An auto accident can be a life changing event. Regardless of how major or minor the impact, the consequences may at times be rather dramatic from permanent disability to death. The injuries suffered can range from back pain to brain injury to paralysis.
Auto accident injury victims may be entitled to compensation for property damage, car replacement or repairs, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and permanent injury or disfigurement. It is not uncommon for insurance adjusters and insurers to have one set of procedures for handling claims by individuals not represented by an attorney and a different set of rules for claims in which the victim has a Los Angeles auto accident attorney. You will rarely maximize your recovery by trying to handle your claim alone.
Roughly half of all car accidents result in claims and a considerable number of those become lawsuits. With over 300 million cars on the road and six million accidents a year, auto accident claims tallied up to 3.3 million last year. While more than 85% of all car accident injuries are conducive to therapy and treatment, they still alter the victims’ lives considerably.
The main legal principle governing fault in car accidents is negligence. The majority of car accident cases are ruled against the negligent driver. Negligence works on the presumption that all motor vehicle operators are taking due caution while driving and have awareness of laws needed for public safety. If not, the driver is said to be negligent. That being said, some auto accident claims are ruled to be joint fault accidents, and even the not-at-fault driver can be held liable for anything said or done after the accident has occurred. A very small number of auto accident claims are ruled to be no-fault claims. These occur when the cause of the accident is ruled to be a structural fault in the road, automobile, or manufacturer. These types of car accidents often get aggregated into class action lawsuits.
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