A statute of limitations is a law that prescribes a period of time in which a certain type of legal claim must be filed. Statues of limitations may be longer or short depending in the type of claim. For instance, for medical malpractice claims, the claim must be filed within the earlier of five years of the date of injury or within three years of the date the injury was discovered. The purpose of statutes of limitations is to limit the ability to bring a suit indefinitely in order to provide fairness and predictability for potential defendants. In a Maryland motorcycle crash case, generally there is a three-year statute of limitations. This three-year statute of limitations applies in both personal injury cases and in wrongful death cases in Maryland.
In general, an accident victim cannot file a claim after the statute of limitations has passed. However, there are exceptions to late filings in some cases. First, the clock generally starts when the injury or death occurred—but not always. For example, if an injury could not reasonably have been discovered, the statute of limitations may not start until the injury reasonably should have been discovered. An exception may also apply if the injured person was incapacitated and unable to file a claim. After a crash, it is important to have a potential Maryland personal injury claim evaluated by a Maryland personal injury attorney to assess whether another person or entity may be responsible for your injuries, as well as to verify the applicable statute of limitations and whether an exception may apply.
Maryland Army National Guard Solider Dies in Motorcycle Crash
A Maryland Army National Guard solider was killed in a recent off-duty crash in Owings Mills, Maryland, as reported by one news source. According to police, the solider was riding on his motorcycle southbound on a boulevard when he lost control of his bike. He was thrown from his motorcycle and hit by a vehicle traveling northbound on the same road. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died. At this point, it is unclear why the motorcyclist lost control of the bike, and why the motorist was unable to avoid hitting the biker. The accident is still under investigation.