After you get in a car accident, you have a limited amount of time to file a claim if you wish to go to court. You will go through your insurance company first, but if you are unhappy with the offer you can take your case to court and attempt to get a better one. In this week’s blog, we’ll talk about the statute of limitations on filing a car-accident related claim in Maryland, and other car accident laws in Maryland.
Car Accidents: Maryland Statute of Limitations and Your Court Options
Statute of Limitations
In Maryland, the statute of limitations for filing a car accident related claim is 3 years from the date of the accident. This includes both personal injury lawsuits (to seek compensation for medical bills, etc.) and property damage lawsuits (to seek compensation for damage to your vehicle).
As a result, you’ll want to file your insurance claim as soon as possible. That way if you’re not getting anywhere with negotiations, you will still have time to file a lawsuit.
The Maryland Tort Claims Act – Accidents Involving the Government
If the accident involved the government (you were hit by a government vehicle, the accident occurred on government property), you will have to operate under a different set of rules in order to file a claim. The Maryland Tort Claims Act covers suits against the government. It’s important to note that you must file notice of a claim within 180 days after the injury.
Comparative fault is when there is more than one party who is at-fault for an accident. Unfortunately, Maryland is one of only a few states that uses the legal doctrine known as contributory negligence. This holds that if you were in any way at fault for an accident, even if you weren’t the main actor, you will be unable to recover any damages in a lawsuit.
MARYLAND CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
If you have been involved in a car accident that was not your fault, please call Bruce Robinson & Associates. Your consultation with our trial lawyers is free and if we can help you, your case will be handled on a contingency fee basis, which means no out of pocket fee or expense to you. For a free consultation with our experienced trial lawyers, contact Robinson & Associates at 410.415.3841 or click www.marylandaccidentattorney.com today for your free consultation. We look forward to helping you!