How Long Can I File a Claim After My Car Accident?

A car accident leaves drivers and passengers traumatized, especially if the accident caused injuries or fatalities. Because of the subsequent shock, many victims delay filing a claim for their damages and injuries because they are coping with recovery. Unfortunately, the moment your accident occurs it begins the countdown on the statute of limitations of your claim.

If you miss this window, you could lose the opportunity to seek compensation (and justice) for yourself or the ones you love. So what should you do immediately after your accident? How do you make sure you get the compensation you deserve?

Immediately following an accident, call your attorney or begin the process of finding one to fit your needs. If you are in the Tampa area, contact Brooks Law Group for a free consultation and we will explain the next steps to you. Once you find the best attorney for your case, you need to know the statute of limitations for your accident and injuries.

What is a statute of limitations?

A statute of limitations is the period of time when you can file a claim after your accident. Each state sets its own statute of limitations, and these can vary due to:

  • the type of accident
  • the nature of the injuries (traumatic brain injury, disfigurement, etc.)
  • whether or not the accident resulted in fatalities

In Florida, the statute of limitations on car accident injuries is four years, but for many states, time runs out after only 2 years. While victims feel that this is a long period of time, it passes quickly once you begin building a case. Lawyers must collect documentation from all parties, speak with law enforcement, review medical paperwork, and a long list of other tasks before they’re ready to begin the negotiation process.

Knowing that you have only four years, beginning at the moment of your accident, to file for compensation is the biggest reason to call an accident lawyer as soon as possible. The team at Brooks Law Group fights for the justice and compensation you deserve, and we don’t back down until we know you’re in the best position to heal and move forward with life. We employ only the best attorneys, and provide compassionate counsel and expert advice from the first day of your case until the day your case closes.

Tampa’s roads can be incredibly dangerous. If or when an accident happens to you, Look to Brooks.

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