Q&A: Hit by a car while walking in gas station parking lot. What can I expect in a lawsuit and how long does it take?

Question: I parked my car at a pump was walking toward convince store to pay I had stopped until the traffic of two cars drove by then a man waived me to walk so I started to walk took 3 steps or so and he hit the gas and truned right into me it happend so fast I was freaked out he hit my arm shoulder area I called cops it was privite prop so all they could do is file a statement for me of the accident inwhich I was the victim.

Sorry to hear about what happened. Even though statements were taken, no matter what what said at the time, stories change. So, aside from advising you that you have two years to get a complaint on file from the date of the accident, you need to consider whether there are any witnesses. Also, because this occurred at a gas station, there may be video recordings of what happened, but you have to act quickly to get these things or they will, undoubtedly, be routinely erased to discarded. Whatever you do, don’t wait until the time is about to run on the statute of limitations — few, if anyone, will want to get involved at such a late date.

As for how long it will take, there’s no honest way to really tell you. These things are unpredictable and some can be resolved quickly while others take years.

Geoffrey Trachtenberg
Levenbaum Trachtenberg
(602) 271-0183

Geoff Trachtenberg is a partner at Levenbaum Trachtenberg, a personal injury law firm located in Arizona, California, and Utah. You can find him on and Avvo discussing law and helping people with their legal needs.