A car accident can be a major disruption in anyone’s life. Injuries can range from temporary impairments to permanent disabilities. You could be dealing with a change in income if you have to miss work because of your injuries. On top of this, you may have serious financial decisions to make regarding insurance claims or a lawsuit.
Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices understands the challenges that car accident victims face. That is why we are dedicated to guiding our clients through the legal process with as much support as possible.
You do not need to coordinate a car accident case alone. Call Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices today at (888) 522-6291 to get started on your case. We offer free case reviews to car accident victims in and around Bellflower and throughout Los Angeles County.
The Damages You May Receive
Damages in a car accident case can include:
- Medical expenses: This may include hospital bills, medication, therapy, or even reimbursement for transportation to doctor’s appointments.
- Property damage: This could include your vehicle as well as any other property damaged in the accident.
- Lost income: You may be able to claim the income you lost because you had to recover from your injuries or the income you will lose in the future if you have to change jobs because of a disability caused by the accident.
- Pain and suffering: You endured physical and mental anguish in the accident and as a result of your injuries.
This is not an exhaustive list of the types of damages that may be valid to claim in a car accident case. Our Bellflower car accident attorneys will examine all your losses and collect evidence of their value to use in your insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.
Fault and Liability in a Car Accident Case
Figuring out who was at fault in a car accident can be either straightforward or complex. The responsible party may admit fault, or they may deny it. A multivehicle accident where more than one party was at fault could compound these factors.
Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices is prepared to deal with all of these scenarios. Here is how we typically go about building a car accident case:
First, we investigate the accident to determine who was involved and how it happened. If you cannot remember all the details of your accident or are unsure about the order of events, do not worry—we will figure it out.
To assign liability, we look for whose negligent act caused the accident. In a car accident case, negligence frequently takes the form of a traffic law violation, such as speeding or changing lanes illegally.Sometimes, negligence involves a non-driver party, such as a defective car or a damaged road.
We will figure out who may be legally liable for your damages.
In order to prove the at-fault party’s liability to their insurance company or a judge, we will need to collect evidence that shows how their negligence caused the accident. This evidence could include the police report, witness statements, or video footage of the accident.
Make sure to keep any evidence you have from the accident, including medical reports and bills, and share them with your legal team.
California’s Comparative Negligence System
A key element of fault and liability in a car accident case is California’s comparative negligence system. This law means that in a personal injury case, each party can have a share of the liability.
Comparative negligence means that drivers who may have had a role in causing their accident should not dismiss their chances of recovering compensation. It also means that you should be prepared to defend your own actions in the accident in the event that the primarily responsible party tries to reduce their liability by claiming you caused the accident.
A Bellflower car accident lawyer from Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices can help defend you against allegations of fault. Call our car accident team today at (888) 522-6291 for a free case review.
Reach Out to Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices Today
It is important to get started early on your car accident case. According to the California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) §335.1, there is a general two-year time limit for filing a personal injury lawsuit in California, starting from the day of the accident.
When you put your case in the hands of a Bellflower car accident lawyer from Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices, we will build your insurance claim or lawsuit while you concentrate on your recovery. If the responsible party’s insurance company is unwilling to compensate you fairly, we will take your case to trial.
Call Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices today at (888) 522-6291. A member of our staff will be happy to answer your questions and discuss your options during your free case review. Because we operate on a contingency-fee-basis, our clients do not owe us attorney’s fees unless we win their case.