The shock and unexpectedness of a car accident can be a frightening event. While several factors might contribute to a car accident, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) data, the most common causes of car accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Wrong side of the road driving
- Making improper turns
- Right-of-way violations
- Ignoring traffic signs and signals
- Cell phone use while driving
If the car accident you were involved in was caused by one of these or any other factor, a Carson car accident lawyer might be able to help. Our team may use your crash report, witness statements, and the results of our independent investigation to prove the cause of the accident.
Contact the personal injury team at Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices by calling (888) 522-6291 today.
We May Be Able to Settle Your Lawsuit without Going to Court
Like many car accident victims, you might prefer to resolve your personal injury lawsuit without going to trial. After each side reviews the relevant evidence, we may agree to negotiate a financial settlement. If we can agree to a settlement amount, the other side will prepare a check for the agreed-upon amount.
You will then sign a waiver absolving the at-fault driver from any further financial liability. This waiver is permanent and binding, which makes it important to let our case assessment team help evaluate your lawsuit to ensure an accurate value and starting point for settlement talks. The final decision is always yours to make, not ours, but we can help you weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each offer presented to you.
Always File a Car Accident Report
No matter how seemingly minor a collision is, you should always call the police to the scene and complete a car accident report. Under certain circumstances, a car accident report is mandatory, according to California Vehicle Code (VEH) §16000. You are legally required to report a car accident if:
- More than $1,000 in property damage occurs
- Anyone in either car is injured to any degree
- Anyone in either car is fatally injured
In addition to providing our team with valuable information, a car accident report also captures essential details and prevents the embellishment of the facts of the accident. Your car accident report will also tell us:
- Contact information for all involved parties and witnesses
- Readily apparent vehicle damage and physical injuries
- Whether the at-fault driver was ticketed for any traffic violations
- Observations, notes, and diagrams from the investigating officer
Along with these key details, your car accident report may help your Carson car accident lawyer prove the date of the collision and establish the timeline for the statute of limitations. This information is critical because an expired statute of limitations could put your entire case in jeopardy.
Do Not Overlook the Importance of the Statute of Limitations
When you are injured in a car accident, California law allows you to seek compensation from the at-fault driver as long as you can prove they owed you a duty of care, breached or otherwise neglected his duty, caused your injuries, and caused your financial damages.
When you file a lawsuit for compensation, in addition to proving fault and negligence, you must also comply with the statute of limitations. Generally, the California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) §335.1 generally limits your right to file a personal injury lawsuit after a car accident to two years from the date the accident occurs.
If you lost a family member in a car accident, and you are preparing to file a wrongful death lawsuit, you generally have two years to file. In the case of a fatality, the statutory clock starts ticking on the day of your loved one’s death.
By contacting our legal team and involving us in your case right away, we might be able to ensure compliance with the allotted timeline.
Let Our Team Help You Seek Compensation
The physical or emotional strain of a car accident may require your immediate time and attention. When our team goes to work on your car accident lawsuit, you do not have to risk running out of time to get the compensation you are entitled to due to negligence. Contact the personal injury team at the Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices by calling (888) 522-6291 to learn more about the benefits of working with a Carson car accident lawyer.