John, can I make a personal injury claim against the responsible party at any time after an accident?
Unfortunately, there is a strict Statute of Limitations victims have to abide by. In California, you generally have two years from the date of an incident to file a personal injury claim. However, there are some exceptions to this law. For example, if your injury was caused by a public entity (such as a city, county, or any governmental agency), you generally have only six months from the date of the accident to file a claim.
Since the Statute of Limitations is so important, I recommend consulting with an experienced PI attorney as soon as possible after an accident to make sure your legal rights are protected and exercised in a timely manner.
John, who is responsible if I get hit and injured by a truck?
Every accident is different, but you may possibly have a claim against any of the following parties:
• The driver of the truck and the drivers of other vehicles who may have contributed to the accident.
• The owners of the trucking company-- if they failed to abide by federal regulations
• Truck and parts manufacturers--if a defective product caused the accident.
• The truck maintenance firms --if shoddy work contributed to the accident.
• The agencies responsible for building and maintaining the roads--if defective design or lack of maintenance contributed to the accident.
An experienced PI attorney can help determine who the responsible parties in your particular case may be. For more information please visit www.injury-attorneys.com or cal 916-444-0100.