People who have been injured in a car accident often make the mistake of waiting too long to hire a car accident lawyer. One common reason for this is that the accident victim does not realize the extent of his or her injuries right away and does not feel that a lawsuit is necessary. Whether you think your injuries are serious or not, it is best to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. You don't want to wait until the pain has become chronic and permanently affects your ability to earn a living. Unfortunately, it may be too late by then.
The Law in Massachusetts Regarding Car Accident Lawsuits
Under Title 5, Ch. 260 of state law, you have exactly 36 months from the date of your car accident to file a legal claim against the other driver. If you don't take action within this period, you permanently forfeit your right to file a personal injury lawsuit and possibly collect monetary damages.
The statute of limitations, also known as jurisdictional law in Massachusetts, cannot be extended regardless of the severity of your injuries. There is no limit on when you can file an auto insurance claim. However, it is important to note that merely filing a claim with the other driver's insurance company does not stop the three-year window for filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Exceptions for Hit and Run Accidents
The law makes an exception in the case of hit and run accidents to allow you time to learn the identity of the other driver. You have six months from the date you discovered the other driver's identity to bring a case against him or her in court. This exception is only available once the original 36-month window has expired.
Don't Delay in Scheduling a Legal Consultation
Recovering from your injuries takes time and should be your first priority after a car accident. However, it is also important to understand your legal rights in this situation. Our Worcester personal injury lawyers are available to meet with you in the hospital, at home, or wherever it is convenient. You just have to contact us and let us know your preferences.