Due to the high volume of traffic on southern California highways, motor vehicle accidents are a common sight on the roads of the area. These accidents can involve anything from minor property damage without injuries to complete destruction of an automobile with multiple fatal injuries.
As a law firm that represents motor vehicle accident victims, we understand that the period following even a minor accident can be very stressful. If there was major damage that caused you to lose your only means of transportation, or caused an injury that limited your ability to work at your regular job, it may seem that your world is falling apart.
When everything seems to be coming apart after an accident, you should contact the car accident lawyers at Farar & Lewis LLP in Los Angeles. We have handled hundreds of car and motorcycle accident injury cases and know how to help you get a fair settlement of your accident claim.
Recovering damages after a motor vehicle accident
After a motor vehicle accident the damage to your car, any injuries that your received, and your economic losses due to not being able to work can be thought of as your claim for damages. You will usually submit your damages claim to the other party’s insurance carrier. If your claim is denied by the insurance carrier, in part or in its totality, you have the right to bring a lawsuit against the person responsible for your losses.
Types of damages you can recover
In general, you can sue to recover damages that are related to 1) property damages, such as those to your car, 2) current and anticipated medical bills and related expenses, and 3) “non-economic” damages such as pain and suffering or psychological trauma. Not all injury lawsuits will claim each of these types of damages but, as a rule, these are typical of those claimed in most lawsuits.
Since there is so many potential types of damages, specific damages should be discussed with the auto accident lawyer who is managing your personal injury lawsuit. Your lawyer may even help you to identify some types of damages that you did not know that you were able to claim!
Time limits for filing a lawsuit
California law sets a time limit of two years from the date of an accident for filing a personal injury lawsuit. After that time limit has run out, you cannot recover damages through a court. If, however, you were injured by a vehicle that was being operated by a city, county, or state agency the rules are very different and very complicated.
Such accidents must be handled in accordance with the procedures set forth in the California Tort Claims Act. Under this section of the law, a claim must be filed within six months of the date the accident occurred and must follow a strict administrative procedure. Due to the complexity of claims filed under the Tort Claims Act, it is strongly recommended that you contact a Los Angeles personal injury attorney if you were injured in an accident involving a government vehicle.
After filing a claim under the procedures given in the Tort Claims Act, you or your lawyer will receive a letter informing you of the decision regarding your claim. Should you disagree with the decision, you then have the right to file a lawsuit. It is important to remember that the two-year time limit for personal injury lawsuits begins on the date of your accident and not on the date that you receive notice of the decision regarding your claim.
If you are involved in an automobile or motorcycle accident
If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident you first responsibility is to find out if anyone, including yourself, is in need of medical attention. If necessary, inform the police or other law enforcement officers of any injuries that might require care at a hospital. If the police need to interview anyone that was injured, they will do so after the victims are transported to a medical facility.
You should cooperate with the investigating officers, but answer any questions with specific answers and do not speculate or offer any information that is not requested by the police. If the police are handling the investigation, any requests for information by the other parties involved in the accident should be referred to the police or your auto insurance company’s claims department.
Finally, you should contact the Los Angeles car accident lawyers at Farar & Lewis by calling (888) 491-6375 or through or web site at your earliest convenience.
The car accident lawyers at Farar & Lewis have represented several clients in the Palm Springs area and are familiar with the policies of both the courts and law enforcement agencies of Riverside County and the City of Palm Springs. We will use our familiarity with the Riverside / Palm Springs area, and our years of experience, to help you win the compensation that you deserve after an accident!