Car accidents can be frightening experiences, and figuring out what to do after an accident can be difficult and stressful. Accidents can also be expensive, especially if you suffered injuries. Fortunately, a Los Angeles car accident lawyer can help you seek compensation to cover the costs of your accident.
If someone else was responsible, even partly, for your accident, you should not be stuck with the financial burden of mounting medical bills and lost wages. A lawyer can help you identify whether someone else’s negligence caused your accident and help you seek awards for:
- Medical bills. Medical costs can add up quickly, and can be a huge financial burden. Hospital stays, surgeries, ongoing physical therapy, medications, mental health services, and recurring doctor visits may all be necessary to help with your recovery. Those responsible for your accident should share in these costs.
- Lost wages. If you missed work because of injuries suffered in your accident, you may seek compensation for loss of income. You may seek awards for loss of future income if your injuries leave you unable to work in the same capacity as before your accident.
- Property damage. You may be compensated for damage to your vehicle, as well as any objects or structures harmed in your accident.
- Physical pain and emotional suffering. You may be able to sue for awards for physical suffering and mental anguish.
- Wrongful death. If you are suing on behalf of a loved one who passed away in a car accident, you may be able to seek compensation for the costs associated with their accident. You may also seek awards to compensate for your grief and the loss of your loved one’s future financial support.
To see how a Los Angeles car accident lawyer may be able to help you, contact the team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC at 800-598-7557.
California Car Accident Laws
California is a “fault” state when it comes to car accident liability and follows a system of comparative negligence. This means that even if the accident was partially your fault, you can still seek compensation. California’s pure comparative negligence model means even if you are 99 percent at fault, you can still recover one percent of damages from the other at-fault party.
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Who Is At Fault?
A Los Angeles car accident lawyer can help review your case and determine who or what may be responsible for your accident. There are several different types of car accident lawsuits.
In some cases, you may seek compensation from another driver. Drivers can be found negligent if they were speeding, driving recklessly, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Driving while distracted by a cellphone, driving without a valid license, or ignoring traffic laws may all be grounds for fault.
It may be that a vehicle manufacturer is responsible for your accident. Automobiles are recalled every year because of safety issues or faulty parts. If a problem with your vehicle, or another driver’s vehicle, was the cause of your accident, you may be able to sue the automaker.
Unsafe roadways are another cause of car accidents. Badly maintained roadways, unsafe intersections, malfunctioning traffic signals, or lack of signage may all be the responsibility of the state or municipality responsible for the road.
At Ben Crump Law, PLLC, our team is not afraid to take on difficult cases. We will not shy away from your case, whether the responsible party is an individual driver or a major manufacturer.
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Drivers in California, as in most states, are required to carry insurance in case of a car accident. According to the California Department of Insurance, drivers are required to “show financial responsibility” for any vehicle they own. State law requires drivers to have, at minimum, liability insurance in the amount of $15,000 for the death or injury of one person, $30,000 for the death or injury of more than one person, and $5,000 in coverage for property damage. A car accident lawyer may help you pursue awards above these minimums.
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California has very specific accident reporting laws. California Vehicle Code section 2008 mandates drivers report any accident involving an injury or death within 24 hours of when the incident happened. Reporting should be done to the California Highway Patrol or local police department. Drivers also are required to report their accident to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) if there were any injuries (even minor), a death, or property damage in excess of $1,000. Reporting to the DMV must be done within ten days of the accident.
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Statute of Limitations
Statutes of limitations are legal limits set by most states that outline how long you have to bring legal action. California Code of Civil Procedure allows a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. In the case of personal injury, the clock begins to run on the statute of limitations when the accident occurs. For wrongful death suits, the clock starts at the time of the person’s death.
How Ben Crump Law, PLLC Can Help
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a car accident in the Los Angeles area, the team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC may be able to help. Your focus after an accident should be your recovery, not your bills, time lost at work, or a legal burden. If you lost a loved one in a car accident, you should be able to grieve without worrying about expenses. If someone else’s negligence caused your accident, they should shoulder their part of the responsibility.
A Los Angeles car accident lawyer can help you build your case. A lawyer can help obtain accident reports, find eyewitnesses, or even locate video from traffic or surveillance videos. A lawyer can also make sure you are pursuing all of the awards to which you may be entitled.
Whether the actions of a single individual or a large car company are responsible, Ben Crump Law, PLLC will not back down from your case. Our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. You pay nothing up front or out of pocket. Our fee comes from your settlement. To learn more about how our team can help, call us at 800-598-7557.
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