Being involved in a car crash can be a horrible experience. Sometimes, a car accident is relatively minor, consisting mostly of property damage and minor bumps and bruises. However, other car accidents are much more devastating. A person could be in critical condition following a car accident. Moreover, even after a car accident victim leaves the hospital, they could be facing months of rehabilitation before their health is back to normal, if it ever reaches that state at all. In addition, some injuries do not manifest themselves until days or weeks after the initial accident occurs.
With all this in mind, it is understandable that a victim’s first priority is regaining their health. However, it won’t be too long before the medical bills start piling up. In addition, a car accident victim may be unable to work for a long time, resulting in lost wages. And, the car accident may have caused the victim pain and suffering.
For all these reasons, once the dust settles, car accident victims may want to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. However, did you know that there is only a certain amount of time in which to do so? This is known as the statute of limitations, and, once it is passed, a person can no longer file a lawsuit.
In North Carolina, for personal injury lawsuits, the statute of limitations is three years. This means that once three years has passed after the car accident, a victim can no longer pursue legal action against the responsible party.
Therefore, even though they may still be recovering physically from the accident, car accident victims should not wait too long before seeking legal advice. An attorney can assess the facts of their case to determine whether taking legal action is appropriate.
Source: FindLaw, “North Carolina Civil Statute of Limitations Laws,” Accessed July 31, 2017