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Know Your Legal Rights if Injured in a Car Accident

Have you been involved in a car accident that occurred due to the negligence or recklessness of another person? If so, you have the right to get compensation for your injuries. The compensation will cover both physical and property damage sustained in a car accident.

Compensation can be obtained through a settlement with the guilty party’s insurance company or through a lawsuit. Knowing your rights in case of a car accident is important. Here we will shed light on the legal recourse in case of getting injured in a car accident caused by another person.

Legal Liability in a Car Accident Case

The legal liability in case of a car accident depends on different factors. The judge and the juries carefully listen to the evidence to determine the ‘fault’. Common law identifies four major types of fault. These include:

  • Strict liabilityStrict liability occurs in case of highly hazardous activities such as carrying explosive chemicals. The fault, in this case, does not depend on the intentional or negligent behavior that led to the accident.
  • Recklessness — Reckless behavior means willful disregard of the safety rules. Example includes running the red light or driving above the speed limit.
  • Negligence — Negligent behavior means careless action that resulted in an accident. Example of a negligent behavior includes not stopping at the pedestrian line or yielding the right-of-way.
  • Intentional — Intentional behavior means purposefully harming a person or damaging the property.

In case you have suffered an injury in case of an auto accident due to any of the above faults of the other driver, you have the legal right to get compensation for the injuries and property damage.

Know the Mistakes that Can Hurt Your Case

You can harm your auto accident claim case in several ways. Never talk about the auto accident case with the defense lawyers, insurance company, or a friend or relative of the guilty driver. You should let your auto accident attorney do all the talking on your behalf.

Also, you should never sign any document without consulting without your attorney. Even seemingly harmless looking documents may have fine print that can hurt your case. For instance, the insurance company of the guilty driver may force you to sign a document that will allow them to access your medical history, or worse waive any injury claims. Always check with your car accident attorney before signing any document.

Lastly, you should know that there is a statutory time limit within which you should submit a car accident injury claim. In California, the time limit is two years for filing a personal injury claim and three years for property damage claim.

If you reside in San Bernardino, Hemet, the Inland Empire or surrounding areas, you can contact Attorney Albert E. Hirst for expert legal help regarding car accident injury cases. Our highly knowledgeable and experienced staff will help you in getting the maximum possible amount in case of an auto injury. For more information about our auto accident claim services, you can call us at (909) 885-7190.