A car accident can be a scary experience. If you’ve never been in a wreck, you’re likely unsure what steps are required of you when it comes to reporting the crash to police, medical professionals, and insurance companies. Collisions can range from minor fender benders to disastrous pileups. No matter how severe the incident may be, knowing how to report the wreck can be helpful.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, reporting the accident may only be the beginning of your concerns. Having the details of your wreck documented with the police is essential because, when you file a claim for compensation in the future, these records can serve as tangible evidence. At Dickson Kohan & Bablove LLP, our car accident lawyers can help you hold the liable parties to account.

When Medical Treatment Is Required

It’s important to understand that, whenever injuries have occurred in a car crash—regardless of whether the injuries have been inflicted on you or another driver or passenger—911 should be called immediately. When you call emergency services, medical help will be sent to the scene of the accident and the local police department will also be contacted.

Local Police Departments in Orange County

Orange County consists of numerous cities such as Santa Ana, Anaheim, Costa Mesa, and Huntington Beach, to name a few. When a collision happens within the county that isn’t an emergency, the accident should be reported to the city’s local police department. Each city has its own police department headquarters where you can file in person. Many have online portals for filing, as well.

For example, if you get in a wreck in Santa Ana, you can use their online e-police reporting tool to report your car accident. When the crash occurs on a state freeway, however—even if it’s within city limits—it needs to be reported to the California Highway Patrol.

The California Highway Patrol in Santa Ana

There are California Highway Patrol locations throughout the state, and the Orange County location is in central Santa Ana. You can report your accident in person at the Santa Ana office, but it’s also easy to report a collision by calling 1-800-TELL-CHP (1-800-835-5247). The hotline is always active.

When a Police Report Is Required

Police reports are required to be filed within twenty-four hours of when the wreck occurred if any injuries resulted from the crash. When there are no injuries, both drivers can choose whether to file a report. However, it’s in your best interests to get the accident documented by police.

When the police have records of your accident, you can use these reports later when you go to court to seek compensation.

Reach Out to a California Car Accident Lawyer

Knowing when and how to file a car accident report can ease your worry when a collision occurs. It’s also helpful to understand the importance of filing, even if no injuries have occurred. When the time comes, a car accident attorney from Dickson Kohan & Bablove LLP can assist you with gathering the proper evidence to prove negligence and maximize your settlement.  

To speak with a lawyer about your claim, schedule a free consultation by calling 1-844-404-2400 or by filling out the contact form below.

One of the leading causes of car accident injuries is distracted driving. Texting and driving increases the risk of getting into a car crash threefold. Aside from texting and driving, there are multiple other forms of distracted driving, such as eating, talking to others, looking away from the road, or reaching for something in the backseat. Being distracted behind the wheel is far too common.

Although it’s often hard to tell what’s going on in another driver’s car before an accident occurs, there are ways to rule out other causes and pinpoint distracted driving as the cause of your collision. If you’ve been injured in a car accident and you think distracted driving was the reason, you have the right to sue the liable driver for compensation.

Suing another driver for distracted driving will require proof of negligence and a detailed calculation of what you think your claim is worth. A California car accident lawyer at Dickson Kohan & Bablove LLP can assist you in gathering the appropriate documentation to file your claim. We’ll guide you through the legal process from start to finish and ensure every concern you have is put to rest.

Determining Fault

When determining fault in a distracted driving lawsuit, your attorney will investigate your accident by gathering all of the evidence available, which includes police reports, medical records, photographs, video footage, and witness testimonies. Using this evidence, your lawyer can build a case that proves the negligence of the opposing driver.

Once fault has been determined, your attorney will speak with your doctor to discuss your injury, the side effects you’re experiencing, and your expected recovery time. Each of these factors will play into your overall claim value.

Full Compensation for Your Claim

When seeking full compensation for the damages you’ve suffered, your car accident attorney will take into account more than just your medical expenses. Although medical bills will play a large role, other economic damages will also be examined, such as future expenses that can accumulate as a result of your injury, future lost income from being out of work, and any property damage to your vehicle.

Non-economic damages will be examined, as well, which are ways in which the injury has affected your lifestyle. These might include pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium, or scarring and disfigurement.

Reach out to a California Car Accident Lawyer

Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident is never easy, especially when you’ve experienced injuries because of someone else’s negligence. At Dickson Kohan & Bablove LLP, our attorneys have years of experience dealing with distracted driving lawsuits and we have specific strategies for proving negligence in these cases. If you’re seeking compensation for a car accident claim, we’re here to help.

To speak with a car accident lawyer and discuss your case in further detail, you can schedule a no-obligation consultation today by calling us at 1-844-404-2400 or by filling out the contact form below.

Motor vehicle accidents are terrifying. They happen suddenly, without warning, and can cause serious injuries. But, many people are surprised to learn that the impact of a car accident often far exceeds physical trauma alone. In fact, it is not uncommon for injury survivors to suffer from psychological trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Mental health conditions such as PTSD can be debilitating and feel impossible to overcome. When you’re dealing with the aftermath of a car accident, you shouldn’t have to worry about how you’ll pay for the care you need or provide for your family when you struggling just to function on a day-to-day basis.

An Orange County car accident lawyer can help you seek the compensation you’re entitled to so you have the best opportunity to recuperate.

Manifestations and Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Similar to many other mental health conditions, PTSD can range in severity, but the majority of people only discover that they have PTSD when it begins to affect their daily lives. Some of the most common symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder include:

  • Nightmares
  • Irritability
  • Social isolation
  • Insomnia
  • Substance abuse
  • Self-harm
  • Flashbacks
  • Emotional detachment
  • Anxiety

Fortunately, with the right treatment, individuals can manage their symptoms and find new and healthy coping mechanisms. Treatment options might include working with a cognitive behavioral therapist and clinical psychologist, as well as SSRI medications that help regulate the symptoms associated with anxiety and depression.

Losses You Can Recover in Your Claim

The impact that PTSD can have on your life is undeniable, and our goal will be to obtain maximum repayment for the losses you’ve endured as a result of your PTSD diagnosis. Your economic damages have negatively influence your finances and might include lost wages, out-of-pocket costs, medical treatment and care, and the damage to your earning capacity in certain cases.

But that’s not all you’re entitled to recover. Your non-economic damages are those that have had an impact on your life and emotional health. Some frequently sought-after non-economic damages include pain and suffering, lost quality of life, mental anguish, inconvenience, loss of companionship and love, and even a loss of household services.

Work with an Orange County Car Accident Lawyer

Retaining exceptional legal representation is critical to the success of your case. Your attorney will be responsible for conducting an investigation so fault can be established, gathering evidence to support your claim, and calculating the value of your claim so you come away with an award that can really make a difference in your life.

For assistance in pursuing a car crash claim that improves your quality of life, reach out to a qualified Orange County car accident lawyer at Dickson Kohan & Bablove LLP.  We offer injury victims across Orange County a complimentary consultation so we can learn more about your case.

You can schedule yours by giving our office a call at 1-844-404-2400 or by submitting the quick contact form we have included at the bottom of this page.

It’s your worst fear: losing someone you love before it’s their time to go. No one wants to face this possibility, but sometimes we’re forced to deal with losing a family member too soon. Sometimes, the death of a loved one is caused by another’s careless or reckless behavior.

You certainly want justice if your loved one was lost in an accident that could have been prevented. What can you do? There are laws in California that allow you to seek justice and compensation from the party that caused the death of your loved one, if the death was caused by negligence or wrongful actions.

What Is a Wrongful Death Case?

A wrongful death case is when you file a lawsuit against the party that caused your family member’s death.

Filing a lawsuit can serve several purposes: It can hold the at-fault party accountable for what they’ve done; it can prevent other people from being hurt by the negligent party; it can give you and your family justice for the wrongful death; and, it can compensate you and your family for the damages the death has brought to your life.

Fatal accidents that often involve negligence include the following:

  • Vehicle wrecks
  • Dangerous products
  • Exposure to hazardous fumes or chemicals
  • Premises liability accidents
  • Motorcycle crashes
  • Medical negligence
  • Trucking collisions
  • Construction or workplace accidents

Benefits of Winning a Wrongful Death Case

Many people file wrongful death claims because they don’t want the person who caused the death of their loved one to harm others. Filing a case has the benefit of also compensating the family for the losses they’ve been forced to face.

No amount of money can ever replace your lost family member, and no amount of money will ever truly set things right. However, winning a case might be the only justice you can receive for the death of your beloved family member.

Monetary compensation can be helpful for you and your family. In some cases, you could even use the money from a successful case to honor your loved one’s memory. You could found a charity organization in your loved one’s name, for example, or put the money toward something your family member cared deeply about.

Below are some of the damages often awarded in successful fatal accident cases:

  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Lost income the deceased would have brought in, had they lived
  • Trauma and anguish the family experienced due to the death
  • Loss of consortium
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Medical expenses related to the accident or injury that resulted in death

Secure Help with Your Wrongful Death Case

You and your family deserve to be compensated for the death of your loved one, and a negligent party must be held to account. Not only will you be protecting others from injury by one careless party, but your case could also change important elements of injury laws.

Get help with your wrongful death case by partnering with an attorney from Dickson Kohan & Bablove LLP. Fill out the online form below and receive a free, confidential case review. You can also reach an attorney by dialing 1-844-404-2400.