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Michigan Auto Accident Lawsuit Statute of Limitations: File Suit

Michigan Car Accident Time DeadlinesOur Michigan car accident lawyers represent individuals injured in automobile accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents. This includes claims for both personal injuries against the negligent driver and for Michigan No-Fault insurance benefits against automobile insurance company responsible for paying medical bills, lost wages, and other benefits.

What is Statute of Limitations for a Michigan Car Accident?

In Michigan, a person injured in a car accident must generally file a lawsuit within three years of the date of the accident under the statute of limitations. This law sets the legal deadlines for filing a lawsuit against the at fault driver and the owner of the vehicle driven by the negligent driver.  This limitation is for pain and suffering claims only.

This time frame is different for uninsured motorists cases and is typically much shorter. These are claims against your own insurance company or the insurance company for the vehicle you were occupying at the time of the accident.  This type of lawsuit usually must be filed within one year of the date of the accident to get a settlement?

Are there Time Deadlines for Michigan No Fault Insurance Lawsuits?

TYes. There is also a time limit for filing a lawsuit against your insurance company. If your insurance company refuses to pay your No-Fault insurance benefits, you must file a lawsuit within one year of the date on which the last unpaid No-Fault benefit was incurred. If you fail to file your lawsuit within this one year period, you will lose the right to have the benefit or expense paid.

What if You Miss the Statute of Limitations for a Michigan Car Accident Lawsuit?

If you fail to meet these deadlines, your case will be destroyed forever and you cannot sue for your injuries.  You may also be barred from collection no-fault insurance benefits for certain periods of time and this can leave you with significant unpaid medical bills and lost wages.  Missing these deadlines can have a huge negative impact on your life. 

It is essential that you contact an experienced our Michigan accident and injury lawyers as soon as possible so that you do not lose your rights to a fair settlement.  There are other deadlines that also apply in filing certain types of claims, including dram shop cases against bars and restaurants that served drunk drivers, claims against the government for defective roads, and uninsured motorists claims.  The insurance adjusters will not tell you about these deadlines and may often even delay paying your claim until after the period expires, so you lose out altogether.

Can The Car Accident Statute of Limitations Be Extended?

There are a few execptions for extending the statute of limitations in Michigan car accident cases.  The deadlines may be extended for certain claims where the injured person is a child or person with a mental disability.  In these cases, the deadline period can often be extended beyond the three years.  However, it is best not to wait until after the three year period to find out if you qualify for an extension.  These extensions do not apply to no-fault insurance claims.

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Contact Your Michigan Car Accident Lawyer

If you or a family member has been the victim of a Michigan car accident or truck accident, you should contact our office immediately to discuss your case. There are strict time limitations for filing car accident cases in Michigan. If you wait too long your case may be barred forever. Call us now at (800) 606-1717 or simply submit this contact form and we will get back to you quickly.

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