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Auto Accidents

At Ourfalian & Ourfalian, our California car accident attorneys have the professional experience and legal expertise that you and your family can rely on. You need compensation to pay your costly bills and support your family after a serious crash. If you or someone you know was hurt in a serious traffic collision in Southern California, we are more than ready to help.

For your free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced auto accident lawyer, please contact our Glendale law office today.

What to Do After a Motor Vehicle Collision

Did you know that the average driver gets into four traffic collisions over the course of their life? Yet, most people do not know what to do to protect their rights and interests after a crash. The immediate aftermath of a car accident is chaotic. It is important to be prepared. Here are four steps to take after a traffic collision in Southern California:


  1. Stop Your Vehicle and Exchange Information: In California, you must stop your vehicle and remain at the scene of a car accident. Though, there is an exception for medical emergencies. You should exchange information with all other parties involved in the crash.
  2. Seek Medical Attention for Any Injuries: All auto accident injuries should be evaluated by a qualified physician. Emergency injuries require immediate attention. Non-emergency injuries should be checked out right away. You must see a doctor to bring a claim.
  3. Report the Accident: California requires the reporting of most car crashes. You should call the police and report a crash if there were any injuries or if there was significant property damage.
  4. Consult With an Attorney Before Giving a Statement to an Insurance Adjuster: The insurance company is focused on its own financial interests. They can and will use your words against you. After a major crash, you should always consult with an experienced Southern California auto accident lawyer before giving a statement to an insurer.

An Overview of the California Car Accident Liability Laws

Were you involved in a car crash in Los Angeles County or anywhere else in Southern California? If so, it is imperative that you understand your rights and responsibilities under state law. Here are some of the key things to know about the auto accident claims process in California:

  1. Two-Year Statute of Limitations: To file a car accident claim in California, you must act before the statute of limitations expires. Most auto accident cases are governed by a two-year statute of limitations. In other words, you have two years from the date of a crash to file a lawsuit against the responsible party. Though, there are exceptions—in both directions. As an example, you may have less time to file a claim against a government entity. Do not wait to start with the auto accident claims process: Contact an attorney right away.
  2. Fault-Based Standard of Liability: Similar to the majority of U.S. jurisdictions, California is a fault-based motor vehicle accident state. The party found responsible for causing an accident will be held liable for the resulting damages. For example, imagine that you were involved in a rear-end collision. If an investigation reveals that you were rear-ended by a driver who was distracted by their cell phone, you can hold them liable for your damages.
  3. Comparative Negligence System: Car accidents can be complicated. It is not uncommon for multiple parties to bear the blame for the same collision. California uses a comparative fault standard for dividing up liability. Each party to a crash is responsible for their share of the fault. Injured victims can even be held partially to blame for their own accidents. For example, if you are held liable for 20 percent of your own crash, you will be responsible for 20 percent of your own damages.

Every car crash needs an in-depth investigation to determine exactly what happened and why it happened. Do not rely on other parties, including your own insurance company, to conduct a fair and impartial investigation. Our experienced California auto accident lawyers are ready to make sure that you have all of the evidence and information you need to proceed.

Recovering Compensation After a Car Accident

Were you hurt in an automobile accident in Southern California? If so, you need the maximum available financial support to pay your bills and provide for your family. Unfortunately, the big insurance companies that handle most motor vehicle claims will put their own financial bottom line above your best interests. Our Southern California car accident lawyers are here to help. We know how to get our clients the maximum settlement or verdict.

Financial support may be available for:

  • Vehicle repairs or replacement
  • Emergency room treatment
  • Hospital bills and other medical costs
  • Rehabilitative medical care
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent disability or disfigurement
  • Wrongful death of a family member

You Can Rely on the California Car Accident Lawyers at Ourfalian & Ourfalian

Most car accident claims are handled by insurance companies. Unfortunately, injured victims cannot rely on an insurer to protect their best interests. At Ourfalian & Ourfalian, we have the skills and experience to help injured victims get justice and compensation. When you reach out to our Glendale office, you will have a chance to consult with a California auto accident lawyer who can:

  • Listen to your story, answer your questions, and explain your options.
  • Investigate your accident— gather the evidence and information you need.
  • Take care of all correspondence with the insurance, including settlement negotiations.
  • Devise a legal strategy designed to maximize your financial compensation.

Were Your Injured in an Auto Accident in Southern California?

We can help. At Ourfalian & Ourfalian, our California car accident lawyers are standing by, ready to help you seek the full and fair financial compensation that you rightfully deserve. Give our legal team a call now at
(818) 550 – 7777 to arrange your free, no-obligation initial legal consultation. With the main office in Glendale, we are well-positioned to represent car accident victims throughout Southern California, including in Pasadena, Burbank, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, and Alhambra.

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