Car Accident Lawyer
Auto Injuries: Los Angeles & Nationwide
The auto injury lawyer at Morris Law Firm resolves motor vehicle injury cases with your needs in mind. If you or a loved one were in any type of motor vehicle-related accident, we have the legal resources and experience to help you recover. Our Los Angeles-based attorney deals with the insurance companies on your behalf to get you the coverage and compensation that you deserve for vehicle repair, medical expenses, loss of income, and pain & suffering.
We handle all types of Motor Vehicle Accident cases from the simple to the complex, including, for example:
- Car Accident Injuries
- Truck Accident Injuries
- 18-Wheeler Accident Injuries
- Motorcycle Accident Injuries
- Bus Accident Injuries
- Trinity Highway Guardrail Injuries
Call the Morris Law Firm for a free consultation after a motor vehicle accident in Los Angeles or Southern California.
Recovering Compensation After a Car Crash in California
California law requires all drivers to carry liability insurance to cover the costs if they cause an accident that results in injury to another person. The minimum amount of insurance required includes $15,000 for personal injury damages caused to one person, $30,000 if more than one person is hurt, and $5,000 for property damage. These amounts are among the lowest in the country and do not cover the costs of a severe accident. Many drivers protect themselves with higher amounts of liability coverage so an injury victim doesn’t go after their personal assets in a lawsuit.
Car insurance in California, even the minimum coverage, is expensive, and it’s estimated that more than 15% of drivers on California roads are uninsured. The drivers who do have insurance can protect themselves by accepting uninsured motorist and underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage when they purchase their auto liability policy. Your UM/UIM coverage can come into play when a driver who hits you is uninsured or only carries the minimum coverage that doesn’t meet your needs. You can also use UM if you get injured in a hit-and-run, a type of accident that is unfortunately on the rise in Los Angeles and Southern California.
How the Morris Law Firm Can Help With Your Auto Accident Claim
When you make a claim with the other driver’s insurance company, they are likely to do one of two things: 1) deny that their driver is at fault, or 2) offer you a quick cash settlement. When you call the insurer, they will try to get a recorded statement from you about the accident. They’ll use this recording against you by exaggerating any statements you make as inconsistent or clouding the issue of fault. Instead of falling for their traps, let the Morris Law Firm communicate with the insurance company on your behalf. Our attorney and staff are trained and experienced in these interactions, and we won’t make the simple mistakes that can damage your case.
Be equally concerned if the insurance company admits fault and offers you a quick cash settlement. If you don’t have a lawyer yet, the amount they offer will be far less than the actual value of your claim. Once you accept the insurance company’s offer, you are releasing them from any further liability to you, even if you later find out that their lowball settlement offer was woefully inadequate. You need an experienced auto accident attorney who knows what your claim is worth and will negotiate a full and fair settlement.
Another common tactic of the insurance company is to place as much blame for the accident on you as they can. Even if the other driver ran into you, they might say you could have avoided getting hit if you were paying better attention, or that your injuries are worse than they had to be because you weren’t wearing your seatbelt. For every percentage of fault they can lay off on you, they get an equal percentage reduction in the amount they have to pay. The insurance company doesn’t have the final word on who was at fault, though. At the Morris Law Firm, we work hard to prove the other driver’s fault while also challenging any attacks from the insurer that you caused or contributed to the crash.
Finally, the insurer will frequently dispute your injury or claim for damages. They’ll say you aren’t as seriously injured as you claim to be or that your injuries come from some other source or a pre-existing condition. Our auto accident lawyer has decades of experience building solid cases that convincingly demonstrate the injuries and damages our clients have suffered. Whether settling your case out of court or going in front of a jury at trial, we prepare and present your case in a persuasive and compelling manner.
Call Morris Law Firm After an Auto Accident Injury in Los Angeles or Southern California
We understand there are many ways you can be injured by a motor vehicle and that each case is unique. Contact our Los Angeles auto injury attorney today to evaluate your unique auto injury claim. Morris Law Firm will give you a personalized evaluation and help you figure out your legal rights and next steps.