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What qualifies as "pain and suffering?"

If pursuing litigation in the state of California in the event of a motor vehicle accident or other accident resulting in injury, you may seek damages defined in the suit as "pain and suffering." Pain and suffering can cover far more than immediate physical injuries or loss of property resulting from the incident. Damages can extend to mental and emotional trauma, lost wages due to recovery or diminished capacity, long-term and short-term impact on existing relationships, and lost potential opportunities due to incapacity or irreparably changed life circumstances.

Accountability for medical costs after a car accident

The impact of motor vehicle collisions can lead to extensive medical costs associated with treatment and recovery. FindLaw.com explains that who is responsible for those costs depends on who was responsible for the accident, as determined by California car accident compensation laws covering "at fault" and "pure comparative negligence" statues.

Proper driving procedures when in or around recreational vehicles

A recreational vehicle is a great way to have fun in California, but such a large vehicle may be part of a larger accident than a small car. An RV owner should take the time to understand their vehicle and the legalities around driving it. Likewise, those who share the road with RVs should know the best ways to avoid an accident with this much larger vehicle.

Comparative negligence divides fault between parties

California state law offers more than one option for litigating damages in motor vehicle accident cases. Determination of fault in cases involving vehicular accidents can impact the outcome of lawsuits and settlements, including any damages owed by one or more parties.

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