Statute of Limitations for Filing a Car Accident ClaimJune 11, 2019
Car accidents can be extremely stressful and overwhelming, particularly if there are serious injuries and property damage involved. If the injuries are severe, the victim may incur costly medical bills, and be unable to return to work for an extended period. While car accident victims have three years to file a personal injury claim in the state of Maryland, it is highly recommended that they contact a car accident lawyer as soon as possible. This will ensure that the victim’s legal rights are protected and that they receive the financial compensation they deserve as soon as possible.
The statute of limitations is different in each state. In Maryland, car accident victims have three years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim. If the victim fails to file the claim within the three-year deadline, they will be ineligible to collect any compensation. The longer the victim waits to file a claim, it is less likely they will remember important details about the accident. That is why it is important to start the claims process as soon as possible.
Exceptions to the Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations was created to protect defendants, and in most cases, if the person filing the claim misses the deadline, the claim will be denied. However, there are some exceptions to this rule, including the following:
- Discovery rule: This exception extends the deadline beyond the three years if the victim realized they were injured later. An example would be if someone was exposed to a toxic substance, but did not show signs until years later.
- Victim is a minor: The statute of limitations generally does not start until the victim turns 18. Once the victims turns 18, they have three years to file a lawsuit.
- Injured individual is incompetent: In this case, the statute of limitations may be paused until the person is physically and mentally able to file a claim.
Maryland residents should also know the statute of limitations in the neighboring states of Pennsylvania and Virginia, which is two years. Therefore, if a Maryland resident is involved in a car accident in one of those states, the claim must be filed in that jurisdiction within two years, rather than three.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Assist Clients with the Claims Process
If you have been injured in a car accident, you are urged to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. We will walk you through every step of the claims process and ensure that you meet every deadline. Our skilled and experienced legal team will protect your rights and secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent car accident victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.