After a car accident in Tampa, a person might not consider suing right away for several reasons. One, the injuries incurred might take up most of their time and energy. They are mainly concerned about the health and safety of their family and friends. Second, the financial ramifications of the car accident might also be time consuming and stressful. Insurance companies might have difficult claim filing processes or are attempting to avoid paying out. The cost of collision repairs to the car might be stressful. A car accident can also cause disruptions to the person’s life, leading to being out of work. Only after the dust clears does the person consider the option to sue. In some situations, the person has waited too long. The statute of limitations in Florida for suing after a car accident is about four years. If filing a claim directly against the State of Florida after a vehicle accident, the motorist must first notify the state within three years with intent to sue, but the four year statute of limitations still applies.
Four years is a fairly generous amount of time, and it helps to know beforehand how a personal injury protection attorney can help. If the automobile accident did involve a government vehicle like a public bus, police officer, or any other state-owned or municipality-owned vehicle, then it is important to express intent to sue within three years or no judge will hear the case. If, however, the case is being brought against a careless or negligent driver in a standard accident, then the four year statute of limitations applies. You also have four years to sue third parties who might be held responsible for the cause of the car accident. A personal injury protection attorney will help you understand how to prepare your case within the requisite time frame.