown back and forth and the rest of the body remains stationary, because it is being held by a seatbelt. In today’s cars it is even a more common injury, since seatbelts have shoulder harnesses. This means while the car upon impact means the body is still going forward, but is held in place by the seatbelt, the head and neck do not have that same advantage causing the head to keep going forward and then is jerked backward due to the sudden stop.

The symptoms of whiplash occasionally occur right away, but in most cases it can take up to three days before the significant pain of this type of harm is felt by the person who was hurt. There are symptoms that are common enough to indicate the condition causing the pain is whiplash:
  •  A stiff or sore neck that aches.
  • Soreness or pain in the shoulder or shoulder blades. 
  • Headaches.
  •  Dizziness.
  • Feeling of being light-headed or shakey.
  • Distorted or fuzzy eyesight.
  • Lower back throbbing pain.
  • Lower back spasms.
  • Tingling or numbness in the arms and hands.
  • Pain in the jawbone.
  • Ringing in the ears.
  • Fatigue.
  • Insomnia.
  • Vertigo.
Whiplash can heal within a reasonable amount of time depending on the severity, though it can also be an injury that is long lasting and has ongoing symptoms. Study data shows that approximately one-fifth of the people with whiplash injuries have symptoms that continue to affect the person as long as two years after the incident. The symptoms unlike many other types of bodily harm may not be immediately apparent and can take some time before the full extent of the symptoms or pain becomes apparent.  

When the symptoms appear this is referred to as whiplash syndrome and have signs that appear after the usual common symptoms and may last for an extended amount of time:
  • Neck stiffness.
  • Neck aches.
  • Headaches.
  • Fatigue.
  • Anxiety.
  • Depression.
This type of injury while it has its own symptoms it can also lead to other issues when the initial harm is significant, and these include: 
  • Chronic pain syndrome.
  • Respiratory issues.
  • Allergies.
  • Continuing fatigue issues.
  • Digestive problems.
  • Cardiovascular issues.
The reason that a whiplash injury may have secondary issues like allergies is due to the lowered immune system. It is also not uncommon for this type of harm to cause the individual to have memory loss, inability to concentrate or irritability.

The extensive research done in the area of whiplash has shown that people with smaller necks and less muscle mass, like children and women often suffer more serious injury. The other individuals of either gender or age that suffer more serious whiplash harm are people involved in car accidents wearing ill fitting seatbelts, head rests that are not adjusted to the right height and seats that are close to either the steering wheel or airbag.

In cases of mild injury it may be possible to treat the condition with over the counter pain relievers, though this is usually only a temporary relief and requires a doctor’s care. People who are more seriously hurt will need to have the condition diagnosed and treated by a physician to find relief and for the injury to heal properly.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Complications of Passenger Vehicle Injuries and Getting Help

Car accidents are the leading cause of personal injury and the Los Angeles accident lawyers at Ehline Law Firm PC offer legal assistance to people who have been harmed. This is the kind of event that can result in major disabilities and financial loss, like other incidences such as slip and falls, bicycle or defective product that can also cause personal injuries.

Ehline Law Firm PC accident attorneys in Los Angeles are skilled vehicle injuries lawyers, and Michael Ehline is skilled in negotiations and litigation and is aggressive in protecting the rights of the victim. The law firm gently guides the client through the legal process and is compassionate to the physical and emotional trauma they have suffered. The tragic circumstance of the victim and Ehline’s commitment to justice fuels his passion to be compassionate to victims, while holding the negligent party responsible. Visit the website for more information about the law firm at http://losangeles.ehlinelaw.com/auto-accident-lawyer/ and to learn about our areas of practice, including motorcycle accidents, car and truck collisions, bicycle mishaps, burn injuries, brain and spinal cord injury, slip and fall, and wrongful death.

After an accident the person who has been hurt suffers not only from physical injuries, but the inability to work, pay their bills, medical expenses, the emotional trauma, damage of property and other related harm. The Los Angeles lawyers at Ehline Law Firm PC are dedicated to helping the victim recovers the compensation they deserve to heal and re-establish their life as it was before they suffered this kind of traumatic experience. The damages the victim obtains are paid by the negligent party, which is generally not actually the person responsible, but their insurance company.

This means in some cases it may not be necessary to take the case to trial, since the accomplished Los Angeles attorney may be able to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company and their attorneys.  In doing this it is possible to alleviate some of the stress of the victim, who may find going to trial extremely emotionally trying and enable them to move on with their life faster. But, one thing these seasoned attorneys will never do is to negotiate a settlement for even a penny less than what the injured victim deserves.

When a claim cannot be successfully settled and it must go to court, Ehline Law Firm PC will take the lawsuit to trial, where they will fight uncompromisingly to obtain justice. The victims’ rights are the utmost importance to the law firm and Michael Ehline and the compensation they are entitled for medical expenses, lost wages, personal property damage, pain and suffering, along with a reduced earning ability if the harm has done permanent damage.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Car Accident Lawyer of Ehline Law Firm PC Discusses What To Do After a Wreck

I have traveled a lot, and have seen a lot of accidents.  Before I was clerking for auto injury lawyers, I had already had my share of brushes with death on the highways. With accidents costing this nation billions of dollars each year in damages and injuries, it is important that each driver keep driving safety in mind at all times. No matter how safe a driver may be, there are always others who unfortunately aren’t as safe, and cause accidents involving innocent victims.

These victims not only have the immediate problems of the accident to deal with, but also have to figure out how to pay the medical bills, car repairs, and other losses that happen because of the accident. Assuming that the other party or even the victim’s own insurance will pay often leaves the victim with a pile of bills and expenses and seemingly nowhere to turn. However, the victim of an accident caused by another does actually have recourse: auto injury lawyers.And you need to be prepared since no one wants to learn what to do after a wreck after a collision occurs.
When a victim is injured due to another’s negligence in a car accident, hiring an auto injury lawyer can help the victim to:
  • Receive appropriate and immediate medical evaluation and care. Receive ongoing medical care if necessary.
  • Recover other financial losses resulting from the accident.
  • Protect the victim from being blamed by the negligent party.
  • Win a settlement that covers costs for both medical and other losses in court.
When injuries occur, the insurance company of the other side and sometimes even the victim’s own insurance company may refuse some treatments that the medical care team considers important.

To whom should the victim trust their medical decisions; the doctors, or insurance workers?

Neglecting important testing and treatment can lead to medical issues, even debilitation in the future. A qualified auto injury lawyer will not only have experience with the types of testing and treatment that victims often need, but will have expert resources who can make sure that the victim understands what types of treatment he should have. Additionally, qualified attorneys can often facilitate treatment for the victim without the victim being saddled with huge medical costs that shouldn’t have been his to pay in the first place.

When care is needed, it is needed immediately before ongoing damage makes things worse. When long-term treatment is necessary, the victim can’t necessarily depend on either insurance company to volunteer to go the distance with him. However, an auto accident injury lawyer can help ensure that the victim of accidents gets care over time. Planning ahead for treatment, a lawyer can include future care in the eventual settlement amount so that victims have no need to fear for the future of their health care. Of course, medical bills aren’t the only financial tolls suffered in auto accidents. The victim often finds themselves with lost wages, alternate transportation costs, child care bills, and other expenses that resulted from the accident.

An experienced auto injury lawyer will realize that injuries aren’t the only source of losses and will protect the victim on all levels. Financial protection isn’t the only type of protection victims need. In court, the defendant’s party will often try to shift the blame (and the financial responsibility) of the accident back onto the victim. They will minimize the victim’s rights and needs.

The auto injury attorney with experience knows the aggressive tactic that the defendant’s team will take and can protect the victim from exploitation and neglect. No one is better qualified to fight in a court of law than a successful and experienced auto injury attorney for the victims of auto accident injuries. In the end, victims of car accidents that retain auto injury lawyers find that their cases are historically more successful, with larger settlement amounts. Larger settlements mean more long-term financial protection for the victim, helping to ensure that his needs are covered now and in the future.

If you or your loved one is the victim of a car accident resulting in injuries due to another’s negligence, Michael Ehline of Ehline Law Firm PC, is a car accident lawyer with the know-how, success, and experience to win your case. As a Marine, Michael Ehline has the drive and ethics that it takes to protect innocent victims of auto accidents. As a proud Californian, Michael Ehline has offices located throughout California for the ease of his clients. When you need a lawyer who can’t be beat on your side, please call Michael Ehline today at 1-888-400-9721.

What Can a Car Accident Attorney Do For Me?

Car accidents are very common in California, which boasts some of the busiest freeways and roads in the nation. While most drivers and passengers understand the dangers of road travel, most aren’t prepared when an accident happens. At that time of pain and frustration, a victim might not be aware of his rights and options. Hiring a car accident attorney can help clarify for a victim exactly what rights they have, often more than they even realize, as well as obtaining a more appropriate final settlement amount from the negligent party.
Car accident attorneys can help the victim of car accidents by:
  • Helping the accident victim obtain immediate medical testing and treatment.
  • Handling all of the insurance companies involved.
  • Recovering lost income, both present and future.
  • Compensating all medical costs.
  • Compensating many other costs related to the accident.
Helping the Car Accident Victim get Medical Care

The first priority of a car accident victim and their attorney after a collision will be making sure that the victim is properly stabilized, tested, and treated for their injuries in a hospital and specialist setting. While this may seem difficult and expensive to the victim, testing and care can be arranged by a qualified car accident attorney through a proper facility. The health of the victim shouldn’t have to wait for paperwork or insurance company approval as every minute counts.

Dealing with Insurance Companies after an Accident

The last thing the victim of a car accident needs to have to deal with while healing are insurance companies and their agents. Insurance companies, no matter whether that of the victim or negligent party, aren’t apt to approve repayment of all the victim’s losses after an accident. A qualified car accident attorney understands intimately how insurance companies work; he can use that knowledge to the benefit of the victim, facilitating higher settlements and repayments that can be more readily accepted by the insurance companies, combating the aggressive tactics of insurance company lawyers.

Recovery of Lost Income, both Present and Future for the Victim

With the injuries sustained in a car accident come lost time at work. Some injuries result in debilitation that lasts a life-time, preventing the victim from ever being able to work as in the past. A qualified car accident attorney will not only take into consideration past lost wages, but future losses and provide for those losses within the final settlement amount.

Compensation for All Medical Expenses

Car accidents result in very high bills for the victim, including testing, treatment, medications, and even long term therapy, rehabilitation, and counseling. These costs should be provided for the victim. Long-term medical needs can be arranged for within the settlement process if a car accident attorney is used, unlike what might happen if only insurance handles the matter.

Compensation for Wide-Ranging Losses Related to the Accident

An experienced car accident attorney will understand that the costs of a car accident range far beyond simple medical expenses. Factors such as pain and suffering, child care, and other expenses should be and will be provided for in a settlement handled by a car accident attorney. These expenses would be swept under the rug for an unrepresented victim. When you or your loved one is the victim of a car accident resulting in injuries and losses due to another’s negligence in California, Michael Ehline of Ehline Law Firm PC, can help.

Michael Ehline understands the intricacies of car accidents and all the surrounding circumstances and can help the victim by protecting their rights and fighting for a higher settlement to cover losses. As a Marine, Michael Ehline has the ethics and determination it takes to successfully protect a victim and their family. Ehline Law Firm PC has offices located conveniently throughout California, including 4445 Eastgate Mall, #200, San Diego, CA 92121 USA+619.312.6050. If you would like more information on how Michael Ehline can help you, please call 1-888-400-9721.

Car Accident Insurance Claims

Car accidents are not a welcome part of driving, but they are a reality. Arming one’s self with information about what to do in case of an accident can really help an accident victim when accidents do occur. One of the major parts of a car accident is filing a car accident insurance claim. While the process seems straight forward, there some things to do and not to do when filing your claim.

At the accident scene:
  • Do not admit that you are responsible or liable for any part of the accident whatsoever.
  • Do contact your insurance agency to make them aware of the accident.
  • Do not allow the other parties to upset you; remain calm.
  • Do call police and other first responders, including an ambulance.
  • Do gather as much information from the negligent party.
  • Do agree to being evaluated by an ambulance technician and taken to the hospital if there are any injuries.
Information gathered at the scene should include as much of the following as possible:
  • The driver’s license and name of the driver.
  • The phone number and information for their insurance company.
  • The license plate number and a description of their vehicle.
  • Any information about the location (street name, intersection, etc.).
  • Any information about conditions (slick streets, lights, signage, etc.).
  • Photographs of the damage to your car, and the surroundings.
  • Home, work, and cell phone numbers of the responsible party.
  • Any phone numbers of witnesses, etc.
  • The police report number. After the Accident After leaving the scene, there are still others actions that can be helpful and harmful.
  • Do save all receipts and bills pertaining to the accident and its costs.
  • Do not be anything other than forthright with the insurance company and other agencies, short of admitting liability.
  • Do call an accident attorney specializing in car accident insurance claims.
  • Do not sign any documents without having your car accident lawyer review them first.
  • Do make sure that your attorney has the information for all insurance policies that may apply to your accident.
  • Do not accept any funds or checks without having your attorney review them first.

Ensuring the Success of your Car Accident Insurance Claim via Representation

If you or your loved one is the victim of a car accident with plans to file a car accident insurance claim, hiring a car accident attorney with extensive success dealing with insurance companies is vital. Michael Ehline of Ehline Law Firm PC, is not only highly successful with car accident insurance claims, but also obtaining the greatest possible recovery for accident victims with the least effort to the victim and their family.

Ehline Law Firm, PC, has offices located throughout California for the victim’s convenience. If you would like help with your car accident insurance claim, please call today at 1-999-400-9721. Or 633 West Fifth Street, 28th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90071; 213.596.9642.