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The statute of limitations is a law that puts a ticking clock on your ability to seek compensation. This deadline changes depending on where you live and the circumstances that contributed to your accident. The law has specific criteria of what includes negligence and that definition includes many types of harm, loss, and injury. Having a lawyer on your side can help you realize the full extent of your recovery.
Your ability to maximize your settlement is limited if you don’t act quickly after a car accident. If your case passes the statute of limitation, you will be unable to pursue your claim. An attorney can help you file your claim on time and file your deadline before the clock runs out on your case.
Learn more about how the statute of limitations in Florida and Georgia can affect your case:
Florida’s statute of limitations states that you have four years from the date of a car accident to file a lawsuit. After this period, you can no longer collect compensation from responsible parties. Contacting a lawyer as soon as possible after an accident is crucial to getting the compensation you need.
Georgia’s statute of limitations states that you have two years from the date of a car accident to file a lawsuit. After this time, you can no longer collect damages from liable parties. Contact an auto accident lawyer as soon as possible after an accident to get the compensation you deserve.
Reporting your car accident immediately is your best bet for swift justice. Florida law requires you to report an accident to the police or to highway patrol under certain circumstances including:
In the state of Florida, you or your legal representative must file your car crash report with the DMV within 10 days of the accident. Georgia’s DMV doesn’t have a specific deadline but does advise that you file a report immediately for any accident more than $500.
This report is registered automatically with the DMV. If your accident was not required to be reported by state laws, it’s still important to file a report if you intend to pursue any sort of insurance or legal claim. Acting fast after an accident helps protect you and helps your accident attorney strengthen your case.
It’s for your protection — and for the protection of anyone else who was involved in your car accident — to report the crash as soon as possible after your accident. Any witnesses to the crash may forget the details of the incident. The last thing you want a witness to the crash to say to an insurer or a jury is, “I don’t remember; it’s been so long.” Evidence from the crash will begin to disappear as soon as you leave the scene. If your crash was caused by poor roadway conditions or signage, you can be certain this will be fixed rather quickly (this is another reason it is important to document everything with a camera at the scene). All of this is important for establishing liability and supporting your car accident case. An attorney will be able to collect evidence and document witness testimony while it’s still fresh in their mind.
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After an accident, you might feel like your whole life is upside down. In addition to recovering from your injuries, you may be dealing with significant financial stress. The sooner you contact a car accident attorney, the better your results will be.
Trust your case to professionals who understand the complicated ins and outs of car accident claims in the southeast. At Farah and Farah, we have the experience and know-how necessary to handle your case. Hire a law firm that will work fast and fight for you.
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