Liability for car accidents will depend on the underlying cause of the crash. In California, more than one person can be held financially responsible for your injuries. When you hire the Law Offices of John Rapillo to represent you, our attorneys will thoroughly investigate your accident and pinpoint all potentially liable defendants.
In California, you can recover compensation for an injury even if you are partially at fault. The state follows the rule of pure comparative negligence, which simply means that the amount of compensation you can get will be reduced by your own degree of fault. As long as someone else also contributed to your injury-causing accident, you can recover monetary damages.
While any negligent behavior can contribute to a car accident, some causes are reported more frequently than others. The leading causes of car accidents in Orange County include:
Other causes of vehicular accidents include distracted driving, dangerous road conditions, weather conditions and defective vehicles.
While all drivers in California are required to carry minimally acceptable amounts of car insurance, some do not. This does not mean that you will not be able to recover compensation after an accident with an underinsured or uninsured motorist. There are two primary ways to recover compensation after an accident with an uninsured driver: collecting uninsured motorist insurance benefits and filing a personal injury lawsuit:
Car accident victims in Orange County will generally be able to recover both economic and noneconomic damages. The specific type and amount that you can receive will depend on the severity of your injuries. Economic damages, which are commonly known as compensatory damages, are paid to victims to make up for out-of-pocket financial costs related to an accident and injury. These damages help to put a victim back in the financial position they would have been in if the accident had never happened. Examples include:
Noneconomic damages are paid to help victims with injuries that may not have direct financial implications. These injuries tend to be very personal and are difficult to value monetarily. Examples include:
The statute of limitations for bodily injury cases in California is two years. This means that you must file a personal injury claim for damages within two years of your car accident if you want to recover monetary damages. If you do not file your claim before the statute of limitations expires, you will be prevented from getting the money you deserve. There are limited situations when the statute of limitations can be extended. If any of the extenuating circumstances apply, you may be able to file a claim after the two-year period:
We know how to fight to recover damages if you’ve been harmed due to a careless driver. Contact Law Offices of John Rapillo by calling us at 949-675-5060 or send in this quick email contact form.
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