How long do you have to file an accident claim?

What happens if you’re in a car accident in Riverside County? How long do you have to file a claim?

You can only file a claim or lawsuit within your state’s liability time limit—also known as a “statute of limitations.” Each state governs its own statutes of limitations, and different types of damages, such as bodily injury or property damage, have different time limits. In California, the statute of limitations for bodily injury and for property/collision/comprehensive damage is the same at 2 years.

How long you have to report a car accident to the DMV or the police also varies by state but in Riverside, California you have up to 10 days. This is usually the case for all accidents that result in injury or that involve more that $2,000 of property damage. Many times, injuries and damage are not apparent until days or weeks later, so I strongly recommend that you always contact the police immediately after an accident. Their report will provide useful evidence for all reports you file with the DMV and with your insurance company.

No matter what type of accident that you’ve been injured in, time is of the essence. The longer you wait to call an attorney, the more difficult it will be to track down witnesses, gather medical records and obtain crucial evidence.

Call The Law Office of Martha Dahdah now for a free case review. There’s never an obligation to use our services and you won’t pay a penny unless we successfully win or settle your case.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

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