When to File a Truck Accident Claim
Truck crashes frequently cause severe injuries or even death for motorists in the other vehicles involved. While it's understandable for victims and their loved ones to want to take the time to grieve and recover, it's crucial to know that there is a statute of limitations for pursuing a truck accident claim.
What is the Statute of Limitations?
In Illinois, motorists have two years from the date of their accident to file a personal injury claim against the truck driver or company. Within this timeframe, you should seek medical treatment and document your injuries/the cost so that your attorney and insurance company can appropriately assess the damages. It would also help to note how this collision has impacted other areas of your life, such as:
- Employment—including whether you have had to take off work for treatment.
- Loss of consortium—a victim's spouse may also recover damages.
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death damages— including funeral/burial costs.
You should also be aware that the filing date of a truck accident claim may vary depending on if the victim succumbed to their injuries.
Wrongful Death Cases
Whether your loved one died on the scene of the crash or eventually passed away due to severe injury, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim starts at the day they died. This type of claim would need to be filed by a "personal representative" of the deceased, usually a family member, and damages are often awarded to the surviving spouse or next of kin (if applicable).
You can learn more about what damages can be recovered in a wrongful death case here.
More Questions? Turner & Sackett LLC Has Answers.
Our Illinois attorneys have been handling truck accident claims for decades and can help obtain the appropriate compensation for the injuries you or a loved one sustained. If you are seeking legal representation following a collision with a large truck, call (800) 653-0198 to speak with a member of our team.