If you’ve suffered personal injury in a car accident in Massachusetts or Rhode Island, it’s important to understand how much time you have to file your lawsuit. In the days, weeks or even months following a car accident you may be feeling the consequences of the crash or carefully considering your legal options. Sometimes the financial burden or longer term injuries prevail months after your accident. Knowing your state’s statute of limitations for your claim can become very important to deciding your next action
Statute of Limitations for Filing a Person Injury Claim In Massachusetts & Rhode Island
Every legal claim has a statute of limitation. This means if don’t file your lawsuit within a given time-frame, you will lose the right to file for damages and compensation. These laws vary from state to state, so let’s take a look at the statute of limitations for car accident claims in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Both the Massachusetts and Rhode Island laws state that the injured party has three years from the date of the accident to file a claim to recover for their personal injuries. This three year window may seem like a lot of time initially, but time can go by quickly and settlement talks can drag on and even totally breakdown, forcing the claimant to explore other options in the midst of a quickly closing window.
- Massachusetts Title 5, Ch. 260, Secs. 2A – “…contract to recover for personal injuries, and actions of replevin, shall be commenced only within three years next after the cause of action accrues.”
- Rhode Island General Laws section 9-1-14 – “Actions for injuries to the person shall be commenced and sued within three (3) years next after the cause of action shall accrue…“
These statutes cover all personal injury claims, so in the context of a car accident any lawsuit by a driver, passenger, motorcyclist, bicyclist, or pedestrian injured in the accident will be subject to this three-year filing deadline.
Contact An Experienced New Bedford & Providence Auto Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident in Massachusetts or Rhode Island, don’t wait! Contact Dussault & Zatir and one of our experienced car accident attorneys will walk you through the details of your claim and help you to get the compensation that you deserve.
*The above is not to be considered as legal advice. Every case is different and the laws which apply may differ from state to state.
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