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Statute of limitations for car accidents in North Carolina

Anyone involved in a car accident needs to take the situation seriously. After any crash, the people involved need to contact their auto insurance agencies right away. There is no set timeframe for this, but the drivers should notify a representative that a car accident took place. Ideally, all parties will do this within 24 hours.

In the event one or both parties want to pursue a civil claim because they have not received enough compensation from the insurance company, then that lawsuit must start within a certain timeframe. Personal injury lawsuits have a statute of limitations, so all parties need to be aware of what that is. 

The statute of limitations in North Carolina

In the state of North Carolina, one or both parties must file a lawsuit within three years of the date of the auto accident. These lawsuits can arise due to someone suffering from serious injuries or someone having extensive property damage the insurance agency did not cover. The clock starts counting down as soon as the crash happens, so it is paramount to begin the proceedings as soon as you can. 

In the event the crash resulted in someone's death, then the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit is only two years. In this instance, the clock counts down from the day the person passes away, which could occur later than the actual car accident. 

Filing a lawsuit after the statute of limitations

People can try to file lawsuits after the statute of limitations, but there is a low chance of success. The other party could easily file a motion of case dismissal. The court will almost certainly side with the latter party. This is why it is crucial to see a doctor and contact your insurance agency as soon as you can. 

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