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  • Over 550 combined Google 5-Star Reviews
  • Tens of millions won every year for our clients
  • We won’t settle for less than the maximum value for your case
  • 30 combined years of legal experience 
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HHJ Trial Attorneys proudly serve victims who have suffered from serious injuries. HHJ is one of San Diego’s premiere personal injury law firms.  We’ve obtained over ten million dollars for our clients within the last 4 years alone and have been voted the Best Litigation Firm for the last 3 years through the San Diego Union Tribune. All three partners have been voted as Super Lawyers and have received coverage from local and national news outlets.

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Khala BarkusKhala Barkus
19:33 25 Sep 22
Michael and his team were so great during this entire process. They helped me to get a pretty significant settlement from my case and they were never delayed in any of the processes. I am confident that had I not "fired" the first attorney that I started to work with and called HHJ trail attorneys, I would not have gotten the results that I got with HHJ. You can't go wrong with working with these guys to settle your case.
TylerTyler
21:09 25 Aug 22
Michael and the HHJ staff were extremely helpful from the start of my case less than a year ago. From the time I had my accident, to having doctor appointments set up to the final conclusion, it couldn’t have been a smoother process from beginning to end. Michael is very detailed and organized and always has your best interest at heart. He is very responsive and is always on top of it. I didn’t have to do much other than show up to my doctor appts and respond with info that was needed. I would without a beat use Michael and his team again if needed. HHJ is the best in Southern California!
Claudia LopezClaudia Lopez
21:41 08 Jul 22
Mr. Adam Hepburn and his firm, HHJ Trial Attorneys, took on our legal case. Mr. Adam Hepburn came recommended, luckily. We can't thank Mr. Adam Hepburn and his firm for their stellar work throughout our entire legal case. If I had any questions or concerns, Mr. Adam Hepburn would quickly address my concerns either via email, cell phone or even on text. Mr. Adam Hepburn was very truthful, thoughtful when explaining the facts of my case, and extremely professional. If you're on the fence with hiring Adam Hepburn and his firm, don't be, he's the best in the field. Adam won my case! Must hire him and his firm if you need his type of services.
FergalFergal
15:00 20 Apr 22
Michael and the team at HHJ Trial Attorneys have taken the best care of our Clients after they have being involved in road accidents. The care, attention and commitment they provide to all their clients is extraordinary as are their life enhancing results - HHJ Trial Attorneys = Best In Class.
Anne FranksAnne Franks
14:41 20 Apr 22
Michael at HHJ Trial Attorneys is a professional Accident & Personal Injury Lawyers group. This group is very is highly recommended! They are very professional compared to other firms. If you are looking for a quality group of attorneys that will get the job done, this is the one to call!
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Los Angeles’s Best Teen Driving Accident Lawyer Helping You Navigate Your Case

Car accidents can be traumatic experiences, especially for teenagers who are just beginning their journey on the road. If you or your teenager has been involved in a car accident in Los Angeles, you may face various concerns and questions. 

At HHJ Trial Attorneys, we specialize in assisting teenagers and their families through the legal complexities of teen driving accidents.

Highlights: 

  • What steps you should take following a teen driving accident
  • Key information about the California’s Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) System  
  • Statute of limitations of filing a claim

What Legal Steps Should You Take After a Teen Driving Accident?

The first step is to remain calm, then work your way through completing the following.

#1 – Seek Medical Attention

The first and most crucial step after a teen driving accident is prioritizing your health and well-being. Seek immediate medical attention for any injuries, no matter how minor they may seem. 

 

Your health is the top priority, and documenting injuries promptly is essential for your well-being and any potential legal proceedings.

#2 – Report the Accident

In California, it is mandatory to report a car accident to law enforcement if it results in injury, death, or property damage exceeding $1,000. Ensure you obtain a copy of the police report, as this document will be crucial in building your case.

#3 – Document the Scene

Gather as much information as possible from the accident scene. Take photos of the vehicles involved, the surrounding area, and any relevant road signs or signals. 

 

Collect contact information from witnesses, as their statements may be valuable in establishing the facts of the accident.

What Role Does Distracted Driving Play in Teen Driving Accidents in Los Angeles?

Distracted driving is a significant contributing factor to teen driving accidents in Los Angeles, and its consequences can be severe. 

 

As adolescents gain independence and access to technology, the temptation to engage in activities that divert attention from the road increases. HHJ Trial Attorneys recognizes the nuanced nature of distractions and their role in these accidents.

 

California law prohibits the use of handheld devices while driving, especially for individuals under the age of 18. Violations can result in fines and other consequences. If distracted driving is a contributing factor in the accident, it can significantly impact liability and the overall legal strategy.

 

Teenagers often face a myriad of distractions while driving, including:

  • Cell Phone Usage: Texting, calling, or using apps while driving.
  • Passenger Interactions: Conversations and activities with passengers can divert attention.
  • Music and Entertainment: Adjusting playlists, volume, or using entertainment systems.
  • Navigation Systems: Inputting or adjusting navigation settings.

Understanding the specific distractions involved in your teen’s accident is crucial to building a comprehensive case strategy.

How Does California's Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) System Affect Teen Driving Accident Cases?

California’s Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) system is designed to gradually introduce new drivers to the complexities of the road, with specific provisions for teenage drivers. 

Understanding the nuances of the GDL system is crucial when addressing teen driving accident cases, and HHJ Trial Attorneys is well-versed in leveraging this knowledge to benefit our clients.

GDL Restrictions for Teen Drivers

California’s GDL system imposes certain restrictions on teen drivers, including:

 

  • Passenger Limitations: During the first 12 months, newly licensed teenage drivers are prohibited from transporting passengers under the age of 20 unless accompanied by a licensed adult over 25.
  • Nighttime Driving Restrictions: Teenagers with a provisional license are restricted from driving between 11 PM and 5 AM.
  • Cell Phone Usage: Teen drivers under 18 are prohibited from using electronic devices while driving, even with a hands-free device.

In teen driving accident cases, these GDL restrictions can significantly impact the determination of liability and negligence. 

Violating any of these restrictions may contribute to the cause of the accident and influence the legal proceedings. HHJ Trial Attorneys assesses these factors to build a strong case, considering whether the teenage driver adhered to or violated GDL regulations during the accident.

Are There Any Time Limits for Filing a Teen Driving Accident Claim in Los Angeles?

Time is of the essence when it comes to filing a teen driving accident claim in Los Angeles. Statutes of limitations set strict deadlines for initiating legal proceedings, and understanding these timelines is crucial for preserving your rights and pursuing the compensation you deserve. 

HHJ Trial Attorneys is dedicated to guiding you through the intricacies of statutes of limitations in teen driving accident cases.

Statutes of Limitations for Teen Driving Accidents

The statutes of limitations for teen driving accident claims in California generally include:

 

  • Personal Injury Claims: In most cases, you have two years from the accident date to file a personal injury claim. This includes injuries sustained by the teenage driver or passengers.
  • Property Damage Claims: If you seek compensation for property damage resulting from the accident, the statute of limitations is typically three years from the date of the incident.
  • Wrongful Death Claims: If a teen driving accident resulted in a fatality, the statutes of limitations for wrongful death claims are generally two years from the date of the death.

It’s essential to note that various factors can influence the applicable time limits, and exceptions may apply in certain circumstances. 

For instance, if the injured party is a minor, the statute of limitations may be tolled (delayed) until they reach the age of 18. However, understanding these nuances requires legal expertise, and HHJ Trial Attorneys is well-equipped to navigate these complexities on your behalf.

Navigating the legal aftermath of a teen driving accident requires specialized knowledge and experience. Our team at HHJ Trial Attorneys brings a wealth of expertise in handling cases involving teenage drivers. We understand these situations’ unique challenges and legal considerations, allowing us to provide comprehensive and effective representation. Let us fight for your rights and the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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