How long do I have to file a truck accident lawsuit in Tennessee?

time is running out clock Every state creates its own time limit to bring an injury claim, called the statute of limitations. In Tennessee, victims have just one year from the date of the truck accident to file a lawsuit to recover payment for their medical bills, surgery costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses. This is much shorter than the deadline in other states, and many victims may fall outside of the statute of limitations before they even know the full extent of their injuries.

Sooner Is Always Better When it Comes to Speaking With a Truck Wreck Lawyer

If you have been injured in a truck crash, it is always best to speak with a Tennessee trucking accident lawyer as soon as possible. Fast action will greatly benefit your case, as it allows us to:

  • Collect evidence before it disappears. Truck drivers and commercial carriers follow company procedures to limit their liability after a crash, including destroying any evidence that could be used against them. One of the first things your attorney can do is send a spoliation letter to preserve truck driver logs, maintenance records, and other vital information in your claim.
  • Determine if you may be granted an extension. Tennessee law may allow an extension to the filing deadline under certain circumstances. For example, if the person hurt in the crash was a minor at the time of the accident, they may have until their 19th birthday to bring a claim.
  • Investigate commercial vehicle requirements. Not all injury attorneys have experience in truck wreck cases. Our attorneys have a thorough knowledge of commercial carrier and driver laws and safety regulations, and know how to gather evidence of trucker error, overloading, failed maintenance, and other trucking company negligence.

Our lawyers can discuss your next steps in your free initial consultation, and we do not collect anything unless we secure a recovery for you. To learn more about your claim, please fill out the short contact form on this page or download a free copy of our book, The 10 Worst Mistakes You Can Make With Your Tennessee Injury Case.