You can sue for injuries from a car accident within six months of the accident, according to the California statute of limitations. You have three years to file for property damage. It’s important to note, however, that this time limit applies to lawsuits that are filed after the accident and not after the filing of the actual insurance claim. If you have been injured in an accident it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible.
If you have a claim, it’s best to tell your insurance company as soon as possible. If you delay, you compromise your chances of recovering damages. If your injuries don’t set in until a few months after, you have one year from the date your injury was discovered to file a claim with the court.
What If I Don’t Have Insurance?
If you’re the innocent party in this situation, you can still file a claim with the other party’s insurer. You should know though that the other party’s insurance is not required to represent you or act on your claim.
That’s why you should reach out to an expert California accident lawyer before you file a claim against the other person’s insurance.
Do I Need a Lawyer to Make My Claim?
Technically, no. But you’re more likely to get a larger settlement with a great lawyer on your side.
The majority of insurance adjusters deal with claims every day and know exactly how to scare you away or into settling for less than you deserve. An experienced lawyer can help you navigate a tricky claim and make sure you’re getting everything you deserve (and more).