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Everyone dreams of visiting California. Some people want to take selfies with the stars of their favorite celebrities on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, while others want to see the whales swim in the bay. Of course, the most fun to be had in California is in San Jose, the site of the largest urban trail network in the United States and of California’s most underrated wineries. If you get injured in a car accident while visiting California, California’s personal injury lawyers are here to help you. If you think that the accident is going to be costly, you should contact a San Jose car accident lawyer as soon as possible after the accident.
If the accident happened in California, and you file a lawsuit to recover compensation for your medical bills and other accident-related losses, the courts that will decide the case are the California courts. The courts of California have the right to rule on lawsuits about accidents that occur in California, even if neither of the parties is a California resident, or if only one of them is. Laws about car accidents and car accident lawsuits vary from one state to another, and California lawyers are knowledgeable about the laws of California. For example, most non-California residents, and that includes lawyers in your home state, do not know that California law requires car accidents involving personal injury or major vehicle damage to report the accident to the DMV within ten days.
If you were driving a rental car when you got into an accident, California does not allow you to recover damages from the car rental company. California is a fault state, which means that the only parties that can be held liable for the accident and required to pay damages are the parties whose negligence was the direct cause of the accident. In the case of most car accidents, that means the driver who caused the accident.
Whether or not the accident happens in your home state or in California, most drivers do not have enough money to pay their own medical bills for a serious injury, let alone someone else’s. While California does not allow you to collect damages from the rental car company, you do have some other options. For example, you might be able to negotiate a settlement from the car insurance company that will cover your accident-related losses. Insurance companies look for ways to offer you as little money as possible, so letting a lawyer talk to the insurance company on your behalf instead of giving a recorded statement is a wise decision.
A San Jose car accident lawyer can help you if you got injured in a car accident during your visit to California. Contact Solution Now Law Firm for help with your case.
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