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Statute of Limitations refers to the law the limits the amount of time within which a victim involved in a car accident may bring about legal proceedings. In the state of California, an individual has TWO YEARS in which to file a lawsuit for their damages resulting in a car accident.
Although failure to file a claim within the statutory period could result in barring your claim, there are certain exceptions. Although the statutory period begins to run on the date of the accident, exceptions will be made in situations where the injured party was mentally incompetent or incapable of filing a claim.
Furthermore, the statutory period is extended for minors under the age of 18. The minor has until their eighteenth birthday, plus the statutory period of 2 years to file the suit Lastly, the statutory period may be extended where an injury is unknown, but is later discovered
Driving a large truck, semi-truck or other commercial motor vehicle requires a specialized knowledge beyond a normal vehicle. It is no surprise than that California and Federal Laws require truck drivers to carry special licensing. This special license is referred to as a CDL, or a Commercial Drivers License. A commercial vehicle is defined as vehicles that:
**Note: Drivers carrying Hazardous Material require a HazMat endorsement in addition to a CDL
The attorney’s at Downtown LA Law understand all the specific truck driver laws, including nuances that separate truck accident and car accidents, and use them to better equip ourselves in your defense. For example, oftentimes, truck drivers illegally drive vehicles without have the proper licensing, which can be used against their employer for negligent hiring. Call one of our Truck Accident Lawyers Today.
The Department of Motor Vehicles requires special insurance guidelines for truck drivers. Proof of insurance must be exhibited prior to even taking a CDL exam. All truck drivers must adhere to the following minimum regulations:
WHO’S AT FAULT
In California, only the negligent party is responsible for the injuries incurred during a truck accident. A person acts negligently when that individual fails to act in a manner expected of a reasonably prudent person acting under similar circumstances. According to California Tort Law,, negligence requires the demonstration of:
Unlike most accidents, Truck accidents require a special experience since several other variables are involved, such as an employer, or the drivers skill. At Downtown LA Law, our Truck Accident attorneys will investigate all issues to establish fault, including:
At Downtown LA Law, our Truck Accident Attorneys use every means possible to establish fault including police reports, eyewitness testimony, expert witnesses, photos, role playing and computer technology.
California Follows Pure Comparative Negligence
In many car accidents, fault is not black and white. In other words, there are several situations where more than one party is at fault. The question then arises as to what should be done. In the past, even if a party is 1% at fault, they would be barred from any recovery, even though they barely contributed to the accident. California now adopts a pure comparative negligence model.
Under this theory, the injured party in a car accident will still recover damages in an accident, even if that party carries partial blame. Once the portion of fault is determined, that party is entitled to recover in proportion to the other party’s fault.
At Downtown LA Law, our car accident law firm does not recover unless there is a recovery for our clients. We work on a contingency basis, and make sure to maximize your recover.