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Statute of Limitations for Motor Vehicle Injury Claims


One of the most common questions from personal injury victims following an automobile collision is whether there is a time limit to file suit against the negligent driver. North Carolina’s “statute of limitations” gives most motor vehicle injury victims a time limit of only three years from the date of collision to file suit; failure to do so will often result in losing any right to damages. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, have not settled with the at-fault driver’s insurance company, and are approaching three years from the date of accident, consider calling the personal injury lawyers of Maginnis Law, PLLC. The firm’s attorneys can help ensure that your lawsuit is correctly filed within the time limits.

Even if you were injured more than three years ago, there are exceptions available that, under certain circumstances, can extend the time to file suit. For example, if you were encouraged not to file suit by the at-fault driver’s insurance company and were thereby lulled into inaction, the court may use its equitable authority to allow suit beyond the normal time limit. Other exceptions may also be available, and Maginnis Law, PLLC can help you identify those exceptions.
Maginnis Law, PLLC offers free consultations for all automobile personal injury cases, and accepts such cases on a contingency basis. You pay no attorneys’ fees unless you recover for your injuries.

Maginnis Law, PLLC accepts automobile personal injury cases in Cary, Apex, Clayton, Wake Forest, Morrisville, Durham, Raleigh, and the rest of the Triangle area. Please contact the firm at 919.480.8526 to speak with a personal injury attorney or submit a request through our contact page.