Bakersfield Car Accident Attorneys
Representing Drivers in Bakersfield, Fresno, San Diego & Santa Barbara
No matter how carefully you drive, other motorists will always pose a risk to your safety. If you have been injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to obtain the compensation you need for your injuries by filing a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver. Klein DeNatale Goldner can help you navigate the process, handling your case every step of the way.
Our car accident lawyers are ready to help. Call (661) 485-2100 or reach out to our team online to get started with a free consultation.
What Are the Most Common Injuries Caused by Car Accidents?
Injuries sustained in car accidents may require medical care and physical therapy, which should be financially covered by the responsible party's insurance carrier or your uninsured motorist coverage. Our team car accident lawyers can fight to help you obtain the maximum amount of compensation possible.
Some of the most common injuries stemming from car accidents include:
Sadly, the high-speed impact of some car accidents can also result in fatalities.
If you are the surviving family member of a loved one who died in a car
accident, you may be able to receive compensation by filing a
wrongful death claim.
What Is Comparative Negligence in California?
California follows a pure comparative negligence law, which means that no matter how at fault for an accident you are eligible to pursue compensation, however, your total compensation amount will be reduced by your percentage of fault.
Unlike some states, California allows individuals who are partially at fault for the accident that led to their injuries to recover compensation from the other party involved. In this situation, the court would determine your percentage of fault you are responsible for and the compensation amount you are entitled to separate, and in the end, the damages awarded to you will be reduced.
For example, if you are involved in a car accident and the court determines you are 10% at fault for the accident, the compensation awarded to you will be reduced by 10%.
How Long Do I Have To File a Claim After a Car Accident?
California has a two-year statute of limitations on car accident claims. This means you have two years from the date of your injury to file a claim or you will most like lose your right to pursue compensation no matter how severe the injuries you sustained.
What Damages Can I Recover?
There are three main types of damages a claimant can seek compensation for after a car accident, economic, non-economic and punitive.
Economic damages compensate for financial losses associated with an injury such as:
- Missed workdays
- Medical bills
- Future medical expenses
Non-economic damages compensate for more abstract losses such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Typically, economic damages are easily quantifiable while non-economic damages are difficult to quantify, as such non-economic damages are also called general damages.
The last type of damages, punitive damages are unique in that their main purpose is to punish the negligent party rather than compensate the injured party for a specific loss.
Usually, it must be proved that the negligent party knew their actions would cause harm but proceeded to them anyway, such as a drunk driver getting behind the wheel of a car. As such punitive damages are not often awarded.
Compassionate & Relentless Legal Representation
At Klein DeNatale Goldner, we have successfully represented thousands of personal injury victims over nearly 70 years in practice. We are confident in our abilities to help you too. With so many settlements won and satisfied clients, we have the resources and skills needed to stand up to insurance companies in defense of your rights.
We can help you present an effective car accident claim that is tailored to fit your specific needs. We are determined to do our part in helping you obtain the compensation due to you as a result of another's negligence.
Reach out to Klein DeNatale Goldner at (661) 485-2100 or contact us online today. Our team of car accident attorneys is happy to meet with you during a free case evaluation to review your situation and answer your questions.