My question involves an injury that occurred in the state of: California
I was involved in a motorcycle accident earlier this month. I did not carry uninsured motorist coverage, on my policy. I now know, that this was a big mistake. The driver of the car was a 19 year old, driving his mother's car. The car was registered to his Mom. I sustained bodily injury as well as damage to the motorcycle. The accident was clearly his fault as he went through a stop sign, and was witnessed by two people, one of which was a police officer. I had an attorney and was going through physical therapy, when the attorney dropped my case, when it was discovered that the owner of the car did not have valid insurance. I am trying to determine if I am spinning my wheels at this point, trying to see if any attorney would take the case, if the owner of the vehicle has any assets, an attorney would attach.
As a last resort, I could go through small claims, but I probably already have about $8,000-$10,000 medical, motorcyle damage, ect.
Would an attorney take on a contingentcy case, assuming that this person may have assets to attach?
If I have to file in California small claims, what would be the maximum amount I could recover?
Is it beneficial to list both parties in the lawsuit, mother and son, or just the mother?
My injuries consist od a fractured rib, road rash, and back pain. What would be a reasonable amout to ask, for pain and suffering?