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Time limit for claiming compensation after a road accident

It is important to be aware of the length of time allowed so that you don’t lose out. Unfortunately, after the time limit is up, you lose any right to make a claim for your injuries, loss of income or any expenses you have incurred.
In most personal injury claims, the time limit is three years from the date of the accident. This should be quite straightforward for a road traffic accident, as you will have noted the details for the insurance company.
However, the three-year limit is not always that straight forward. For example, if your child is injured in the car accident with you, it is logical to assume that they will also have three years to make a claim. However, this is not the case.
In view of the fact they are a minor in the eyes of the law until they reach the age of 18, the three year time limit does not expire until three years after their eighteenth birthday. Therefore, you need not make a claim on their behalf, as they can make that decision themselves when they turn 18.
Another anomaly to the three year rule is when someone dies from the road traffic accident they were involved in. Sometimes, their death occurs days or even weeks after the accident and in these circumstances, the three year time limit does not start until the date of their death.
Whilst the three year time limit seems straight forward, it is always best to consult a specialist road traffic accident solicitor who can advise you regarding your compensation claim and, if necessary, protect your right to claim in court.

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