Statutes of Limitations and Car Accident Personal Injury Claims
In every state, there are laws that limit the amount of time that accident victims have to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver. These laws are typically referred to as the “Statutes of Limitations.” These deadlines vary from state to state and may vary depending on the age and injuries of the victim (plaintiff). These deadlines also vary based on the location of the accident, the applicable jurisdiction and laws, whether the injured party is a minor, identity of the Defendant(s) (e.g., individual, state government entity, federal government entity), the circumstances of the accident, and other factors.
The statutes of limitations begin on the date of the accident. While one year or longer may appear to be a long time to file an auto accident injury or wrongful death lawsuit, injured persons or the family of the victim will find the deadline arrives fast.
Tragically, Plaintiffs who fail to meet this deadline will be barred from receiving any compensation for their injuries. This means that regardless of how demonstrable the injuries are, the degree of fault, or severity of the accident, the Plaintiff will be unable to recover if they miss a critical deadline! That’s why injury victims need to act expediently and with urgency after an accident, and contact an injury attorney to ensure that don’t miss any legal time deadlines or notification requirements, to ensure that they receive their right to compensation.
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Many insurance policies also have timely notification requirements, where if a claim is not filed in time or appropriate notice is not given, the injured victim loses the ability to receive the benefits and compensation they paid for under their applicable policy. In addition to these legal and contractual deadlines, there are other reasons to act without delay; important evidence necessary for your case can disappear or be destroyed, and witnesses can go missing or forget what happened. Click here to receive your free case review.