What Is The Time Limit To Sue For A Car Accident?

The statute of limitations on accident claims is one of the most common questions we get. The time limit may be as short as 120 days or as long as three years, depending on the circumstances. It is always a good idea to consult a lawyer as early as possible.

The Ypsilanti attorneys of Bredell & Bredell will take steps to preserve your right to sue for damages. Even though your auto accident case may ultimately settle out of court, it may be necessary to file the lawsuit to bring the other party to the negotiating table.

Don't Let The Statute Of Limitations Run Out

As a general rule under Michigan law, the following time limits apply:

  • No-fault (PIP) claims — one year from the accident
  • Bodily injury liability — three years
  • Wrongful death — three years
  • Claims against a government entity — two years, but you must file notice of the intent to sue within 120 days of the accident

We have had to turn down cases because the filing deadline had passed, leaving no legal remedy even when the injuries were severe or fatal.

Time Is Of The Essence

Even if the statute of limitations is far off, it is important that we preserve evidence and talk to witnesses. Securing your maximum compensation requires every advantage. Call us today at 734-482-5000 or toll free at 866-586-8164, or contact us online. We have offices in Ypsilanti and Jackson, and we can arrange to come to your home or hospital.