How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Car Accident? | Austin Injury Lawyers
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Even the safest drivers are susceptible to involvement in an automobile accident. Despite the many advancements that have occurred in the field of automobile technology, car accidents unfortunately do still occur. It is therefore very important to familiarize yourself with the appropriate steps to take following a wreck.
One of the most important questions to address after a car accident is how long you have to a file a claim against the at-fault driver. Understanding these critical time constraints and how they affect your chances at receiving fair and just compensation can end up making a big difference in the outcome of your claim.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free case evaluation with our auto accident attorneys.
Dealing with Insurance Companies
If you have been injured in an automobile accident, you likely have several important things on your mind. Getting medical treatment, taking time off from work, and repairing your damaged vehicle are likely at the top of your to-do list.
Filing a claim and dealing with the insurance company is another important part of the process. After being involved in a wreck, you may have to submit an injury claim in order to receive compensation for your losses. Although it is possible for the claim filing and claim settlement process to be smooth and customer-friendly, it is much more likely that you will encounter some hurdles and frustrations along the way.
Insurance companies are notorious for delaying the claim settlement process. Claims adjusters will also likely disagree with you about the value of your claim. Although it is possible to negotiate fair settlement amounts with an insurance company, cases that cannot be resolved often end up being litigated in court.
Taking Legal Action
If you and the insurance company cannot come to an agreement over the amount of a settlement, you may want to consider taking legal action. However, it is important to note that the deadline, known as the “statute of limitations,” for filing a personal injury or property damage complaint in Texas is two years from the date of the car accident.
Although some exceptions do exist, this means that you have a two-year time limit from the date of your automobile accident to pursue legal action.
Timing Is Critical
Given the two-year time limit to pursue legal action, it makes sense that a lawsuit should be filed promptly. However, it is also important to avoid filing a lawsuit prematurely. Therefore, it essential to strike a balance between pursuing legal action as soon as possible and allowing enough time for all your injuries and potential losses and damages to be fully assessed.
Seeking legal advice from an attorney can end up making a dramatic difference in the outcome and overall success of your claim. An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to guide you through the claim settlement process.
An attorney will also be able to tell you when the time is right to take legal action. Finally, an attorney can provide a wealth of resources that can be used to boost the overall strength of your claim.
Our Austin Injury Lawyers Are Ready to Fight for You
At Zinda Law Group, our Austin car accident attorneys have plenty of experience handling and settling personal injury claims. Our team has the resources necessary to help you build the strongest claim following a car crash, and we are here to help you seek fair compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Our firm also believes that an injury victim should never have to worry about being able to afford legal representation. That is why we offer 100% free consultations and why you pay nothing unless we win your case. That's our No Fee Guarantee.
If you would like to discuss the details of your case, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 to receive your free case evaluation.
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