Can I file a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Austin after 1 Year?

Generally the answer is yes.

Texas Law

In Texas, if you have a claim for personal injury, you can typically file a lawsuit after 1 year.  The statute of limitations in Texas for negligence, which is what most personal injury claims like truck accident or car accidents include, is two (2) years

There are some exceptions to the absolute two year bar, but as a general rule, they are difficult to prove.  The whole area of limitation periods is complex and always changing.

Government Defendants

Also, in the event your potential defendant is a government entity, they must be given notice of your potential claim within six months of the occurrence.  In some instances, notice may be required in as little as 30 days.


For example, if you were involved in a car accident involving an 18 wheeler on January 1, 2014 in Austin, Texas, the statute of limitations would run until January 1, 2016.


A further note of caution: while legally you may be able to wait a year to file your lawsuit, you should not wait a year to consult with a personal injury lawyer.  Evidence can be lost, witnesses can disappear, or other harmful events can negatively affect your car, truck or other type of accident claim.

Consult an Austin Personal Injury Lawyer

It is extremely important that you seek the services of an attorney as soon as possible, since in Texas, one has two years from the date of the alleged negligent act (what you believed caused your injuries) to file a personal injury action.  In the event the case is not filed within two years, it will forever be barred by the statute of limitations (you will never be able to file or recover for your injuries).

Accordingly, it is imperative that you promptly obtain the services of an Austin personal injury attorney who can further advise you regarding these issues in a timely fashion. At Zinda Law Group, we have the experience, knowledge, and resources available to help you achieve the best possible outcome for your case. Call us today toll free at (800) 863-5312. No Recovery. No Fees.

Where Zinda Law Group Practices:

We were founded in Texas and have a team of Austin personal injury lawyers as well as attorneys in Dallas and Fort Worth.

 As we’ve grown we expanded out west to El Paso, Texas subsequently into Arizona adding Tucson Personal Injury Lawyers to the firm, as well as adding offices in Colorado including Denver Personal Injury Lawyers and the surrounding cities such as Colorado Springs.

Types of Cases We Handle:

We also have a team of attorneys that have experience serious injury cases such as car accidents, wrongful death and truck accidents.   We also have experience handling more complex cases such as gas explosions and drug injury cases, such as the Taxotere® Lawsuits.