After a serious car accident, many people wait to file a claim. One reason for this is that they don’t know their rights. For information on what you can recover from a car accident, check out our blog post on the topic. Another reason, though, is that they figure that everything will work out over time. The problem is that many people wait too long to pursue their accident claim.
Statute of Limitations
A statute of limitations (no, it’s not a statue) is a law that sets a limit on the amount of time that you have to pursue a claim for damages. In Tennessee, car accident and personal injury claims must be filed within one year from the date of the injury. After this time has expired, a claim can no longer be filed, and you can no longer recover damages from your accident.
Don’t be confused here. Filing your claim with the insurance company is not the same thing. A legal claim for damages must be filed in court on your behalf by an attorney. It is not uncommon for the insurance company to drag out the process so that you miss your opportunity to file a claim in court.
Filing a Claim
Regardless of when your accident occurred, it is in your best interest to speak with an experienced car wreck lawyer as soon as possible. If six months or more have passed since the date of your accident, it is crucial that you get started immediately. Once the statute of limitations expires, you have no legal recourse.
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