Why Do Car Accidents Happen?Car accidents can usually be attributed to driver negligence. Recklessness and carelessness are common, and some drivers simply drive too dangerously for their own good. They get into accidents with other cars and cause injuries to numerous parties. There are over 6 million car accidents per year with one-third of them resulting in injuries. Common causes of car accidents include:
- Reckless driving
- Drunk driving
- Driving while tired
- Ignoring right of way laws
- Turning into oncoming traffic
- Turning into crosswalks
- Illegally turning right on red lights
- Failing to stop at red lights and stop signs
- Failing to yield to other traffic
- Improperly merging into traffic
- Vehicle malfunctions and defects
- Poor weather
- Defective roads
- Troublesome road environment
- Animals in road
- Brain damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Nerve damage
- Torn muscles
- Knee injuries to the MCL, LCL, and ACL
- Hip injuries
- Spinal cord damage and herniated or slipped discs
- Neck injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Puncture wounds
- Crushing injuries
- Lacerations and abrasions
- Severed limbs and digits
- Paraplegia and quadriplegia
Call (213) 389-3765 to schedule a free legal consultation.You may suffer permanent injuries that could prevent you from living your normal life any longer. If you find that your daily life has been altered because of the injuries sustained from a car accident, you should contact our Temecula car accident lawyers for more assistance. We will make sure that your lawsuit is filed against the proper party and that he is held responsible.
What Should I Do After A Car Accident?It is important that you gather as much evidence as you can after a car accident. However, we know that there are some situations in which you are too injured or have been transported to an emergency room and you cannot gather the necessary evidence. Regardless, you should try to collect as much as possible to bolster your claim. If necessary, someone nearby at the scene may be able to get some information for you. If you were able to stay behind, though, it is crucial that you do the following:
- Get medical attention from the paramedics to ensure that you do not have any lasting damage and to prove that you sought and received treatment, as the insurance agent will try to claim that you were hurt elsewhere if you do not get help from a paramedic
- Go to the doctor within coming days for a follow up, if necessary, as some injuries may not manifest at once because of adrenaline or because they are slow-acting
- Take photos of your injuries
- Hold on to any medical notes, doctor receipts, pay statements, and more showing that you got treated
- Take pictures of the scene of the accident, the damage to your car, the environment, and anything else that can provide a snapshot of what happened
- Interview nearby eyewitnesses and bystanders for their statements on what happened in the incident
- Request any surveillance or security footage if the accident happened in a parking structure or at a place of business
- Request a copy of the police report if law enforcement agents came to the scene and investigated the accident
- Write down necessary contact information and insurance details from the driver who hit you so you have the correct party in mind when you file your lawsuit
How Can I File A Lawsuit After A Car Accident?In order to file a lawsuit for a car accident, you must show that you were the victim of negligence. There are four points of negligence that must be met: you were owed a duty of care that was breached, and the breach of duty must have resulted in an accident that caused physical injuries. If you do not meet these requirements and establish the sequence of events, you will not be able to receive any compensation for your damages. Our lawyers will strive to show that you were not responsible for the accident at all. If you were not physically injured n the crash, you won’t be able to pursue compensation from a personal injury lawsuit. You will only be able to have the wages you lost reimbursed and the expenses for repairs to your car and other items paid off. Fortunately, these damages are usually minor compared to medical expenses and pain and suffering costs, so insurance agents are more likely to work with you. You may not even need an attorney to negotiate a fair deal from the company. To file a lawsuit, you should contact one of our car accident lawyers in Temecula.
How Long Do I Have To File A Claim?
In California, you have two years from the date of the injury to take legal action against the responsible party. This statute of limitations is meant to give both parties enough time to prepare for the case and to ensure that there is a lesser chance of evidence getting lost and corrupted.
If you were underage at the time of the incident, the statute would not begin until you turn 18 years old. You also do not have to adhere to the statute if you are mentally or physically incapable of filing a claim, and would have to follow the statute when you return to health. If the defendant leaves the state, your statute is suspended until he comes back.
These exceptions can be further explained by a skilled car accident lawyer in Temecula. If you want to ensure that your claim is filed on time and you do not miss any deadlines, call our law firm to handle your claim.
Learn more about your options for compensation by calling (213) 389-3765.
What Can I Receive From A Car Crash Lawsuit?Victims of car accidents should be paid for their damages and expenses. Our lawyers will work hard around the clock to bring you the following types of coverage:
- Medical expenses from the past and future
- Missed income from the past and future
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death expenses
- Punitive damages