Fresno, CA- In 2013, there were 3,000 traffic deaths and 223,128 people injured throughout the state of California, according to the California Highway Patrol. When a traffic accident is major, the victims will be saddled with astronomical medical bills and other accident-related expenses. If their collision was the fault of a motorist who was intoxicated, distracted or otherwise acting negligently, a California accident victim can file a claim for damages but there are things they should know about the state’s personal injury and wrongful death claim.
All states have a statute of limitations for personal injury and wrongful death claims, such statutes limit the amount of time a victim of a car accident, truck accident, medical malpractice or other type of accident has to file their claim. In California, the statute of limitations is two years from the date the injury or death occurred. Victims who fail to meet that deadline will have their claim denied.
If you have been in an accident in Fresno or surrounding areas and you need an accident attorney with experience and dedication, USAttorneys can connect you with one today. You need to give your attorney time to build your claim and ensure you don’t miss any critical filing dates.
A successful personal injury or wrongful death claim requires you show that at-fault party was negligent and is directly responsible for your injuries. To show negligence there are standards you must meet which includes showing the at-fault party failed to take due care which then led to an accident. Also you must be able to show the at-fault party’s failure to take due care resulted in the victim’s injuries or death and you suffered physical, emotional and financial damage as a result.
Accident victims in California can seek compensation for the following:
- Present and future medical expenses,
- Disability (temporary or permanent) or disfigurement,
- Mental anguish (short and long-term),
- Lost wages,
- Damage to property, and
- Other costs directly related to the accident and victim’s injuries.
In accident cases where the driver’s actions were grossly negligent or horrendous, the victims may also be eligible for punitive damages. Such damages are seen as a way to punish a driver’s for their inexcusable negligence and is awarded in addition to an accident victims compensatory damages.
It should be noted that you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries even if you were partly to blame. You can read about the state’s shared fault laws here.
We encourage any accident victim to speak to an accident attorney near their California location to evaluate their case, determine the value and help then decide which legal course of action they should pursue. They will use their knowledge and skills to ensure you get the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to for your pain and suffering. You can count on our superb team of attorneys to guide you through the process and work hard to ensure your claim is successful.