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How Long After a Car Accident Can You Sue in California?
The statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit involving injuries suffered from a car accident in California is typically 2 years. If you only wish to file a lawsuit for the damage caused to your vehicle, then the deadline is 3 years.
When Does the Statute of Limitations “Clock” Start?
The start of the statute of limitations “clock” depends on whether the accident resulted in an injury or a death. If a person was injured as a result of the crash, the lawsuit must be filed within 2 years of the date of the accident. If a person was killed due to a car wreck and their loved ones wish to file a wrongful death case, then the “clock” starts on the date when the person died if it is a different date from that of the accident.
If you or a loved one were injured or wrongfully killed in an auto accident and are unsure if you are able to file a lawsuit, reach out to a Redlands car accident attorney at Dolen, Tucker, Tierney & Abraham. We have helped people throughout the Inland Empire since 1973 and are backed by years of experience. We are happy to answer any of your questions during a consultation and look forward to possibly supporting you with your case.
Exceeding the Statute of Limitations
There may be some exceptions when it comes to the car accident statute of limitations. In some situations, the statute of limitations may be “tolled” or paused due to specific events.
Circumstances when the statute of limitations may be paused:
- The defendant cannot be located
- The defendant is in jail or is imprisoned
- The victim of the accident is a minor or mentally incapacitated
- There is a reasonable delay in the discovery of an injury that is related to the accident.
- Injured in a car wreck in the Inland Empire? Contact Dolen, Tucker, Tierney & Abraham via online form or dial (909) 473-4948 to schedule a consultation with a Redlands car accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Who Is Responsible for an Auto Accident?
When it comes to determining who is responsible for the damage caused by an auto accident, several factors come into play. Did human error lead to the crash? Who committed the error? Were drugs or alcohol involved? Did a third-party share culpability? These are just a few of the factors that can play a role in who is liable for damages in a particular crash. Because there are so many factors in a car accident claim, many people find choose to work with a qualified Redlands accident lawyer.
Our Redlands car accident attorney often has to examine several factors before pursuing a claim.
- Who was at-fault for the crash?
- Was that driver insured?
- Did a failed auto part lead to the crash?
- Was the part manufacturer negligent in the making of the failed part?
Answers to these questions will help determine the proper way to file a claim for compensation. To arrive at these answers, the injured will need evidence. This evidence often includes, but is not limited to:
- Pictures of the crash site
- Witness statements
- Medical records
- Police reports
Depending on the circumstances, the injured party will file a claim with the other driver's insurance or his or her own insurance. However, in both instances you cannot simply rely on the settlement proposed by the insurance company. That's why we recommend working with a Redlands car accident attorney at Dolen, Tucker, Tierney & Abraham, will help you file your claim. Don't wait, speak to a Redlands car accident lawyer today at 909-473-4948.
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