A “statute of limitations” is a state law that sets a time limit on an injured party’s right to bring a lawsuit. These deadlines vary depending on the kind of harm you suffered, and the type of case you want to file.
If you wish a file a personal injury lawsuit, meaning you are suing the driver of the vehicle that caused the accident, you have two years to file. You will need an attorney to draft an official complaint to file with the Clerk of Court in the proper jurisdiction, as well as have the other party and their insurance company served with the complaint.
If you wish to file a lawsuit for vehicle and/or property damage caused by the accident, you have four years from the date of the accident to do so.
If the car accident caused someone’s death, and the family wants to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver who caused the accident, the deadline for filing that kind of lawsuit is also two years. Keep in mind that the clock starts running on the date of the victim’s death, which might be different from the date of the accident itself.
No matter what type of claim you wish to pursue, it’s important to get an attorney on your side as quickly as possible. Failure to file your claim before the deadline can result in your case being dismissed.