News: Multiple lanes blocked by crash on SR-94 in Mt. Hope

SAN DIEGO CO., CA – Two left lanes were blocked on eastbound State Route 94 in Mt. Hope on Thursday evening due to an accident.

According to Total Traffic San Diego, the accident occurred before the 805 and Home Avenue exit at about 8:25 p.m.

It is currently unclear how many vehicles were involved in the accident or if there were any injuries. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Drivers in the area are advised to use alternate routes if possible or expect delays as crews work to clear the scene.

If you’ve been hurt in a San Diego County crash, please consider following a few basic suggestions regarding actions you should take at the crash site. Following these steps will add credibility to your case should you choose to pursue legal action. First, be sure to move out of the roadway to ensure your safety and that of your passengers. Next, exchange insurance information with any drivers that were involved in the accident. Finally, call the police and request that an officer be dispatched to the scene to provide you with an official accident report. Finally, don’t hesitate to reach out to the San Diego area car accident lawyers at HHJ Trial Attorneys by calling 1-619-INJURED or by completing the contact form on our website.

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1. How do I choose an attorney for my car accident case?

Look for experience, proven results, and a clear understanding of the nuances of California law concerning car accidents. The ideal attorney should have years of experience both in accident law and in courtroom litigation, with successful cases and recoveries as a record to back up that experience. Explore reviews and testimonials, but don’t overlook the value of an initial consultation to gauge a firm’s suitability and receptivity to your case.

2. How long do I have to report a car accident in California before it’s too late?

Per California law, you must report any accident that results in injury or serious property damage (judged to be more than $750.00 in damages) to the DMV. The law states you must make such a report within ten days of the accident. Failure to do so could result in additional problems, such as the suspension of your driver license. No statutes govern when you must report an accident to your insurance company. Still, best practices state you should inform your insurer of any accident as soon as possible to avail yourself of the protections of your policy.

3. After a car accident, do I sue the driver or the insurance company?

Following an accident, California law does not allow drivers to sue insurance companies directly for damages. Instead, you will need to file suit against the driver. The other driver’s insurance typically takes over their defense based on the terms of their policy. Only in certain situations, such as when insurers act in a manner legally defined as “bad faith,” can you bring suit against the insurance company itself. Our attorneys can provide additional clarity so you can understand where to direct your efforts.

4. Should you admit fault in a car accident if it is your fault?

Simply put, no. At no point should you admit fault or claim responsibility for the accident even if all parties may implicitly understand that you were at fault. When necessary, such as when speaking to the police at the accident scene, provide an explicit and factual statement that only details what occurred during the accident. Do not make statements to your insurance company or another driver’s insurance about fault. Doing so may make you legally responsible for all the costs associated with the accident, complicating any chance you may have to defend a claim. Secure legal assistance quickly after an accident to avoid these sticky situations.

5. How do you prove negligence in a car accident?

There is a four-pronged test the courts use to determine whether negligence was a factor in the cause of a car accident. These benchmarks include:

– Duty. In the case of cars, every driver has a “duty” under the law to drive safely and within the rules of the road. All drivers have this legal responsibility to one another.
– Breach of duty. Would the average person believe that their actions could lead to death or injury? If so, a breach of duty has occurred.
– Causation. Successful claims must demonstrate that the breach of duty was the specific cause of harm.
Damages. What are the actual consequences of the breach?

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