semi truck crashed in a ditchYour lawsuit formally starts when you file a complaint in court. However, there are steps you need to take before you file the complaint that officially begins your truck accident case.

What to Do Before Filing a Truck Accident Claim

Before you consider filing a case in court, it is a good idea to talk to an experienced Kentucky truck accident lawyer. After considering what happened in the crash and your resulting injuries, your lawyer can talk to you about the potential benefits of pursuing a truck accident case.

You and your lawyer may decide that pursuing a claim is in your best interests. Once that decision has been made, your lawyer may negotiate with the insurance company and may begin preparing your case for trial.

Your Truck Accident Lawsuit Will Begin When You File a Complaint in Court

In most cases, you have only one year from the time of your Kentucky truck wreck to file a complaint in state court. If you don’t file your case on time and you try to do so later, the defendant will ask the court to dismiss your claim and, absent a legally compelling reason, the court will grant that motion. You won’t recover damages.

Accordingly, you need to file your complaint with the court before the statute of limitations runs out. If you are seeking damages of $5,000 or more, then your complaint should be filed in a Kentucky Circuit Court. You can do this by providing the court with:

  • An original copy of your complaint
  • Copies of your complaint for each defendant you name in the lawsuit
  • A civil summons or warning order affidavit for each defendant you name in the lawsuit
  • An attorney’s check, business check, or other sufficient payment made payable to the court clerk

Don’t waste another minute deciding whether or not it is worth it to contact a truck accident attorney. Instead, make the call now and get the information you need during a free consultation. Then, you can make an informed decision about whether you want to move forward with a Kentucky truck accident case and you can start your case before your time for doing so expires. Call us or reach out to us via this website at any time—24/7/365—to learn more.

Matthew L. White
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