Is My Car Accident Considered Personal Injury?
It can be, provided you answer yes to the three following questions:
Did the accident occur because of negligence from the other driver?
Did they cause harm?
Did the accident incur costs (hospital bills, lost wages, etc.)
Is There a Time Limit for Suing After a Car Accident in California?
In the state of California, you may be able to bring the claim to court up to two years after the accident occured. However, since even a clear cut case may take up to several months, it is recommended to act as soon as possible.
What Other Factors Can Influence the Claim?
The most challenging part of claiming personal injury for a car accident is to determine liability. This is done by analyzing a number of factors, such as:
- The road conditions at the time of the accident
- Weather conditions
- Police reports
- The mental state of the drivers (were they distracted, inebriated…)
- The chain of events that led to the accident
Why Can’t My Car Insurer Cover The Costs?
Your car insurance will cover some of the costs. Moreover, their report will be an important piece of the puzzle if you wish to take the claim to court. However, bear in mind that
- Your insurer will do everything possible to pay as little back as possible
- They will not pay for a lawyer to help with your personal injury case
How Much Will it Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer in California?
Most attorneys will charge what is called a contingency fee. It is commonly set at 33% of the settlement money. Note that it is common not to be charged unless there is recovery.
This is the famous No Fee, No Recovery model. Note that this does not cover case expenses, so make sure the fee structure is clear before you select your California personal injury lawyer for a car accident.