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Top 9 essential things you should do if you are in a Car Accident

Notifying the Other Party of Your Intention to File Suit

If the cause of your car accident is the fault or negligence of another individual, then you could be entitled to a personal injury award or compensation. However, you must also be able to file and enforce your claim within the period allowable by the law.

In these matters the first order of business is to determine your intentions – are you intending to submit a claim to an insurance company, another individual, or the government in a case where the personal injury resulted from the liability of a governmental official or function? The reason why you should assess this is there is a variance in the time period within which you are allowed to enforce your claim.

For the insurance company involved, the period within which you can enforce your claim will depend on the insurance contract you signed at the start of your policy. If you are filing a personal injury case against another individual or company, then your claim can be filed within the particular state’s statute of limitations. You should immediately check the allowable period for the state within which you can file a personal injury case – otherwise you could be barred from pursuing your claim altogether. If you are filing a case against the government, then this might involve another set of prescriptive periods that you should become aware of.

The bottom line is this: If you want to safely pursue and enforce your claim for your car accident, then you should do so at the earliest possible time. Otherwise, you run the risk of running into the applicable statutes.

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