Auto accidents occur regularly in the busy roads and highways of Southern California, but the issue is not unique to the region. Auto accidents are a major concern for the nation as a whole. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2018, there were a total of 36,560 people who lost their lives in traffic accidents. Millions more sustained non-fatal injuries.
If you or a loved one was injured in an auto accident, the state protects the right to pursue compensation. Filing an auto accident claim can be done by anyone, but achieving a maximum compensation will require the support of a skilled personal injury attorney. Obtain the support of an attorney with the right legal experience to provide your case the best opportunity at being successful.
Qualified Litigators, Dedicated to the Pursuit of Justice
At the Law Offices of Justin H. King, taking immediate action after an auto accident is top priority. From day one, the firm works assiduously to collect all documentation and evidence necessary to establish a strong case. This can include taking eyewitness statements, taking photographs of the scene, and acquiring police reports. More importantly the firm is aggressive in defending the case against deceptive insurance companies. Following an auto accident, consider obtaining the support of an accomplished law firm. Hire the support of the attorneys at the Law Offices of Attorney Justin H. King today.
Driver Responsibilities in California
Every driver in California has a responsibility to take reasonable precaution to avoid injuring other people when on the road. Drivers have a duty to obey traffic laws, be aware of roadway conditions, and drive safely. Moreover, drivers must stop immediately after a car accident to see if there have been bodily injuries caused. In the event of an injury or fatality, drivers are legally obligated to stop and exchange important information with those involved in the accident.
Unfortunately, not every driver will adhere to his or her responsibilities. A driver who has violated traffic laws has ultimately breached his or her duty of care, and when an accident ensues, the driver can be held financially responsible for the injuries caused.
Filing a successful claim against the at-fault driver will require establishing the following elements of negligence:
- The driver had the responsibility to operate the automobile in a reasonably safe manner;
- The driver failed to adhere to his or her responsibilities;
- The reckless actions committed by the driver were the cause of the accident; and
- The automobile accident caused the injuries and/or economic losses of the victim.
Establishing the at-fault driver’s negligence can be challenging, especially if there are several drivers involved in the collision. Through a careful examination of the case, however, negligence can be asserted. The following are the most common forms of negligence in auto automobile accidents: Speeding or reckless driving, Texting while driving, Making illegal turns, Driving while under the influence, Distracted driving, Failure to obey traffic signs, Tailgating, Failure to yield the right of way, Failure to signal a lane change, Failing to maintain the vehicle, Aggressive driving, and/or driving while fatigued.
Comparative Negligence in Auto Accident Claims
When it comes to personal injury cases in California, the state adheres to the theory of pure comparative negligence. Generally, this means that each party involved in the accident will be held responsible for contributing to the accident. In an auto accident where one driver has made an improper turn while the other has failed to stop at a stop sign, the driver who ran the stop sign could be found 80 percent responsible for causing the accident. Although the other driver will still be responsible for causing 20 percent of the accident, he or she will still be eligible for damages. Instead of being able to collect a full compensation, however, his or her award will be reduced by the percentage found to be at-fault.
Perseverance in the Most Complex Auto Accident Cases
Auto accident claims can be triumphant when they are dutifully investigated and important evidence has been collected. If you or someone you love has been injured in an automobile accident, it is important to secure the legal support of a dedicated personal injury attorney.
The personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Justin H. King have established a strong reputation for providing aggressive legal counsel, ultimately helping their clients obtain the compensation they truly deserve. The firm understands that aside from pain and suffering, auto accidents regularly result in financial difficulties. With more than a decade of dedicated experience, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Justin H. King provide their clients with utmost compassion and the highest level of service. In pursuit justice, the firm works diligently to help clients recover the damages they deserve. Consider scheduling a no-obligation consultation with the law firm today.