SANTA CLARITA CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER
Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney Serving Clients in Santa Clarita, CA
Car accidents can happen without warning in Santa Clarita, whether you are commuting at high speeds on the I-5, or are traveling at low speeds in a residential area or even in a parking lot. Many motor vehicle collisions happen because another driver is negligent, and negligence can take many forms. Sometimes another driver is too busy looking at his phone to pay attention to traffic on the road. In other situations, a driver might be too intoxicated or tired to focus on the task of driving. In yet other situations still, a driver might be speeding beyond the maximum posted speed limits or might run a traffic light. When an accident happens because of another driver’s negligence, it is important to learn more about filing a claim for financial compensation.
The dedicated team at Fisher & Talwar has years of experience assisting clients with personal injury cases in Southern California, and an advocate at our firm can speak with you about your options today. Do not hesitate to reach out to an aggressive Santa Clarita car accident lawyer at our firm for more information.
Statute of Limitations in a Santa Clarita Personal Injury Claim
If you decide to file a car accident lawsuit in Santa Clarita, you must do so within the time limit specified by the statute of limitations. For most personal injury claims, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the injury, which is also the date of the crash for most accident victims. The statute of limitations does not have any flexibility. The failure to file your claim within this two-year period means that you lose your right to file a claim and to seek compensation for your losses.
The statute of limitations is slightly longer for a case involving only property damage. If your vehicle was seriously damaged and you need to file a lawsuit in order to seek compensation, the statute of limitations is three years from the date the damaged occurred.
When car accidents involve a government agency, the statute of limitations can be much shorter. For instance, if the negligent driver worked for a government agency and the driving she was doing when the crash happened was connected to her work, then you may need to learn more about filing a claim against a government agency. Depending upon the specific facts of the case, these claims must be filed within six months, or sometimes within one year, of the date of accident.