How long do I have to file a legal claim after a car accident?
Deadlines, or “statutes of limitations,” for filing car accident claims vary from state to state. It is best to begin work on a claim as soon as possible to ensure you are not barred by law from obtaining the compensation you deserve.
In Kentucky and Indiana, most personal injury and wrongful death claims must be filed within two years. In Tennessee, a plaintiff has one year. Statutes of limitations may also vary according to the cause of action and whether minors are involved.
But it is best to get started on a claim quickly because these types of cases are usually complex and time consuming. The investigation into a car accident includes examining damaged vehicles and/or reconstructing the accident with the help of consultants, and analyzing medical records with the help of medical experts to determine the full costs of our clients’ injuries and losses.
Court orders may be required to obtain certain evidence necessary to prove a claim, like the other driver’s cellphone records, debit / credit card receipts, job or school attendance records, vehicle maintenance records, a commercial truck driver’s hours-of-service logs, etc.
Read more about how we prove a car accident case.
Some cases can be developed faster than others, but each has its own facts and there’s no way to predict where a time-consuming obstacle may arise. If you think it is at all possible that you have a significant claim for compensation from a car accident in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, or Tennessee, you should contact the Becker Law Office in Louisville or Lexington, KY, today.