If you have suffered injuries as a result of a truck driver’s negligence, you may be eligible to file a claim or lawsuit against the responsible truck driver, as well as the trucking company. You should be aware, however, that time may be of the essence in your case and that you must file your claim or lawsuit in a timely manner.
At Brauns Law, our legal team is familiar with the Georgia statute of limitations and all other relevant time periods in your case. Our experienced attorneys can ensure that our clients adhere to all time periods and that they file a claim or lawsuit on time. Our Gwinnett County lawyers can also make sure that we properly name all potentially responsible parties, including truck drivers, trucking companies, truck repair facilities, truck part manufacturers, and distributors as defendants in any claim or lawsuit.
Statute of Limitations
The applicable statute of limitations deadline for Georgia personal injury cases under the Georgia Civil Code is two years from the date of an accident. This statute of limitations is fully applicable to Gwinnett County truck accidents. This basically means that absent extenuating circumstances, any personal injury claim or lawsuit arising out of a truck accident must begin within two years from the date of the accident.
If an accident victim does not file a claim or lawsuit in a truck accident case within the required two-year time period, in most cases, the accident victim will lose their right to file a lawsuit or claim for monetary damages at any point in the future.
Reasons for the Statute
Personal injury statutes of limitation are in effect for the following reasons:
- Stale evidence – One reason that personal injury statutes of limitation are in effect is to prevent against evidence growing stale. As time passes, witnesses may move or pass away and memories fade. A two-year statute of limitations allows memories to remain fresh in peoples’ minds, hopefully leading to a better result in the case.
- Efficiency – If Georgia law allowed people to wait 20 years to file a lawsuit arising out of a truck accident, some people probably would. The statute of limitations fixes that problem by establishing a limited time during which a personal injury victim can file a claim or lawsuit.
Talk to a Gwinnett County, Georgia, Truck Accident Lawyer Today
Gwinnett County, Georgia, truck accident cases can sometimes involve numerous defendants. In addition to the individual truck drivers, those potential defendants can include the trucking company, manufacturer, distributor, or repair facility. You must properly name those defendants in your claim or lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires.
The experienced truck accident lawyers at Brauns Law can investigate your case and ensure that we identify all of the proper and necessary defendants in the claim or lawsuit. We can also litigate the matter on your behalf and thoroughly explain all of your legal options to you.
To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a Gwinnett County, Georgia, truck accident lawyer, please call us at (404) 418-8244, or contact us online today.