Florida has enacted two statutes of limitations relevant to car accident lawsuits – the personal injury statute of limitations (for non-fatal accidents) and the wrongful death statute of limitations (for fatal accidents). Although both run for four years, they are triggered by two different events – the personal injury statute of limitations deadline expires on the fourth anniversary of the accident, while the wrongful death statute of limitations expires on the fourth anniversary of the death of the victim.
You beat this deadline by filing a lawsuit before the deadline expires. Although the court may reject your filing if you are missing critical documents or if you haven’t paid the filing fee, once the court accepts the case for docketing, you have beaten the deadline no matter how long your case takes to resolve ultimately. Subject to narrow exceptions; however, your claim will die if you miss the deadline.
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