What Is The Car Accident Statute of Limitations in Connecticut?

The law office of Berman & Russo represents clients who suffered serious bodily injury during motor vehicle accidents. Such claims must be filed within the statute of limitations, which is a deadline set by the legislature that limits the time period during which you can seek compensation for your injuries. 

The statute of limitations in Connecticut that applies to motor vehicle accident claims is found in C.G.S. § 52-584 and C.G.S. § 52-577. These two statutes set time limits for injuries caused by negligence and intentional conduct, respectively.

The law states: No action to recover damages for injury to the person, or to real or personal property, caused by negligence, or by reckless or wanton misconduct, or by malpractice of a physician, surgeon, dentist, podiatrist, chiropractor, hospital or sanatorium, shall be brought but within two years from the date when the injury is first sustained or discovered or in the exercise of reasonable care should have been discovered.

First and foremost, you need to make sure that your legal claims are filed before the statute of limitations deadline. While the general statute of limitations for filing legal claims arising from a motor vehicle accident in Connecticut is two years from the date of an accident, different exceptions may apply under specific circumstances. But for the majority of automobile accidents, the two-year statute of limitations will apply.

This time limit is strict, and claims filed outside of the statute of limitations are almost always dismissed. The law firm of Berman & Russo can help you understand the complex issues that can arise when another party asserts a statute of limitations defense. Many different issues can affect how the statute of limitations is determined, such as if an injured victim was not aware of an injury until months or years after the accident that caused the injury.

What If I Was Injured By a Drunk Driver in Connecticut?

If you were injured by a drunk driver in Connecticut, and you want to sue the business entity who sold the alcohol to the drunk driver, then the statute of limitations is one year from the date of service. Moreover, you need to give written notice to the business within 120 to 180 days, depending on the specific circumstances of the case. The relevant statute is C.G.S. § 30-102, and you need help from an attorney who understands how dram shop laws work and might apply to your case.

What If My Loved One Died As a Result of a Car Accident?

A wrongful death claim must be filed within two years of the date of the victim’s death, which may or may not be the date of the accident. Some victims fight for their lives for months or years following a life-threatening injury before they pass away. However, a wrongful death claim cannot be filed more than five years from the date of the act or omissions by the defendant that led to the fatal injuries.

Contact a Car Accident Lawyer at Berman & Russo Today

Understanding how the statute of limitations concerning motor vehicle accidents will apply to the facts of your case may be complicated and confusing. The attorneys at Berman & Russo can help you and your loved ones understand how the statute of limitations may affect your legal options.

If you want to file a claim for personal injuries suffered during an automobile accident, then you need to take prompt action today. Do not jeopardize your rights by delaying the filing of your legal claims. Contact Berman & Russo today to speak with us about your case and the options available to you.