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As an experienced San Francisco, CA car accident lawyer from The Law Office of Bennet M. Cohen, P.C. understands fully, people have tremendous power behind the wheel, so we have a great responsibility to operate such heavy machinery with the utmost care and knowledge of the road. Yet, car accidents are a leading cause of personal injuries and fatalities in the United States. Due to any number of instances of negligence, such as driving while intoxicated, texting while driving, reckless driving or inattentive driving, the driver must be accountable for his or her mistake.
ASSESSING THE DAMAGES OF YOUR CAR ACCIDENT INJURY
It’s important to understand the difference between the economic and non-economic damages resulting from a personal injury. Economic damages refer to measurable costs, such as medical bills or car damage. Non-economic damages pertain to costs such as pain and suffering or emotional strain that can’t be accounted for in exact terms. Examples of damages or injuries from a car accident may include:
- Lost wages due to time off work
- Vehicle damage
- Minor and severe injuries, from scrapes and cuts to broken limbs
- Life-threatening injuries to your head, spine, or brain
- Paralysis, disability, or handicap
- Emotional distress
If you have suffered due to misconduct behind the wheel, you may be entitled to damages. Contact my office to determine whether or not you have a case.
Car Accident Personal Injury Laws in California
The most important law of which Californians should be aware is that uninsured drivers may not recover non-economic damages following a personal injury, even if the other driver was at fault. If the other driver was intoxicated, however, non-economic damages may be awarded to an uninsured driver. This law demonstrates the state’s way of accounting for drivers without insurance. Alternatively, most states require drivers to have automobile liability insurance coverage, so if someone doesn’t have insurance, there’s probably a good chance he or she has few assets; in these cases, litigation against the uninsured may prove disadvantageous.
REPRESENTING YOUR CAR ACCIDENT CASE BOTH IN & OUT OF CALIFORNIA
You don’t have to worry about accounting for the California-specific law described above if you live outside the state. However, within state lines, driving in California is notorious for potentially hazardous conditions, especially around busy metropolitan areas such as that of Los Angeles. If you’ve been injured as the result of carelessness behind the wheel, I am prepared to lead you through the legal process. Injuries can cause more than just one kind of trauma; you don’t have to handle it alone.
CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
As a long-standing Californian, I know how treacherous the roads of California can be. In matters of personal injury relating to car accidents, I have considerable knowledge and experience. I am ready to lead you through the legal process with minimal stress to you or your family. Don’t hesitate to call soon and schedule a free initial consultation.