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What damages can you recover after a California vehicle accident?

| Mar 7, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

The physical harm victims may suffer during motor vehicle accidents ranges from minor scrapes or bruises to significant and life-changing injuries. When the harm is minor, victims may manage on their own. However, when catastrophic injuries occur, it will likely have a devastating effect on the victim’s financial situation.

What are the recoverable damages available after a crash?

The accident compensation laws in California allow victims to recover damages for the losses they suffer. What this means is that you can receive financial compensation to help you cope with your accident injuries. Working with a legal professional may improve your odds of success with your claim.

Some of these damages address your economic losses while others address the non-economic effects of a severe injury. Examples of compensation you could acquire in a motor vehicle accident claim are included below.

  • Lost income due to missing work because of your injuries
  • Medical expenses related to your motor vehicle accident
  • Rental cars or public transportation costs (when your vehicle is damaged)
  • Pain and suffering caused by the accident
  • Accident-related loss of companionship or affection (when a loved one dies)

Unlike other states, California does not typically limit the non-economic damages you might recover. For many, this law helps them find justice in a more meaningful way.

For example, when the other driver’s negligence (drunk or drugged driving, etc.) caused the motor vehicle accident, fighting for a large amount of compensation helps you bring the negligent party to full justice. A positive byproduct of finding justice is that it can help others avoid suffering a similar fate by the same negligent motorist.

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