A car accident victim has to file a claim within the statute of limitations that have been established.
What does “statute of limitations” mean?
Statutes of limitations are a time limit on legal action. They are an essential part of U.S. law, and apply to both civil and criminal cases, and help to prevent fraudulent claims from being made.
If involved in a car accident in Ohio, an individual has two years from the accident to pursue a claim. If the car accident victim fails to file a claim within those two years, they give up their right to seek compensation for car accident injuries and damages.
The statute of compensation does differ for minors and adults.
Statute of Limitations for Adults
If an individual over the age of 18 is involved in a car accident, they have two years to file a claim against the at-fault driver. If they fail to do so within the statute of limitations, they forfeit their rights to pursue the claim.
Statute of Limitations for Minors
If an individual is involved in a car accident while under the age of 18, they have two years following their 18th birthday to file the car accident claim. If they fail to file the claim within that time period, they cannot purse the claim.
Ohio Statute of Limitations
Attorneys may either file a lawsuit immediately, helping the individual to quickly be put on a trial track. The attorney could also negotiate with the insurance company in order to resolve the case without filing a lawsuit. The attorneys in the Charles E. Boyk Law Office often choose the later approach, as lawsuits take a lot of time, money, and the outcome is unpredictable.
If you have been involved in an Ohio car accident and wish to sue the at-fault driver to receive compensation for your pain and suffering, call 800.637.8170. You can review your case over the phone with one of our attorneys and receive advice on the actions that you should take.