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Statute of Limitations on Car Accident Claims in Texas

Nobody expects to get into a car accident, but it is important to be prepared should you be involved in a vehicle collision.

Besides having a first-aid kit in your vehicle and knowing what steps to take immediately following an accident, you should be aware of the amount of time you have to file an accident claim in Texas.

In Texas, there is a statute of limitations that outlines the amount of time you have to file a claim for personal injuries or vehicle damage after an accident. When filing a car accident in Texas it is essential to keep the statute of limitations – a deadline on your right to pursue a civil lawsuit – in mind when you are pursuing compensation for the injuries or damage to your vehicle sustained during a car accident.

A statute of limitations is a law that sets a deadline on your right to pursue a civil lawsuit. You may still file a lawsuit after this deadline has passed; however, failing to file a lawsuit within the time frame outlined by Texas state law may result in your lawsuit being quickly dismissed by the court.

According to Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code section 16.003, injury claims related to an accident must be filed within two years of the date the accident occurred. The statute of limitations applies to anybody injured during a car accident such as drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. Furthermore, the same two-year deadline applies to lawsuits seeking compensation for vehicle damage.

When to file a lawsuit

After an accident, your first avenue for receiving compensation for injury and vehicle damage should be filing a claim with the car insurance of the liable party. Most personal injury claims related to a car accident are resolved through insurance; however, it is important to leave yourself enough time to file a lawsuit should your claim be denied or the compensation you received was not adequate for your injuries.

When you are hurt through the negligent or reckless actions of another drive, you have the right to fair compensation for your medical expenses, lost current and future income, diminished quality of life, pain and suffering, and more. An experienced Texas car accident attorney can help.

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At Burwell Nebout Trial Lawyers, we are prepared to help you receive proper compensation for your injuries. To learn more about how we can advocate for you, call us today at (281) 645-5000 to schedule a free consultation or contact us online.

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