The statute of limitations for filing a truck accident lawsuit in Ohio is generally two years from the date the accident occurred.
What You Need to Know About Statutes of Limitations
A statute of limitations refers to the time period that you have to file a lawsuit after suffering injuries and other damages in a motor vehicle or other personal injury accident. Read on to learn about the statute of limitations for filing a truck accident lawsuit in Ohio.
Exceptions to the Statute of Limitations
In some cases, there are exceptions to the statute of limitations, such as when the victim is a minor. In this case, the time limit will toll (i.e., pause) until the minor turns 18.
A lawyer can help you determine if an exception to the statute of limitations applies in your case.
Why You Should Begin Your Case as Early as You Can
If you do not file your lawsuit within this time, you may lose your right to compensation for any injuries or damages you sustained in the accident. Although you typically have two years to file a lawsuit, waiting too long to contact an attorney may put you at a disadvantage because:
- Claims can take time to prepare.
- Pre-trial settlement negotiations may take time to resolve, and you do not want the time period to expire while negotiations are still ongoing.
- Evidence may be lost or destroyed, or a witness may forget details of the accident. This is especially true in truck accident claims as much of the evidence is in the hands of the trucking company that can destroy it after a certain period of time.
Recoverable Damages in Your Truck Accident Case
Depending on your accident, you may be able to recover any of the following damages:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Future lost wages
- Permanent disfigurement or impairment
- Property damage
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
Note: Not all truck accident lawsuits go to court. In some cases, filing a claim with your own insurance company may resolve the issue. However, if the other driver’s insurance company claims that you are at fault, partially or wholly, for the accident, your claim may be more complicated.
Many of these cases take time to sort out. This is why it is so important to know the statute of limitations for truck accidents to ensure you give your attorney enough time to build a strong case and negotiate before determining whether it is a good idea to file a lawsuit.
Truck Accident Lawsuits Are Often More Complex Than a Car Accident Lawsuit
Truck accident claims and car accident claims are handled somewhat differently. One reason for this is that a truck accident is generally more severe and more legally complicated. Truck accident cases usually involve federal trucking law, more than one defendant, and other factors.
An attorney can gather together all the evidence in a truck accident claim, including medical evaluations, witness accounts and photographs of the scene, and build a case to help you receive the compensation you deserve. They can hire expert witnesses to help your claim and interview accident witnesses to extract important information. They can also make sure they have the truck’s black box and log to prove that the driver was negligent.
Bressman Law Can Help You Recover Compensation
Truck accidents can cause catastrophic injuries and may even end in fatalities. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident in Ohio, contact the personal injury attorneys at Bressman Law at 877-538-1116. Remember, the statute of limitations for filing a truck accident lawsuit in Ohio presents a time restriction for pursuing justice. Call soon so we can begin working for you.