Common and Devastating Injuries in Auto Accidents in Southern California
As Californians, driving can sometimes feel like second-nature, and we tend to forget how dangerous driving can be. When the unimaginable happens, it is important to understand what can be expected after a car accident.
After a car accident, understanding potential consequences can help us ensure our rights are protected. Generally, financial hardship is one of the most long-lasting and difficult challenges to face. In the State of California, a car accident victim may be eligible for compensation from the party whose negligence caused the accident. Unfortunately, victims soon learn that recovering fair compensation from the negligent party is an uphill battle. With the support of an experienced auto accident attorney, however, securing maximum compensation may be possible.
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Devastating Injuries Typically Caused in a Car Accident
Southern California is known around the world for its congested traffic and those who live in the state are well-aware that California offers a fast-paced lifestyle. For this reason, car accidents that happen in the state are often serious and they can inflict life-changing catastrophic injuries. Depending on the severity of the accident, some of the most common injuries caused in a car accident involve the following: Spinal cord injuries, Bone fractures, Broken or shattered bones, Traumatic brain injuries, Road rash or burns, Soft-tissue injuries, Scarring or disfigurement, Neck injuries, and Internal organ damage.
Non Physical Injuries
A serious car accident can have far-reaching effects and an injured person can face challenges outside the realm of physical pain. Following a car accident, victims can experience emotional devastation that could negatively impact many areas of their lives. Unfortunately, psychological suffering can also further deplete a person’s financial well-being.
Auto accident victims can be severely affected by the following non physical injuries: Distress, Grief, Anguish, PTSD, Depression, and Anxiety.
Auto Accident Laws You Should Be Aware Of
The State of California has complex laws when it comes to car accidents. As a victim, it is important to understand these laws to ensure a full compensation is obtained.
Statute of Limitations
Being aware of California’s statute of limitations is critical for securing any compensation after an accident. In essence, the statute of limitations is a deadline the state has established for filing a car accident claim. In the State of California, every auto accident victim who seeks to file an injury claim has two (2) years from the date of the car accident to bring the case forward. For the most part, California courts will not provide any exceptions. Once the deadline has expired, the injured person will be unable to seek compensatory damages for the losses resulting from the particular accident.
California’s Liability Laws
When it has been determined that an injured person has partially caused the accident for which he or she was injured, the State of California will not bar that person from recovering damages from other at-fault parties. Based on the state’s pure comparative negligence rule, the injured person will instead see the damages award reduced by the percentage he or she was found to be at fault.
While other states will bar victims from obtaining compensation when they have been found to be more than 50% at fault for the accident, the State of California will allow injured victims to obtain compensation even if the injured person has been found to be 99% responsible. In this case, the person will only be able to recover the remaining 1% of damages for his or her injuries.
Unfortunately, California’s comparative negligence law provides a greater incentive for at-fault parties to fight aggressively and attempt to shift as much blame as possible to the victim. Their efforts are solely based on avoiding paying as little compensation to the victim as possible.
Fault-Based Auto Insurance
California is a state that follows fault-based auto insurance laws. Every person who drives in the state has to carry sufficient insurance coverage, such as the following minimums: $15,000 per individual, $30,000 per auto accident, and $5,000 in liability coverage.
When a traffic accident happens, those injured will file a claim with the insurance provider of the at-fault party to obtain compensation. An injured party will also have the right to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party instead of going through the insurance claim.
Recover the Compensation You Need With the Right Legal Support
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When you have been injured in a car accident, you have the legal right to bring a case forward. To obtain fair compensation, you must build a strong case that establishes the negligent party’s fault. In order to ensure your case is successful, you will need legal counsel from a prominent law firm.
Consider allowing the Law Offices of Attorney Justin H. King to represent your case and help you receive the monetary compensation you truly deserve. Set up a complimentary consultation with the law firm to discuss the case and begin to build a strong case today. Call (909) 297-5001 or complete the online contact form here.