When a car accident occurs, you have a limited amount of time to take action. This is called a statute of limitations. It applies to car accidents, like many other types of personal injury. The Washington Statute of Limitations for car accidents is 3 years.
If you are not sure if time has run out or even if you know it has, still contact our team. We will work with you to determine if there is any way around this limitation. However, we encourage all of our clients to work aggressively to come in to see our legal team right away. Don’t wait to get help. The team at The Law Office of Blake Kremer provides in-person and virtual services in Tacoma, Washington, to best serve your needs.
How Long After a Car Accident Can You File a Car Accident Claim?
After a car accident occurs, your last thought is about filing a lawsuit, but it may be one of the most important decisions you make. Our goal at The Law Office of Blake Kremer is not to seek legal action in the form of a lawsuit but to encourage those who caused injury to you to settle at a fair value to you long before it has to go to court.
That does not always happen. In some situations, victims find themselves with a significant amount of medical debt, lost time at work, and other financial expenses. If an insurance company or other at-fault party will not settle for enough, then we take action against them in the form of a lawsuit.
We believe every client has the right to be heard and treated with respect by our firm, the people who have injured them, and the courts that decide where justice lies. We will pursue litigation if it is the best method to provide you with this financial compensation.
When Does the Statute of Limitations Begin in Washington?
The 3-year period for filing a claim against another person or business for a personal injury case like this begins the day of that accident. If you are in a car accident, we encourage you to act quickly:
- Contact the police at the scene of the accident. File a police report.
- Gather all contact information from the other party, including name, address, vehicle description, and other valuable insight, such as whether you saw them swerving or talking on their phone before the accident occurred.
- Gather all witness statements. We will help you to gather these. If it is safe to do so, get information from witnesses on the scene, such as their name and phone number.
Then, call your attorney. Allow our team to begin working with you right away to gather information and pursue financial compensation for you.
What Is the Statute of Limitations for Car Accident Cases in Washington?
The Washington Statute of Limitations for car accidents is three full years starting on the date of the incident. That means you need to, by this point, file a lawsuit in the state against the parties you believe are responsible for your losses.
Remember, there are many steps prior to this, including trying to obtain a settlement, which is less expensive and time consuming for you, the victim.
Don’t Trust the Insurance Company
As a third-generation attorney, Attorney Blake Kremer will work tirelessly to help you after this accident. It is quite important for you not to assume any insurance agent involved in your claim is working for you or to protect you. They are working to reduce any claims brought against them, so they have to pay less. They will delay the case and try their best to limit how much they pay you.
We work against this. That’s why we begin preparing for trial at the start of your case, even though we are working towards a settlement. This way, we have the ability to file a lawsuit if the insurance company doesn’t settle.
Serving all of Tacoma, Washington, and the surrounding areas, including Seattle, Olympia, and Everett, we can help you after you’ve experienced a car accident.
Contact an Attorney for Help Today for the Washington Statute of Limitations for Car Accidents
If you were in a car accident, recognize the importance of acting quickly. Even though you may think you have some time to file a claim, there is a lot of work to do leading up to that point. Contact Attorney Blake Kremer as soon as possible to start working on your case. We can help guide you in ensuring you get the legal support you need as you move towards filing a claim or lawsuit.
Contact Blake now to set up a consultation to discuss your case. He is happy to answer any questions you have about the Washington Statute of Limitations for Car Accidents. Attorney Kremer works with clients throughout Tacoma, as well as those in Pierce County, King County, Seattle, Olympia, and the surrounding areas. Blake also provides virtual consultations. Set up a consultation time with him now.