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In a Car Wreck? Call Los Angeles Auto Accident Lawyer Howard Kornberg

With three decades of experience assisting victims of auto accidents as a leading Los Angeles car accident lawyer, Howard Craig Kornberg leads his team of vigorous and reliable Los Accident auto accident attorneys to provide unsurpassed legal representation to individuals in Los Angeles and throughout California who have suffered devastating injury.

Mr. Kornberg’s legal skills are recognized by other lawyers—he is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatedSM by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest rating a lawyer can receive from his or her peers.

Los Angeles Auto Accident Lawyer

With the help of his professional staff, Howard Craig Kornberg is a tenacious advocate for victims of auto accidents involving all types of motor vehicles, including:

  • Car Accidents: All vehicles, from compact car collisions to sports utility (SUV) rollovers.
  • Motorcycle Accidents: All types of accidents, including involving “lane splitting” which is legal in California
  • Truck Accidents: Commercial vehicles, tractor-trailers, semis, 18-wheelers, flatbeds, tanker trucks
  • Bus Accidents: City and school buses, tour buses, airport shuttle buses, special service buses
  • Aftermarket vehicles: Recreational vehicles (RV), limousines, ambulances, trailers, handicap accessible vehicles

Experienced in trial advocacy and the negotiating table as an auto accident lawyer in Los Angeles, Mr. Kornberg has obtained over $100 million in settlements or verdicts on behalf of our clients. His track record speaks to his commitment of successful, compassionate support for seriously injured clients and their families.

Each year, vehicle accidents on California’s roads and highways cause thousands of injuries and deaths and millions of dollars in property damage. The law offices of Howard Craig Kornberg helps people throughout Southern California who have been harmed in accidents to recover the compensation they deserve. Vehicle accidents have the potential to cause serious personal injury, from fractures due to side impacts, to spinal cord injury from rear-end collisions, and brain injury from rollovers involving roof crushes. Whether the accident caused a serious personal injury or wrongful death,  Howard Kornberg has the skills and experience to help his clients fight for a full and fair recovery.

Understand liability insurance

howard-kornberg-auto-accidentAll California and Los Angeles car drivers are required by law to carry liability insurance or proof of financial responsibility in the event of an accident. The minimum liability limits required by law are 15/30/5, meaning the person or auto insurance company must be able to pay up to $15,000 for injury or wrongful death to one person, $30,000 for injury or death to more than one person, and $5,000 for all property damage caused by the negligent driver. However, these limits often fail to cover all the damage caused in a serious accident, let alone one in which the injuries were truly catastrophic. For this reason, it may be wise to purchase more insurance than the statutory minimums in an attempt to avoid personal liability in the event of an accident. Speak with a car accident lawyer for help deciding what is right for you.

Another problem with liability insurance is that not everybody carries it. Despite the fact that it is required by law, about 17% of California drivers do not carry liability insurance. This number is higher in Los Angeles, where at any given time, over 20% of the cars on the road are being driven without liability insurance. To counter this, California law requires all insurance companies to offer Uninsured Motorist (UM) and Underinsured Motorist (UIM) coverage to their policyholders. If you have UM/UIM coverage, your own insurance company will compensate you in the event you are hit by an uninsured driver or a driver who is only carrying minimum limits that do not fully compensate you for your damages.

Even though insurance companies must offer UM/UIM coverage, the law does not require it to be carried by drivers. Many people do not understand what UM/UIM is, and decline the coverage in order to save money on their premiums. However, not only is it recommended that you purchase UM/UIM, but you should also consider carrying limits equal to what you have on your own liability policy. Taking the proper precautions may be extremely helpful in the event of an accident.

Dealing with Insurance Companies

Howard Craig Kornberg can help you make important insurance decisions. Insurance companies make money by charging premiums, not by paying claims. Consequently, insurance companies will do all they can to minimize the amount they pay out. The insurance adjustor will almost always undervalue your claim, offering a settlement far below that which you are entitled to receive. Even if you are dealing with your own insurance company on an uninsured motorist claim, do not be fooled into thinking that your insurance company is on your side. They will try to pay as little as possible, or deny the claim altogether if they can, the same as if it were the other driver’s insurance company. For more information about insurance costs and statistics, see the Insurance Information Institute’s article on rising insurance costs.

Before you decide to negotiate directly with the insurance company, and certainly before you sign any papers or accept any money, you should first consult with an experienced Los Angeles automobile accident lawyer who has handled car accident cases of the kind related to your claim. Your automobile accident lawyer in Los Angeles can assess the evidence at hand and provide you with a reasonable estimate of what your claim is worth and what you should expect to receive, either through a settlement or in a judgment at trial.

The Effect of Comparative Negligence

Sometimes, both drivers in an accident are considered to have contributed to the accident. In these situations, the court will assign a percentage of the comparative fault to each party. The allocation of a portion of the negligence does not keep an injured plaintiff from suing, but the amount the person can recover is reduced by the percentage of that person’s negligence. Even if the plaintiff is more than 50% at fault, he or she can still recover from a negligent defendant for the portion of that person’s negligence which contributed to the accident.

A person’s comparative negligence may not have contributed to the accident itself, but may have contributed to the seriousness of the injury. For instance, if the plaintiff was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident and was thrown from the car and suffered a serious injury, the court may find the plaintiff partially at fault for the seriousness of the injury. Given the ability of the court to severely limit a plaintiff’s recovery by allocating fault, it is critical that you be represented by an aggressive  lawyer who can fight to ensure that the defendant is held fully accountable for his or her negligence or wrongful actions.

Contact Howard Kornberg if you’ve been injured

In his thirty years practicing personal injury and handling auto accident lawsuits, attorney Howard Kornberg has tried all types of accident cases involving virtually every kind of injury. If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident, contact The Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg today for a free initial consultation.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports auto accidents took the lives of 3,434 Californians in 2008 alone. Minor car accidents are common, but catastrophic accidents can permanently disable, or end, the life of its victim.

Howard Craig Kornberg is a car accident lawyer in Los Angeles offering experienced, aggressive representation and support to individuals and their families who have suffered serious injury or devastating loss in auto accidents.

Attorneys familiar with aftermarket changes to vehicles

Aftermarket changes include those made for aesthetic or personal reasons. Howard Craig Kornberg’s law office are familiar with these alterations. Aftermarket changes often involve:

  • High performance tires: Made to increase grip on the road, high performance tires can deform on a sharp turn, contributing to the likelihood of a rollover accident because of contact between a tire rim and the pavement. Inappropriate marketing or installation of tires on a sports utility vehicle (SUV) can contribute to rollover accidents giving rise to liability on the part of a manufacturer, distributor, or retailer.
  • Spoilers: Used to increase downward force on a vehicle, spoilers can contribute to devastating rollover accidents. By altering handling and performance, aftermarket spoilers can be dangerous to drivers or their passengers unaware of their affect on a car traveling at high speeds.
  • Vehicle alterations: Raising or lowering the suspension of a vehicle can have a significant affect on the likelihood of a vehicle rollover in an emergency situation.
  • Vehicle additions: The addition of window tinting, extra-powerful headlights, tinted headlights, or fog lights can be dangerous additions to vehicles, both as hazards for the driver and oncoming traffic in inclement or nighttime driving conditions.

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