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How long does one have to file suit for a car crash in Kentucky?

While the old axiom goes, "Always expect the unexpected," no one in Kentucky can truly anticipate that when they get in their car to go to work or run to the store that they will be involved in a car crash. Unfortunately, every day people across Kentucky find themselves the victims of car accidents that cause significant damage and injury, if they are lucky to survive at all.

Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident can be stressful and confusing. Most people are just concerned with regaining their health so they can go about their normal routines. However, this isn't always an easy process. It can take months to heal from a car accident, time in which a person might not be able to work. Given that, once the medical bills start coming in, a person may wonder just how they're going to make ends meet.

Fortunately, in some cases if a person is injured in a car accident in which the other person was at fault, the injured victim can pursue a personal injury lawsuit. However, they should not delay in doing so. This is because of what is called the "statutes of limitations." This is the time period in which a person has to file a lawsuit. Once that time period is up, a person can no longer file suit. In Kentucky, when it comes to car accidents, victims have one year from the time of the crash or the discovery of the harm in which to file suit.

Statutes of limitation laws may seem harsh, but they are meant to help make sure that pursuing litigation is fair and practical, so that both sides can plan accordingly. Those in Kentucky who want to learn more about the statutes of limitations for car accident cases may want to seek legal advice, which this post does not provide.

Source: FindLaw, "Kentucky Civil Statute of Limitations Laws," Accessed Aug. 28, 2017

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