Due to their immense size and weight, commercial trucks can cause catastrophic damage when they collide with smaller passenger vehicles. If you were hurt in such an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and other damages; however, if you wait too long to take legal action, you might lose your right to recover damages.
In the state of Mississippi, the typical statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits involving negligence is three years from the date on which the cause of action accrued. That means if you were struck by a drowsy, distracted, or careless trucker, it is likely that you have three years from the date on which the crash happened to file the lawsuit.
There are, however, several exceptions to the typical three-year statute of limitations. The deadline for lawsuits involving intentional torts is just one year. You also have one year to sue a government entity—for example, if negligent road maintenance contributed to the crash. You must also notify the appropriate agency 90 days before commencing the proceedings, which gives you even less time to take action.