Statute of Limitations and Time Limits on Car Accidents
After a car accident, the natural reaction is to be shocked by what happened. You basically just got rammed by another vehicle that might have killed you had you not been in your car. Your valuable car that you paid thousands for is now damaged and doesn’t look like it’s going to be fixed for another month. Your life has taken a step back and you don’t really want to do anything that has anything to do with the car accident. Maybe it will blow over eventually right?
This thought process is actually how lots of people lose their chance to get financial compensation for the car accident they were involved in. Here is why and how that happens.
Statute of Limitations
A statute of limitations is a time limit that you have to report both personal injury claims and property damage claims.
However, this time period is not as short as some people think it is. In Florida, the statute of limitations is 4 years to claim both property damage and personal injury. If you do not file a claim within 4 years of the accident, then your possibility of filing a lawsuit may go out the window. That would basically end your ability to receive financial compensation for your injuries.
For more information on the specificities of the statute of limitations on car accidents, check out this link from the Florida Senate.
This statute applies to all motor vehicle accidents such as truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents. Anything that is involved with a motor vehicle, the statute of limitations is 4 years for personal injury claims and property damage claims.
What Happens If I File a Claim Too Late?
Filing a claim too late (exceeding the time limit of the statute) will result in the high chance that you won’t be able to file a claim for your injuries and damages.
Filing a claim sooner than later shows that your injuries were very serious and you needed medical attention regardless of how distressed you were.
However, if you are still in pain and didn’t file a claim in time, you can still contact a personal injury lawyer in Fort Lauderdale from FLL Accident Lawyers.
Contacting a Personal Injury Lawyer After a Car Accident
A personal injury lawyer may be the next step in getting your financial compensation. If you got injured in a car accident, or any accident for that matter, and feel like the other driver was negligent and not paying attention to the road, contact a personal injury lawyer. The injuries you sustained from the car accident shouldn’t be your financial burden when someone else caused it.
Too many times I see people that are left with an enormous debt in the medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and more. The pain and suffering of the car accident is already enough, but to pile on the stress of debt is too much.
Let my team help you. We have decades of experience and hundreds of cases won for our clients. Not only are we experienced, we also care. No matter the kind of injury you sustained, if you call us and consult us, we will do our best to guide you to the next step. Our consultations are FREE and there is no need to worry about fees until we win you your case.
Don’t get left out by not filing in time of the statute of limitations. Contact us now.