The statute of limitations for filing a car accident lawsuit in Connecticut is two years from the date of the accident. However, car accidents that are the result of a defective product or those that result in wrongful death or property damage have their own statutes of limitations.
Wrongful death: If the car accident results in wrongful death, surviving family members have two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit from the date the individual died.
Defective product: If the car accident is a result of a defective product, such as faulty brakes or a malfunctioning airbag, the injured person may be able to file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of the product. The lawsuit must be filed within three years from the date of injury.
Property damage: If the car accident results in property damage, whether minor or severe, the victim must file a property damage claim within two years from the date the damage occurred.
Claims against the government: If the car accident is caused by a government vehicle or by a poorly designed or maintained road, the State Claims Commissioner must be notified of a personal injury claim against the state within one year from the date of injury.