There are many questions that may run through your mind after being involved in an accident. Car accidents can be frightening, intimidating and stressful experiences. In your time of need, you deserve someone you can turn to for dependable legal advice as you seek to recover compensation for the damages. The San Fernando Valley personal injury lawyers at our firm want to help you achieve that and move on from this unfortunate event provided with the financial means of making a full recovery. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about car accidents in San Fernando Valley.
How long do I have to sue after an accident?
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in California is two years from the date of the incident. This time limit includes car accidents, meaning that you have two years from the date of your accident to file a claim or lawsuit against the other driver in order to recover damages.
What about hit and run accidents?
California has strict laws punishing hit and run accidents in order to encourage responsibility and accountability. If you were injured in a hit and run car accident, you should file a report with the police and contact a personal injury attorney. In many cases, the driver may be identified by eye witnesses or traffic recordings so that you can claim what you deserve from the person who caused your injuries.
How do I know how much my car accident claim is worth?
Each car accident is different meaning that the value of the damages is different as well. While there is no way of predicting exactly how much you are entitled to claim, you can estimate a figure based off of the expenses you have incurred thus far. These expenses can include any medical bills associated with the car accident, car repair costs or the fair market value of your car prior to being totaled and how long you will be forced to stay away from working because of the accident. This will give a rough estimate of how much you can claim for the general damages. You can also claim special damages for emotional or otherwise unquantifiable losses from the accident, which will be added to your award. A San Fernando Valley personal injury lawyer from our firm can help you estimate how much your car accident claim may be worth.
Should I hire an attorney?
The consensus on having legal advice when filing a car accident claim is clear: yes. This is not only because we are car accident attorneys but because it is almost universally agreed that having a lawyer to guide you through the process increases your chances of obtaining a maximum recovery.
Do I need to file an accident report with the police?
If the accident involved extensive damages, it is a good idea to have law enforcement involved. Police officers will compile a report of the incident including injuries, damage and eye witness testimonies. All of this information will be extremely beneficial to your car accident claim.
What if the other driver does not have insurance?
There are a couple ways for you to be compensated even if the other driver does not have insurance or is underinsured. The first is to file with your insurance company. If you coverage includes collision coverage, you can recover the damages to your vehicle from your insurance. Some insurance policies also include uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage as well, which is intended to offer you protection if you should ever be in an accident with an uninsured driver. Despite the fact that it is the law to have car insurance, many people do not. This means that it is wise to plan for the worst in certain situations.
If my airbags did not deploy, can I sue the car manufacturer for product
Maybe. There are several factors that determine whether the airbags deployed because of a defect. The factors include the type of impact, the extent of impact and the location of impact. The best way to know whether the airbags should have deployed is by consulting with an attorney about your situation.
At The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus, we understand that each car accident is as unique as the driver involved and that you have questions concerning your specific situation and how you can recover the damages you need to recover and move on. We encourage you to contact a San Fernando Valley personal injury attorney from our firm and learn more about how we can help you with your car accident claim.