If you were involved in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for injuries you sustain, including bodily injuries, loss of wages, and emotional pain and stress. If you wish to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver, you must understand that there is a limited length of time to take legal action. This limited length of time is referred to as a statute of limitations. What exactly is the statute of limitations for car accidents in California?
STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR CAR ACCIDENTS INVOLVING INJURIES
The statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit when there were injuries involved is two years from the date the car accident occurred. If you wish to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, you must act quickly. Instead of relying on the two-year statute of limitations, we recommend you contact ANAND LAW as soon as possible to file your personal injury lawsuit.
STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR CAR ACCIDENTS INVOLVING PROPERTY DAMAGE
Even if you are not injured, your vehicle could have been damaged as a result of the accident. If this is the case, you have the right to file a claim against the at-fault driver to obtain compensation for the sustained property damage. The statute of limitations on property damage claims in California is three years, which means that if you do not file a personal injury lawsuit within the two-year mark, you still have one more year to file a property damages lawsuit.
Property damage refers to more than just any damages caused to your car. If, for example, a valuable item inside your car was damaged during the accident, you can also recover compensation for these damages. An at-fault party may be liable for compensation if you are able to provide proof of the damages.
STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS ON WRONGFUL DEATH CASES
The statute of limitations for wrongful death cases is two years from the date of the victim’s death. The victim’s family has two years from the date of the victim’s death, whether the death took place at the moment of the incident or a few days/weeks later as a result of injuries sustained during the accident.
STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS ON PERSONAL INJURY CASES INVOLVING GOVERNMENT ENTITIES
A government entity may be the subject of a personal injury claim when a government employee is at fault in a car accident. The statute of limitations to file a personal injury claim against a government entity is only six months. If a claim was filed with the government entity and denied, you have six months from the date of denial to file a lawsuit. If you were involved in a car accident where a government employee may be at fault, you should contact ANAND LAW as soon as possible because time is very limited.
NEGOTIATIONS WITH INSURANCE COMPANIES DO NOT STOP TIME
After a car accident, you may first decide to negotiate with the insurance company to reach a settlement for your injuries. However, this process could take months, and in some cases, years. Unfortunately, the two-year statute of limitations for personal injuries is running its course while you are negotiating with the insurance company. If you are getting close to the two-year limit and have not reached a settlement with the insurance company, you must file a lawsuit to ensure that you have the opportunity to recover compensation.