Liability in a Car Accident
The issue of fault (or liability) is very important to determine in every Sacramento car accident, as it determines how much compensation you are entitled to for your property damages and injuries. Liability results when a driver’s conduct falls below a reasonable standard of care and actually causes the injury. Some examples of driver’s negligence can include: speeding, driving too slowly, reckless driving, not yielding to right-of-way signs, vehicle defects, not giving turn signals, failing to turn on headlights, or driving while intoxicated.
According to California law, the amount of compensation the plaintiff can receive will be reduced by his or her percentage of fault. This means that if the plaintiff is determined to be 75% at fault, then whatever recovery plaintiff is awarded will be reduced by 75% and he or she will receive 25% of the total. When much is at stake – medical bills, lost wages from time away from work, pain and suffering – you will need an experienced, qualified car accident attorney who will act as your advocate and fight to get you the most compensation for your damages.
Immediately after you have been in a car accident, you should make sure to give police a factual account of what happened. Do not try to make up or falsify any of the facts. Doing so will not help your case because the subsequent investigation will reveal the details anyway. Also, never make any statements to police, other drivers or insurance adjusters that might be construed as an admission of guilt. These statements can be used against you and hurt your chances for compensation in the future.
When you need legal assistance regarding a car accident, it is imperative to find a competent and effective car accident attorney who can protect your rights and help get you the compensation you deserve. Sacramento car accident liability attorney Frederick J. Sette has successfully handled California car accident claims for more than 15 years and has built a reputation for successful, effective, and high quality representation. At the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette, we provide every client with individualized attention and open, honest communication – we believe in keeping our clients informed throughout each step of the representation.
If you require legal assistance with liability in a Sacramento car accident, please call the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette toll-free at 1-888-516-6262 or fill out and submit our online Contact Us form to schedule a free initial consultation.