How much time do I have to file a car accident lawsuit?

When you have been injured in a car accident, there are important time limits that affect your rights. If your injury was someone else’s fault, you may be entitled to compensation, but if you wait too long to take action, you could lose your rights forever.

In Florida, the statute of limitations for most personal injuries, including most of those caused by car accidents, is four years. For claims against state or local governments, the statute of limitations is three years. That means that if someone tries to file a lawsuit four years and one day after being injured — or three years and one day if the lawsuit is against a government — the claim will be barred.

Does this mean you should wait before taking action on your claim? No. If you were injured in a car accident and believe you may have grounds for a lawsuit, you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney right away. There may be reasons why your attorney might recommend waiting to file a lawsuit, but the decision to wait should be made with the advice of an attorney, not on your own.