Nobody asks to be involved in a car accident. Unfortunately, no matter careful you are, no matter how closely you obey the traffic laws and no matter how vigilant you are about safety measures, the chances are good that you will be involved in a car accident at some point in your lifetime. If you have recently been involved in a car accident, you are undoubtedly going through a range of emotions. If the accident was not your fault, then you may be angry. Fear, sadness, depression and confusion are all normal emotions after a car accident according to San Bernardino car accident attorney Emery Ledger of Ledger & Associates. Most people go through a stage of disbelief as well. That simply can’t believe that the accident happened to them. Once you pass through these stages though, you begin to ask yourself how you are going to pay for all the bills associated with the accident and how much your pain and suffering is worth.
According to San Bernardino car accident attorney Emery Ledger, each car accident case is unique and presents a different set of facts. Having said that, there are a few general points to take into consideration when trying to determine what your car accident case is worth.
The most important consideration is who was at fault? While you may feel that the other driver was clearly at fault, they may not be as clear as you think. In the State of California, more than one driver can share the fault. This is called comparative negligence. It doesn’t mean that you won’t recover anything for your damages if you share a percentage of the fault though. The important question is whether the other driver, or drivers, is more responsible than you for the accident.
Once fault has been determined, then damages need to be assessed. Damages is a broad term that includes actual bills -such as medical bills, property damage repair bills and lost wages- but also includes non-quantifiable things like emotional pain and anxiety. Your doctor bills, lost wages, property damages and other tangible bills should be easy to calculate, however you may also be able to recover for expected future medical bills which are a little harder to calculate. Even more difficult is the value of your pain and suffering. If you were injured in the car accident, then you are entitled to recover for pain and suffering, but placing a numerical value on pain and suffering can be tricky.
As you can see, while the formula for deciding what a San Bernardino car accident case is worth can be fairly easily explained, the actual numbers that fit into the formula can vary greatly and are open to debate and discussion by the parties. This is when you need an experienced San Bernardino car accident attorney fighting for you. An experienced car accident attorney knows what your case is worth and how to get you the most out of your case.
If you would like to consult with an experienced San Bernardino car accident attorney, fee free to contact car accident attorney Emery Ledger of Ledger & Associates at his toll-free number 1-800-300-0001 or online at www.ledgeralw.com