Orange City, FL asked in Car Accidents for Florida

Q: I hit a car in the rear, 9/22/21. The car I hit was pushed into another vehicle. I have heard nothing from her. How

long does she have to contact me?

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2 Lawyer Answers
James Clifton
James Clifton
  • Fayetteville, GA
  • Licensed in Florida

A: The statute of limitations on a car accident in Florida is four years. They have until 9/21/25 to file a lawsuit.

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Hollywood, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: To add to Mr. Clifton's answer, he is correct that a 4-year limitations period would likely apply to your accident, but the law recently changed to reduce that to 2 years for accidents that occur after March 24, 2023. Since your accident was before then, the 4-year period likely applies, giving until 9/22/25 for the other parties to the accident to file suit. That may include both the party whose vehicle you struck and the party in front whose vehicle was in front of hers. However, many such claims are resolved by the making claims to insurance company/companies without suit ever being filed. For example, if the other parties had bodily injuries but you had no bodily liability coverage on your insurance, the other parties could turn to their own insurance companies if they had uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage (also called "UM" coverage), and may resolve their claims in such a way that they have no interest in suing you. In that scenario, you might never be contacted. But another thing that might happen is that an insurance company that settles a claim by their own insured due to your accident turns around and sues you for indemnification, meaning reimbursement for the funds they had to pay to their insured. If you are sued or receive a demand with a threat to sue, contact an attorney immediately.

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