Car Accidents | San Diego Law Blog
Renewing a license is a common, if annoying, affair that California drivers have to deal with every few years. Sometimes it is as simple as submitting an application online and paying a fee, while other times you have to make an appointment with the DMV, submit new paperwork, and take a test. Whatever the case, getting into an accident when your license is expired can be a stressful and confusing situation. You may assume you are unable to file a claim or that you could face criminal charges by the police. However, you may still have options if you were in an accident when your license was expired.
Ever since mid-March, traffic has been in flux across California, and San Diego streets have definitely shown that. The California Stay at Home Order resulted in a massive drop in collisions across the city for the first few weeks as drivers were not packing the roads to get to work or about their daily lives. However, that does not mean the streets are completely free of negligent drivers.
Because of the proximity to Mexico, many residents of San Diego consider a weekend stay at a resort along Rosarito Beach or a day trip to Tijuana. Traveling south of the border is easy if you take the blue line to San Ysidro Station or parking nearby and simply walk through customs. However, drivers should be aware of how their insurance policy operates in another country and what they should do if they are in an accident.
The long-term costs of recovering from a car accident can be far higher than expected. In addition to physical injuries that can have a long-lasting impact and may require months or years of treatment, it is not uncommon for a victim to suffer mental and emotional trauma, with effects that can last a year or more after the accident.
In 2018, there were 1,894,000 non-fatal motor vehicle crashes involving injuries in the U.S., as reported by the Insurance Information Institute (III). While these individuals may have avoided death, there are still considerable costs associated with a non-fatal car accident injury, such as a traumatic brain injury or broken bones. Recovering from a car accident can be a lengthy process, depending on the nature and severity of your injuries.
If you have been hit by a drunk driver, you have a good chance of winning a claim for compensation in court. However, a lawsuit is not your only option. It may be possible to receive a fair settlement from the drunk driver’s insurance company, particularly if you have an experienced San Diego car accident lawyer negotiating skillfully on your behalf.
Drowsy driving has become a major problem on America’s roadways. It was responsible for 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries, and 800 deaths in a recent year, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). An estimated one in every 25 adult drivers report having fallen asleep at the wheel within the previous 30 days.
No one wants to be involved in a car crash, but with the odds today, it could happen eventually. Even a minor fender-bender with no injuries will completely ruin your day. A major collision with serious injuries leads to life-altering consequences. The following are some tips on what to do if you are involved in a car accident in California.
A statute of limitations is a deadline imposed by state law, after which a lawsuit cannot be filed for a particular type of case. Once that period has passed, the claim is forever barred. These time limits are stated in the California Code of Civil Procedure. The statute of limitations for bodily injury in a car accident is two years, the same as for other personal injury matters. If you were not injured in the accident and only want to recover money for damage to your vehicle, the statute of limitations is three years.
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