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How Long Do I Have to Resolve My Auto Accident Case

February 6, 2018 Hastings and Hastings

When you’re involved with an auto accident in Arizona, it’s likely you are focused on recovering from your injuries and getting your life back to a sense of normality. Few people are eager to talk to a lawyer and jump into a court room to seek compensation for their injuries. However, there are limitations to the amount of time you have to file a claim in court against the person at fault in your vehicle accident. It’s important to talk to a lawyer and get the process started when the clock starts ticking so you don’t miss out on the compensation to which you are entitled.

How Long Do You Have?

The good news is Arizona law allows a reasonable amount of time during which you can file a claim against someone if you have been injured in a car accident deemed to be their fault. For the most part, the case must be started and commenced within two years from the date of the accident, This includes any personal injury or death, along with any damage to property that may have occurred. This means it’s important to start taking steps as soon as possible after the accident to ensure you fall within this timeline.

Do the Statutes of Limitations Ever Not Apply?

Many people feel there must be exceptions to the rule when it comes to an auto accident statute of limitations. After all, what if you are so severely injured it takes you a long period of time to recover in order to properly pursue your case. While there are no set regulations that address this issue, it’s important to talk to a personal injury lawyer to determine whether you will be held strictly to this statute of limitations or if there is a possibility it will be overlooked for your case. For individuals who are severely injured or in situations that involve death, a family member can often consult with an attorney to inquire about the best way to proceed.

Do You Need a Lawyer?

Another common question individuals have in regard to their auto accident is whether they really need a lawyer. When the police officer has already proclaimed the other party to be at fault, it can seem like an easy case. However, this isn’t often the case. In fact, insurance companies are notorious for offering settlements that are much lower than the amount to which you are entitled. Working with an attorney experienced in auto accidents and personal injury cases can help you take the right steps to obtain the compensation you are owed as a result of the injuries you have suffered from.