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Frequently Asked Questions About California Car Accidents

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Nield Law Group, APC has decades of experience representing victims of car accidents caused by reckless or negligent drivers. If you have been involved in such an accident, it is important to contact an attorney for assistance in filing a personal injury case.

To help you understand the possible legal aspects of your case, here are some of the most frequently asked questions (and answers) about car accidents in California:

General Questions

  1. What If I Caused the Car Accident?
  2. How Is Fault Determined in a California Car Accident?
  3. What Is a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
  4. Can a Passenger File a Lawsuit?
  5. How Long Before the Statute of Limitations Runs Out?
  6. How Much Money Can I Expect to Obtain?
  7. When Should I Accept Money from an Insurance Company?
  8. What Should I Do Immediately Following an Accident?

Attorney-Related Questions

  1. Why Should I Hire a San Diego Car Accident Lawyer?
  2. How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Car Accident Attorney?
  3. What Can I Expect If I Contact Nield Law Group, APC for a Case Evaluation?

 

General Questions

What If I Caused the Car Accident?

California follows a pure comparative negligence standard. This means that, as a plaintiff, you can recover a portion of damages, even if you were partially responsible. Your award is simply reduced by the determined level of your own fault. For example, if you are found twenty percent responsible for the accident, an award of five thousand dollars would be reduced to four thousand dollars.
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How Is Fault Determined in a California Car Accident?

Fault is often not determined until eyewitnesses, the plaintiff, and the defendant speak in court. Sometimes, an accident reconstructionist will be made available to help the judge and/or jury determine the percentage of fault that should be attributed to each party. Experiences from all involved parties are taken into account before fault is officially determined to avoid bias and guarantee an accurate result.
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What Is a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

A personal injury lawsuit aims to hold a negligent or reckless party responsible for the damages they have caused another party to incur. Compensation may cover medical expenses, wage loss, and emotional or psychological pain. In extreme situations, you may be compensated for future income loss, future medical bills, or permanent disfigurement.
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Can a Passenger File a Lawsuit?

If the driver of the vehicle in which you were riding was negligent, you can absolutely file a personal injury lawsuit against them. The same is true for negligent drivers in other vehicles. Your rights are not limited simply because you were not behind the wheel.
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How Long Before the Statute of Limitations Runs Out?

In the state of California, victims are typically given two years from the date of their injury to file a personal injury lawsuit. Waiting beyond this date may void the possibility of being awarded compensation. Not sure when the statute of limitation applies in your case? An attorney can help ensure you meet your deadline.
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How Much Money Can I Expect to Win?

Settlements and/or awards provided in car accident lawsuits can vary from hundreds of dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars. It all depends on the details of your case and how much fault is assigned to the defendant. The actual timeline of obtaining your settlement or award can also vary.
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When Should I Accept Money from an Insurance Company?

You should never accept money from an insurance company before you have fully determined the extent of your injuries. Signing a release could relinquish your right to file a lawsuit or request additional funds. It might be tempting to accept money without question, especially when you feel financially vulnerable, but you have time. An experienced attorney can help you determine when you should accept money from an insurance company — and help ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
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What Should I Do Immediately Following an Accident?

First and foremost, you should seek medical attention for any serious injuries. If possible, you should gather the names, addresses, and contact information for any witnesses and drivers involved in the accident. If you cannot obtain this information on-scene, you should be able to collect it from a police report. Remember to always seek a professional medical opinion following an automobile accident, even if you are not exhibiting symptoms or experiencing pain. Keep copies of all medical bills, as well as a journal of your recovery and other related documentation.
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Attorney-Related Questions

Why Should I Hire a San Diego Car Accident Lawyer?

The legal system is nearly impossible to navigate without experienced assistance. An attorney can help you collect pertinent documentation, secure eyewitness accounts, and file paperwork according to deadlines — in addition to answering any questions you may have.
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How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Car Accident Attorney?

The cost of an attorney depends entirely on your location, the details of your case, and the firm you choose to represent you. However, personal injury lawyers can take cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning they front the costs of your case and only obtain fees if they recover a successful verdict or settlement. If you are interested in discussing your potential case with Nield Law Group, APC, then contact our team for more information.
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What Can I Expect If I Contact Nield Law Group, APC for a Case Evaluation?

At Nield Law Group, APC, we focus on representing individuals and families who have suffered serious harm due to the negligence of other parties. Nield Law Group, APC has over 50 years of combined experience helping catastrophically injured clients receive the compensation they deserve.
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Have you or a loved one been injured in a car accident caused by a negligent or reckless party? Contact an experienced San Diego car accident lawyer at Nield Law Group, APC for assistance and representation. To schedule a free consultation with us, call (866) 335-1860 or use the contact form on our website.