If you’re like most people who have been in a car accident, filing a lawsuit may seem like a lot of effort, especially when you’re dealing with the financial and physical aftermaths. You may intend to explore your options, but right now, you’re putting it off until “sometime” in the future. But the fact is, the longer you wait to file, the more difficult it can become to gather evidence to support your case. And in some cases, it may even be too late to file, thanks to the statute of limitations.
So what is Georgia’s statute of limitations when it comes to car accidents?
In most cases, the statute of limitations clock winds down at two years, which means you must have filed a claim before the two-year anniversary of your accident. Now, that may sound like a long time to “wait and see” what your injuries and costs may add up to. But lawsuits don’t just get filed over night. Even the most experienced lawyer needs time to gather evidence to draft the suit before filing. Even when the suit can be drafted and filed “just in time”, after two years, it can be difficult – if not downright impossible – to gather enough evidence to support the suit successfully if it’s challenged in court. And realistically speaking, after two years, the chances of settling out of court are significantly lower than they are when a suit is filed as soon after an accident as possible. In fact, one of the first things the insurance company’s attorneys are going to want to know is, “If your injuries and losses are so significant, why did it take you two years to file?”
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There are exceptions to the two-year limit: For instance, accident victims who are under age 18 at the time of the accident have until they’re 20th birthday to file – the two-year “clock” doesn’t begin to tick until the day they turn 18. However, if they get married before age 18, the clock begins ticking on their wedding day. And there are other exceptions, some of which are too complex to fully discuss in a blog post and far too complex for an accident victim to interpret without the guidance of an experienced car accident attorney.
Even when an exception exists, one factor remains the same: The sooner you begin working with a car accident lawyer, the better and more robust – and provable – your case will be. You need an attorney who’s ready to dig in right from the beginning, gathering evidence, reviewing the circumstances surrounding the accident, and building a strong case right from the start.
An experienced Marietta car accident attorney is the key.
You may think meeting with an attorney take a lot of effort, but actually, once you turn your case over to an experienced car accident lawyer in Kennesaw, you can relax, knowing someone else is hard at work protecting your rights. In fact, a lot of car accident victims are surprised how much peace of mind they can gain by hiring a skilled attorney. And when it comes to protecting your rights and getting the compensation you’re due, experience and skill are critical.
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As a leading car accident attorney in Marietta, Georgia, Roger Ghai helps accident victims protect their rights every day, developing cases based on string evidence and expert opinion. His skill and expertise in Georgia’s personal injury laws means he understands what it takes to prove a case in court – and to win successful out-of-court settlements. If you’ve been in a car accident, time is of the essence. Call the Law Offices of Roger Ghai today at 770-792-1000 and schedule your confidential consultation.