A Review of San Francisco’s Motor Vehicle Accidents Law

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Car accidents happen fast, thus giving you little time to process what really occurred. Typically, these crashes result in chaotic and devastating consequences such as serious injury. The resultant medical expenses can also drain your financial coffers. The prevalence of motor vehicle accidents in San Francisco, California highlights the importance of having an idea about car accident laws in the state.

California car accident law stipulates certain procedures that you must take in the aftermath of a head-on collision. This will ensure that the circumstances surrounding the accident are well documented so that there are no disputes when it comes to paying for any damages. For the sake of filing compensation claims, it is imperative to photograph the accident scene, and get witness statements. Besides this, you should keep a record of medical expenses resulting from injuries that you sustained.

After getting involved in a car accident, you will possibly deal with an insurance company when seeking your claims. San Francisco’s car accident liability law is closely related to its negligence law. This means that anyone who was responsible for the accident must incur any resultant expenses. As soon as you file a compensation claim with your insurer, an adjuster will use all the available evidence to pinpoint the at-fault party. If you feel that your compensation claim has been unfittingly delayed or denied, you can liaise with a motor vehicle accidents lawyer who will help you institute an internal complaint or appeals process. Besides this, you have the option of filing a complaint with California’s Department of Insurance.

Sometimes, resolving a liability dispute via informal channels is quite difficult. This may force you to go to court. Before doing this, you must consult your motor vehicle accidents attorney. This saves you a lot of effort and time. Complaints against insurance companies that are reluctant to pay clients’ compensation claims are often filed at the Civil Division of San Francisco County’s Superior Court. Once the lawsuit is filed, you must serve the at-fault party and his/her insurer. Negotiations form part of the pretrial motions whose objective is to resolve the dispute before it reaches the trial stage.

Are you having trouble with filing a car accident compensation claim? Contact a motor vehicle accidents attorney today to increase your chances of getting compensated.

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