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West Covina Car Accident Attorneys

If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident or sustained personal injuries due to someone else's negligence, we are here to provide you with expert legal representation and support. With our extensive experience, unwavering dedication, and commitment to client success, we strive to secure the justice and compensation you deserve.

About Us

At Car Accident Attorneys and Injury Lawyers in West Covina, California, we specialize in personal injury law and have a proven track record of success in representing clients in a wide range of cases. With our in-depth knowledge of California's legal system and years of experience, our skilled team of attorneys is well-equipped to handle complex personal injury claims. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial hardships that accidents can bring, and we are here to guide you through the legal process with compassion and expertise.

Our Practice Areas

Our firm provides comprehensive legal services across various practice areas, including:

  1. Car Accidents: If you have been injured in a car accident caused by another driver's negligence, we will aggressively pursue your claim, fighting for your right to fair compensation for medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

  2. Motorcycle Accidents: We understand the unique risks faced by motorcycle riders. Our experienced attorneys will work tirelessly to build a strong case on your behalf, seeking maximum compensation for your injuries and losses.

  3. Truck Accidents: Collisions involving commercial trucks can result in catastrophic injuries. We have the knowledge and resources to handle complex truck accident cases, diligently pursuing your claim and holding responsible parties accountable.

  4. Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents: If you have been injured as a pedestrian or cyclist, we will fight for your rights and seek compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and other related damages.

Common Injuries Sustained in West Covina Car Accidents

The most common car accident injuries vary in severity from minor cuts and bruises to more serious, life-threatening conditions. Here's a list of injuries frequently encountered:

  1. Whiplash and Soft Tissue Injuries: Caused by the sudden movement of the head and neck, leading to strain in the neck muscles and ligaments. Soft tissue injuries can also occur in other parts of the body, such as the back.

  2. Cuts and Scrapes: Shattered glass, metal fragments, and even contact with the vehicle interior can cause these injuries. While some may be minor, others might require stitches.

  3. Head Injuries: Including concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). These can result from the head striking the steering wheel, dashboard, windows, or other hard surfaces, or even from the violent shaking of the head without direct impact.

  4. Broken Bones: Common fractures occur in the arms, legs, ribs, and other parts of the body due to the force of impact. Some breaks are more severe and may require surgery to repair.

  5. Internal Injuries: The force of a car accident can cause internal bleeding and damage to internal organs, such as the liver, spleen, lungs, or heart, which can be life-threatening if not treated promptly.

  6. Spinal Cord Injuries and Paralysis: The impact of a car accident can damage the spine, potentially leading to temporary or permanent paralysis. These injuries can range from herniated discs to more severe spinal cord damage.

  7. Psychological Injuries: Beyond physical injuries, car accidents can also lead to psychological issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and fear of driving.

The severity and type of injuries can vary widely depending on the specifics of the accident, including the speed at which it occurred, the use of seat belts, the point of impact, and whether the occupants were facing forward or were turned in a certain direction at the moment of impact. Immediate medical attention is crucial for diagnosing and treating any injuries sustained in a car accident.

Most Common Causes of Auto Accidents in West Covina CA

West Covina and surrounding areas in the San Gabriel Valley have a high frequency of traffic accidents.  This is due to many factors not the least of which are the congested freeways like the 10 freeway and the Foothill Freeway.  Some common causes include the following:

  1. Distracted Driving: This is a leading cause of auto accidents everywhere. Distractions can come from using cell phones, eating, using navigation systems, or any activity that takes the driver's attention away from the road.

  2. Speeding: Exceeding speed limits or driving too fast for conditions reduces the driver's ability to steer safely around curves or objects in the roadway, extends the distance necessary to stop a vehicle, and increases the distance a vehicle travels while the driver reacts to a dangerous situation.

  3. Driving Under the Influence: Operating vehicles under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any substance that impairs cognitive and motor functions is a significant cause of accidents, often resulting in severe injuries or fatalities.

  4. Reckless Driving: This includes aggressive driving behaviors such as changing lanes without signaling, tailgating, and disregarding traffic conditions or signs.

  5. Poor Road Conditions: Potholes, uneven roads, lack of proper signage, and similar issues can contribute to auto accidents. Local infrastructure maintenance plays a crucial role in preventing these types of accidents.

  6. Weather Conditions: Fog, rain, and other weather conditions can impair visibility and make roads slippery, leading to accidents. Even though West Covina has a relatively mild climate, occasional rain can create hazardous driving conditions, especially for those unaccustomed to driving in such weather.

  7. Running Red Lights and Stop Signs: This cause is common in urban settings where drivers may attempt to rush through intersections, leading to side-impact collisions.

  8. Unsafe Lane Changes: Without proper signaling or checking for blind spots, lane changes can result in collisions with other vehicles.

  9. Driver Fatigue: Tired drivers can have delayed reactions and impaired judgment, increasing the risk of accidents.

  10. Inexperienced Drivers: Young or inexperienced drivers may not have the skills or judgment needed to navigate complex traffic situations safely.

While these causes are not unique to West Covina, local factors such as traffic flow, road design, and enforcement of traffic laws can influence the prevalence of certain types of accidents.

Why Seek Legal Representation?

Car accidents can have a significant impact on your life, leaving you with medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Navigating the complexities of insurance claims and legal proceedings can be overwhelming, especially when you're focused on your recovery. Hiring a skilled car accident attorney in West Covina offers the following benefits:

  1. Legal Expertise: Our attorneys specialize in personal injury law and have extensive knowledge of California's traffic laws and regulations. We understand the nuances of car accident cases, enabling us to build strong arguments and pursue the best possible outcome for your case.

  2. Investigation and Evidence Collection: We will conduct a thorough investigation into your accident, gathering crucial evidence such as accident reports, witness statements, photographs, and surveillance footage. This evidence can strengthen your case and support your claim for compensation.

  3. Determining Liability: Identifying the party or parties at fault for the accident is crucial for seeking compensation. Our attorneys will analyze the circumstances surrounding your accident, consult with experts if necessary, and determine liability to hold the responsible parties accountable.

  4. Negotiating with Insurance Companies: Insurance companies often try to minimize payouts or deny claims altogether. With our legal representation, you can level the playing field. We will handle all communication with the insurance companies, negotiate on your behalf, and strive for a fair settlement that covers your damages.

  5. Litigation if Needed: While many car accident cases are resolved through negotiations, our attorneys are prepared to take your case to court if a fair settlement cannot be reached. We have trial experience and will fiercely advocate for your rights and interests in the courtroom.

Contact Us Today

If you have been involved in a car accident in West Covina, CA, it's crucial to seek legal representation promptly. Our dedicated team of car accident attorneys is ready to fight for your rights, protect your interests, and pursue the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. During this meeting, we will review the details of your case, answer your questions, and provide guidance on the next steps to take. Don't navigate the legal process alone—let us be your trusted advocates during this challenging time. Call us at 626-296-3555

Client Reviews
I have known Steven for some time now and when his services were required he jumped in and took control of my cases. I had two and they were handled with the utmost professionalism and courtesy. He went the extra mile regardless of the bumps in the road. I can not see me using any other attorney and I would recommend him to any of my family and friends. Josie A.
Steven was vital during our most trying time. He was referred by a friend after an accident that involved a family member. While he was critical and lying in the hospital, Steven was kind, patient and knowledgeable about what we were going through. Following our loss, Steven became a tough and aggressive negotiator and made sure that we receive a huge compensation. I would refer Steven in fact, this happened 2 years ago and I still speak highly of his service. Cheryl S.
Mr. Sweat is a pitbull in the courtroom as well as settlement negotiations - You can't have a better equipped attorney in your corner! It is a pleasure working as colleagues together on numerous cases. He can get the job done. Jonathan K.
Because of Steven Sweat, my medical support was taken care of. Plus, I had more money to spare for my other bills. Steven is not only an excellent personal injury lawyer, providing the best legal advice, but also a professional lawyer who goes beyond his call of duty just to help his clients! He stood up for me and helped me get through the process. I would definitely recommend. I couldn't think of any better lawyer than him. MiraJane C.
I must tell anyone, if you need a great attorney, Steve sweat is the guy! I had an awful car accident and had no idea where to turn. He had so much to deal with because my accident was a 4 car pile up. Not to mention all the other cars were behind me and they were not wanting to settle in any way! He never stopped working for me and had my best interest at heart! Audra W.
I believe I made the best choice with Steven M Sweat, Personal Injury. I was very reluctant to go forward with my personal injury claim. I had a valid claim and I needed a professional attorney to handle it. I felt so much better when I let Steven take my case. His team did everything right and I am very satisfied. Stia P.
I have to say that Steve has been exemplary! I met Steve at a point with my case that I was ready to give up. He took the time and dealt with all of my concerns. Most importantly, he was present and listened to what I was going through. He was able to turn things around, put me and my case on the right track! The results were better that expected! Highly recommend!! Cody A.