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Georgia Time Limits for Car Accident Claims

Any lawsuit arising from a car accident must be filed within a certain time limit, or any legal claims you have will be barred and your right to sue will be lost forever. This time period is referred to as the “statute of limitations,” and in Georgia, the statute of limitations for car accident claims is two years. Keep reading to learn more about Georgia’s statute of limitations, and how it may apply in your case.

The Statute of Limitations in Georgia

In Georgia, there is a statute of limitations for all legal actions. For the two-year statute of limitations for injury-related cases filed in the state civil court system, the clock generally starts running on the date of the car accident that resulted in your injury. In other words, you will need to file your lawsuit before the two-year time frame expires. If you try to file your lawsuit after the two-year window has closed, your claim will almost certainly be denied, no matter how serious your injury. Therefore, it is very important to act within the statute of limitations.

If you are injured in any type of car accident, it is in your best interest to get a free legal consultation as soon as possible. Not only do you want to act within the statute of limitations, evidence that could help prove your case may be lost or damaged if you wait. The sooner a lawyer starts gathering and evaluating evidence, the better your chances of recovering maximum compensation for your injuries and damages.

Time Limits for Filing Insurance Claims after a Car Accident

While the statute of limitations sets a time limit for going to court and filing a personal injury lawsuit after a car accident, you should also keep the two-year deadline in mind when it comes to filing a claim with an insurance company after a car accident. In some cases, negotiations with insurance companies do not produce the result you need to cover the full extent of your injuries. In other words, you may not want to accept the settlement amount. But if you wait too long after your accident before you file your claim, you may find yourself running out of time to file your lawsuit while you are still trying to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company. This is why you should file your claim as soon as possible. If you get the claims process going as soon as possible after the accident, you leave yourself the option of going to court, and the time to do so within the statute of limitations for your case.

If you have been involved in a car accident in the Atlanta area, and you would like to discuss the Georgia statute of limitations or how to proceed, contact the experienced car accident lawyers at Katz Personal Injury Lawyers. We will review the facts and law in your case and provide you with options for maximizing your recovery of compensation for lost wages, property damage, medical bills and other damages. Please note that we charge no attorneys’ fees unless we successfully resolve your claim via settlement or verdict. Call us today at (404) 460-0101.

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