If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, you may wonder how long you have to file a lawsuit in order to collect damages for your losses. This time limit in which you are allowed to file a lawsuit is referred to as the statute of limitations.
Read on to learn what the statute of limitations is for trucking accident injury claims.
California Statute of Limitations for Truck Accident Injury Claims
If you sustain personal injuries or lose a loved one in a truck accident, the state of California allows two years from the date of the crash to file a lawsuit. If you fail to file a claim within that time period, you will likely forfeit your right to any damages you would otherwise be entitled to.
You may file a personal injury lawsuit for the following as a result of a truck accident:
- Physical injuries
- Wrongful death
If you suffer fatal injuries as a result of a truck accident, your loved ones may be able to recover damages related to your death.
The Court Won’t Likely Hear Your Case If You Wait Too Long
Most of the time, the courts won’t hear cases that are filed past the statute of limitations. There are only certain, rare exceptions made to accommodate injured accident victims who are unable for some reason to file a lawsuit within the deadline.
If you’re hurt in a truck accident, it’s in your best interest to seek professional legal help right away. These types of cases tend to be very complex and require the help of an experienced attorney to be successful. Don’t delay—reach out to our office right away to learn how we can help.