If you have been injured in a bicycle accident in the state of Washington, you may wish to file a personal injury claim. A qualified attorney can help you to determine how much compensation may be available to you and what steps are necessary to pursue your claim. It is important to act quickly because there is a limited amount of time during which you make seek legal action.
Statute of Limitations – Definition
The “statute of limitations” is the amount of time following an incident during which you are eligible to pursue damages. After the statute of limitations passes, you will no longer be able to file a claim against the defendant. Every state and every crime or legal violation has a different statute of limitations attached.
Bicycle Accident Statute of Limitations – Washington
In the State of Washington, there is a three-year statute of limitations for personal injury cases. This is true for bicycle, car, truck, and motorcycle accidents. No matter how negligent the other driver may have been, or the severity of the damages, nothing can be done once three years have passed.
Why Time is of the Essence
Even within the time frame permitted by the statute of limitations, the passing of time may cause complications in your case. If you act quickly following an accident there will be more evidence to bolster your claim.
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If the accident just happened, there may still be physical evidence at the scene or at the very least, the physical condition of the area will be similar to that at the time when the accident occurred. Eyewitnesses may still be available to talk. As time passes, however, memories may become foggy, the scene will be altered, and any remaining physical evidence that has not been collected will be destroyed.
If you believe you have a case, please contact an experienced legal professional to learn more about seeking compensation and holding the negligent parties accountable.
Protecting your Legal Rights
It is important to be prepared and to understand what you should do in case you are involved in an accident. First, contact the police and immediately seek medical attention. Even if there are no visible injuries, get checked out. Many injuries present and worsen over time.
The experienced lawyers at the Bernard Law Group have represented injured victims successfully for decades. We have a thorough understanding of all legal issues involved and will ensure that the right steps are taken to bring your claim to a successful resolution.
Call us today at 206-298-9900 for a free consultation while time is still on your side.
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