Skilled Legal Guidance After A Serious Car Accident
If you have been injured in a car accident that occurred because of another person’s negligence, you have the right to be fully compensated for any losses you suffered as a result. Even if you were partially at fault for the accident, you may still be entitled to some level of compensation for your medical care, property damage and loss of income.
Obtaining fair compensation in these cases can be quite challenging, and the assistance of a qualified personal injury lawyer can be extremely beneficial. The Sacramento car accident lawyers at The Weinberger Law Firm represent clients throughout Northern California in a broad range of complex auto accident claims.
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Investigating A Car Accident Claim
While proving fault in a car accident may appear to be a pretty straightforward task, the reality is that your claim will require a considerable amount of supporting evidence before the insurance company will pay you for your damages. It is important to remember that an insurance company does not have your best interests at heart and will scrutinize your claim to minimize their financial liability. An attorney can thoroughly investigate the cause of your accident and help you build a strong case that maximizes your chances of success.
Your accident investigation will involve collecting and analyzing the following evidence:
- Medical records
- Police reports
- Accident reconstruction
- Photographs of the scene
- Eyewitness testimony
- Damage to all vehicles
- Vehicle “black box” data
- Toxicology reports
- Video surveillance footage
California’s Comparative Negligence Laws
In California, you may pursue compensation from any other at-fault party after a car accident regardless of your degree of fault. With that being said, any compensation you recover will be reduced by your percentage of blame for the collision. This is known as “pure comparative negligence.”
For example, say you were injured in a crash in which another driver sideswiped your vehicle due to an unsafe lane change, causing you $100,000 worth of total damages. Your case proceeds all the way to trial, at which time it is revealed that you were traveling 10 miles over the speed limit at the time of the crash. Because of this, the jury finds you to be 20% at fault for the collision. As a result, you will only be able to recover $80,000 for your losses (or $100,000 less 20%).
Insurance companies are intimately familiar with these rules and will use this knowledge to limit their liability after a collision. An attorney can shield you from unfair treatment during your claim and help you recover every penny of your entitled compensation.
Statute Of Limitations For Car Accident Claims In California
Like any personal injury claim, car accident claims in California are subject to a legal deadline known as a “statute of limitations” which limits the amount of time you have to take legal action against the at-fault driver. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims following a car accident is two years from the date of the collision. Property damage claims are given a slightly longer window of three years.
Car accident claims against a government entity have a tighter deadline and must be filed within 6 months of the crash to be valid. Since these limits can potentially make or break your case, it is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible to ensure you are in compliance with all applicable deadlines.
Working To Secure The Best Available Outcome For Every Client
Our Sacramento car accident attorney has extensive experience with these matters which allows us to be much more proactive in our efforts to secure full and fair compensation for our clients. Our dedicated focus on personal injury law has given us a keen insight into the tactics that insurance company lawyers use, and we have trial-tested strategies in an effort to protect our clients’ interests.
We conduct a thorough investigation into your accident and build the strongest possible case in support of your claim for damages. We work hard to negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf. If the insurance company will not negotiate in good faith, however, we will not hesitate to take the matter to court.
Speak with one of our lawyers about your auto accident injuries during a free consultation. Call 916-583-7709 today.