California Traffic Laws & Personal Injury Claims

by Mona Deldar on Feb. 26, 2024

Accident & Injury Personal Injury 

Summary: Learn about the interplay between California traffic laws and personal injury claims. Get informed and represented with Deldar Legal.

In the Golden State, navigating the aftermath of a traffic accident can be stressful. It's important to understand the complex interplay between California traffic laws and personal injury claims. At Deldar Legal, we specialize in guiding victims through this intricate legal landscape.


Understanding Comparative Negligence in California


A pivotal component of California traffic laws is the principle of comparative negligence. As outlined in California Civil Code Section 1714, this regulation significantly impacts personal injury claims by allowing the court to assign a percentage of fault to each party involved in an accident.


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For instance, if you are found to be 30% responsible for an accident, your compensation will be reduced accordingly. This principle is crucial for anyone in a traffic-related personal injury case. More specifically, it directly affects the potential compensation you may receive.


The Statute of Limitations: A Critical Timeline


Under the California Code of Civil Procedure Section 335.1, individuals have two years from the accident date to file a personal injury lawsuit. This statute of limitations is strict; missing this deadline typically means forfeiting your right to seek compensation. However, exceptions, such as cases that involve government entities, may require claims to be filed within six months.


It is important to note that timely action is essential. Consult with a personal injury attorney immediately after an accident. Swift action ensures your claim is filed within the legal time frame.


Mandatory Reporting Requirements


California Vehicle Code Section 20008 mandates that individuals involved in a traffic accident resulting in injury or death should report this within 24 hours to the California Highway Patrol or local police. This legal requirement facilitates an official investigation and provides essential documentation for any subsequent personal injury claim. Adhering to this requirement is crucial for building a solid case.


Navigating Insurance Complexities


California's minimum insurance laws are specified in California Vehicle Code Section 16020. These laws require all drivers to carry certain levels of insurance coverage. In the context of personal injury claims, understanding your coverage and the role of uninsured and underinsured motorist policies becomes vital. More specifically, this is especially true when it comes to accidents involving drivers lacking sufficient insurance. Knowledge of these provisions is essential for securing fair compensation.


Why Legal Support Matters


The nuances of California traffic laws can profoundly impact personal injury claims. However, the complexities can be overwhelming, from determining fault under comparative negligence rules to adhering to statutory deadlines and negotiating with insurance companies.


This is where Deldar Legal steps in. Our understanding of California traffic laws and personal injury litigation can guide you through the process. Moreover, we can ensure your rights are protected and you receive the compensation you deserve.




In summary, if you have been involved in a traffic accident in California, and you need help with your personal injury claim, Contact Deldar Legal at (844) 335-3271 for a free consultation. Our experienced attorneys are ready to provide you with the legal support and representation. Together, we can navigate the intricacies of California traffic laws and achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

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