Within a matter of seconds, a car accident happens. After calling the police, exchanging insurance information, and seeking medical attention for yourself and any injured passengers, you might think you've done everything you can and are supposed to do. Unfortunately, the consequences of a car accident can continue weeks, months, or even years after the accident has passed. Your car may need more repairs than you initially thought. That pain in your neck and shoulder might not resolve itself with time and ice packs. More importantly, even though the other driver's insurance company is offering you money for your injuries and car repair, is it enough? Will it cover your medical bills, lost income and other damages? How do you know if the insurance company is low-balling you? If you find yourself asking these questions, you need to consult a personal injury attorney.
How Long Do I Have to File a Car Accident Claim?
Just like every other state, the time to file a car accident claim is limited. Florida’s statute of limitations for filing a claim due to negligence is four years from the date the accident occurred. Whether you were involved in a rear-end collision, T-bone side impact, head-on collision, or were injured as a pedestrian, you have four years from the date of the accident to take legal action.
What Happens if the Car Accident Occurred Past of the Statute of Limitations?
If the crash occurred more than four years ago, you will most likely run into road blocks when seeking a Florida personal injury lawyer. Unless special circumstances would be discovered and extend your time to file a claim, it is more than likely that because the statute of limitations has expired, the courts would dismiss your case if it were to be litigated. Moreover, it would be challenging after so many years to receive a settlement from the insurance agency for what your accident would have been worth within the statute of limitations.
Don't Delay Contacting an Attorney After a Car Accident
After a car accident occurs, you have a limited amount of time to file a claim. The aggressive attorneys at SKG understand the impact of Florida's statute of limitations and will work quickly to settle or win your case. Don't let time work against you. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident due to a driver's negligence, call (888) SKG-HELP for a free case evaluation or contact us online.