Auto and Car Accident Lawyers
In an instant, a car crash can change everything about the lives of victims and their families. Car, truck, SUV and motorcycle crashes are the leading cause of death for Americans aged 8 to 34, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; they cause one death every 12 to 15 minutes and injure more than 2.5 million people each year. About half of those injured come away with permanent disabilities like brain damage, paralysis and other injuries that rob victims of their functions, their independence and their futures.
If you’ve lost a loved one or sustained a very serious injury because of another driver’s carelessness, you have the right to hold that driver responsible for his or her actions. A Los Angeles car accident lawsuit can’t make things the way they were before the crash, but it can help compensate you for the terrible, unexpected losses the crash caused. It can also help pay high medical bills and other costs caused by the accident, and provide financial support for those who’ve lost an income to an injury or an unexpected death. And in some cases, it can help you prevent the same tragedy from happening to others.
Panish Shea & Boyle has a strong track record of winning large verdicts and settlements in car and truck accident cases. Our wins include a $15 million verdict for a teenager who was brain-damaged when a truck ran a red light and hit his mother’s car; and a $9 million settlement for another teen who lost both legs when her car hit a broken highway guardrail. Our attorneys are nationally recognized experts in automotive defect law and frequently write and speak to other attorneys. We handle all types of auto accident cases, including accidents with commercial trucks and “big rigs”; automotive product defects; pedestrian accidents; and accidents caused by poor roadway planning or maintenance.
The attorneys of Panish Shea & Boyle are national leaders in personal injury and consumer protection law. Our partners have won record-setting verdicts, including the largest personal injury verdict in American history in Anderson v. General Motors, and more than 150 verdicts in excess of $1 million. All three of our name partners are active in professional legal organizations; take leadership roles in national class-action litigation and have been nominated repeatedly for professional honors, including Trial Lawyer of the Year.
Auto Accident Verdicts & Settlements
- Nelsen v. Hillyard, Inc., et al. $21,067,093 Largest personal injury verdict in San Bernardino County history.
- Tilton v. Southern California Gas Co. (Sempra Energy) $15,000,000
- Sims v. Mountain Area Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) $7,000,000 Settlement of $7 million for severe traumatic brain injury sustained by plaintiff who was struck by a bus while crossing a street in Big Bear and struck her head on the pavement when she fell to the ground.