The road is a dangerous place, and auto accidents can be absolutely devastating. If you’ve suffered a serious injury as a result of an accident, you may feel like your life has been shattered. The Law Offices of Brian A. Newman are here to help you pick up the pieces and hold negligent parties responsible so you can recover.
What to Do If You Are in a Serious Accident
If you’ve been in an accident, the first thing to do is call the authorities and deal with any injured parties who need immediate care. Once the most pressing needs are addressed, take pictures of everything you can on the scene: all vehicles involved, license plates, any injuries sustained, and the road where the accident happened. Exchange license and insurance information with the other driver. When the authorities arrive, do not under any circumstances admit fault for the accident.
Understanding Comparative Fault in California
When it comes to establishing responsibility for an auto accident, it is often complicated. Obviously, if you are stopped and someone runs a red light to hit your car, they’re responsible. But what if you’re going a a few miles per hour over the speed limit when that same person runs the red light. Who’s responsible for any resulting injuries?
California uses a system called “comparative fault” or “comparative negligence” to determine who is more responsible. Under this system, courts assess the relative responsibility of each party. The extent to which you are deemed responsible for your injury will be subtracted from any damages awarded. So if a jury finds that your speeding made you 20% responsible for the accident, you will be awarded 20% fewer damages than you otherwise would.
Help Is Here for Your Auto Accident Injury
There’s a lot to process after an accident. Fortunately, the Law Offices of Brian A. Newman will help you navigate your recovery and secure fair compensation for your injuries. When you suffer an injury in an auto accident, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
If you’ve been injured in an auto accident in Torrance or Los Angeles County, call the Law Offices of Brian A. Newman today at (424) 275-4014 to schedule a free initial consultation.