When Should I File a Lawsuit After a Car Accident?

Being in a car accident can result in serious consequences. Perhaps you are dealing with injuries, along with the financial responsibilities that come with those injuries. You probably have car repairs and might even have other property to replace. If the accident was the fault of another driver or other individual, you may be able to file a lawsuit against that party. When should you file such a lawsuit?

Before the Statute of Limitations Expires

Each state abides by the statute of limitations, which is the timeframe by which individuals have to bring a lawsuit against another party. This time limit varies by state, as well as by the type of lawsuit you are bringing. 

After You’ve Gathered Sufficient Evidence

As part of your lawsuit, you’ll need to provide proof of the accident and how it resulted in your injuries or property damage. Your lawyer typically helps in this process, but you’ll need to gather sufficient evidence to provide this proof. Evidence may include:

  • Pictures were taken at the scene of the accident, both at the time of the accident and later
  • Contact information and statements from witnesses who saw the accident take place
  • Professional statements from medical professionals, first responders, and others who can verify your injuries
  • Medical documents that show how serious your injuries are and how much they have cost you
  • Anything that shows how the accident impacted your quality of life

As Soon As You Are Physically Able

If you end up in the hospital right after your accident, you may not be able to work on a lawsuit right away. Your family might be able to help you obtain a lawyer to get the process started, but you often need time to recover. This is why it’s helpful to have the assistance of a lawyer. A lawyer has the capacity and the time to conduct a proper investigation that is required after an accident. A lawyer could also help when it comes to dealing with insurance agents and negotiating the best possible compensation for the victim. 

There’s also a chance you’ll be in a coma after your accident and unable to file a lawsuit. Typically, in this type of situation, the statute of limitations would be put on hold until you were awake and mentally aware of your circumstances.

Contact a Lawyer Today

If you were recently injured in a car accident, you’re possibly entitled to compensation from the responsible party. Contacting a car accident lawyer Elizabeth, NJ at a law firm like Wade Suthhard, P.C. today for help getting started.