I was in a car accident in Humboldt county but want to file in Riverside county, California. Can I do that?

I was in a car accident and I think I need to hire a car accident lawyer. If I hire an auto accident attorney, can I hire one from my local area? If I file my own lawsuit can, i file in my local area? An auto accident where I was a passenger took place in Humboldt Co, I currently live in Riverside county. To open my own lawsuit, do I have to file in Humboldt or can I file where I live in Riverside county? Do I file with small claims court? The accident tookplace on 06/2007; If a car accident lawyer were to file for me by the end of this month, would I still be covered under the statue of limitations?

Asked on May 20, 2009 under Accident Law, California

Answers:

J.M.A., Member in Good Standing of the Connecticut Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Regardless of which town you file the car accident lawsuit in (Riverside county or Humboldt county), a lawyer licensed in CO can file in either court.  Secondly, you can file the lawsuit in your local area becaue you live there.  You could also file it in the local court where the accident occurred - your choice, but the opposing party may try to make the venue at the place where the accident occurred.  Based on the date of the accident, you are really close to the the SOL deadline.  Usually, negligence accidents (car accidents) have a 2 year SOL.  i would get the thing filed in court asap and then you can deal with the venue.  Dont miss the SOL! If you need an auto accident lawyer in Riverside County, you can check http://www.attorneypages.com.


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