Being injured as a passenger in an auto accident requires the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney who will fight for your right to compensation. Continue reading to discover the steps you should take following an accident, how to recover damages as a passenger, and the statute of limitations for auto accident claims in California. Reach out to our knowledgeable personal injury firm today to learn more about how we can assist your upcoming claim. You do not need to go through this process alone.
What steps should I take following an accident?
Auto accidents can cause serious, life-changing injuries. If you have been injured in a car accident as a passenger, it is important to take the following steps to document the facts of the incident as best you can:
- Call 911. The authorities will document the accident with a police report. They should also bring medical attention to the scene.
- Seek medical assistance immediately.
- Collect all medical documents relating to your injuries. These documents should include the date, time, and severity of your injuries.
- If there were any witnesses to the accident, collect their contact information.
- Take photos of the scene of the accident.
- Take photos of your injuries.
- Collect both driver’s insurance information.
- Retain the services of an experienced California personal injury attorney who will work to recover the compensation you require to heal.
Recovering Damages as a Passenger
With the assistance of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney, you will take legal action against the negligent driver’s insurance company. This process will include your attorney working to recover both economical and non-economical damages that will cover the emotional, physical, and financial burdens that occurred due to the accident.
Economical damages may include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages & lost future wages
- Medical equipment
- Outside assistance
Non-economical damages are as follows:
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of independence
What is the statute of limitations for auto accident claims in California?
The statute of limitations for auto accident claims is generally two years in California. This means that you will have two years from the date of your accident to take legal action. To avoid being barred from suing, it is best to take action as soon as possible. Do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced personal injury firm today to learn more about our services and how we can assist your upcoming case. We are prepared to fight for your right to compensation.
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When someone is wrongly injured in an accident, they often require financial compensation to heal. That’s where we come in. Contact the Law Offices of Brian J. O’Grady today to learn more about what our firm can do for you.