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Personal injury claims for car accident injuries and damages are the most common personal injury claims in California and the United States. Despite the many advances in car safety features, the sheer volume of vehicles on the road and the frequency of car travel in California lead to an unfortunately high number of accidents every year.

In many cases, an individual involved in a car accident has the right to pursue compensation from the “at-fault” driver.

Often, the question of who is at fault is not that simple. The blame may fall on multiple parties, including the injured party. In this situation, California imposes a “pure comparative negligence” rule, apportioning the responsibility for compensation according to the percentage of fault of each driver.

For example, an individual who suffers $100,000 in damages from an accident but is found to be 10% at fault would only receive $90,000.

Every driver on the road in California has the duty to exercise reasonable care to prevent car accidents. Unfortunately, many drivers fail to do so for a number of reasons: Distractions (e.g. phone, radio, etc.), drowsiness, intoxication, inexperience, or simply a momentary lapse in judgment. Even a small mistake behind the wheel can lead to a devastating accident and loss. Regardless of the cause, the driver at fault can be held liable for all injuries and damage suffered as a result of the accident.

In California, every driver must have auto insurance covering liability for an accident. Most car accident cases begin with the injured party filing a “claim” with the at-fault driver’s insurance company.

If the claim has any merit, the insurance company will typically try to negotiate a settlement. However, it is important to remember that the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years.

This means a lawsuit must be filed before two years from the date of the accident. This is different from filing an insurance claim.

If settlement negotiations have stalled, or you feel the insurance company is not willing to compensate you a fair amount for your claim, it is crucial you not waste time before hiring a Los Angeles car accident lawyer.

If you have been injured in a car accident, the most important thing to do is to seek medical attention, even if your injuries do not feel particularly serious.

Some injuries may not seem obvious, but certain injuries like soft-tissue and nerve damage can take time to show symptoms and may be difficult to connect to your accident (“causation”). So, while going to the doctor immediately is primarily for your health, it will also help document your injuries and their connection to your accident.

If possible, you should take down the at-fault driver’s vehicle information, including their name, address, date of birth, and driver’s license number. You should also note the name and telephone numbers of any witnesses to the accident.

Be wary of any representatives from the at-fault driver’s insurance company who contact you after the accident. Insurance companies improve their margins by getting accident victims to agree to quick, low-ball settlements. The insurance company representative may be nice and friendly, but they are not your friend or looking to help you. Their only job is to settle your claim for as little as possible.

If you are unclear about your rights or the potential value of your claim, the best thing to do is to contact a knowledgeable car accident attorney in Los Angeles.

Compensation available to car accident victims includes reimbursement for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, any reduction of future earning capacity, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. If an individual dies due to an auto accident, their family can recover economic and non-economic damages in a wrongful death claim.

If you were involved in a car accident in California or have questions about a car accident claim, call The Law Help Center at (213) 444-3155 to speak with our experienced Los Angeles car accident attorneys today.

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