Being involved in a car accident is a frightening and disorienting experience. Knowing what to do beforehand will enable you to make good decisions in the immediate aftermath of a crash. Those decisions can have a huge impact on your ability to recover compensation.
One of the most important steps involves filing an accident report. Why? You’ll want to make sure there’s a record of the crash and a collection of relevant details.
Georgia law requires that the driver of an automobile involved in an accident that results in an injury, death, or damage over $500 must file a police report immediately. If an accident is anything more than a bump that seems to have resulted in no injuries or damage, you need to call the police and report it.
Yes. Every state has a certain time limit, called a “statute of limitations,” that governs the period during which you must file a personal injury lawsuit with the court. In some states, for example, you may have as little as one year to file a lawsuit for injuries from an automobile accident. If you miss the deadline for filing the case, you will be barred from ever bringing the lawsuit in court. Statutes of limitation differ not only from state to state, but also in regard to the kinds of lawsuits involved.
In some states the statutes of limitations for medical malpractice, suits against governmental agencies, and wrongful death actions is shorter than that of other types of personal injury cases. In general, however, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is from one to three years, and the time begins from the time of the accident. There are some exceptions and an experienced lawyer can help you with them.