Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Court Reviews the Beginning of the Statute of Limitations in an Automobile Accident Case

PATRICIA MILLS, ET AL. v. JOHN H. BOOTH, II, ET AL. (Tenn. Ct. App. December 28, 2010)

On November 8, 2008, James Turlington and his wife, Altha Turlington, were killed in an automobile accident after their car tuned left in front of a vehicle being driven by John H. Booth, II ("Booth"). Initially, it was believed that the Turlington vehicle was being driven by Altha Turlington. It was determined two days later that the Turlington vehicle was being driven by James Turlington. An accident reconstructionist later concluded that while the Turlington vehicle did turn in front of the Booth vehicle, the Turlington vehicle would have had sufficient time to complete its turn without any collision taking place if Booth had not been speeding.

A complaint was filed on November 10, 2009, by Altha Turlington's daughter, Patricia Mills. The Trial Court determined that the statute of limitations began to run on the day of the accident, that the discovery rule could not be used to extend when the statute of limitations began to run, and the complaint had not been filed within the applicable one year statute of limitations. Plaintiff appeals, and we affirm.

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