Car Accident Attorneys in San Bernardino
Seek Compensation After a Crash in San Bernardino County, Apple Valley, Victorville, or Redlands
Car accidents are exceedingly common in America and with the vast majority of California’s on the road, our state is no stranger to accidents, injuries, and fatalities that occur on our freeways and streets.
These accidents are caused by a number of factors including dangerous and distracted driving, impaired drivers, mechanical failures, and other forms of negligence or wrongdoing. In these cases, victims can be left with serious or catastrophic injuries and may even lose a friend or loved one to wrongful death.
If you or someone you love was injured or killed by a negligent driver, you deserve justice and compensation. In our more than three decades of combined professional experience, our car accident lawyers in San Bernardino have been fighting for the rights of injured clients, helping them seek compensation for their losses.
As a result, we are intimately familiar with this area of law and we can effectively and efficiently guide you throughout the entire legal process. Let us help you get the financial resources you need and deserve.
Is California a No-Fault State?
California is one of the more than 30 states across the nation that is a fault state when it comes to car accident laws. This means that the driver who was responsible for causing the accident will also be responsible for paying the damages it caused.
Because auto insurance is required for on all motor vehicles in the state, this means that victims of collisions will generally face the negligent driver’s insurance company in order to cover the financial impact of their accident, including lost wages form time taken off work and medical bills for care and treatment.
Unfortunately, these insurance companies are a business, and as such will likely attempt to lowball you or deny your claim altogether in order to pay out as little possible and protect their bottom line.
Retaining the help of our San Bernardino car accident lawyers can fight these tactics to maximize your recovery and obtain the fair compensation you need and deserve.
Common Causes of Car Accidents in California
There are a number of reasons why car accidents occur and uncovering the specifics can help us build a strong claim on your behalf.
Some of the most common reasons for accidents caused by negligent driving include:
- Driving under the influence
- Distracted driving
- Driving while fatigued
- Careless or reckless driving
- Failure to use headlights or blinkers
- Talking on a phone or text messaging
- Failure to abide by the rules of the road, such as stop signs or traffic lights
How Long Do You Have to File a Car Accident Claim in California?
In California, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim, including those related to car accidents, is generally two years from the date of the injury. This means that a person injured in a car accident has two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for their injuries and related damages.
It's crucial to be aware of and adhere to the statute of limitations, as failure to file a lawsuit within the specified time frame may result in the loss of the right to seek compensation for the injuries you sustained in your car accident.
However, there are some important considerations and exceptions that may affect the deadline:
- Minors: If the injured party is a minor (under 18 years old) at the time of the car accident, the statute of limitations may be tolled (extended) until the minor reaches the age of 18. Once the minor turns 18, they typically have two years to file a personal injury claim.
- Government Entities: If the car accident involves a government entity or government employee, there are specific notice requirements and shorter deadlines for filing a claim. Failure to comply with these requirements can result in the loss of the right to sue.
Given the complexities of the legal system and the potential impact of the statute of limitations, it is advisable to consult with an experienced car accident attorney in San Bernardino, CA as soon as possible after a car accident. A lawyer can provide guidance on the specific deadlines applicable to your case, help gather evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and, if necessary, file a lawsuit within the required timeframe.
Keep in mind that laws can change, and it's important to consult with an attorney for the most up-to-date and accurate information based on your individual circumstances.
Contact Our San Bernardino Car Accident Lawyers
Whatever the reason may be, we will diligently to get to discover the truth. Then, we will aim to hold the negligent party accountable for their actions both financially and legally. Using the law, more than 30 years of combined experience, and a relentless work ethic, our San Bernardino car accident attorney can help you get compensation for your losses.
With compensation, you may be able to help pay for costly hospital bills, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages, lost earning abilities, damaged property, and more. We can help you get the damages you need to live a happy, healthy, financially independent life.
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