Car accidents in Long Beach and all over California have led to serious injuries and devastating losses of life. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), in 2017, there were 277,160 people who got injured, and 3,904 people got fatally injured in car accidents.
If you or a family member was injured or if a family member was fatally injured in a car accident, a Long Beach car accident lawyer might be able to help you pursue financial recovery. If another driver caused the accident out of negligence or intentional wrongdoing, they might be held responsible for the cost of treating your injuries and your injury-related expenses.
Our team wants to help you pursue compensation, whether by an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. Contact the personal injury team at Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices for a free consultation by calling (888) 522-6291 today.
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Our Personal Injury Team Can Help You File a Lawsuit About Your Case Accident
Like all personal injury lawsuits, your Long Beach car accident claim has a time limit. Known as the statute of limitations, California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) §335.1 generally gives people two years from the date of the collision to file their lawsuits. Failing to file your lawsuit on time may prevent you from receiving the compensation you might be entitled to receive due to negligence.
If you choose to have our team represent you in your pursuit of financial compensation, we can make efforts to prepare your case in time so that it complies with the statute of limitations. We also keep track of other laws in California that may be relevant to your case. Some of those laws include:
- Filing a wrongful death lawsuit: The wrongful death statute of limitations is also two years, according to CCP §335.1. If a family member lost their life in the accident, you must file your lawsuit within this timeframe.
- Minor involvement: The statute of limitations might ‘toll’ or change if a minor was involved in the accident. Your lawyer may explain how a minor, or other specific circumstances, might alter the timeline of your compensation claim.
- SR-1: In California, you are required to use this form to file a crash report if anyone involved in the accident is injured, fatally injured, or property damage is valued at more than $1,000.
Information is an important tool for fighting legal battles, and our team intends to collect as much information about your case as possible. Make sure your lawyer is aware of any circumstances around your accident that might alter or affect your case.
Our Team May Be Able to Uncover the Cause of Your Long Beach Car Accident
Knowing the cause of the accident can help determine how negligence came into play, so your lawyer may investigate your accident to better understand the events that took place.
According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), common causes of car accidents include:
- Driving while distracted
- Driving in the wrong direction
- Making improper turns
- Failing to yield
- Disregarding traffic signs
- Using a cellphone while driving
If one or more of these factors played a role in your car accident, your lawyer might be able to prove you are entitled to financial compensation for getting injured by the at-fault driver. You can find out how a car accident attorney may work on your car accident case by calling Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices at (888) 522-6291 today.
Our Team Can Assess the Financial Value of Your Injuries
After determining the cause of your car accident and whether the at-fault driver was negligent, your lawyer may assess your collective damages. You might be entitled to recover the following economic and non-economic damages:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future lost income
- Property repair or replacement costs
- Physical pain and suffering
- Physical impairment and disfigurement
- Mental and emotional trauma
We want to calculate your damages as accurately as possible so that your compensation claim does not get undervalued or underpaid. Keep track of all paperwork and documentation related to your injuries and give them to our legal team so that they can review and assess the financial impact of your injuries.
Share Your Crash Report with Our Team Right Away
After a car accident in Long Beach, you must call the police to the scene immediately and exchange your driver’s license, registration card, and insurance information with the police and the at-fault driver. Avoid making statements about the accident or placing fault or blame before speaking to a lawyer.
Instead, concentrate on providing the information the investigating officer needs to complete the crash report because it will include details about your accident that may be useful for your lawyer. The crash report may contain the names and contact information of the at-fault driver and their insurance company. It may also contain:
- Names and contact information of all parties involved
- Points of impact and damage
- Occupant positions and injuries
- Possible driver distractions
- Road, weather, and lighting conditions
- Contact information of witnesses of the accident
- Accident diagrams
Do not underestimate the value and significance of your crash report. It may hold objective data and information that might help your lawyer and the at-fault driver’s representative understand what happened at the accident scene and where the financial liability might fall. As soon as it is ready, request a copy for your personal records and one for your lawyer.
A Long Beach Car Accident Lawyer Can Serve as Your Advocate
If you or a family member was injured in a car accident, our team wants to serve as your advocate. We work hard to pursue financial recovery on your behalf so that you can concentrate on getting better. You do not have to fight alone when our client care team is on your side. Call Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices at (888) 522-6291 today for a free case evaluation.