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The amount of accident settlements in California varies based on the injuries and damages associated with each accident. A fender-bender with few or mild injuries may be resolved quickly with no accident settlement. A more complicated accident involving multiple vehicles with extensive damages and severe injuries may result in an insurance claim or even filing a legal claim in court. The accident settlement amounts in those situations depends on a variety of factors
California has an “at-fault” system to handle accident insurance claims. If you are seeking compensation for your injuries, you must successfully prove that the other driver was at fault for the accident to receive compensation for your losses.
If the case progresses from an accident insurance claim to a legal lawsuit it is important to understand that California is a pure comparative negligence state. The plaintiff needs to prove all of the elements of negligence on the part of the defendant to be successful in their lawsuit.
California does not have caps on the amount of damages that may be awarded in a car accident or personal injury case. However, there are caps on medical malpractice cases that could affect a claim. The amount of an accident settlement claim in California varies depending on the severity of injuries and losses and each case is different.
An accident settlement may include damages for economic and non-economic losses. Economic losses include repair or replacement of the vehicle, past and future medical expenses, lost income, travel expenses for medical treatments, costs for medical equipment, and other out-of-pocket expenditures.
There is a strict time limit in which to file a legal claim after an accident in California. The statute of limitations is two years from the date of the accident for personal injury claims. The time limit for property claims is three years from the date of the accident. When a municipality or government entity is involved in the accident, the time limit is extremely short, just six months from the date of the accident to file a claim.
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