Important Personal Injury Laws in California

Important Personal Injury Laws in California

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Good day! I’m Todd Ayers, and I’m back with a new topic: personal injury laws in California. I became interested in this topic after meeting a personal injury lawyer in Orange County while on vacation. 

As you probably know, Orange County is located in Southern California, and many people visit that area of the country each year. Many people enjoy going on vacation to Disneyland or they just want to enjoy Orange County’s beaches. 

This got me thinking: what would happen if you were injured while you were on vacation in the area? Do you have a right to file an injury claim for an accident?

California Personal Injury Laws

When you’ve been hurt in an accident, the state where the accident occurred is where your injury claim or lawsuit would need to be fought. It might be a good idea to brush up on the most important personal injury laws in California, just in case you’re injured while walking along Newport Beach Pier.

Law of Negligence

California has laws concerning negligence and liability that purport that those who are injured in an accident can hold the person who caused the accident civilly responsible through the personal injury claim process. 

The law says that each person has a duty to others not to cause them harm. Even if the person who hurt you didn’t mean to do so, they can still be held financially liable for the harm they’ve done.

Statute of Limitations

Most states have a statute of limitations, or a law that sets time limitations on how long you have to file a claim or lawsuit. In California, you have two years to bring a personal injury claim in most situations. There are some exceptions, but this is the general rule.

Car Accidents: Fault vs. No Fault

California has a fault system for auto wrecks, which means that the person who was at fault for the collision could be made to pay for any injuries and damages. Usually the at-fault person’s insurance company is the one who pays out on injury claims.

Dog Bite Law

The dog bite law in California states that dog owners are strictly liable for the actions of their pets, regardless of whether they knew their dog was vicious or not. You can file a claim seeking damages for a dog bite as long as you were lawfully in a private place or you were in public when the dog bite occurred.

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Thank you for visiting my website, and come back again soon. I’m Todd Ayers, and I care a great deal about providing the general public with legal information they can use to live their lives. Hopefully, this information will help you to avoid legal trouble or help you deal with legal situations you can’t avoid.

 

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