It is important to note that the statute of limitations for personal injury cases in California is two years. In other words, you have to file a lawsuit within two years of the date of the accident. Although this may seem like you have a long period of time to decide whether to file a case, you should consult with an attorney about a potential lawsuit soon after the accident.
An experienced California personal injury attorney can help you with the legal and insurance side of things so that you hopefully won’t have to worry about mounting expenses, and instead can focus on your recovery.
After learning about your case, we will advise you of any rights and responsibilities you may have, and of any options that are available to you. Once you decide how you’d like to proceed with your case, our team of attorneys and experts will work hard to make sure your rights are protected, and will fight diligently to make sure you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled for any injuries you may have sustained. Contact our California office today at (310) 929-4200, or fill out the form on our website and learn what we can do for you.
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Every year, accidents involving motor vehicles are among the leading causes of death and injury. In 2013, California had nearly 160,000 traffic accidents that resulted in either death or injury. Of this total number, nearly 3,000 of the accidents were fatal, and approximately 157,000 accidents resulted in injury. This means that on average, an accident that caused death or injury occurred in California every seventeen seconds. It also means that every two hours and five minutes, someone was killed, and every two minutes and twenty-one seconds, someone was injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident. While speed was indicated in about thirty percent of accidents that caused death or injury, other factors included driver distraction or inexperience, equipment failure or malfunction, and alcohol. In 2013, California had only one day without a traffic fatality.
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident in California, it is important that you contact an experienced California personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your accident. Serious car accidents can result in injuries that require extensive and expensive medical treatment. Moreover, property damage and other related expenses can also be significant in the aftermath of a serious accident. Our attorneys are here to help protect your rights and help you obtain the compensation you need and deserve.
If you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle accident, you know that it can be disorienting and nerve racking. However, it is important to try to remain calm after an accident. If you are able to, it is also important to make sure that you and any others involved in the accident are okay, and if anyone needs medical attention, you or someone else should call 911 right away.
If no one needs immediate medical care, and you have moved to a safe place away from the roadway, be sure to collect information from anyone involved in the accident, and any possible witnesses that are available. Even if the police show up on the scene, you cannot always count on them to obtain all of the information that you might need. The information you should collect includes names, phone numbers, insurance information, and driver’s license and license plate numbers. Also, if you can, taking photographs of the scene and any damage to your vehicle and the other vehicle(s) involved, and even of any injuries can also be helpful when building your case down the road. You may also want to immediately or soon after the accident, jot down any notes about the accident that you remember. It is always easier to remember the details of the accident right after it occurred, rather than weeks or months later.
It is important to note that the statute of limitations for personal injury cases in California is two years. In other words, you have to file a lawsuit within two years of the date of the accident. Although this may seem like you have a long period of time to decide whether to file a case, you should consult with an attorney about a potential lawsuit soon after the accident. Not only will the details of the accident be clearer, but in complex and difficult cases, it may take a while even to determine who to sue.