Posted on Sunday, June 23rd, 2013 at 12:57 am    

When you are injured in a motorcycle accident, the last thing on your mind is filing a lawsuit. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you are more concerned with your health and the condition of your motorcycle. Your medical treatment should be your top priority; however, you should also make consulting with an attorney a priority. You have a limited time to file a lawsuit for injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. If you miss that deadline, your claim can be denied.

Our Sacramento motorcycle accident attorneys have experience handling a variety of personal injury claims, including motorcycle accidents. Let us worry about deadlines, claims, and insurance adjusters while you focus on getting better. Call (916) 999-9000 for a free consultation with an experienced California motorcycle accident attorney.

What is the Deadline to File a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit in California?

In most cases, you have two years from the date of the accident to file your lawsuit. However, as with most laws, there are some exceptions to the rule. For example, claims against government agencies must be filed within six months of the crash. If you do not file your notice of claim, you cannot file a lawsuit for damages. On the other hand, if your claim is only for property damage, you have up to three years to file a lawsuit unless a governmental entity is involved.

Another exception is for victims who are minors at the time of the accident. If the victim is under 18 years of age at the time of the crash, the statute of limitations is tolled (paused) until the child reaches 18 years. At that time, the statute of limitations begins to run and the person must file a lawsuit before the deadline expires.

A Word of Caution

Every case is different, and you should not assume your case fits within an exception. You should always consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible to discuss the specifics of your case. Calculating a deadline to file a motorcycle accident lawsuit can be complex. If you make a mistake, your lawsuit will be dismissed, and you will be responsible for all costs, expenses, and damages.

The best step is to call our office as soon as possible after an accident.  Our attorneys will work with you to begin building a case against the party responsible for your crash. By beginning early, we can preserve key evidence and work toward a settlement instead of a prolonged court battle. However, the key is to act promptly instead of waiting until the last minute to decide to take action.

Call a Sacramento Motorcycle Accident Attorney for a Free Appointment

For your free legal consultation and no-obligation case evaluation, The Tiemann Law Firm can be reached by telephone at (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website.  We accept most personal injury cases on a contingency basis — you don’t pay our attorney fees until we recover money for your claim.

Our law firm serves clients in Sacramento, Folsom, Roseville, El Dorado Hills and other communities in the greater Sacramento area.

Client Testimonials

Dawniel Ewing Testimonial
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I have nothing but great things to say about this firm. They have been extremely helpful and professional when dealing with my case. Anytime I needed anything or wanted to be updated they responded immediately. They made me feel like they cared. Highly recommend them!

Michael T. Testimonial
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I sat down and met with Jelena Tiemann about my vehicle accident.I presented all of my documentation to her in which she gave me her assessment.Although the Tiemann Law Firm wont be representing me because my settlement offer was pretty good she was very clear,forward and professional about what she felt could and couldn't be done.I recommend this law firm to anyone who needs a helping hand at fighting a case where you don't have to worry about the outcome not going in your favor. Please don't review this business if you received a freebie for writing this review, or if you're connected in any way to the owner or employees.

Herb T. Testimonial
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The Tiemanns were referred to me by a friend and I am exceptionally happy with the service I received. I had never been in an accident before. I had no idea what to do. Jelena verbally explained how everything would work to me, and she and Peter handled everything. I didn't have to lift a finger once. They went above and beyond for me and I am extremely grateful. I pray I won't ever need this type of assistance again, but I will definitely be referring them to friends and family.

Jennifer T. Testimonial
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I highly recommend The Tiemann Law Firm! I had never before been in a situation where I sustained injury and had to seek legal representation. I was nervous, traumatized, and had no idea what to expect. Jelena, Peter, and their staff walked me through each step of the process. They explained everything in detail. They patiently answered all my questions, responded quickly to every email, text message, phone call, etc. I felt totally prepared for each new phase of the legal process. Furthermore, they were fearless in their defense of me. In certain situations, when I felt attacked or scared my attorney protected me like I was family. Their diligence, honesty, integrity, and compassion provided a true sense of healing and closure for my family and I. The Tiemann Law Firm accomplished more for me than I ever thought possible and I am forever grateful.

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Here's the thing... Nobody really thinks much about lawyers until they need one.  Well, we needed one!  The Tieman Law Firm came through for us in a big way. They were professional, courteous, thorough, and had excellent staff as well.  Highly recommended...