How long do you have to file an insurance claim after a car accident?

Two days ago I got into a car accident, and I’m worried I didn’t file a claim in time. How many days do I have to file a claim after an accident?

Will Baldwin · Answered on Oct 26, 2021
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
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Often, car insurance providers require you to report an accident as soon as possible—generally within 30 days—but reporting an accident is not the same as filing a claim. While it’s best to file as soon as possible, some damage or medical issues aren’t discernable until a bit after the accident.
The time that you have to file a claim once an accident has been reported varies from state to state. Most states have a statute of limitation of two to three years, but some states allow you to file a claim up to 10 years later.
That said, the sooner you file a claim, the easier it will be to defend and to get a payout from your provider. Insurance companies may even be suspicious of delayed claims.
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