How Long Do You Have to File a Truck Accident Lawsuit in Georgia?
If you are involved in a truck accident in the state of Georgia, you must file an accident lawsuit within Georgia’s statute of limitations. If your time to file the lawsuit expires, then the court can deny your claim, and you are barred from collecting anything from the other party toward damages.
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An accident involving a large truck can be catastrophic, not only in the injuries you suffer but also the damage to your vehicle. Unfortunately, even if you have been injured, you need to start preparing and filing your lawsuit ASAP to protect your rights and to have the best shot at recouping damages for all that you have lost.
This is true even if you believe you were at fault for the accident. The other driver may still be found partially liable by the court based on the evidence. You may want to consider hiring a lawyer to handle your case – especially if you have suffered an injury. You don’t want to have to worry about missing a court date or a deadline because you have to tend to your medical issues.
Trust our experienced lawyers here at Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC to worry about the details of your case so you don’t have to. Let us do the heavy lifting so that you can focus on what matters most: getting well.
Georgia’s Statute Of Limitations
In the state of Georgia, you have two years to file a personal injury claim, including cases involving the state. However, if you have a claim that involves the city or county as a party, then you only have six months to file. That is not a lot of time, especially if you are laid up in a hospital bed for a month or two after the accident.
One perk to living in Georgia is that there is no “cap” on a damage claim, like some other states have. Here, there is no limit to what you can recoup on a personal injury case.
Settling A Truck Accident Case
It may seem like an open-and-shut case. You were doing what you were supposed to do when a truck came out of nowhere and hit you. The trucker is at fault, and you should be compensated, right? However, there is no set timeframe during which most truck accident lawsuits settle.
Truck accident lawsuits typically take longer to settle than lawsuits for regular car accidents. This is, in part, due to the number of parties that may be involved, as well as the court being able to determine which party was at fault, and to what extent.
Hiring a lawyer to help you with your case will not speed up the settlement process. However, hiring a lawyer will give you a better shot at recouping a larger settlement amount than if you were to pursue the matter yourself.
In fact, trying to handle the lawsuit yourself can backfire. Insurance companies try to pressure you into a quick settlement because it is less money they have to pay out, and less time they have to dedicate to your case.
You may jump at the chance to settle the matter and be done with it, but if you have ongoing medical bills, you may need more financial assistance later on, and who is going to pay for that? You certainly should not have to take on all of that responsibility when the other driver is the one who caused the situation in the first place.
You are more likely to suffer lifelong problems after a truck accident than a regular car accident. Do not let an insurance company bully you into accepting less than you deserve. Here at Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC, we pride ourselves on standing up for our clients when they need some extra muscle.
The Negotiation Process
The time it takes your case to settle all boils down to negotiations. The longer it takes to negotiate, the longer it will take your truck accident case to settle. There are three things in particular that a lawyer can negotiate for you:
If you are found to be partially to blame for the truck accident, a lawyer may need more time to negotiate for a higher settlement on your behalf.
Depending on how badly you were injured, there may be mountains of medical paperwork for the other party’s insurance company to review.
The Severity of the Accident
If you have suffered permanent injuries, or if the accident resulted in a wrongful death, the timeframe available for negotiations may actually shrink. If, in fact, a wrongful death did occur, the state may issue a set amount for the victim’s family or estate to receive.
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