Motor vehicle accidents in Los Angeles are all too common. In 2016 alone, Office of Transportation data shows a total of 91,468 victims killed and injured on Los Angeles County roadways. Of those accidents, 7,647 involved alcohol, and 18,823 were speed-related. Victims in motor vehicle accidents often experience significant injuries that alter their lives in unfathomable ways, creating permanent disabilities and impairments, and sometimes requiring months or even years of therapy and rehabilitation. From spinal column damage to traumatic brain injuries and paralysis, some of the most imaginable catastrophic injuries occur due to MVAs every day. If you are among the injured, give Compass Law Group a call to arrange a consultation with our Santa Clarita motor vehicle accident attorney.
Some common causes of motor vehicle accidents include:
The state of California has a comparative negligence/shared fault law, which allows you to recover damages even if you are partly to blame. A skilled motor vehicle accident attorney can determine who is at fault for the accident and prove this fact in court.
If you’ve been in a motor vehicle accident in California, the first thing you’ll need to do is exchange information with the other driver(s,), especially if you’re not at fault for the accident. You’ll then need to notify the California DMV within 10 days of your accident if anyone was injured or killed, or you suffered more than $1,000 in property damages.
These steps, while important to follow, are not the same as suing for damages. You may have to file a claim if the liable party or their insurance refuses to fork over the cost for your damages.
The aftermath of a motor vehicle accident can be scary. You’re likely confused, frustrated and unsure where to turn or who to go to for help. Bills continue to stack up, but you may be physically unable to work, and the insurance company in your case may be pressuring you with lowball offers.
Don’t delay in filing your motor vehicle accident claim following your accident. You have a two-year window after you are injured to seek compensation for your losses under the state of California’s statute of limitations. After that time, your case will be forever barred. Get in touch with our Santa Clarita motor vehicle accident attorney right away to get the ball rolling with a free consultation and case review.
Hiring the right personal injury attorney can often make the difference between getting the maximum settlement to account for your medical care, damages and lost wages or getting short changed or even having your case dismissed completely.
Have you been injured an accident due to the negligence of others? Contact the Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at the Compass Law Group, PC because finding direction after an accident means having a great Compass on hand.