Texas Statute of Limitations for Car Accident Claims

outside a courthouseYou have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit to obtain compensation for damages you suffered in a car accident. This is because the Texas statute of limitations sets a strict deadline for filing lawsuits.

A statute of limitations is a law that restricts the amount of time within which people can file various types of lawsuits, including car accident claims.

If you do not file your claim within this time limit, you lose your opportunity to bring a claim.

In Texas, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims, including car accident claims, is two years. This applies to claims filed by drivers, passengers, pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists. In most cases, the clock starts ticking the day the crash occurs.

There is also a two-year statute of limitations for claims for property damage, such as damage to your vehicle.

If a loved one died in a car accident, there is a two-year statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim. However, unlike personal injury claims, the statute of limitations for wrongful death claims can be paused for up to one year.

Also, the clock on wrongful death claims does not start ticking until the person dies, which could be different from the date of the accident.

If you lost a loved one or suffered severe injuries in a car accident, contact our Fort Worth auto accident lawyers right away. This will also provide us the time we need to investigate your claim and file a lawsuit within the statute of limitations. Our injury attorneys do not want you to miss your chance to obtain fair compensation because of the statute of limitations.

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