If you suffered injuries in a car accident, you might wonder whether the car insurance laws in California protect you.
Pursuing a personal injury lawsuit or arguing with insurance companies may be the last thing on your mind.
However, as you move toward the recovery phase after your accident, it’s important to remember that you have a right to recover compensation from the driver that put you in this position.
An experienced attorney with a deep understanding of California car accident laws can help. Learn more about car accident lawsuits and how an attorney at Peerali Law can assist you.
Common Types of Car Accident Injuries
An extensive range of injuries may occur in a car accident. These injuries can range from minor to catastrophic. However, certain types of injuries are more common than others.
The most common injuries occurring after a car accident include the following:
- Back, neck, and head injuries;
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Permanent injuries to the spinal cord;
- Broken bones and internal injuries;
- Scraps and cuts;
- Injuries to the extremities; and
- Psychological and emotional injuries such as PTSD.
If a liable driver’s insurance fails to adequately cover the extent of your losses, California car accidents law permits you to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the driver individually for those additional costs.
How Is Liability in a Car Accident Determined in California?
California operates as a fault state, meaning that the person at fault for an accident must pay for the resulting damages. Thus, it’s vital to identify the liable party in a car accident.
To obtain compensation for car accident injuries, CA car insurance laws require an injured party to establish that the other driver caused the accident.
Determining fault requires the help of qualified personal injury attorneys at Peerali Law.
Even if you may have contributed in some way to the accident and your resulting injuries, don’t lose hope. You can still recover compensation from the other driver.
However, the amount of recoverable damages is reduced by the percentage of your fault.
This percentage is usually determined by the court or by agreement between the parties in the negotiation process.
For example, if you seek to recover $300,000 in damages but are determined to be 10% at fault for your accident, you may recover only $270,000.
Without quality legal representation, many injured victims fall prey to clever insurance companies who try to get them to admit to more fault or that they are entirely to blame for the accident.
Generally, insurance companies are not forthcoming with payouts for accidents.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Get for My Car Accident Injuries?
California law permits those injured in a car accident to recover compensatory damages from the responsible party. Compensatory damages are divided into economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages include actual damages that represent the following losses:
- Medical expenses,
- Lost wages,
- Loss of future earnings, and
- Property damage.
Documentation, including receipts, invoices, pay stubs, and other similar evidence, help your attorney in calculating the value of these damages.
Non-economic damages include subjective losses representing the following:
- Pain and suffering,
- Emotional distress,
- Loss of consortium,
- Loss of enjoyment of life, and
- Permanent disability or disfigurement.
Though challenging to establish due to their intangible nature, non-economic damages are essential to recover as they compensate injured victims for losses that are not apparent to everyone but significantly interfere with daily life.
At Peerali Law, our attorneys craft innovative and creative legal solutions in personal injury matters.
The core of our practice is founded on the belief that persistence, passion, and creativity bring forth outstanding results for our clients.
Kristopher Peerali is a co-founding Partner at Peerali Law with extensive experience in litigating catastrophic personal injury matters.
Kristopher earned his Juris Doctor at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. He was a member of the Review of Law and Social Justice honors law journal and was awarded several academic honors.
Kristopher started his career as an attorney at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP, representing plaintiffs and defendants in various complex civil matters in state and federal court.
Kristopher came to realize during this period that his true calling was advocacy for those injured in personal injury cases. He thereafter joined one of the largest personal injury law firms in California.
In his career, Kristopher has recovered millions of dollars for his clients from large corporations, insurance companies, and governmental entities.
Serena Peerali is a co-founding Partner at Peerali Law, focusing on catastrophic personal injury and trial work.
Serena has extensive experience in all aspects of civil litigation, including preparing pleadings, motions, written discovery, settlement negotiations, mediation, and pre- and post-trial motions at a nationally renowned plaintiff’s firm in downtown Los Angeles.
Serena has had first- and second-chair experience in several jury trials.
Why Choose Peerali Law?
Our car accident attorneys are well-versed in complex California car insurance law.
We can provide comprehensive advice and help you manage your expectations throughout the process of your lawsuit.
We will help with every stage of your claim, including:
- Filing documents with the court,
- Keeping track of important court deadlines,
- Negotiating with the insurance company,
- Investigating your claim and gathering evidence,
- Conducting legal research, and
- Representing you in court if necessary.
We have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients, including a number of six- and even seven-figure settlements.
We tailor our approach to the needs of each individual client and pride ourselves on coming up with creative solutions to difficult problems. And we never get paid unless we recover compensation for you.
Take it from our many satisfied clients:
Jose Garcia had a great experience with Peerali Law, explaining:
“I’m not the type to leave a review but Peerali Law deserves it. I had so many questions which they answered in a very professional manner. Serena was super knowledgeable and kind. I definitely recommend Peerali Law!”
Sammy S. from San Marino, California, stated:
“Serena and Kris at Peerali Law are an amazing duo of hard working and extremely knowledgeable lawyers. After speaking to them about my situation, they made me feel at ease because I knew I was in good hands and they would help me get the compensation I deserved. They are compassionate and understanding and they work harder than any other lawyers in L.A. I’m so glad to have worked with them and whenever a situation arises again, they’ll be my first call.”
At Peerali Law, our clients come first. We know you have many questions and worries after suffering injuries in a car accident.