What Should I Do After a Car Accident?

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

car accident

Whether you saw the car coming toward you or it hit you from behind, a car accident can be a scary experience. Many people find themselves quite shaken up after an accident. As the victim of a car crash, there are several things you should do directly after the accident.

Check for Injuries

Your safety and the safety of your passengers should be a top priority. Make sure everyone in your vehicle is alright. If needed, seek medical help right away. Even if your injuries seem minor at the time, they should be taken seriously. In some cases, the extent of the injury may not be realized until several hours later. If you realize your symptoms have gotten worse after several hours or if new symptoms appear, visit a medical professional right away.

Get the Other Driver's Information

If injuries and property damage seem minor, people sometimes avoid exchanging information. Even if there's only a little scratch or dent on your vehicle or if you don't notice any physical damage, get the other driver's information, including name, contact information, and insurance information. Even if you don't think that you need it now, you may later realize that it is important.

In the event of a hit-and-run accident, get as much information about the driver and vehicle as possible. This includes a description of the vehicle as well as a physical description of the driver. When possible, get the vehicle's license plate number as well.

Report the Accident to the Police

If it's a minor accident, people sometimes avoid reporting it to the police. Don't make this mistake. If there is not an official report of the accident, the other driver could try to blame you. If there were other people around who witnessed the accident, make sure that they provide an accurate report of the accident.

Take Photo Evidence of the Accident

This includes damage to your vehicle, injuries to yourself and others, as well as any pictures that will show that the other driver was at fault. This evidence may be essential when filling out an accident report or making a claim.

Unfortunately, car accidents sometimes result in serious injuries. If you were injured in an accident caused by another driver, contact us.

Pedestrian Injuries Caused By Electric Scooters On The Rise

Friday, July 06, 2018

Marketed as the next environmentally friendly and convenient transportation mode for commuters navigating city streets, electric scooters are popping up in major cities all over the country. It seems this new trend has become more a point of contention than celebration in both Santa Monica and Los Angeles with pedestrian injuries on the rise as a result.

According to the Washington Post, in Santa Monica alone, electric scooter riders were involved in 281 traffic stops and issued 97 citations in the span of just a few weeks.  Additionally, the Santa Monica Fire Department responded to eight scooter related accidents with both riders and unsuspecting pedestrians sustaining serious injuries including head trauma and broken bones. 

Inherent Hazards of Electric Scooters

It seems scooter riders are both causing and becoming victims of injury associated with this new trend. Influencing factors include: 

  • Electric scooters that are not mechanically sound or maintained causing crashes when brakes, tires, and handlebars malfunction.
  • Riders that do not adhere to basic safety rules involving right-of-way with pedestrians. 
  • Riders who neglect to wear safety equipment such as bike helmets while weaving through crowded streets.
  • Riders who strike potholes, or crash because of unexpected hazards in the road. 
  • Pedestrians tripping over abandoned scooters when docking stations are not provided. 

Clearly, electric scooter riders, pedestrians, and sidewalks do not mix.  Santa Monica officials continue to sound the alarm with the city's Deputy Manager stating: "It's very dangerous, and these are high-speed serious transportation devices."

Who will step up to take responsibility in the event that you or someone you care about is involved in a serious scooter related accident?  Will it be the scooter driver haphazardly operating the vehicle?  The city, responsible for hazards in the road or even the unsuspecting driver who clips a rider in traffic? We can help you sort through all of the complicated details. Contact us, the personal injury legal experts at Lederer & Nojima. We have a history of success and the resources necessary. We will stand by your side until your case is resolved.

Surviving a Bicycle Accident in L.A.

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Despite what people say about L.A. being inhospitable to any means of transportation but the car, there are plenty of us here who do use bicycles. Whether you bicycle as a commuter, to exercise, or for recreation, you are likely aware of the risks cyclists take every time they get on the road.

How Bicycling Accidents Happen

Many drivers simply do not pay attention to cyclists. They have forgotten about the rights and legal entitlement to space on the roads that cyclists have. Though you may take all the right precautions including wearing a helmet, signaling and using lights and reflectors, sometimes it's impossible to avoid an accident with a motorist.

What to Do After an Accident

After a bicycle accident, the most important thing to ensure is your physical safety. Calling 911 or visiting urgent care will help you address any trauma you've sustained. After you have addressed your physical injuries, it's important that you contact an attorney to discuss your options.

Those who caused the accident may be responsible for ensuring your recovery. There are a variety of damages that a cyclist can endure following an accident:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Physical injuries and treatment such as physical therapy
  • Psychological damage, including PTSD
  • Loss of work and wages
  • Damage to your bicycle
  • Damage to other equipment you were carrying, such as a laptop

Getting Back on the Road

Many cyclists have found that even after an accident, in due time, they're ready to get back on the road. However, it's imperative that you completely recover from any injuries first. A personal injury attorney can help you sort through the aftermath before you begin biking again.

Legal Help for Injured Cyclists in Los Angeles

Are you the survivor of a bicycle-related crash in Los Angeles? Do you need guidance as you acquire the financial support you need for recovery? Call Lederer Nojima today for a consultation. Together, we can help you regain your physical and mental health.

Lederer Nojima LLP Chosen as one of Top 20 Personal Injury Firms Out of 822 in Los Angeles Area

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 has named Lederer Nojima LLP as one of the top 20 Personal Injury Law Firms in Los Angeles out of a survey of 822 firms. 

The results are based on research evaluating firms on 25 variables across five categories. 

Reputation: A history of satisfied customers giving excellent recommendations 

Credibility: Established in their industry with licensing, accreditation, and awards 

Experience: Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education 

Engagement: Approachable and responsive to clients and available for new business 

Professionalism: Dedicated to providing consistently quality work and impeccable customer service 

Unlike many other professional directories, inclusion on the site cannot be bought or even applied for. Professionals are chosen from publicly available data and are hand-picked by human evaluators, helping ensure that the resulting picks are authentically well-reviewed and objectively qualified. 

Lederer Nojima LLP represents victims and their families who have been injured or killed due to another person's negligence. With decades of experience, exemplary results, and millions recovered for their clients, the firm continues to be rated as one of the top injury firms in Southern California. 

For more information visit the firms website at


John Nojima & David Lederer Recognized for Third Straight Year as SUPER LAWYERS

Wednesday, December 27, 2017


Lederer Nojima's profile at For the third year in a row, attorneys John Nojima and David Lederer have both been named “Super Lawyers” and have been awarded the designation “Top Rated Personal Injury Attorneys” for 2018 by the attorney ranking organization Super Lawyers, a division of Thomson Reuters.

Super Lawyers selects attorneys using multiphase selection process that factors in Peer nominations along with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of professional achievement. Only 5% of attorneys are selected as Super Lawyers each year. 

For over two decades, Los Angeles based Lederer & Nojima have represented Plaintiffs throughout Southern California and have collected millions of dollars on behalf of their injured clients. The recent award from Super Lawyers is just one of many the two personal injury attorneys have received over the course of their careers. For more information about David Lederer and John Nojima, visit the firm's website .


Thursday, January 12, 2017


Lederer Nojima's profile at SuperLawyers.comLederer & Nojima, LLP is proud to announce that John Nojima and David Lederer  have both once again been named “Super Lawyers” and have been awarded the designation “Top Rated Personal Injury Attorneys” by the attorney ranking organization, Super Lawyers, a division of Thomson Reuters.

For over two decades, Los Angeles based Lederer & Nojima have represented Plaintiffs throughout Southern California and have collected millions of dollars on behalf of their injured clients. The recent award from Super Lawyers is just one of many the two personal injury attorneys have received over the course of their careers. For more information about David Lederer and John Nojima, visit the firm's website.


Thursday, May 05, 2016

Attorney John Nojima was featured on a recent news story from CBS 8 Television in San Diego with regards to a case involving an elderly woman abused by a care giver.

David Lederer & John Nojima Named "Super Lawyers" for 2016

Monday, February 01, 2016
Super Lawyers 2016

Lederer & Noima, LLP is proud to announce that David Lederer and John Nojima have both been named “Super Lawyers” for 2016 and have both been awarded the designation “Top Rated Personal Injury Attorneys” by the attorney ranking organization, Super Lawyers.

Lederer & Nojima represent Plaintiffs throughout Southern California from their office in Los Angeles and have both been practicing law for over two decades. The recent award from Super Lawyers is one accolade among many that the two personal injury attorneys have received over the course of their careers. For more information about David Lederer and John Nojima, visit the firm's website.

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

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Originally posted on

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.

Attorney John Nojima's College Basketball Career Highlighted in Article

Thursday, April 30, 2015

as originally published at THE DAILY BREEZE

Former North Torrance standout John Nojima passed on Gregg Popovich

By Mike Waldner, Columnist
POSTED: 04/27/15, 

Even though the San Antonio Spurs are the sixth seed in the West and the Clippers the third seed, the assumption going in was that their NBA playoff series would be, as it has been, a knock-down, drag-out battle of basketball big boys.

Such is the respect defending champion San Antonio brings to the court with veteran winners Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili and, of course, young gun Kawhi Leonard, who grew up in Carson and Riverside and now is their star of stars.

As much as the NBA is driven by stars, there is no bigger reason for the respect the Spurs generate than Gregg Popovich. He’s as good as it gets among coaches.

The NBA has been crowning champions since 1947. Over the years, only two coaches have been good enough and, yes, fortunate enough, to win more championships that Pop.

The top two are Phil Jackson with 11 and Red Auerbach with nine. Next in line is Popovich with five, on the same plateau with John Kundla, coach of the Lakers when they resided in Minneapolis, and Pat Riley.

It goes without saying that any player who understands and respects the game would love the opportunity to play for Popovich.

No argument. That’s a case-closed comment.

This brings us to attorney John Nojima.

Once upon a time, Nojima was a very nice point guard at North Torrance High. Cal State University Dominguez Hills and Pomona-Pitzer were competing for his services. Not exactly the same as having UCLA and USC recruit you. Still, it is nice to be wanted.

The basketball coach seeking Nojima for Pomona-Pitzer, a sports marriage of Pomona College and Pitzer College, was none other than Gregg Popovich. It was a job he held from 1979 to 1987.

After giving serious consideration to Pomona-Pitzer and Popovich, Nojima signed on with Cal State Dominguez Hills and Dave Yanai, the respected coach there.

A fine basketball player, Nojima was a better student. He was the NCAA Division II Scholar Athlete of the Year and a Rhodes Scholarship finalist.

One of the differences between Cal State University Dominguez Hills and Pomona-Pitzer is that CSUDH is a Division II school while Pomona-Pitzer is in Division III. One difference between DII and DIII is scholarships. DII has scholarships, DIII does not.

CSUDH does not have a full complement of basketball scholarships. Never has, which is just one reason why Yanai was so respected. He did more than most with less financial support. The Toros traditionally split their scholarships throughout their roster, meaning partial scholarships rather than full rides.

At least it was and is some money.

To put the financial situation in perspective, consider current costs. Tuition at Pomona is $45,821. It’s $47,020 at Pitzer. This does not count room and board and more. Tuition and fees at CSUDH is $6,134. If you are from Torrance or elsewhere in the area, you can live at home and attend CSUDH.

Nojima picked CSUDH, had a nice basketball career, including being all-conference and team captain, and won an NCAA post-graduate scholarship.

All these years later, his friends cannot resist needling him about passing on the opportunity to play for Popovich.

During a quiet moment recently, Popovich was asked if he remembered recruiting Nojima.

After a slight pause to scan his memory roster, he shook his head.

“No,” he said.

It is understandable he does not recall a recruit who got away all those years ago.

“He remembers every player he had at Pomona-Pitzer,” said Spurs veteran publicity director Tom James.

The kicker is that when needled about passing on playing for Popovich, Nojima responds by saying, “I played for a better coach.”

When the story was related to Popovich, he laughed.

“I love it,” he said.

This little story tells us a lot about Nojima, Yanai and Popovich.


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