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Claim Involving Automobile Accident Deaths…

Submitted By: Rebekah (Mesa , Arizona USA)

I was in a roll over car accident in 1994 involving myself and the automobile accident deaths of my family members. My oldest sister and her oldest son died from this accident. I was also injured along with my children, and another sister, nieces and nephews were injured.

Can I still make a claim after 17 years? I was added on to the rental van claim as the second driver but didn’t get paid.

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Answer

Dear Rebekah,

Rebekah

Regretfully the time period in which you had to file a lawsuit has expired, That time period is referred to as the Statute of Limitations. In the State of Arizona the Limitations period is 2 years from the date of the injury. Therefore you will be excluded from prevailing in any lawsuit you might consider.

There are a very few exceptions and the facts you present do not appear to include any of them.

You mentioned your children were in the car with you at the time of the collision. We can presume then you were not a minor at the time of the collision.

If any of the facts change or you have more to add to your question, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: April 6, 2011

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