Friedman Law Offices Presentes “Car Crash Assist” Android Application

This app helps guide you in obtaining pertinent information after an accident. After you have entered the data, you have the option of sending the information directly to our firm as well as cc’ing yourself.

When you first download and open the app, you will have the option of inputting your own information (or you can click “add later”).
We can always hope that an accident doesn’t happen to begin with, however, in the unfortunate event of an accident, just follow the step-by-step instructions.
You will be greeted by some basic information such as “staying calm”, when to call 911, etc.

Then you will be presented with fields to fill out all of the required information. Use this as a guide.
Gather the other persons information, take a snapshot of their drivers license, take photos of the scene and car damage, and have it all immediately sent to yourself and/or an attorney.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nampx.carcrashassistapp

An iPhone version is currently being developed and will be released within a week.

Attorney Ari Friedman
Injury Lawyer  -Los Angeles

What Will Auto Insurance Cover?

Auto Accident Attorney Recommendation – What Will Insurance Cover?

When a client comes to my office after they were involved in an auto accident, I often request their “Insurance Declaration Page”. This document will show every type of coverage that my client’s insurance carrier will cover in the result of an accident.

Liability Coverage vs. Collision Coverage

California law requires a minimum of $15,000 per person / $30,000 per occurrence in liability coverage as well as $5,000 in property damage liability coverage. (Also known as 15/30 or 15/30/5). (California Insurance Code §11580.1b)

What is liability coverage?

If you are at fault in an auto accident, you are “liable”. If the not-at-fault party makes an injury claim against you/your insurance, and if you have the minimum coverage of 15/30, the insurance will only pay a maximum of $15,000 to a single injured person or a maximum of $30,000 if more than one person was injured.

If the injured party’s claim is worth more than that amount, you can potentially be sued personally and be on the hook to pay a settlement or court judgment for any amount over what the insurance pays out.

Property Damage Liability:

Even if a party is not injured, but you are at-fault, you or your insurance can be responsible to pay for the damage to the other vehicle. If you have the minimum required by law, $5,000, and if there is more damage than $5,000, you can be personally responsible for any amount over your insurance coverage.

Uninsured Motorist (UM) & Underinsured Motorist:

If you were the victim of a hit and run, and the accident was not your fault OR if you were hit by a vehicle that was uninsured, this provision of your auto insurance would cover you. This coverage isn’t found on every policy, but your insurance carrier will have you sign a waiver of UM coverage, if you decline this coverage. It is highly recommended that you purchase this type of coverage so that your medical bills as well as pain and suffering can be covered in the event you are the victim of a hit ‘n run or if you were hit by an uninsured motorist.

Underinsured motorist would apply only in certain circumstances when your injury claim is worth more than the insurance coverage available by the other party.

Medical Expense (“Med-Pay”):

Regardless of fault, this coverage covers you or your passengers medical bills incurred in an accident. Some policies require this to kick in only after your health insurance is exhausted,  aka: “Excess Med-Pay”. Some policies have reimbursement provisions.

Collision Coverage and Comprehensive Coverage:

If your car was involved in an accident – whether you were in the vehicle or not, “collision” coverage will pay for the repair or replacement of your vehicle. If an uninsured vehicle hit you, the UM coverage will not pay for the damage to your car. You would need collision coverage.

Comprehensivecovers you in the event your car was stolen.

Other provisions of an auto insurance may include policy: rental, roadside, towing, “uninsured deductible waiver”.

If you were injured in an automobile accident, make sure to call our office to discuss your policy so we can assure you utilize the coverage allowed under your policy.

Ari Friedman
Personal Injury Lawyer
323-596-1234
www.AFriedman.com

Can I trust the insurance company?

So you were involved in an auto accident. Your auto insurance company says they will be handling your case for you.

“Tell me in one sentence why I need a lawyer”.

Your insurance company may handle payment or repair of your car, but they wont be paying you if you were injured!

If you were injured in an auto accident, it is in your best interest to call an experienced personal injury attorney.

Attorney Ari Friedman will work for you to get you a favorable result. Remember, car accident lawyers don’t get paid for a consultation and only get paid when money is made on a case! There is no out of pocket money you will be paying your lawyer.

Contact Ari Friedman today!

YOUR local personal injury attorney

Ari Friedman

323-596-1234

www.AFriedman.com

Why do I need a personal injury lawyer?

“I got into an accident, why shouldn’t I just deal with the insurance company directly?”

Oftentimes, having an attorney becomes essential because cases become extremely complex. Although insurance companies claim to be on your side, they really put their interests first. When dealing with your own insurance company, it may be easier for them to classify the case as “50/50″ liability. Insurance companies benefit for two reasons: 1) They can close the file sooner. 2) If you are found to be partially at fault, they can raise your insurance premiums. If you retain a law firm that specializes in auto accident cases, this will decrease the chances of your insurance finding you “at fault”.

An attorney can get you monetary compensation above and beyond what is paid for doctor bills. Almost every person involved in an auto accident experiences what is called non-economic damages, specifically, “pain & suffering”, inconvenience and the like. Some cases have more non-economic damages than others. However, almost all cases where the client is found not “at fault”, the attorney will be able to recover money non-economic damages.

Another avenue an attorney may attempt recovery from: “ADL” – “affects of daily living”. How the injury may have affected his or her life. For example, a casual tennis player suffers a wrist injury which prevents him from playing tennis. The legal term is “loss of amenity”.

You can also be compensated if, as a result of the injuries, you were unable to work. This is called loss of earnings.

It is essential that you contact our office immediately after an accident so we can preserve your rights and get you the money you deserve!

Make sure you call the Friedman Law Offices to schedule your free consultation.

Ari Friedman, Esq.

Personal Injury Lawyer Los Angeles

323-596-1234

Dash Cam Contest – Win A Car Dash Cam!

Win a Car Dash Cam – Protect Yourself In The Event of An Accident!

Before any personal injury claim is established, you need to “secure liability”.

For example: In most cases, if you are rear-ended in an auto accident, there would really be no fault on your behalf. How about if you went through a green light and another car went through a red light in an intersection. Are you right? If you went through a green light then you are not at fault, however, can you prove that you were the one that went through the green light?

In some situations there may be an independent witness or a police report which may help your case. BUT THERE IS NOTHING BETTER THAN VIDEO EVIDENCE. Enter to win this dash cam to ensure that any accident you may be involved in captures your innocence!

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Uninsured Motorist Claim in CA

Did you know that in order for you to go ahead with an uninsured motorist claim in CA, there needs to be contact with another vehicle? For example, if a vehicle comes in to your lane and you swerve out of the way before he was able to hit you, you spin out and crash into the center divider, no UM claim allowed!

There are plenty more technicalities regarding your uninsured motorist claim or personal injury accident claim.

Make sure you call the Friedman Law Offices to schedule your free consultation.

Ari Friedman, Esq.

Personal Injury Lawyer Los Angeles

323-596-1234

Sidewalk Injury Lawyer Los Angeles

“Is the city liable if I trip and hurt myself on the sidewalk”

This is a very common question we come across. The answer, in a nutshell, is the city may be labile if they knew about the damage. The city has approximately 10,750 miles of sidewalk. It would not be reasonable to expect the city to know about every inch of sidewalk. However, if a complaint was formally made, and adequate time for repair was given, the city may be liable for an injury that occurred after such time – if it can be proven that a true danger existed.

Although the city council seems to be making an effort to shift the burden to the homeowner, the current law still stands. The City of Los Angeles is responsible for their sidewalks. It seems logical, as it is the city’s property. Moreover, the City planted the trees that cause the issues!

The media has been all over this item. There is an excellent video produced by KCET that goes over this issue that I highly recommend. See below.

The Los Angeles Times also recently published an article – not much on the issue of liability – but on the issue of who maintains the burden of fixing the sidewalks. The LA Times estimates that a whopping 42% of the city’s streets are in need of repair. The KCET article discusses the fact that lawsuits against the City cost around 5 million dollars a year: “Those lawsuits now cost Los Angeles up to 5 million dollars a year. Some City officials say it’s just cheaper to pay that than spend the billion of dollars it would take to fix the sidewalks.”

Keep in mind, though, not all sidewalks are created equal. For example, just because there is a foot high crack – it does not mean that the city may automatically be liable. The same goes for the opposite situation: just because there is a one inch crack, it does NOT mean the city will NOT be liable. A professional sidewalk injury lawyer in Los Angeles should be consulted if you were injured as a result of a sidewalk or any other private or public property. Different legal principles may apply to your scenario.

Courtesy: KCET article

Ari Friedman
Personal Injury Lawyer – Sidewalk Injury Lawyer Los Angeles
www.AFriedman.com
323-596-1234

Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Important Items You Must Remember If You Are Involved In A Pedestrian Accident

First and foremost Take care of your medical needs first!

1) Don’t move. Chances are a pedestrian will come to your aid. Stay in the position you are in. Don’t move your neck or back. Stay on the ground. Let the emergency responders take you to the hospital. Do not try and be a hero and touch it out. There is a good chance that you are injured. There is always a possibility of internal injuries as well as nerve damage so you may not feel the pain right away.

2) The emergency personnel will want to take spinal injury precautions. Although most of the time its only precautionary, due to the high mechanism of injury (aka, mechanism of impact) the EMT’s, firefighters, or paramedics will take these precautions in almost every accident involving a pedestrian.

c-collar
C-collar used by emergency responders to stabilize the neck in pedestrian accidents

The c-collar will be slightly uncomfortable but it should not be painful and it should not affect your breathing. If it hurts or is affecting breathing patterns, let the emergency responders know asap.

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Backboard used to stabilize the back in a pedestrian injury accident.

Just as the c-collar, the backboard will be slightly uncomfortable but it should not hurt.

3) Remain calm. The emergency personnel will tend to any other injuries you may have. Try and have a bystander call a family member.

4) The police are entitled to get your statement as to how the accident happened. If you are feeling weak or are unable to give them a statement at the scene of the accident, they will likely visit the hospital and get your statement there. If you are medically stable, and it is possible, call your pedestrian accident lawyer. (Best to call before statement is given to the police.)

5) Relax and let the doctors do their work.

 

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a pedestrian accident, contact the Friedman Law Offices today!

Ari Friedman
Personal Injury Lawyer – Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Los Angeles
www.AFriedman.com