Statute of Limitations for Car Accidents

If Kylie Jenner thought she could forget about a car accident that happened more than a year ago which apparently had no earmarks of being the harbinger of trouble, she’s wrong.

The 17-year-old member of the Keeping up with the Kardashians reality show recently received notice that she, together with her mother, was being sued by one of the other parties involved in a three-car fender bender that occurred in August 2013. The plaintiff claimed that she had sustained serious injuries in the incident, although police records indicate no injuries or illegal acts in the Calabasas accident report on that date.

The plaintiff’s suit alleged that Kylie was driving at an unsafe speed and that her mother, who was the registered owner of the vehicle, was irresponsible for letting an incompetent driver behind the wheel. Although the lawsuit took a while to get filed, it is well within the statute of limitations for a negligent personal injury case in California, which is two years from the time of the incident.

The statute of limitations is perhaps the most important technical factor in filing a personal injury lawsuit for a negligent car accident, or any civil lawsuit for that matter. Because civil cases are not always a crime (although some are), it is important that you are aware about what the time limits are for your particular case. Jeff Sampson is an authority on the subject. Gathering the information and documentation for a civil case can take a lot of time, but it isn’t always necessary to have everything ready to file a suit, if only to avoid the statute of limitations running out. If that happens, no matter how solid a case is, there will be no way that you can make a claim.

A car accident lawyer will definitely know the statute of limitations in the relevant state, as well as other things that you will need to know about filing a lawsuit. If you believe you have a valid claim for a car accident personal injury case, consult with a lawyer as soon as possible to help you get the wheels moving.

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