Time Limit to File a Lawsuit

How Long Do You Have to File a Lawsuit in Michigan After Being in a Car Accident in Michigan?

Generally, you have three years from the date of a car accident in Michigan to file a lawsuit for injuries sustained in that accident. MCL 600.5805(10). This three-year period (known as the statute of limitations) applies to both bodily injury and wrongful death claims. While there are certain exceptions to this rule that apply if the party injured in a car accident is a child or mentally impaired, it is typically best to assume that the statute of limitations for car accident claims is always three years from the date of the accident without regard to these possible exceptions.

Don’t wait! Act quickly to protect your rights!

date of car accidentDespite the fact that you have three years after the date of a car accident to file a lawsuit, you should be sure to move quickly to protect you rights. It is important to consult an attorney immediately after an auto accident to make certain that valuable evidence is not lost or your potential lawsuit is not otherwise weakened by the passage of time. Furthermore, you should refrain from speaking with any investigators or insurance adjusters who represent the interests of the other driver who caused the accident.

To learn more about how to protect your auto tort claim, read our Michigan Car Accident FAQs.

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