A car accident can turn your life upside down. One moment you are driving home after a long day’s work and the next, you are fighting for dear life on the way to the emergency room. If the car crash that resulted in your injuries and property damage was attributable to someone else’s negligence, you deserve financial restitution.
However, to hold the liable party accountable and, thus, receive the compensation you deserve, you need to know how the law works. To this end, here are two important statutes that you need to understand when pursuing a car accident claim:
Car accident reporting laws
You do not have to file a Motor Vehicle Car Accident report in Minnesota. However, it is in your best interest that you call the police to the scene before leaving, especially if someone is hurt or killed. Law enforcement officers are trained to investigate accidents and come up with unbiased reports on how they believe the accident happened. This is extremely crucial if you plan to pursue the liable party for damages.
Even if the other party wishes that you do not involve the police, it’s crucial that you call 911.
The statute of limitations period
If you intend to sue for damages, then it is important to understand that time is never on your side. You must bring your claim within the statute of limitations period or risk forfeiting your right to compensation. In Minnesota, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the date of the crash.
Protecting your interests
A car accident can leave you hurt, confused and frustrated. Understanding how the law works can help you assert your rights and interests while holding the negligent party accountable.