California Car Accident Lawyers
The amount of car accidents in California each year is staggering. In Los Angeles alone, there were 54,000 traffic accidents with 236 deaths involved in 2019, according to LAPD crash data. In 2018, there were 55,000 accidents, but the number of deaths remained the same. Knowing what to do when involved in a vehicle accident makes a huge difference in the potential outcome of the case.
Causes of Car Accidents in California
There are many reasons why car accidents occur. There are hit and runs, drunk drivers, reckless drivers who drive too fast or aggressive, texting while driving, and driving while drugged or drowsy.
In addition to the reasons for car accidents, there are many common types:
- Accidents at an intersection
- Rear-end collisions
- Side-impact accidents
- Construction-based accidents (highway)
- Head-on collisions
When one of these accidents occurs, the first step should be contacting a car accident lawyer who can advise you on next actions. This helps put you in control of the situation and provides protection from insurance companies that may be trying to either avoid paying or get a quick settlement.
How to File a Car Accident Claim in California
Once an accident has occurred, filing a claim is next. In California, the policyholder must notify their vehicle insurer by calling or reporting the accident online via your insurer’s website. If the insured was at fault, the other party may file a claim with the insurer as well.
Working with an experienced California car accident lawyer can help. By law, if someone was injured or killed, or the accident has more than $1,000 in property damage, it must be reported to the DMV within 10 days.
There is a two-year statute of limitations in California for suing the other party for damages. An attorney will move quickly to make sure all your needs are met, and you receive any compensatory damages relating to the accident.
The team at DG Law is ready to assist. If you find yourself in a car accident in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas, give us a call for a consultation today!