If you were injured in a motorcycle accident due to negligence on the part of another party, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. After your accident, you’re going to have a lot to deal with including medical and hospital bills, lost wages, the cost of future physical and mental medical treatment, and pain and suffering.
The purpose of a personal injury lawsuit is to protect the rights and financial futures of an injured victim. If your injury results in long term problems and you can’t return to work for an extended period of time, you’re going to encounter problems making your mortgage payments, rent payments, car loan and/or credit card payments. Compensation from a successful personal injury claim can provide much-needed relief from these and other financial burdens.
In California, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim is two years. If you fail to file your claim within that two-year time period, you will forfeit your right to file even if you have a strong case.
Two years, but…
Even though the state of California’s statute of limitations for filing these types of personal injury claims is two years, you should begin the process ASAP. By not contacting an attorney and beginning the process immediately after your accident, you run the risk of losing evidence that is crucial to the success of your case.
Evidence used to prove liability in personal injury cases includes, but is not limited to:
- Medical bills
- Medical and hospital records
- Photos of your injuries
- Photos of the accident scene
- Witness statements
- Police reports
- Any communication with insurance companies, physicians, therapists, etc
In some cases, evidence of liability on the part of the defendant in your case may be time sensitive. An experienced personal injury attorney will work quickly to obtain the evidence necessary to prove your claim. He or she will work with investigators who can help recover evidence and other important information in support of your claim.
A question that most victims have is how long a personal injury lawsuit can take. Personal injury lawsuits can take months or even years to complete, especially if they go to trial, which is why you shouldn’t wait to contact an attorney.
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If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident that was not your fault, you have a legal right to file a claim. Even though you have two years in which to do so, you should contact an attorney who is experienced in all of the ins-and-outs of motorcycle accidents law in California and knows how to prove a motorcycle accident wasn’t your fault.
At Inland Empire Motorcycle Law, motorcycle attorneys in Riverside County, our #1 priority is to get you the compensation that you deserve to move forward with your life.