Santa Monica Car Accident Lawyer
Santa Monica is one of the most popular places to live and visit in all of Southern California and particularly Greater Los Angeles County, with over 93,000 residents, and approximately 4.4 million visitors in 2018.
With that many people in and passing through the city every day, there are certainly a lot of cars, motorcycles, trucks and all forms of motor vehicles on the road.
Whenever there are a large number of vehicles traversing city streets, the risk of being involved in a car accident naturally goes up.
Following Road rules, wearing a seatbelt, and driving safely and conscientiously will certainly help decrease the chances of you being in a motor vehicle accident.
However, if you are involved and injured in a car accident in Santa Monica, contact the Law Office of Daniel Kim today for a free consultation.
Why Contact The Law Office Of Daniel Kim
Daniel Kim is an experienced award-winning personal injury attorney who has been serving the people of Santa Monica for many years.
Daniel and his expert legal team have years of experience dealing with car, truck, and personal injury cases throughout the state of California.
We only handle motor vehicle accidents, therefore our knowledge base is laser-focused to give our clients the best possible representation.
We know firsthand how stressful being involved in a car accident can be, and how frustrating dealing with the aftermath and insurance companies is.
The Law Office of Daniel Kim has well over 1000 positive reviews from previous clients on Yelp, Facebook and Google.
We are available to contact 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Even if you don’t know where or how to get started, or if you even have a case at all, we can help.
We operate on a “no-win/no-fee” policy where we do not charge you any fees unless we win your case.
That’s how confident we are in our ability to close cases.
If you or a family member have been injured in a Santa Monica car accident, please contact us today for a Free consultation.
Dealing With The Insurance Companies
Whatever you do, don’t be fooled that the defendants’ insurance company is on your side and really worried about you.
Once you file an injury accident claim and start moving forward, the opposing insurance company has one goal which is to deny your claim, or minimize it as much as possible.
The corporate insurance giants don’t want to pay out big settlements and they do anything they can to avoid it, from proving somehow you were at fault, to just stalling and making the case take forever.
Daniel Kim is not intimidated by the insurance adjusters or their crazy attitudes that they display.
Once you get home from the hospital and you see medical bills piling up, the last thing you’ll want to do is argue with the insurance company as you attempt to get compensated for your injuries.
Of course there are instances where an insurance company acts fair from day one and follows what we consider to be moral, but usually money is a bigger factor than morality.
Do not fight the insurance companies alone, you will regret that decision.
Common Causes For Car Accidents In Santa Monica
There is never one single unique reason why a car accident may occur in Santa Monica or anywhere for that matter.
Occasionally, a car accident is nobody’s direct fault at all.
Bad weather or even an animal running into the street could cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle and crash.
More often than not though, a car accident is always somebody’s fault.
The fault is usually determined by insurance adjusters after looking at driver and witness statements, photos and videos from the scene, damage assessments, and the police report.
Some of the primary causes of car accidents in Santa Monica but we see include:
Speeding – this is the leading cause of car accidents throughout the United States and continues to rise yearly.
Drunk driving – driving under the influence or DUI of drugs or alcohol is both highly illegal and extremely dangerous.
Distracted driving – using your phone to make calls or text is illegal in California, but unfortunately, many people still do it. Looking at GPS, eating, and even applying makeup are all common distractions reported after an accident.
Aggressive driving – tailgating, reckless driving, and even street racing are all known to be the cause of serious motor vehicle accidents.
Car malfunctions – bad breaks, worn-out windshield wipers, and tire blowouts can all result in a sudden and unexpected car crash.
Bad road conditions – uneven surfaces, roadwork, and potholes can take even the most experienced driver by surprise and lead to an accident.
Tired drivers – drowsy driving and people falling asleep at the wheel is all too common, especially late at night.
Whatever the reason for the car accident you’re in, whether it’s listed here or not, we have the experience at The Law Office of Daniel Kim to help you get back on your feet.
Common Injuries From A Car Accident
The number of ways a person can be injured in a car accident is countless, but whether you think your injuries are minor or major, you should always get checked out by a medical professional ASAP.
After a minor collision or fender bender, accident victims may be able to walk away light bruises and scratches.
But a major accident that occurred at high speed could cause major injuries that have a life-altering consequences.
Below is a list of injuries we see commonly from car accidents in Santa Monica:
Head injury – Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), concussion, and brain bleeds are extremely serious injuries that require immediate and ongoing treatment.
Back injuries – ruptured, herniated, or bulging discs are all very common complaints after a high-speed collision.
Neck injury – these could also include disk trauma, as well as whiplash, neck sprain, and other painful outcomes.
Chest injury – this is commonly caused by either the airbag deploying, the seatbelt holding you in place, or a combination of both.
Cuts and bruises – these are very common especially after being restrained by your seatbelt and being hit by unsecured items in the car.
Spinal cord injuries – this is a particularly severe injury that could require years of care and even cause paralysis.
Broken bones – broken or fractured wrists, ribs, noses, and ankles are very common injuries reported after a motor vehicle collision.
Death – obviously the worst possible scenario. If a family member or loved one was killed in a Santa Monica car accident, you may have grounds for a wrongful death suit.
Any injury sustained in a car accident can potentially have long-term complications and require permanent care.
But it’s not just physical injuries that can cause car accident victims to suffer.
Mental and emotional stress can be just as damaging and last for years after the crash.
Anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues can also be factored into your case.
No matter what, seeking immediate medical help is imperative for both your recovery and your case.
Following up with your regular doctor as prescribed by the emergency room physician is also important.
What To Do After A Car Accident In Santa Monica
First and foremost, after being involved in an accident you need to seek medical care right away. We cannot stress this enough.
The quicker you see a doctor or get to the ER, the faster you will be on the road to recovery, medically at least.
If you can while at the accident scene, take photos and videos of everything.
The street, damages to all vehicles involved, and any injuries sustained.
Get all other driver’s information such as driver’s license, registration, insurance, and contact information.
Also get the contact information for any witnesses, as well as the responding police officer’s name, badge number, jurisdiction, and police report information.
You may be asking yourself if you need to call your insurance company after being in an accident, even if it wasn’t your fault.
The answer here is quite simply Yes, yes you do.
If you are involved in any type of car accident, especially one where you suffered injuries, then you want to contact your insurance company immediately.
We all know that dealing with insurance companies is never fun.
Just trying to get questions answered about your account or monthly bill can be a real hassle.
But your insurance policy more than likely has several coverages within it that you may want or need to use, and to use these coverages you’ll need to contact your insurance company.
Anytime you have questions or concerns about what to do after a Santa Monica car accident, contact the Law Office of Daniel Kim and let us help you.
Santa Monica Car Accident Statistics
In 2017 nine people were killed in car accidents in Santa Monica, which the Santa Monica Police Department say is un uptick from the previous year.
Even after launching the Vision Zero program to help reduce accident injuries and deaths, according to a recent City of Santa Monica survey approximately 40% of residents feel uncomfortable driving and navigating city streets.
Los Angeles is the most dangerous county in the State for California or driving with 91,468 injuries and fatalities.
There were 485,866 car accidents reported in California in 2017, with 3,898 deaths and 276,823 injuries.
California accounts for 11% of all auto-related deaths in the USA.
Most Dangerous Streets and Intersections In Santa Monica
Statistically, the most dangerous street for car accidents in Santa Monica is 2nd Street and Santa Monica Blvd. In 2018 there were 34 car accidents reported here alone.
Other bad roads include:
- 4th Street (1500 Block)
- Pacific Coast Highway (1500 Block)
- Pico Blvd and 9th Street
- Colorado Blvd and 4th Street.
- Main Street and Ocean Park Blvd.
If you’re involved in any type of car accident in Santa Monica you will need an experienced attorney on your side.
Contact The Law Office of Daniel Kim today for a FREE consultation.