California motorists often have to worry about their safety when they get behind the wheel. Car accidents are unfortunately all too common, whether due to distracted drivers or other kinds of negligence. When a car accident has taken place, it's never convenient. More than that, it can be devastating, causing severe injuries. However, when a driver is involved in a crash, it can be unclear about how the followup needs to be handled in order to meet the requirements of law and insurance policies.
After a motor vehicle accident, the first priority is medical care. However, after the immediate emergency is dealt with, people might wonder how much time they have to report the accident or file a lawsuit. It can be important to report a car accident to the insurance company, regardless of whose fault the accident was.
In most cases, the auto insurer is the central contact point for dealing with the aftermath of a collision. However, in some cases, a lawsuit may be necessary to cover the full damages caused by a crash. It's important to be aware that the statute of limitations restricts the time in which a suit can be filed. In California, there is a two-year limit on personal injury lawsuits resulting from a crash.
It has been shown that the vast majority of car crashes are due to human error. This can take many forms, from people being distracted by a cellphone to motorists getting behind the wheel after having had too much to drink. If it can be demonstrated that the collision was the result of the negligence of another driver, then an attorney could in some cases be of assistance to an injured victim in pursuing appropriate compensation.