After a person has been hurt in a Chicago accident, they often put off filing a personal injury lawsuit—whether because of commitments, family obligations, or other reasons. However, many people do not realize that there is a time limit for bringing a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party. This time limit is called the statute of limitations. Because states differ in their statute of limitations, it is important for people to be aware of the time limits they are facing—especially if they are relying on the financial compensation that comes from the lawsuit.
Recently in Chicago, a woman was killed while trying to pass the street after two cars crashed into each other. According to a local news report, the driver of the first vehicle was headed north when it slammed into another car coming from the opposite direction. The pedestrian was in the crosswalk when this occurred, and she was hit. She was pronounced dead at the scene, and people in the second vehicle were taken to the hospital to be treated for their injuries. If either the victim’s family or the injured people were to bring a lawsuit against the responsible driver in the above case, they would have to file the case within a certain timeframe to ensure they are not barred by the statute of limitations.
What is a Statute of Limitations?