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.
The solider was 22 years old and had served in the national guard since January 2016. He had served on active duty as a personnel services specialist. He had recently helped during the COVID-19 pandemic and was awarded the Maryland Commendation Medal.
Contact a Maryland Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Maryland motorcycle crash, you may be able to recover compensation from the person or entity responsible for your injuries. The attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen, Personal Injury Lawyers have represented Maryland motorcycle accident victims for more than 20 years and will seek the full compensation that you deserve. Our legal team will evaluate your claim, answer your questions, and guide you through each step of the legal process. Contact us to set up a free, no-obligation consultation at (800) 654-1949 or complete our online form.