California has some of the most dangerous streets in America. If you were injured in an accident, a San Francisco personal injury attorney may be able to help.

Bay Area Auto Accidents Attorney

San Francisco has some of the most dangerous streets anywhere in the country.  When drivers are negligent, accidents can occur that leave one or both parties dealing with injuries, collateral damage, or even worse, an unnecessary death. The attorneys at Bogaards Law have represented people in and around the Bay Area who have been injured by an auto accident, and they understand what it takes to prove liability in these cases.

Bogaards Law handles a wide variety of auto accidents cases, including  the following:

  • car accidents
  • commercial trucking accidents
  • pedestrian accidents, and
  • cycling accidents.

If you have been involved in an auto accident, you may be wondering what to expect next. The following is an overview of California laws regarding personal injury lawsuits and car accident claims.

Car Insurance in California: Why You Need a Lawyer

In California, a personal injury or property damage claim is filed with the other driver’s auto liability insurance. Their auto insurance company reviews your claim and determines what (if any) money they will pay on the claim. This offer is often far lower than it should be. Hence, the necessity of hiring a skilled California car accident attorney to negotiate your claim.

California drivers are required to carry a minimum of $15,000 per person, for bodily injury liability, $30,000 for bodily injury liability per accident, and $5,000 for property damage. When compared with other states, this is quite low. In many cases, an individual’s medical expenses and other damages will exceed the policy limit on their liability insurance. When that happens, you can sue the other driver at fault directly to recover damages. When the policy limits are too low you can file a claim with your own uninsured/underinsured motorist policy coverage.

How to Recover Damages in California

In California, you can recover damages so long as the other driver is partly at fault. That means that even if you are 99% to blame for an accident, you may still be able to recover some money for your injuries. This is called a “pure” comparative negligence rule. Your damages are reduced by the percentage of blame that you have for an accident.

As an example, let us say that you are 10% to blame for an accident and you are awarded $100,000 in damages. You can recover 90% or $90,000.

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Bogaards Law handles cases throughout California. We hold insurance companies responsible for paying out fair settlements to those who are injured. Give us a call or talk to us online to set up a free consultation today.

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