The bustling streets of Glendale are the scene of daily traffic accidents. California traffic law can be daunting and leave you overwhelmed. Escalating bills will soon follow, as will increased insurance premiums. Who is going to pay for damage to your car and for the costly medical bills due to bodily injury? How soon can you go back to work?
You will have a lot of questions and will need a lot of professional guidance to understand your rights.
YOU may be certain that the accident was not your fault, but what should you do if the other party starts blaming you? When you have been involved in an auto accident and you have exchanged information, what is your next step?
Filling out the pile of insurance claim forms and settlement papers can be a daunting on your own. Auto accident victims often feel alone and scared. You may be tempted to settle for a quick amount just to get the whole incident behind you, but this may not be in your best interest in the long run. Fortunately, calling an attorney is simple and painless!
You need someone on your side who knows the intricacies of the law and can fight for your rights. An experienced attorney can answer your questions, investigate the accident and file your paperwork to ensure that your case is properly prepared and filed within the time limit required by the court. Your initial consultation will allow your lawyer to review your case and determine whether or not you are entitled to compensation for damages.
Without an attorney, personal injury lawsuits can be an overwhelming and time-consuming task that leaves you confused and frustrated, especially when the other party or insurance company is armed with a team of attorneys on their side.
Without a thorough knowledge of the complexities of traffic law and statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit, your case could be over before you even enter a courtroom. Your attorney knows the timeline required as well as how to fill out and file the heavy stack of paperwork a lawsuit includes. Too many victims of car accidents are unable to collect the damages they deserve because the paperwork was filed too late or documents were improperly filled out or missing altogether.
A clause within California traffic law includes a provision for Shared Fault claims. The courts can rule that both parties are also partially to blame for the accident. An attorney can explain this clause and the possible implications that may affect your case and the amount of compensation you receive.
Example of Shared Fault Claim:
Let’s assume that the defendant who hit your car ran a stop sign. Let’s also assume that you were driving 10 miles over the posted speed limit. The attorney for the other party might argue that you take on a percentage of the blame. If the court finds you to be 10% at fault for the accident, your lawsuit for $30,000 in damages to your car and person may be reduced to $27,000 once your fault is subtracted.
There are often exceptions to the rules that you might qualify for but not even know about. An experienced attorney can find these exceptions to ensure that you receive the compensation you are entitled to.
For instance, California law places limits on financial gains for certain types of damage. An uninsured driver may not be eligible to collect the full compensation that those who have insurance may be entitled to. Damages such as pain and suffering, that does not have a determinable monetary amount to award, may not be awarded to an uninsured driver under California law.
In the end, your personal injury lawyer is your greatest advocate in court. At the Glendale Law Offices of Brent A. Duque, we maintain a staff of a highly professional, knowledgeable, aggressive and successful car accident attorneys who represent injured people through our offices that stretch across Southern California. Time limitations apply to any injury claim you might have, so for purposes of investigating a possible case and possibly preserving evidence, it’s best for you to contact us immediately after an accident.
Contact our Los Angeles County Personal Injury Attorneys at 1-877-241-9554 to learn more about your legal options. A free consultation is just a phone call away. You can even use our online contact form, and we’ll reply to you quickly.
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