Except in California, uninsured motorist statutes do not provide for any specified period within which the injured must file his damages. The uninsured motorist coverage clauses in policies have likewise been silent on the subject .A controversy has arisen as to whether the (usually) shorter negligence (tort) statute of limitations or the longer contract time limit governs. The controversy can be readily resolved: either the insurers express a specific time period in their uninsured motorist endorsements within which their injured insureds must file their complaints; or state legislatures should amend their uninsured motorist coverage statutes to contain such express provision, as a condition precedent to recovery of damages .
Leona M. Hudak,
Arbitration, Statute of Limitations, and Uninsured Motorist Endorsements,
19 Clev. St. L. Rev.
available at http://engagedscholarship.csuohio.edu/clevstlrev/vol19/iss3/14