If you were injured in a truck accident in Florida, you likely have many questions about your rights, including how soon you need to file your claim. It’s important to understand Florida’s statute of limitations for bringing some type of legal action against the at-fault driver of your truck accident. Consulting with an experienced truck accident lawyer can ensure you file a claim within the required timeframe and don’t miss your chance to recover compensation for your injuries.
Florida Truck Accident Statute of Limitations
In Florida, truck accident victims have four years from the date of their crash to file an insurance claim or civil lawsuit. This is known as the statute of limitations. If you miss this deadline, you will not be able to pursue any legal action against the responsible party. However, there are some exceptions that allow more time for filing a claim or taking other legal action.
Exceptions to the Statute of Limitations
- If either party involved in the truck accident was under 18 at the time of the crash, they might qualify for an extension on the statute of limitations.
- If either party was mentally impaired at the time of the crash due to a disability or illness, they may qualify for an extension.
- If an insurer has failed to reject or settle a claim within two years after it has been filed, this may also count as an exception and allow more time for filing a claim or taking other legal action.
How a Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help
An experienced lawyer who is skilled in truck accident cases can help you navigate the legal process and help ensure you understand the statute of limitations for your claim. A truck accident lawyer will be able to explain your rights, what’s needed to help prove negligence on the part of the trucker and/or their company, and how to obtain compensation for your injuries.
If you were injured in a Florida truck crash, contact Browning Law right away. There are never any legal fees unless we win your case. To schedule an appointment, fill out our convenient online contact form, or call our office at 850-344-1736.