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Helping You Navigate The Aftermath Of A Motor Vehicle Accident

Last updated on April 30, 2024

The sudden jolt of a motor vehicle accident can leave more than just physical damage in its wake – it can upend lives and sow uncertainty about the future. At McNally Law Office, we understand the turmoil that follows a collision. From the echo of crashing metal to the complexity of insurance claims and potential legal battles, the road to recovery can seem overwhelming. That’s where our team comes in. With over 30 years of experience helping clients in the Pasadena and Los Angeles area, you can trust us to help you obtain the justice and compensation you deserve.

Our attorneys are committed to advocating for your rights, easing the burden so you can focus on what truly matters – your recovery and well-being. Whether it’s a fender bender or a serious crash, McNally Law Office is by your side, offering experienced legal counsel to guide you through each step. We’re dedicated to providing personalized support, ensuring that you’re not just another case number.

Comprehensive Support After Any Type Of Accident

While motor vehicle accidents are common and comprise a significant portion of personal injury and wrongful death claims, they are not always simple to resolve. If you suffered an injury from a car accident, you need an experienced attorney to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

We handle personal injury and wrongful death accident cases involving:

Our personal injury law firm works hard to make sure our clients receive the compensation they deserve. Attorney Frank McNally understands the rules of the road and the special duties imposed on commercial and public carriers. He also understands the complex scientific and engineering principles often necessary to unravel just how an accident occurred on the roadways of California and who, if anyone, was at fault.

Motor Vehicle Accidents Are Common In The Los Angeles Area

California’s many popular roadways make traffic accidents far too common. According to the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), Los Angeles County ranks second in California for traffic accident injuries and deaths, with more than 90,000 in 2018. Pasadena ranks 21st out of 59 cities with similar populations in terms of the frequency of traffic accidents. The high rate of accidents in our city and county has a lot to do with the many popular highways running through them. For instance, the I-110. As the oldest freeway in California, its narrow and winding stretches can make it perilous for drivers from Pasadena to Los Angeles to Eagle Rock.

The I-210, also known as the Foothill Freeway, is a common route for travelers going between L.A. and San Bernardino. Crashes on this route have claimed the lives of many drivers, from locals to tourists going to see the San Gabriel Mountains. And, though Glendale ranks low for accidents compared to similar-sized cities, Highway 134 and Highway 2 are common locations for serious accidents – including fatalities.

Seeking Maximum Compensation For You After Bike Accidents

Unfortunately, bicycle accident injuries are all too common in California. The lack of protection on bicycles can result in catastrophic and fatal accidents when other motorists drive recklessly or fail to share the road with bicyclists. Our attorneys will aggressively represent you if you have been injured in a bicycle accident. We understand the laws and the precedent involved in Los Angeles-area bike accidents. We also know that your life may not ever be quite the same after a serious injury. We are here to ensure that you receive the compensation you need to attain the fullest recovery possible.

These accidents have many causes, but the most common are:

  • The driver of the vehicle drives into the bike lane
  • The driver of the vehicle is distracted, texting or drunk
  • The driver of the vehicle turns right without looking for cyclists
  • The driver of the vehicle goes through a stop sign, red light or intersection without looking
  • A driver or passenger opens a car door into the path of an oncoming cyclist
  • The bicycle has design or manufacturing issues that cause a fall or accident

Injuries that result from bicycle accidents range in severity but typically include paralysis, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, back and neck damage, lacerations and spinal cord injuries. We will work with your medical doctor to determine the extent of your injuries so that we can pursue maximum compensation to cover your medical bills and lost wages. Your job is to provide us with the information we need and then focus on getting better while we handle the legal aspects of your case. Our experienced and dedicated lawyers are ready to defend you and hold the negligent parties accountable for their actions.

Fighting For You After A Bus Or Public Transportation Accident

Public and private bus companies, taxis and other businesses offering public transportation are required to carry full liability insurance in the event of injuries to their passengers. Unfortunately, many accident victims run into stiff opposition from public transportation entities and insurance companies when they try to collect full and fair monetary damages for their injuries or wrongful death claims.

Our attorneys will aggressively represent you if you have been injured in an accident involving a bus or any other type of public transportation. We represent clients injured in all types of accidents involving buses and public transportation, including:

  • Hit by a bus as a pedestrian or on a bicycle
  • Bus crash passenger injuries
  • Bus stop loading injuries
  • Taxi accident injuries
  • Amtrak and passenger train injuries
  • Assault injuries due to insufficient security

Personal injury claims involving public transportation can quickly become complicated. You need an attorney who understands how to navigate a variety of insurance companies and how to build a strong case on your behalf.

Understanding California Railway Accidents And Lawsuits

The Los Angeles area is one of the West Coast’s most important rail hubs for passenger and freight trains. Railroad crossing accidents and other accidents happen frequently in Southern California. If you were a passenger who was injured while riding any type of train in the Los Angeles area, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who handles these claims.

The laws regarding rail lines are different than those affecting car, motorcycle and truck accidents. If you were on a train and there was a collision, derailment or another accident and you got hurt, you have rights. When our clients are injured in these accidents, we thoroughly investigate and determine negligence and liability. We can then assess your injuries, how to proceed and what your case might be “worth” in terms of damages. We represent several types of train and railway accidents, including those detailed below.

Accidents At Unguarded Railroad Crossings

Railroads are under strict regulations to place guard gates and warning signs at road crossings. Many railroad crossings remain unprotected and cars are often unaware of trains speeding toward them. If you were injured or have lost a loved one in a railroad crossing accident because of signal failure, your attorney will need experience settling substantial cases against the largest insurance companies in America.

Passenger Injuries In Glendale And Pasadena

Many train collisions at railroad crossings happen when a driver becomes impatient and tries to beat the train through the intersection. These types of accidents are nearly always determined to be the fault of the negligent car driver. If you were the passenger in the car, however, you are entitled to seek damages against the driver.

We represent those injured on both active and abandoned lines. We understand how to proceed with cases involving SCRA, BNSF, DODX, Union Pacific (UP), Santa Maria, SJVR, SERA and other railway programs, systems, and franchises.

What Is The Process After A Car Accident?

The first step after a car crash is to seek medical attention. Many injuries do not appear until weeks after an accident, so you should consult a medical professional even if you do not have lacerations, bruises or other visible injuries. At the accident scene, try to get the other party’s name, insurance information and contact information. Take pictures of the crash and contact the police to file a report so you have documentation.

Next comes the complex insurance and legal steps. A representative from your insurance company will contact you, but you should not speak to them without an attorney. Insurance representatives have ways of getting you to admit fault so they do not have to pay you the full and just compensation that you deserve. Instead, speak with a lawyer who can communicate with the insurer for you. If your insurance company or the insurance company of the other party does not offer a high enough settlement to pay your damages, you may need to consider a lawsuit. If you reach this step, your attorney can file legal action against the individual who caused your crash or their insurance provider.

Every Case Is Unique

Every motor vehicle accident in California is different. While most car crashes in Southern California are unintentional, caused by mere negligence and momentary lack of attention, some drivers cause accidents with serious wanton and reckless behavior. Reckless behavior such as high-speed driving, drunk driving or driving under the influence is not only negligent but also criminal. We will hold them accountable for causing your injuries in a car crash while law enforcement handles the crime they committed.

Similarly, every set of damages, injuries and losses is unique. Damages can include much more than just hospital bills and health care expenses, including:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Lost enjoyment of life
  • Punitive damages

When it comes to accidents involving a motor vehicle, accountability becomes paramount. Our attorneys from our Pasadena office are focused on advocating for injury victims.

Accident victims deserve to be made completely whole after suffering a personal injury. When it comes to recovering full compensation, we believe that we must be intimately involved with our clients day-to-day to have the foresight to anticipate our client’s future problems and needs. We aim to address the unique circumstances of every individual case by constantly communicating with our clients and remaining adaptable to what each case demands.

Contact Us For A Free Consultation

We can use our knowledge and experience to help you recover fair and just compensation for your suffering. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, please call our office at 626-389-8590 today or send an email to schedule a free consultation. Our law firm is conveniently located in downtown Pasadena and we offer 24-hour emergency phone service and Spanish language services.