June 18, 2014
Here’s the conclusion to our three-part blog Car Accident Lawsuit and Settlement FAQs.
How long after the collision do I have to file a car accident lawsuit?
According to Colorado law, people who are injured in car accidents will have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit against the negligent parties. While this may seem like a long time and people may want to wait until they’ve recovered before they pursue legal action, waiting may only end up hurting your case – even if you end up filing within the statute of limitations.
This is because, as you wait, there will generally be a greater likelihood that:
- Witnesses in the case will move or change their contact information.
- Evidence in the case will be lost or damaged (such evidence can include photos you’ve taken of the accident damage).
- Your memory of the event may not be as precise.
- You may end up misplacing doctors’ bills or other evidence that could ultimately affect your compensation.
Will my case be resolved through trial?
Probably not. Most cases are settled before the trial process ever begins, so you likely won’t have to worry about a trial in your case.
How long will it take to get a car accident settlement?
This will vary from case to case, with more complicated cases – like those that involve multiple vehicles or claims of vehicle equipment defects – possibly taking months or longer to resolve. What is fairly standard, however, is that these cases aren’t resolved overnight, as insurers have their investigations to conduct and there may be settlement negotiations that can prolong a case.
Therefore, don’t expect an immediate settlement for your claim. The sooner you settle (and the more desperate for money that you appear to be to insurers), the more likely it is that you will get less for your claim than you deserve.
For a more precise answer regarding how long your case may take, contact an experienced attorney.
Castle Rock, Colorado Car Accident Lawyers at Bahr and Kreidle
Have you or a loved one been injured in a car accident or any type of motor vehicle accident? If so, you can trust that your rights to compensation will be protected when you work with the Castle Rock car accident attorneys at Bahr and Kreidle. Since 1983, we have been fighting on behalf of injured people and aggressively standing up against injustice, inequality and intolerance.
A choice to work with the trusted Castle Rock car accident attorneys at Bahr and Kreidle can empower injured people and give them confidence that their important legal matters will be resolved as favorably and efficiently as possible.
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