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Frequently Asked Questions on Car Accidents

Guidance from Our Northern California Attorney

If you were injured in a car accident, you know how overwhelming this situation can be and you likely have several questions regarding what steps to take next. At the Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley, we are here to help you navigate this process from start to finish. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions, which might help in providing clarity for you during this difficult time.

How much time do I have to file a personal injury claim?

Every state has its own statute of limitations, or a timeframe that provides a limited window during which an individual can file a personal injury claim. In California, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years, beginning on the date of the accident. If the statute of limitations expires on your case, you can no longer bring the claim to court.

If I am partially at fault for the accident, can I still pursue a claim?

Even in cases where the other driver was not completely at fault, it is possible for you to still be able to pursue a claim. However, the total compensation you receive might be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to you. Every case is different, so make sure you seek the legal advice of an experienced attorney to determine how much you might be able to recover.

I was a passenger in a car. Can I pursue a claim for my injuries?

You do not need to be a driver to pursue a personal injury claim. In fact, it is possible that, depending on the accident and the insurance of both drivers, you might be able to recover damages from each of them. If their insurance companies are unwilling to settle for a fair amount, you might need to take them both to court to obtain fair compensation.

How much will my case be worth?

No two cases are alike, so compensation will depend on the specific factors of a situation, such as the amount of damages involved, how severe your injuries are, and if the other driver was intoxicated or distracted. Damages will be determined by the losses incurred as a result of the injury, such as medical bills or lost wages, and how much an insurance company or jury believes you are entitled to. Unfortunately, insurance companies are notoriously unfair when it comes to settlement offers, which is why having a strong legal advocate on your case is vital.

Do I need an attorney to pursue compensation?

Technically, you do not have to retain legal representation to obtain compensation. The problem is that insurance companies are focused on paying victims as little as possible and will do everything within their power to weaken your claim. Given how complicated this process can be, it is easy to make costly mistakes and end up with a settlement offer that does not begin to cover the costs associated with the accident and resulting injuries. Having an attorney will ensure you are not being taken advantage of. He or she will also be able to skillfully negotiate with an insurance company or, if necessary, take them to court to get the maximum compensation for your injuries.

What kind of damages can I recover?

Every case is different, but generally certain claims include certain damages such as lost wages, medical bills, medication expenses, loss of enjoyment, pain and suffering, and many others. You might also be able to recover punitive damages, which are awarded when an at-fault driver engages in blatantly dangerous behavior that causes the accident. Drunk driving would be an example of this.

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