Car accidents have the capability of drastically disrupting an individual’s life. The aftermath of a car accident can often lead to emotional, physical, and even financial challenges. A person who has been injured as a result of an auto accident, and the survivors of a person who perished due to a collision caused by another’s carelessness deserve restitution for the pain and suffering; medical care; and loss of income. With the support of an experienced team of attorneys, victims can seek to obtain the financial compensation they rightfully deserve.
Fight for Your Rights as a Car Accident Victim
At the RM Law Group, LLP., we have vigorously defended the rights of many auto accident victims across the City of Whittier and surrounding areas. Car accidents in southern California can be some of the most catastrophic and can often lead to a lifetime of physical and emotional complications. Because a car accident can quickly result in hefty medical expenses and other costs, it is important to obtain the support of an experienced personal injury attorney.
A Driver’s Reasonable Duty of Care
California law requires that all drivers use a reasonable sense of care in order to avoid injuring others they share the road with. When a driver fails to use a reasonable sense of care when driving, this driver could be found negligent..
Any person that has been injured as a result of another’s negligence has the right to file a personal injury claim against the careless driver. In order to have a successful case, however, the following elements are required:
- The accused had a duty to drive with reasonable care.
- The accused’s action, or lack thereof, breached their duty of care.
- Because of the breach, the plaintiff suffered injuries.
The following are specific examples of how the law – and a driver’s expectation to use reasonable care – is expressed. A driver that has failed to meet any of the requirements may be found to have violated the basic standard of care..
Driving at Reasonable Speeds
Every driver has the duty to drive at reasonable speeds. Even if a speed is allowed, the driver could be found negligent if he or she is driving at excessive speeds when there is low visibility or roadway hazards.
Drivers need to maintain their vehicles to ensure the vehicle is working properly. For instance, brakes and taillights need to be reasonably maintained to prevent accidents.
Avoiding Driving Under Hazardous Conditions
A motorist who has made the decision to drive while under the influence will likely be held accountable when he or she has caused the injury or death of another. Driving while sleep deprived can also put innocent lives at risk of injury.
Negligence in California
The State of California defines negligence as being the failure to apply reasonable care in preventing the injury or harm to oneself or to other people. A person can be found negligent if he or she acts in the following:
- Has done something that other reasonably careful individuals would not do under similar circumstances, or
- Has failed to do something that other reasonably careful individuals would do under similar circumstances.
Going Against Insurance Companies Is No Easy Feat
When a car accident happens and a person has been seriously injured, it is likely that immediate medical services will be needed. Medical expenses arising from car accidents, however, can be very costly and it is logical for a victim to seek restitution when a negligent driver caused the injury.
Dealing with an insurance company after a car accident, however, can be a difficult matter – a majority of insurance companies will attempt to settle the case for much less than what the victim deserves. In spite of this, with the support of a skilled and knowledgeable attorney, auto accident victims have the opportunity to obtain the restitution they rightfully deserve.
Contingent on the facts of the case, a personal injury attorney can help recover the following damages:
- Medical expenses
- Property damage
- Loss of wages
- Loss of car use
- Pain and suffering
After Your Car Accident, Win the Financial Restitution You Deserve
At RM Law Group, LLP., we have many years of experience dealing with insurance companies. Our tenacity in handling auto accident cases has proven successful; as we have helped countless accident victims obtain the restitution they deserve. If you were injured as a result of an auto accident in the City of Whittier or surrounding area, obtain the legal support that will help you win the compensation that will set you on your path to recovery. Call us today to receive a free case evaluation.