If you’re in a car accident in North Carolina, as a general rule, you have three years from the date of the collision to resolve your claim or file a lawsuit. If someone is killed in the collision, their estate will only have two years to bring a claim.
Minors or incompetent persons, potentially have more time for parts of their claim, but that can be tricky, and you should absolutely consult a lawyer as soon as the person is injured so you know what your timing looks like.
Each state sets its own limitations period for personal injury claims. Virginia only has a two year statute, and Tennessee only has ONE YEAR for personal injury claims. Claims that occur on military bases or involving state or federal employees can have different time limits as well.
If you are hurt in a car accident, slip-and-fall injury, trucking collision, motorcycle collision, animal attack, or are otherwise hurt by someone else’s negligence, you should consult an attorney as soon as possible so you know exactly how long you have to act.
Waiting until the last few days can destroy your chances to recover anything. Even good lawyers may need time to research your case, and see what the real limitations are. If you wait too long, you may make it impossible to get the help you need.
The safest course of action is to always consult a lawyer as soon as you can after you are injured. See to your injuries first, and learn what your doctors think you need to do for treatment, but once that’s done, and before you talk to an insurance adjuster, contact a lawyer to learn the truth about your claims.
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