Car accidents can leave you with more than injuries. In the days, weeks, and months following your accident, that accident may have a prolonged impact on your bank account. These accidents take a lot of resources to recover from, including resources you may not have.
What can you do in the face of all of these unexpected bills? When in doubt, turn to California’s civil court system. A California car accident lawyer can help you determine your right to accident compensation. Our team can then defend that right in front of a civil judge.
What, though, is the average car accident settlement in California? The truth is that there isn’t an average that we can refer to. Instead, our team individually calculates the value of each person’s car accident before taking a claim to court. You can reach out to our firm today for more information about the compensation you might receive if you take your case to trial.
What Settlement to Expect From California’s Civil Courts
There’s no way of knowing what settlement you can expect from a car accident claim until you calculate the value of the losses you specifically endured. While you can refer to state precedent to determine what other parties in situations similar to yours received, there’s no overarching “average” that can help you estimate your case’s value.
We understand that this answer can be disheartening, particularly if you’re still debating whether or not to take a car accident claim before a civil judge. Most people want to get some idea of what financial support they may take away from the legal process before they commit.
Fortunately, we can provide you with an individual estimate. You can meet with us for a FREE car accident case evaluation within days of your accident. We can take that time to assess your losses and estimate what their value might be. You can then decide whether or not you want to move forward with your case. A consultation does not obligate you to pursue legal action.
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We Can Establish the Value of a Car Accident Claim
We use a specific strategy to estimate the value of your car accident claim. This process sees us:
Gather Evidence of Your Losses and Their Value
We cannot demand compensation for your car accident losses unless we have evidence of those losses and their value. We can start gathering this information as soon as you take your case. Our investigative team can return to the scene of your accident to bring in debris, video footage, and other data elaborating on the cost of your accident.
We can then work with you to draw on bills, invoices, rental fees, and other expenses that we can tie directly back to your accident.
Integrate Unexpected Expenses and Long-Term Losses
Once we’ve brought data back from your accident scene, we can begin to estimate the cost of your losses. We start by assessing your economic losses. An “economic loss” is an accident loss that directly impacts your finances, either by losing you money or costing money to address.
Economic car accident losses generate bills. Fortunately, this makes them easy to track and easier to value. Some of the most common economic losses to appear in a car accident claim can include the following:
- Emergency medical care
- Long-term medical care and treatment, including essential surgeries
- Property damage and restoration
- Property rentals
- Lost wages or opportunities to pursue employment
Estimate the Value of Non-Economic Car Accident Losses
There are more losses you can include in your claim than those tied directly to your expenses. California civil law also entitles you to damages for non-economic losses. What does that mean, though?
A “non-economic loss” describes an accident expense that negatively impacts your life without introducing new bills into it. For example, California considers pain and suffering to serve as a non-economic loss. It doesn’t cost money to feel pain and suffering, nor can money always fix the trauma you have to contend with after a car accident.
That said, if you can prove that you’ve endured pain and suffering as a direct result of a liable party’s misconduct, you can demand that said liable party compensate you for that non-economic loss. The other non-economic losses you may have the right to integrate into your claim can include the following:
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Wrongful death, if applicable
You can learn more about your right to non-economic damages alongside our team.
Your Right to Compensation Hinges on Timely Filing
If you want to demand compensation after a car accident, you need to do so within the deadline set by California Code of Civil Procedure section 335.1. The state’s personal injury statute of limitations requires you to take action against a liable party within two years of your accident.
You must act within that two-year period if you want a judge to consider your case. California’s civil courts will not address cases submitted after their statutes of limitations expire.
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You Can Discuss Your Right to Car Crash Compensation With Simmrin Law Group Today
It’s true that there’s no average California car accident settlement that you can refer to when deciding whether or not to pursue a case. That doesn’t mean you can’t develop an idea of what compensation you might win in a civil case, though. It’s part of a California car accident lawyer’s job to help you assess the total value of the case you want to bring to a judge’s attention.
With that in mind, the team with Simmrin Law Group can help you estimate the total value of your economic and non-economic damages. Our team can help you not only defend requests for damages but also outline your right to unexpected forms of support.
Are you ready to fight for a fair car accident settlement? Contact Simmrin Law Group today to get started.