When you are injured in a car accident in Sacramento, you may not be thinking about filing a lawsuit against the other driver. You are probably more concerned with seeking medical treatment and paying your bills while you are out of work. In addition, you need to figure out a way to provide transportation for yourself and your family while your vehicle is being repaired. If your vehicle was totaled, that fact complicates matters, especially if you have a loan on the vehicle to pay off.
In the chaos after a car accident, your first priority should be to ensure you get the medical treatment you need for your injuries. A delay in medical care can be dangerous for your health. The delay could also be problematic for an accident claim too. Therefore, focus on getting the medical care you need for your injury, but do not lose sight that your time to file a personal injury lawsuit for your claim is limited by California’s Statute of Limitations.
What is the Deadline to File a Car Accident Claim in California?
Under California’s Statute of Limitations, you have two years from the date of your injury to file a lawsuit against the party or parties who caused the crash. This deadline to file a lawsuit applies to all accidents involving motor vehicles including:
- Commercial vehicles
- Large trucks
Any vehicle-related accident has a two-year deadline for filing a lawsuit for damages. Of course, there are exceptions to the Statue of Limitations for a personal injury case.
For example, if your claim involves a government agency, you must file your claim within six months of the date of the injury to protect your right to file a lawsuit later in the case. Failing to file the claim within six months could result in a court case being dismissed without allowing the case to be tried by a jury.
Another example of an exception involves accident victims who are minors. A victim who is under the age of 18 years at the time of the accident usually has two years from his or her 18th birthday to file a lawsuit for damages.
Never Assume You Have Two Years to File a Car Accident Lawsuit — Call a Sacramento Accident Attorney Now
As discussed above, there could be exceptions to the two-year deadline that shortens the time for you to file a lawsuit for your car accident. It is always in your best interest to consult a Sacramento accident attorney as soon as possible. Protecting your right to recover compensation is something our law firm takes very seriously. We encourage you to call our office now to discuss your case with one of our Fresno injury lawyers.
An insurance adjuster could try to delay your claim until you run out of time to file your lawsuit. In some cases, you may still be receiving treatment as the deadline approaches. Our lawyers can take steps to protect your right to receive compensation from the negligent party who caused the crash.
You may have heard stories about insurance companies denying car accident claims to save money. While insurance companies do try to pay as little as possible to settle a car accident claim, some insurance companies have valid reasons for denying a claim. Below are several reasons why the insurance company may be denying your claim.
Have you been hurt by a defective produce? Did a distracted driver cut you off and cause a car accident? Did a commercial truck driver who has driven too many hours cause a crash? Were you injured in a store after falling because of a dangerous condition the store did not fix? If so, you may have a personal injury claim against the party responsible for your accident.
Being hurt in California because of a motor vehicle accident, medical malpractice, slip and fall accident, pedestrian accident, bicycle crash, or other personal injury accident, is frustrating, frightening, and overwhelming. You must deal with the emotional and financial damages from being hurt in California in addition to the physical pain and suffering from your injuries. In order to protect your rights to receive compensation from the responsible party, you need to know seven important things about personal injury claims in California.
When you are injured by the careless, reckless, or negligent acts of another person, you are probably not thinking about filing a lawsuit. You are focusing on your medical care and worrying about how you will provide for your family while you are recovering from the accident. As the medical bills begin to come in and you struggle to make ends meet because you are out of work, the insurance company offers you an amount to settle your claim. You need the money; however, the insurance company refuses to negotiate and continues to offer a low settlement figure. What should you do?
Contact a Sacramento Personal Injury Law Firm Immediately!
The insurance company for the person who caused your injury does not want you to contact our office. They want to offer you just enough money to get you to sign a release of liability or they want to drag out the claims process until the statute of limitations expires. If the statute of limitation expires on your personal injury claim, you will be unable to file a lawsuit against the negligent party to seek compensation for your losses. You must act quickly to protect your legal right to file a lawsuit against the person who caused you harm.