You've probably heard that most car accident cases settle well before any court trial. That's very true. Many even settle before a lawsuit is even filed. But that isn't always the case (no pun intended). If the parties can't agree on a key issue or two -- who was at fault for the car accident, the extent of the claimant's injuries, and so on -- then sometimes the only way to get things moving is to go to court and get the lawsuit process started.
Find your state on the list in the first section to get the specifics on the car accident statute of limitations, which is a state law that sets out the amount of time you have to go to court and get your lawsuit filed.
In the second section, you'll find tips on what to expect at each stage of a car accident lawsuit, from the "discovery" phase all the way to trial.
The timeline or statute of limitations for filing a vehicle accident lawsuit varies by state. Click on your state below to learn more about specific deadlines and laws.
District of Columbia