Do time limits apply to making a Motor Vehicle Accident claim?
Posted: 6th June 2016
Yes, strict time limits and important procedural steps apply to making a claim for property damage or compensation when you have been involved in a Motor Vehicle Accident.
All property damage claims should be made as soon as possible after the date of the accident. It is a good idea to make your claim as soon as possible as the longer you take to make your claim, the harder it is to gather the information and evidence required to prove your claim. However, you can make a claim for property damage within 6 years of the date of the accident occurring.
With claims for personal injury compensation, if you have the details of the vehicle that caused the accident, then you have 9 Months from the date of the accident to make a claim or 1 month after consulting with a Lawyer about the possibility of making a claim.
It is still possible to make a claim for a period of up to 3 years from the date of the accident if a reasonable excuse for delay is provided to the insurance company.
If the vehicle that caused the accident is unidentified, then a claim form must be lodged with the Nominal Defendant within 9 months from the date of the accident. If the claim form is not lodged within 9 months from the date of the accident you will completely lose your right to make a claim.
In addition to the above time limits, legal proceedings for compensation claims must be commenced at Court within 3 years from the date of the accident or you will also completely lose your right to make a claim.
If you have been involved in a Motor Vehicle Accident we recommend that you seek legal advice immediately as you may lose your right to claim for damages if you fail to act within the critical dates.
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