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Car accidents are one of the leading causes of injury, and collisions with
other vehicles can be devastating to both drivers and passengers. When
you make a claim for damages in a car accident, there will be involvement
with other drivers, insurance companies, and law enforcement, requiring
experienced legal counsel to handle your case and pursue maximum compensation.
It is essential to determine fault as soon as possible after the accident,
while the facts can be investigated, and memories are still fresh.
Frish Law Group, APLC has a team of Woodland Hills car accident attorneys
that are experienced in pursuing claims on behalf of accident victims. Call
(818) 477-1905 or
contact us online for a free consultation.
The Leading Causes of Car Accidents in California
Driving has become a daily necessity for many Americans. Unfortunately,
no matter how many technological advancements have been made in the auto
industry, hundreds of thousands of car crashes occur every year in California.
Some of the most common causes of auto collisions in the LA area include:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Using a mobile device
- Running red lights
- Ignoring stop signs
- Improper lane changes
- Manufacturer defects
- Poor road conditions
Reporting a Car Accident in California
If you have been involved in a car crash, you are likely wondering who
you need to report the accident to. It is important to notify the proper
entities in a timely manner to ensure you do not violate any laws or jeopardize
your ability to obtain full compensation.
There are 3 main entities you should consider reporting your accident to,
- Law enforcement – Under California Vehicle Code section 20008, any driver (or his
or her representative) who is involved in an auto collision where someone
was injured or killed must file a written report of the accident to the
police within 24 hours of the event. This report may be submitted to either
the California Highway Patrol or the police department in the city where
the collision occurred. When the police come to the scene of an accident,
they will create a written report that fulfills this requirement.
- California DMV – Some accidents must be reported to the California DMV within 10
days of the event. Filing a report with the DMV is required when anyone
was injured or killed because of the accident, or the collision resulted
in property damage in excess of $1,000.
- Insurance company – While there are no laws that require a driver to report an accident
to their insurance company, your insurance policy requires that you report
an accident to your insurer within a reasonable period of time. The timeframe
you have to notify your insurer depends on the circumstances of your accident
and could be as little as 1 or 2 days. If you fail to meet this requirement,
your insurance company may deny coverage.
Establishing Liability in a Car Accident
The case for liability depends on the circumstances of the accident, and
if multiple vehicles were involved, there may be more than one claim.
In evaluating your case,
Frish Law Group, APLC will examine the cause of the accident and whether there was more than
one party at fault. This may include discussions with other drivers or
their attorneys, as well as examining the police report from the accident.
In California, negligence is determined by comparing the degree that each
party contributed to the accident, so even if you were partly to blame,
you can still be awarded a reduced amount of damages. You should not allow
insurers to tell you that you do not deserve compensation, even if you
contributed to the accident.
Potential Damage Awards in California
In some cases, the cause of an accident is very clear, such as accidents
involving a drunk driver or a fatigued trucker. The victim of a car accident
with a single cause can recover full damages for their injuries if the
other party was at fault.
Personal injury law entitles the victim to recover their actual costs of:
- Medical care and surgeries
- Lost wages and income
- Damage or replacement of their vehicle
- Ongoing rehabilitation
In addition, California gives car accident victims the right to claim damages
for pain and suffering, where the aftermath of the crash has a lasting
effect on their life. These amounts are referred to as non-economic damages
and the award will depend on the circumstances. For this reason, the Woodland
Hills car accident lawyers at Frish Law Group, APLC will carefully assess
your claim and will resist efforts by insurance companies to settle quickly
for insufficient amounts.
Can I File A Car Accident Claim After Insurance Pays?
Generally, speaking once you accept an insurance settlement it will be
very difficult to file a suit against the negligent party. Most car accident
insurance settlements specifically state in the settlement that the amount
agreed upon will be the only money the insurance company pays out. This
is why it is so important to speak to an attorney about your case before
agreeing to anything. If, however, you signed an agreement with an insurance
company you may have options. Speak to an attorney at our firm about the
specifics of your case to learn how we can help you.
Time is of the Essence in Car Accident Claims
In California, you must file a claim for
personal injury within 2 years from the date of the accident. This includes claims for
liability stemming from a car accident and is one reason to
contact an attorney as soon as possible. Often, the case for liability will depend
upon the police investigation and report, memories of witnesses, and other
physical evidence. If too much time passes, it becomes more difficult
to establish fault, and your claim may be harder to prove. Even if you
are still recovering from your injuries, it is never too early to speak
with a law firm that understands how liability is established in car accidents.
Frish Law Group, APLC understands how to present a case for liability in
a car accident, and we can use our years of experience to help you pursue
the best result possible. We can negotiate a settlement with insurers
on your behalf, and if you are not satisfied, we can litigate the case in court.
If you have been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of another
driver, you deserve compensation. Our priority is to give you the finest
legal representation available. We can work to have your medical costs,
lost wages, and damages for pain and suffering fully recovered.
Giving You Solutions, Not Just Options
When you have been injured or are involved in a legal matter, it can seem like everything is spinning out of control. Our team helps you find the solutions you need to obtain the results you deserve.