What to do if my daughter’s friend was in a auto accident over 2 years ago and was found to be the contributor to the accident?

The other person’s vehicle was taken care of by his insurer. He was also a minor at the time. He just turned 20 years and received a notice that he is being sued by the driver of the other car in the amount of $75,000. Does she have any basis for a suit after this long?

Asked on September 14, 2013 under Accident Law, Virginia

Answers:

Anne Brady / Law Office of Anne Brady

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

In both Arizona and in Virginia, the statute of limitations on personal injury cases is two years.  And in both Arizona and Virginia, if the injured person is a minor, the statute of limitations is tolled until the injured person reaches the age of majority.  If the injured person was under the age of 18 at the time of the accident, then the statute would have been tolled until s/he turned 18 and began running only then, so there is a legal basis for the suit more than two years after the accident.

Anne Brady / Law Office of Anne Brady

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

In both Arizona and in Virginia, the statute of limitations on personal injury cases is two years.  And in both Arizona and Virginia, if the injured person is a minor, the statute of limitations is tolled until the injured person reaches the age of majority.  If the injured person was under the age of 18 at the time of the accident, then the statute would have been tolled until s/he turned 18 and began running only then, so there is a legal basis for the suit more than two years after the accident.


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