It is only too late to get a lawyer to help with your car accident settlement if the statute of limitations for your claim has expired. A statute of limitations in car accident claims refers to the amount of time a plaintiff (or victim of a car accident) has to take a legal action such as filing a car accident claim with insurance or filing a car accident lawsuit in court. The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim varies from state to state, and is often different in cases of car accident related wrongful death, but typically varies from 1-5 years from the date of the accident.
It’s usually not a good idea to wait until the very end of the statute of limitations before you speak with or hire a lawyer for your auto accident claim. It’s better to have some time to think through all your arguments, gather evidence, and wait until you’ve finished medical treatment before sending in a demand letter and trying to negotiate your car accident settlement.
However, even if you are concerned that you may be out of time, you should still schedule a free consultation to make sure you know for sure how long you have to file your claim. The statute of limitations can be extended in some cases, and you do not want to accidentally lose your right to file.