If you are involved in a car accident in Georgia, any personal injury lawsuit to recover damages must be filed within two years of the date of the accident. The argument that a claim is barred by the applicable statute of limitations can be refuted by evidence that the statute has been tolled.
In a recent case, the court of Appeals of Georgia held that the statute of limitations to file a lawsuit following a car accident was tolled by the state’s prosecution for a traffic citation issued in the accident. If you sustained injuries or property damages in a car accident, it is in your best interest to consult a Georgia car accident attorney as soon as possible to protect your right to pursue compensation from the responsible party.
Facts Surrounding the Car Accident
Allegedly, on October 16, 2014, the plaintiff and the defendant were driving on a Georgia highway when they were involved in a collision. The responding police officer issued a traffic citation to Defendant for following the plaintiff too closely. The citation indicated November 18, 2014 as the date the defendant could contest the citation in Municipal Court. The defendant paid the citation on October 27, 2014, and on November 18, 2014 the Municipal Court issued a bond forfeiture.