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What is the Time Frame for Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit After a Car Accident?

Published on January 2nd, 2020

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Even if you are a safe, courteous, conscientious driver, you are not immune to being involved in a car accident. Other drivers’ actions, poor road conditions, and faulty mechanical equipment on your vehicle could cause a collision. When you are the victim of someone else’s neglect, disregard or willful actions to cause harm, you could be justified in filing a lawsuit. It’s important to know the timeline of filing a personal injury lawsuit so you don’t miss out on the chance to get legal help.

The Purpose of Filing a Lawsuit

Even minor car accidents can cause significant harm to you and others in your car. While some car collisions are the results of simple bad luck or mistakes, others would never have happened without the poor judgment and actions of someone else. Your injuries could require extensive medical care, including doctor’s office visits, hospital stays, surgeries, medication, physical therapy, or even emotional therapy. The costs can quickly add up and spiral out of control. Your auto insurance, and the insurance of the other driver, should cover a portion of the costs. When there is still too much to bear, or if the insurance providers are difficult to work with, a lawsuit could help you get the financial assistance you need. Your lawyer can also help you sue for damages to get the money you lost by not being to work.

When to File a Lawsuit

The sooner you can file after the accident, the better. You will have limitations on how long after the incident you can sue the other party. These requirements vary from state to state. In some places you may have up to three years to file, while in other places you may a year. There are exceptions to these guidelines, however. If you have not been physically or mentally able to file a lawsuit for your injuries, the filing clock will start when the court deems you are competent to do so.

When to Hire a Lawyer

Calling a car accident lawyer, like a car accident lawyer in Salt Lake City, UT, is one of the first steps you should take following a car accident. After getting medical attention and filing an insurance claim, speak to an attorney about your case. Many lawyers will give you a free consultation where you can give details about your accident. An experienced lawyer has the skills and qualifications you can feel good about to represent you.

If you believe your car accident injuries occurred due to someone’s negligence, speak to a lawyer right away. This isn’t a battle you want to fight alone.

 

Thanks to Rasmussen & Miner for their insight into how to file a personal injury lawsuit after a car accident. 

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