Massachusetts Statute of Limitations for Car Accident Injuries
Posted on behalf of Janet, Jenner & Suggs on May 18, 2017 in Car Accident
Car accidents in Massachusetts are governed by a no-fault system, which requires injured drivers to obtain compensation for medical expenses and lost wages from their own insurance policies.
You cannot go outside of the no-fault system to file a Boston auto accident lawsuit unless you have more than $2,000 in medical expenses or you suffered permanent or severe disfigurement.
However, even if you are permitted to file a lawsuit, you have a limited amount of time to do so. This is because of the statute of limitations for car accidents in Massachusetts.
The statute of limitations sets a deadline for filing a lawsuit. If you miss the deadline, courts will not allow you to file a lawsuit and you will not be able to pursue the compensation you deserve.
In Massachusetts, injured car accident victims have three years from the date of the accident to file a claim.
Statute of Limitations for Car Accident Deaths
If a loved one died due to injuries from a car accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit to obtain compensation to make up for the financial and emotional effects of your loved one's death.
The statute of limitations for wrongful death claims in Massachusetts is three years from the date of death or the date when you knew or should have known you had grounds to file a lawsuit.
Claims Against Government Entities
The three-year statute of limitations also governs claims against government entities, such as city, county or state government agencies.
For instance, you would have three years to file a lawsuit against a government employee who hit your car while driving a government vehicle.
However, state law requires you to present your claim in writing to the executive officer of the government entity you are filing a claim against within two years of the date of the accident.
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Three years may sound like a long time to pursue a lawsuit, but it can pass a lot faster than you think. For instance, some of that time may be taken up by filing an insurance claim.
This is why you should contact a Boston car accident lawyer at Janet, Jenner & Suggs after a car accident.
We can quickly evaluate your situation to determine whether we can file a lawsuit. If this is an option, and we decide to proceed, we will immediately begin a comprehensive investigation to build a strong case in your favor.
We charge no upfront fees and do not recover compensation unless our clients do.