The Statute Of Limitations In Car Accident Claims
If you or a loved one ever suffers an injury in a car crash while traveling in Mississippi, it is important to remember that you have a limited amount of time to file your claim under state law ― otherwise known as the statute of limitations.
For instance, car crash victims typically have three years from the date of their accident to file a personal injury lawsuit in Mississippi civil court. If you fail to file your claim before this three-year period expires, you may not be able to seek any compensation for your injuries ― meaning it is crucial to act quickly and contact an attorney as soon as possible.
This same three-year statute of limitations applies if a family member has died in a car crash and you are filing a wrongful death claim, although your time begins to run when your loved one passes away, which may or may not be the same day as the car crash.
Also, if you are injured in an accident in neighboring Tennessee, it is even more important to act fast as the statute of limitations for most car accident injury claims in that state is only one year.
Even if your car accident just recently occurred, you should still call a lawyer as soon as possible since evidence at the scene can quickly fade and witnesses disappear.
Was A Government Vehicle Involved? You May Have Even Less Time Than You Thought.
If your accident involves a government employee or agency, a different set of rules may apply than the one mentioned above. For instance, you may only have 90 days to file your claim against the government, or risk not being able to seek damages.
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For a FREE consultation with an experienced car accident attorney, call Wood and Carlton, P.C., at 662-841-2003, or toll-free at 662-643-4341. You can also reach us online. With three convenient office locations in Corinth, Pontotoc and Tupelo, we represent injury victims throughout northern Mississippi and western Tennessee.
The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can begin investigating your accident and collecting the evidence you will need to prove your case.