Car Accident--What to do and Who to Call

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

scene of a car accident two people on their phones calling for help

Whether you have been seriously hurt in a car accident personally or a loved one has had this misfortune, please do not hesitate to seek care and help immediately.

There are some steps that the DMV has posted that one should take after getting into a wreck:

1.Make sure you are safe and return to an area that does not put you or someone else into danger

2.Call for help--911 for police and other rescue 

3. Call your insurance company after help has arrived 

4. Exchange information at the scene with the other driver--get insurance information and their accounts of the event and be courteous, however, remember DO NOT ASSUME FAULT

5. Take photos of the scene, the cars, and any other evidence that might be of any help to the police or attorneys--don't forget to take photos of any street signs or other objects of this natureUnfortunately, only seeking medical care after getting injured in a car accident doesn't give you the full protection that you might assume. It is important to get in contact with a trusted law firm, and 

Lederer & Nojima LLP is just that. Getting into a car accident can leave you confused, scared, and concerned. However, the attorneys at Lederer & Nojima have years of experience with personal injury cases. You can rest easy knowing that your case is not only in experienced hands, but it's also in honest hands. At Lederer & Nojima, if your case does not win, the attorneys do not collect any fees--this policy ensures that you and your family are valued as a client and as a victim of a horrific accident. The track record for Lederer & Nojima speaks for itself, after recovering millions of dollars for personal injury clients, this law firm is truly specialized in bringing justice and security to a dreadful event. 
Please, do not hesitate to contact us if you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a car accident. Our offices are open to the surrounding Los Angeles area and we would be delighted to assist you throughout this troubling time. We offer an initial and free case evaluation so that you leave our offices with answers.

Can a Passenger Sue Uber for an Rideshare Auto Accident?

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

rideshare companies Uber and taxis

Ridesharing is an increasingly popular way to get around due to its affordability and ease of use. Even in cities without a large cab culture, there are always a few rideshare drivers there to help people get around. The king of these rideshare companies is Uber with other companies like Lyft close behind.However, as great as these companies are, you are still getting into a car with a stranger, and you never know what is going to happen. If you get into an accident, can your sue Uber for the auto accident

As a passenger, you have a certain expectation of safety. This means that if you are in an accident, you are entitled to seek coverage for any injuries sustained in said accident. All passengers in an Uber car are covered by their liability coverage, but your injuries may also be covered by the driver’s insurance as well. However, because two different insurance companies can be involved, the process can get complicated very quickly. This is typically where having a knowledgeable lawyer to represent your interests comes in handy.

If you have been in an Uber accident, depending on the severity of the accident, you shouldn’t be afraid to seek compensation for:
  • Medical expenses

  • Property damage

  • Lost wages from the injury impeding your ability to work

  • Loss of future earning capacity in case of disability

  • Pain and suffering

After the accident, once you have sought medical attention, don’t wait to start building your case. Insurance companies never want to just pay you. In order to get the compensation you deserve, not only should you have a police report of the accident, photos of injuries and damages, and preferably witnesses to what happened. Furthermore, you will want to find a talented lawyer to represent your interests as soon as possible. Not only will they show that you are serious about your case, but they will be able to stop you from making small, but serious mistakes that could affect the amount you receive. If you have been hurt in a rideshare accident and need representation, contact us today.

Car Accidents May Cause Serious Injuries Including Lumbar Radiculopathies

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
It’s no secret that motor vehicle accidents can cause serious back injuries to occur. What some people may not realize is it only takes one serious injury to cause lumbar radiculopathy and it’s a debilitating health problem that can stick around for a lifetime. Normally precipitated by an injured disc, it causes the afflicted to experience excruciating pain, numbness, tingling and overall weakness. There are non-invasive ways to treat the condition but they don’t always work. Consequently, undergoing back surgery or living with unending pain may end up being the only two solutions left on to the table.

When a serious injury occurs in a person’s lumbar region, signs and symptoms of radiculopathy may not show up immediately. As a result, motor vehicle accident victims that settle insurance claims quickly often have to fight for adequate compensation. That said, people involved in car accidents that led to serious back injuries should insist on a full medical work up of the spine. Full work ups often include contrast myelography and electrodiagnosis. They will often reveal if disc injury and related nerve damage are present.

Once diagnosed, motor vehicle accident victims with lumbar radiculopathy are frequently given steroid injections and made to wear support devices that restrict their movements. They may also be ordered to spend months in physical therapy and take expensive pain medications. If those conservative treatments aren’t effective, the person’s attending physician may recommend one or more surgeries. Depending on the situation, the list of surgeries could include, but not be limited to the following:

  • Extreme Lateral or Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusions
  • Pedicle Screws or Cage Implantation
  • Lumbar Microdisectomy or Laminotomy

Of course recovering from lumbar radiculopathy related surgeries will take time and money too. There’s also the chance that the surgeries may not fully restore the accident victim’s spinal column, leading to a life of disability. For example, he or she may no longer be able to walk or drive unassisted.

Keeping all of that in mind, people involved in motor vehicle accidents that end with a lumbar radiculopathy diagnosis should consult with a personal injury attorney. A personal injury attorney may be able to present the worst case scenarios to the court and get seriously injured people the compensation they need to fully recover or live with their newfound debility. To learn more about how the process works, please contact us.

4 Things to Ask Your Car Accident Attorney

Monday, May 02, 2016

When you have been in a car accident, chances are that you have a lot of questions that you want to ask, especially if you're playing to make a claim. Below are some of the common questions that people ask after they've been in a car accident and the answers that help put them at ease.

1. How long is the claim going to take?

The answer to this question will depend on the accident itself, your injuries, and any other things that are related to the accident. Some claims take weeks, others take months. It's like any other kind of case. The claims that are cut and dry are going to take less time than those that are more complicated.

2. How much will I be compensated?

Again, this is going to depend on your accident. The amount that you receive is going to depend on your injuries, damage to your car, and any other damages that resulted from the accident. When you meet with your lawyer, they will go over all of the damages that you have sustained because of the accident. They then will present it to the defendant or the case will go to court.

3. How quickly must I make my claim?

There's a basic rule that says you have to claim within three years of your accident date, or if you're a minor, three years following the day you turn 18. But there are times when this can be extended. If you're unsure whether or not you can still claim, it's a good idea to speak with a lawyer and get their advice. They will let you know whether or not you still have time or if you waited too long.

4. What if I've been injured in the car accident?

If you have been injured in an accident, one of the things that you should do is make sure that you get to see a doctor as soon as you can. Waiting to get medical treatment is going to make you look suspicious, because a lot of people wait to get medical treatment and then do it on the advice of their lawyer to get more money. If you really have been injured, go to the doctor that day. This will show that you really were injured and that you're not just doing it to make your case look better.

These are the things to ask your car accident attorney when you have been in a car accident. Being in a car accident can really make you feel worried, but one of the things that you can do is to find yourself a lawyer who can help you.

Before You Call a Car Accident Attorney

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Car accidents are devastating. Not only are you dealing with the sudden shock of being involved in an accident, chances are you have suffered some type of injury. For many people involved in an accident for the very first time, they do not necessarily understand their rights to file a claim and receive compensation for damages to their vehicle, wages lost due to their injury and for their medical expenses. This is why it is important to call a car accident attorney but before you do, there are some things you can do first.

Take care of yourself

Immediately following an accident you should seek medical attention. Regardless of whether you think you have been injured or not, this is a smart move. Because an accident will almost always result in an increased level of adrenaline in your system, you may have injuries that are not immediately noticeable.

Contact local law enforcement

After the accident scene has been cleared and you have sought medical care, contact your local law enforcement office. Ask for the contact information for all witnesses and a copy of the accident report. This information will help determine who was at fault for the accident and the cause of the accident.

Contact insurance companies

Call your own insurance company and make sure they get a copy of the accident report. In addition, contact the insurer for the other involved parties and file a report with them. This will help start the process of recuperating your costs.

Contact an attorney

Once you have completed these steps, contact a car accident attorney. Keep in mind, insurance companies will take their time paying claims and they will also try to pay as little as possible to victims. Victims of car accidents do not need to be victimized a second time by an insurer.

Regardless of how minor your injuries are, you are entitled to compensation for injuries, damages and time you lose from work. A qualified car accident attorney can help make sure you get the compensation you deserve in spite of how little insurers are willing to pay.

A car accident attorney will help determine whats “fair and just” compensation.

Friday, October 02, 2015

In the aftermath of a traffic crash victims sort through a range of feelings, including what may lie ahead in any personal injury claim, such as who has the responsibility to pay for your medical expenses, or lost wages.

With an array of unresolved issues hanging over them, it behooves the injured party to seek an experienced car accident attorney.

At issue is a multitude of concerns touching on the mental stress affecting the claimant, as well as what is “fair and just” in the following areas, as noted on

Medical treatments: Surprisingly, victims may fail to see out a few years and the need for medical treatments way beyond what they may currently be receiving.

Property Loss: The basis for determining property worth for reimbursements---including clothing---is derived from its ‘fair market’ value.

Income: A victim’s injuries may not only affect the immediate loss of wages and salary, but also influence future earnings.

The consideration takes into account any future earnings, as well as wages and salary loss in the near term.

Emotional distress: The fallout from accident injuries may impact a victim’s mental state; consequently, ‘compensatory damages’ may be appropriate if suffering is related to “fear, anxiety and the loss of sleep.”

Pain and suffering: This element can apply to injured parties who underwent “pain and serious discomfort” throughout the actual accident; too, compensation may be relevant for such conditions occurring from the “immediate aftermath.”

Commonplace, too, is compensation if pain is ongoing even after the accident.

How to Expunge DUI Record in California

Saturday, July 11, 2015

California laws allow persons with a DUI conviction on their record to get that record expunged. What does the term “expungement” mean? Expungement refers to the the process of getting your record completely eliminated or legally destroyed. For all practical and legal purposes, your DUI record after an expungement will no longer exist.

There are different types of offenses and convictions that may be eligible for an expungement. Under California laws, most persons with a DUI conviction on their record will be able to expunge the record. You may want to consider expungement for a number of reasons. In many professions and occupations, persons who have a DUI conviction on their record may be ineligible for employment. If you have been convicted of a DUI, for instance, you may find that you are no longer eligible for employment in the transportation sector, education field, and in other areas.

The process to complete an expungement is simple, but involves documentation and adherence to the right protocols and procedures. You will must file a petition with the court, and petition the court for an expungement of your DUI record.

Speak to a Los Angeles DUI lawyer about whether a DUI conviction can be expunged in your case. An expungement procedure can take up to four months to complete. The time period for an expungement process to be completed depends on a number of factors, including how old your DUI conviction is. For instance, if you had a DUI conviction many years ago, you are likely to find that the process takes longer simply because of all the practical and logistical issues to resolve.

El Segundo Police Help Rescue Elderly Woman Run Over, Trapped Under Car in Store Parking Lot

Saturday, May 30, 2015

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An 80-year-old woman credited three El Segundo police officers with rescuing her after she was run over and trapped underneath a car in the parking lot of a 99 Cents store.

Surveillance video captured the frightening sight of a white car hitting Chickie Lea-Bou as she was returning a shopping cart to the front of the lot last week. The driver, also 80, apparently mistook the gas for the brake, according to the victim.

“The rear tires of the car – the left side — were laying across my ankles and the tire was going back and forth, back and forth,” Lea-Bou said her from her hospital bed on Monday.

The mother of three, who just beat bladder cancer, described the pain as “being worse than having a baby.”

After witnesses called 911, three officers from the El Segundo Police Department quickly responded from a nearby station and lifted the car off Lea-Bou.

“I think we underestimate our police officers,” she said.

The officers have even visited her bedside at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where she remained hospitalized for major injuries including a concussion and a fractured ankle that required surgery.

A grateful Lea-Bou said she planned to make them a thank you gift.

“I’m an artist, and I’m a painter, and … I’m going to paint them a picture,” she said.

Although Lea-Bou has a long road to recovery ahead of her, she said she is inspired by her young grandson to get better and walk again.

KTLA’s Kennedy Ryan contributed to this story.

US Motorist Death Rates Drop by More Than a Third

Thursday, January 08, 2015

American motorists are safer behind the wheel than they have been in years. According to new data released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, death rates have fallen by more than one-third in three years.

To many motorists reeling under an onslaught of recalls announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it may not seem like driving a car is so safe. After all, 2014 was the year of record recalls with more than 60 million cars recalled for a range of defects, some of which contributed to fatal accidents.

However, the Insurance Institute insists that in spite of all these recalls, American motorists continue to be very safe in cars, compared to the past decades. The chances of driver fatalities in accidents involving late-model vehicles actually dropped by more than a third in three years.

This is a huge improvement even when you consider that the auto industry has been struggling with a number of safety problems. From the General Motors ignition switches defect that has been linked to several fatalities, to the Takata air bag deployment problem that has been linked to at least five fatalities, automakers have been forced to pull vehicles off the roads for a number of safety problems. In spite of these defective vehicles, the fact is that modern automobiles are simply much safer than they have been, and safer automobiles have played a significant role in the reduction of accident fatalities over the past decade.

However, some cars continue to be more dangerous than others. The death rates in accidents involving small cars for instance, continue to remain higher than death rates in other categories of vehicles. Meanwhile, the death rates involving SUVs are some of the lowest on record in any category of vehicles.

Victims of car accidents in Los Angeles can file compensation claims to recover damages. Speak to a Los Angeles car accident lawyer for help filing a claim.

Older Cars May Be Deadly for Teen Drivers

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Spend a few extra dollars, and get your teenager a new car that comes with more safety features. That's the message to take home from the results of a study that finds that teenage drivers driving older cars are much more likely to be in fatal accidents.

The results of the study which were published recently in the journal Injury Prevention, found that teenage drivers who were killed in accidents were 46% more likely to be in cars that were in the “mini” or ”small” category, compared to older drivers. These teenagers were also much more likely to be driving older cars.

Compared to older drivers, teenagers were 10% more likely to be driving a car that was between six and 10 years old, and 17% more likely to be driving a car that was between 11 and 15 years old.

Many older cars lack the kind of safety features that can help reduce the risk of injury in an accident. During an accident, the kind of forces that the occupants of a car suffer is heavily influenced by the weight and size of the car. Older cars also have seatbelt systems that may not work as strongly to protect in an accident, which also increases the teen’s risk of a fatal injury.

However, many parents continue to buy their children older or smaller cars. Their logic is that a used car may not pack a lot of horsepower, and therefore, may be safer for a teenager who is much more likely to speed. That could be a dangerous decision. It makes much more sense to spend a little more money, and buy a car that comes with key safety features, like electronic stability control systems. These devices are responsible for a significant reduction in the number of rollover accidents recorded across the country.


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