A sudden screech of brakes. A loud thump. Your car shakes violently. You have been involved in an automobile accident, which is an all too common occurrence on our busy roads.
Thoughts race through your mind. You don’t seem to have any broken bones, but you feel severe pain in your neck. You are wondering about the damage to your car. What should you do? What are your rights under the circumstances?
A victim injured in an automobile accident is protected by personal injury law. The law states that a person who sustained injuries as a result of the negligence of another driver should be compensated for his or her damages. The damages covered by the law include both personal injuries and property damage.
For personal injuries, the victim should be compensated both for medical expenses and for her general pain and suffering. The medical expenses are most frequently the bills of the treating doctors. General pain and suffering are obviously difficult to measure. However, a rule of thumb generally states that a person’s pain and suffering should be valued at two to three times the amount of his or her medical bills.
For property damage, the victim’s compensation is usually based on an estimate of the cost of repairs to the vehicle prepared by an auto body shop. In addition to the cost of repairs, the owner may be compensated for the diminution of value of the vehicle. If the vehicle is declared a total loss, the owner will be compensated in the amount of the fair market value of the vehicle.
In fact, all drivers operating vehicles in the State of California are required to have automobile insurance. One of the purposes of the automobile insurance is to compensate anyone damaged by the negligence of the driver. Unfortunately, the insurance companies are often reluctant to compensate the victim adequately. In such circumstances, the assistance of a competent attorney becomes invaluable.
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The experienced attorneys at The Margarian Law Firm have represented clients in hundreds of automobile accident cases. They know how to present the client’s case to ensure the best possible recovery.
If you have been injured in an automobile accident, time is of the essence. Please contact our office without delay to ensure that your rights are protected.