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How do I sue for a car accident injury in California?

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Typically, the first step in preparing to file a lawsuit for personal injuries suffered in a car accident is to obtain a copy of the police report. This report should identify the names of the drivers and registered owners of other involved vehicles as well as their insurance companies. Next, after conducting a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding the accident to pinpoint all potential causes, an attorney then drafts a “complaint.” This document is taken for filing directly to the Clerk of the Superior Court for the county with appropriate “venue.” Venue is a legal term which refers to the proper county within which an injured person is allowed to file a lawsuit. As a general rule, you’re allowed to file the lawsuit in either the county where the accident happened or the county where one of the defendants lives.

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