Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists in Southern California
Zealous advocacy for drivers injured by uninsured and underinsured motorists
If you were injured by an uninsured or underinsured motorist in California, you may be entitled to full and fair compensation. At the Law Office of Bryman & Apelian A Professional Corporation, our Calabasas attorneys have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for clients through verdicts and settlements. We are known throughout the state as a firm that delivers results, and we are not afraid to fight insurance companies until you get every penny you deserve.
Statute of limitations for bringing an auto accident claim
The statute of limitations, or time requirement, for bringing an auto accident claim in California is two years from the date of the accident. It is always a good idea to get an early start on legal proceedings, when memories are fresh. Whether you live in Woodland Hills, Thousand Oaks, or Simi Valley, our attorneys at Bryman & Apelian are well equipped to help clients throughout all of Southern California file a timely auto accident claim.
Steps to take after an accident with an uninsured motorist
Although the state provides two full years to commence legal action, our personal injury attorneys urge you to promptly take the following steps soon after an accident:
- Seek medical attention — It may take weeks before your injury manifests itself in visible symptoms, but a medical evaluation may reveal a latent ailment immediately. When negotiating or litigating for damages, it is crucial to establish that the injuries come from the accident and not some later event.
- Document all property damage — If your car, bicycle or other property sustained damage in an auto accident, obtain a financial evaluation documenting the costs of repair or replacement. It is important to collect all receipts and estimates soon after the accident to prove that the accident caused the damage.
- File documents with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) — The California DMV requires everyone in a motor vehicle accident to file an SR-1 form. To establish that a driver was uninsured or underinsured, the DMV requires you to file an SR-19 form.
In addition to property damage and medical bills, your insurance company may be obligated to fully reimburse you for lost wages and pain and emotional suffering as a result of an auto accident with an uninsured driver.
California car insurance policies compensate injured drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians
Every automobile insurance policy in the state of California must include coverage for uninsured and underinsured motorist claims unless you waived that coverage in writing. This insurance coverage protects you when you are injured by a hit and run driver or an uninsured or underinsured motorist while driving a car, riding a bicycle or walking. Your insurance policy may also cover injured passengers. Just because a driver has no insurance or inadequate coverage doesn’t mean you must pay out of pocket for your expenses.
Call Bryman & Apelian in Calabasas, CA today for a free consultation
The Law Office of Bryman & Apelian A Professional Corporation offers all clients a free first meeting. We help determine whether you have a viable legal claim for damages at this initial consultation. We don’t take any money from you unless you win! Whether you live in Santa Barbara, San Diego or the San Fernando Valley, we serve clients all over the state of California. Contact us online or call 818.225.5151 today to get answers to your legal questions.