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.

What Should You Do If You Are Injured in a Ride-Share Accident?

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

The advent of ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft created brand new opportunities for California entrepreneurs and ride seekers. While services like taxis and buses have been around for years, private citizens not employed by a company who use their personal vehicles to transport passengers for a fee was a novel idea. It was the dawn of a new age for passengers seeking a way to traverse LA and a golden opportunity for southern Californians who wanted to earn some extra cash. This new business model didn't just create new opportunities, though. It also created a host of new challenges for insurance companies, legislators, and law enforcement professionals. Specifically, the issue of liability in the event of an accident involving Uber or Lyft drivers had to be sorted out. 

A Brief History of Ride-Share Laws in California

Legislators and insurers understood the implications of these new ride-share companies, or Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), almost immediately upon their invention. So did Los Angeles personal injury attorneys, who began seeing an increase in TNC-related cases, many of which were complicated by the lack of precedent and the vague insurance regulations surrounding the fledgling industry. After much debate and discussion, the first official California legislation that directly addressed the issue, Assembly Senate Bill 2293, went into effect on July 1, 2015. The law required TNCs to either provide liability insurance coverage or ensure that their drivers were carrying said coverage while the app was on since most personal insurance policies wouldn't cover business-related claims. Since then, more insurance options have been added, insurance companies have created a range of products specifically designed for individuals who use their vehicle for ride-sharing business activities, and the laws have become far clearer when it comes to issues like how to determine fault. 

What to Do After an Accident

If you've been involved in a car accident while ride-sharing in the Los Angeles area, it's important to record as much information as possible. Liability in these cases is still a complicated issue, and the clearer you can be with your insurance company, the better chance you'll have of recovering damages. In most cases, either the driver's business-related policy or the TNC's policy will cover your injuries. However, it's still important to gather as much information as possible for both insurance and legal purposes. 

If you've been injured in a ride-share accident, contact us today. We'll help you through the process and make sure you get the compensation you deserve. 

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.


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