How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Car Accident?

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If you or a loved one was recently injured in a car accident, you may be focusing on your health and well-being. While this is the most important thing to do, if you wait too long to file a lawsuit, you may not ever be able to financially recover from the injuries you sustained.

Considering a lawsuit after a car accident is an important step to make if you are interested in recovering financially for the damages you have sustained. There are legal time limits in place that give a certain time period in which you can make a car accident claim. These time limits are called the Statute of Limitations and are very important to be aware of if you are seeking compensation for an accident on the road.

If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a car accident, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free case evaluation with our car accident attorneys.

What is the statute of limitations for a car accident lawsuit?

A statute of limitations requires a lawsuit to be brought within a certain amount of time, or be forever barred. These statutes are generally for the benefit of the defendant in a case. In Texas, the statute of limitations for bringing claims involved in a car accident is two years. Insurance companies know that a case must be brought within two years, and so may try to stall you for those two years so you miss the deadline unintentionally.

Further, two years is really not that long of time when you are dealing with the aftermath of a car accident. You may have had a prolonged hospital stay, or may be working tirelessly on paying bills, not even thinking about financial recovery until years down the line. However, filing a lawsuit within two years of your accident will help ensure that you still have the possibility of recovering financially through the legal system, although it’s not guaranteed.

What other reasons are there for filing a lawsuit early?

Evidence in car accident cases can fade quickly. Memories of traumatic events, like car accidents, are prone to mixing details up as time passes. Eyewitnesses who were not involved may have differing accounts of what happened on the day of the accident versus two years after the accident. Paperwork, like medical bills and police reports, can be lost in the shuffle of time.

Filing a lawsuit quickly can help prevent this loss of evidence and can help you get your life back on track. These lawsuits tend to be prolonged. Filing a lawsuit sooner, rather than later, may help reduce the amount of time you spend worrying about finances. An experienced car accident attorney may be able to help you recover financially, and may not require much input from you at all. 

How Can I Learn More?

At Zinda Law Group, our car accident lawyers have helped thousands of victims get their lives back on track after suffering an injury. We have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you seek maximum compensation for medical bills, lost income, property damage, pain and suffering, and all the other ways your injury has cost you.

Our firm also believes that a car accident victim should never have to worry about their ability to afford excellent legal representation. That is why we offer 100% free consultations, and why you will pay nothing unless we achieve a favorable settlement, judgment, or verdict for your personal injury case. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.

If you or a loved one has been injured, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 to receive your free consultation with our car accident attorneys.

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