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New York Statute of Limitations for Vehicle Accidents

Posted in Car Accidents on February 11, 2013

Commentary Regarding New York’s Statute of Limitations for Vehicle Accidents –

What does Statue of Limitations mean?

A statute of limitations is the time period allowed for a person to bring legal action against another person.

What is the Statue of Limitations on Car Accidents in New York?

In New York, the statute of limitations for most motor vehicle accident is three years. When an accident occurs, the victim has three years to file a suit against the other party. After the three years have passed, the victim can no longer seek legal action for that motor vehicle accident. In New York, there are “No Fault Laws” which means that some accidents are the fault of no one. Some “no fault” accidents are the result of negligent drivers, or can be caused by faulty road conditions such as pot holes, sink holes, lack of maintenance, or other factors.

While the statute of limitations for car accidents is three years, that is not the deadline for filing insurance or Worker’s Compensation claims. Accident victims are required to report accidents to their insurance company within 30 days. If the accident occurs while completing works tasks on a construction site, office, or in a work vehicle, the victim has 30 days to file a Worker’s Compensation claim with their employer. Click HERE to read more information about Laws of New York.

If you live in New York City and have questions regarding laws pertaining to the Statue of Limitations or are seeking legal action related to a car accident, it is important to contact a skilled vehicle accident attorney with a track record of proven success. Most personal injury lawyers in New York City work with contingency fees so you never pay a penny out of your own pocket. The fees will come a settlement or verdict if they win your case.