Dealing with an insurance company can be a frustrating and unpleasant experience under the best of circumstances, but attempting to recover damages for an auto accident can be especially maddening. California has laws that require insurers to use good faith in dealing with both their own policy holders and with persons who have a claim for damages against a policy holder.
Have you ever wondered just how common car accidents and car accident fatalities are? In 2012, there were 30,080 fatal car accidents in the U.S. There were a total of 33,651 fatalities caused by car accidents in the U.S. in 2012. The national car accident fatality rate totaled 10.7 deaths for 100,000 individuals. Additionally, car accident mortality varied by state.
Auto accident damages can be extensive and a difficult consideration for families to face during a challenging time. A hit-and run-accident recently claimed the life of a woman in Los Angeles on Christmas. The 61-year old victim died at the scene of the hit-and-run accident. Family members of the woman noted that she left behind a daughter. The woman was struck by another vehicle as she stood alongside her vehicle which was parked in the shoulder of the roadway. The force of the auto accident sent the woman into nearby lanes of traffic. The hit-and-run driver fled the scene of the accident. Authorities are searching for a dark-colored pickup truck with front-end damage. Police noted that the accident investigation continues.
California law requires that all drivers carry insurance on their vehicles, including liability coverage to pay for any claims caused by the driver injuring another person in a car accident. Unfortunately, a lot of California drivers have no insurance, in violation of the law. Many others carry only the minimum required by law, which is generally not enough to cover damages in a case of serious injury.
In the immediate aftermath of an auto accident, it's normal to feel shock and confusion. Yet some of the things you do and say at the accident scene can have a bearing on any future injury claim you may have. Here are a few things you should try to do - and some things you should avoid doing - right after a car accident. This information is general in nature and should not be considered legal advice.
A recent multi-vehicle car crash on the 405 Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass has left one man dead and two others injured.