Out of state victim in Maryland crash wonders which states statute of limitations applies?

With so many states bordering Maryland, Clark and Steinhorn, LLC often are confronted with out of state victims in Maryland crashes. These clients are frequently concerned that the statute of limitations of their own state may deprive them of their ability to vindicate the fair value of their claim in a lawsuit.

Fear not! If your injuries occurred in a Maryland car or truck accident it doesn't matter where you live, you get the benefit of Maryland's three year statute of limitations. This is particularly important to Virginia residents as Virginia personal injury victims have a two year statute of limitations.

To be clear the statute of limitations is the absolute deadline for filing a lawsuit. Which is to say that if you were injured in a Maryland crash on November 1, 2016, you would have to file a lawsuit in on or before November 1, 2019. If you were injured the same day in Virginia you would have to have filed on or before November 1, 2018 as Virginia has only a two year statute of limitations.

There are some exceptions to the application of the statute of limitations ( for minors, people under a disability and some other specific circumstances) but consult a lawyer to make sure you are covered.

Robert V. Clark
Maryland Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer
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