Q: How much time do I have to file a truck accident case?
When you’ve been hurt in a vehicle collision, you only have a brief window of time to pursue compensation. The Texas statute of limitations puts strict time limits on personal injury claims.
Texas Statute of Limitations
A statute of limitations is legislation intended to place time limits on the filing of various types of lawsuits. In Texas, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims, including those for vehicle accidents, is just two years. The same time limit applies to wrongful death and property damage claims.
If you fail to pursue your lawsuit during this time frame, the judge will most likely dismiss your complaint, permanently barring you from receiving compensation.
Exceptions to the Statute of Limitations
While the statute of limitations countdown typically begins the moment a collision occurs, there are some important exceptions:
- If a family member passes away due to complications from his truck accident injuries, the applicable statute of limitations will be two years from the date of his death.
- If you weren’t immediately aware of your injuries, the statute of limitations may be calculated from the date your condition was discovered.
Pursue Compensation Right Away
Vehicle accident victims often suffer from serious physical injuries and severe emotional distress. You may hesitate to contact a vehicle accident attorney during this difficult time, but you should do so as soon as possible in order to protect your rights.
Investigating your case, gathering and reviewing vital evidence, and negotiating a settlement takes time. Any delay in the pursuit of compensation will limit your attorney’s ability to help you. The parties responsible for your injuries will likely claim if you were truly hurt, you would have sought help right away. Also, as time passes crucial evidence needed to prove your case may be lost or destroyed.
Preserve your rights by contacting an experienced vehicle accident attorney right away. To learn more, contact the law offices of Steve M. Lee, P.C., by using the form on this page.