You were traveling in a vehicle with several other people when a truck driver decided to merge into your lane unexpectedly. There was no lane open to merge into yourself, which resulted in your vehicle getting hit by the truck.
Months later, you're still struggling with injuries. You need to focus on your health, so you haven't even thought about suing. The problem with this is that you could be running out of time.
Tennessee's statute of limitations could end up making it difficult for you to file a case after you're injured. This is why you need to file a claim as soon as you recognize that another person's negligence has resulted in an injury.
The statute of limitations is there to protect those who hurt others, so that they don't get sued many years after an event. However, they're also there to protect you. You have a certain length of time to file, giving you the time you need to collect information and file within a reasonable time frame.
For an injury to a person, you have a single year to file a civil claim. For injury to property, the time you have before you can no longer claim is three years. For malpractice, you have a year to file a claim.
Tennessee has short time limits compared to many other states, so it's vital that you file a claim quickly if you are hurt. Whether you're in a car crash, slip and fall on a person's property or suffer injuries in another kind of accident, it's your right to fight for compensation as long as you do so within the time period allowed.
Source: FindLaw, "Tennessee Civil Statute of Limitations," accessed April 12, 2018