Sacramento Car Accident Compensation
When someone else is responsible for your injuries, there are ways to seek compensation beyond what the insurance company offers as a settlement. In some cases, your insurance company may even have to seek compensation from the other party for what they have paid out.
Unlike many other states, California is considered an at-fault state, so the people responsible for the accident are usually held fully liable for an accident up to the percentage that they are deemed at fault for.
Sacramento car accident compensation laws fall under California state laws, so Sacramento drivers should all have proof of insurance and financial responsibility. However, this doesn’t mean that getting the compensation you deserve is a simple process.
At-Fault Insurance in California
Having a working knowledge of state driving laws can help prevent many accidents in California. Unfortunately, people don’t always follow the laws, whether they know them or not.
Because of this, Sacramento drivers benefit from at-fault insurance laws. Drivers carry insurance to pay for the damages they cause to other people and their vehicles rather than their own damages and injuries.
In no-fault states, drivers instead carry insurance that covers themselves and not the other drivers or people around them. In many cases, at-fault insurance can be helpful, but it doesn’t necessarily mean all your financial costs after an accident are covered.
Seeking Compensation Through Court
If you are determined to be 100 percent at fault for a car accident, the court will hold you or your insurance liable for 100 percent of the costs associated with the accident.
The percentage of fault is determined by the evidence presented by both your lawyer and the opposing party’s lawyer. When the details of the accident are combined, they will demonstrate who had what percentage of fault. Some of the details involved in determining these percentages include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Weather conditions
- Road conditions
- Whether alcohol or drugs were involved
- Violation of traffic laws
- Whether actions that could have prevented the accident were taken
- Markings on the road that determine how long it took to stop and where the stopping point began
Because all car accidents involve different circumstances, there may be other details involved as well, which should be described in the accident report that the police file. In order to have the best chance at maximizing your Sacramento car accident compensation, it is best to provide your lawyer with as many details about the accident and the costs associated with it as possible.
Consult a Sacramento Car Accident Lawyer
To get the compensation you deserve, you need to have an experienced and knowledgeable car accident lawyer from Crowell Law Offices on your side. If you have been in a car accident, whether someone else is partially or fully responsible for what happened, you could be entitled to compensation.
Don’t risk your health and wellbeing now and in the future by overlooking details that are important in seeking compensation. Start working with an attorney today by contacting us at 916-303-2800.