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10 August 2015

What Is The Statute of Limitations For Filing A Car Accident Lawsuit In New York?

Many individuals involved in auto accidents suffer serious injuries in addition to vehicular damages incurred as a result of their crash. The combination of property damage and physical injuries can lead to expensive costs for individuals involved in a car accident. 

Fortunately, there are several avenues that an auto accident victim can pursuit for recovering compensation.

One of the most common ways to recover compensation for damages after an accident is through New York’s no-fault auto insurance system.

Under New York’s no-fault system, anyone who is involved in a car accident is eligible to recover compensation for certain damages incurred as a result of their accident. However, the amount of compensation that one can recover from an auto insurance claim is limited and may not cover all of the expenses associated with an accident.

In the event that auto insurance is not sufficient in covering all of the damages, an individual may be able to pursue additional compensation in a personal injury lawsuit.

Filing A Car Accident Lawsuit

Most people mistakenly believe that an auto insurance claim is the only option for covering expenses associated with an auto accident. However, this is not always the case.

In fact, it is often possible to recover compensation after being injured in an auto accident by filing a personal injury lawsuit against any negligent parties.

However, the statute of limitations in the State of New York limits the amount of time that a injured victim can file a personal injury lawsuit. In this article we discuss the statute of limitations for filing a car accident lawsuit in New York.

What Is The Statute of Limitations?

Statutes of limitations are laws which limit the amount of time that a person has to file a lawsuit based on a particular event. The statute of limitations can vary depending on the type of lawsuit being filed. 

In New York State, the statute of limitations for most personal injuries allows a individual three years to file a lawsuit from the date of the event that caused his or her injury.

In other words, if you were injured in a car accident and wanted to file a lawsuit to recover damages then you would have to do so within three years of the date when the car accident occurred.

The three year time limit for filing a car accident lawsuit in New York also applies to injuries arising from other types of accidents including slip and fall accidents, product liability injuries, premises liability injuries and certain injuries caused by other forms of negligence.

For a comprehensive list of statutes of limitations in New York, click here.

What To Do After A Car Accident In New York

If you were injured in a New York car accident you may be wondering what to do next.

Understanding what to do after a car accident can be very important for recovering from any injuries or financial damages that you may have sustained.

We have outlined some of the basic steps to take after a car accident below:

Seek Medical Attention

If you were injured in a car accident you should seek medical attention from a qualified healthcare professional. Doing this is very important for you own health and can also be important when seeking compensation through an insurance claim or lawsuit.

You should also collect any documents associated with your medical treatment including any medical bills or reports from the doctor that you were treated by.

Speak With A New York Lawyer

You should also consult a car accident lawyer about your legal rights. Depending on the circumstances, you may wish to obtain compensation through New York’s no-fault system or through a personal injury lawsuit.

However, understanding your legal options after a car accident is often difficult so it is best to seek the advice of an attorney.

As mentioned above, the time that you have to file a lawsuit is limited so it is advisable to contact a lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your options.

Help For Car Accident Victims In NYC

At Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman, P.C. we have been helping auto accident victims for decades. We are dedicated to helping our clients seek maximum compensation after a personal injury.

You can contact us today at (212) 285-3300 for a free consultation on your legal rights.