How Long Do I Have to File a Car Accident Lawsuit in Maryland?

by Monty Yolles on February 19, 2013

In Maryland, the time limit to file a personal injury lawsuit resulting from a traffic accident is three years from the date of the accident. The laws that set these time limits for filing lawsuits are called statutes of limitation, and they exist for a number of reasons.

Statutes of limitation embody the long-standing legal principle that the law abhors a forfeiture.  In other words, the law generally does not favor one who rests upon his or her rights too long.

Practical reasons for having statutes of limitation include the fact that over time memories fade, evidence can be lost, and records may be destroyed.  Another reason is so that responsible parties should have some idea how long they may be exposed to liability for injuries they caused to another.

Whether we agree with the length of a particular statute of limitation, the bottom line is that if you have a cause of action, you should make every effort to seek resolution as quickly as possible, up to and including filing a lawsuit if necessary to preserve your right to recover damages.

If you or someone you know has been injured due to another person or company’s negligence or misconduct, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.  Seek the help of an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to preserve your rights and discuss your next steps.

The Yolles Legal Group is dedicated to helping restore people’s lives after an injury.  Monty Yolles, founder of The Yolles Legal Group, is an experienced Marylandpersonal injury attorney who can review your case and help you navigate the legal system on your road to recovery.  Call Monty Yolles today at (301)670-0443 to discuss your case, or send an email inquiry to

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