Statute of Limitations For Car Accidents In Miramar
If you are involved in a car accident in Miramar that was caused by a driver’s negligence, there are time restraints for when you can file a lawsuit. In Florida, this time restraint is known as the statue of limitations, which can be found at Fla. Stat. 95.11.
The statue of limitations requires that a car accident victim file their lawsuit within four (4) years of the accident.If the lawsuit is not filed within this time window, it is likely the court will refuse to hear it at all.
Why is there a time limit to file a lawsuit?
The statute of limitations for car accidents in Florida is in place for many reasons. The main goal of this statute is to maintain the integrity of evidence, personal accounts, and witness testimony.
This is because over time, some evidence can degrade or deteriorate. Similarly, memory can be affected by time.
So, the statute of limitations was created to ensure accurate accounts of an event.
What are the exceptions to the Statute of Limitations?
There are circumstances in which the statute of limitations for car accidents in Miramar can shrink.
For instance, if you are injured as a result of the negligence of a driver who was “on the clock” for his or her employment that required driving for the State of Florida, or a county, city or municipality in Florida, then although you have four (4) years to sue, you mustsend a notice of claim to the proper governmental bodies within three (3) years.
Examples of vehicular accidents where a city, municipality, or the State of Florida’s negligence may cause your injury are:
a Miami-Dade County bus hits you;
a Coral Gables trolley hits you;
a fire rescue truck hits you.
Additionally, if someone has died because of the accident and their family wants to bring a wrongful death case against the at-fault driver, that lawsuit must be filed within two (2) years of the date of the person’s death, regardless of when the accident occurred.
Contact Bruce R. Jacobs to find out how he can help you. You can contact him by phone at (954) 961-1993 or by e-mail through this web site to schedule an appointment and learn more about your rights. He offers a free initial consultation.