In its basic form, a "Statute of Limitations" is the specific time window within which you can file a civil lawsuit in the state of Texas following a car accident or other personal injury accident. Regardless of how strong or compelling your case, if it is not brought to a Texas court before the statute of limitations is up, the law may take away your right to file it.
Waiting until the final months before filing a personal injury claim — such as a car accident claim — is short-sighted, as memories fade and defendants go missing, leaving you with significant past and future medical expenses and lost wages that you will not be able to recover. To prepare for a personal injury claim, it is in your best interest to talk to a car accident attorney at Samples Ames PLLC as soon as possible to ensure that you do not miss out on an opportunity to receive the compensation you are due.
Statutes regarding Motor Vehicle Accidents in Texas
In the Lone Star State, the laws limiting the filing time for an automobile accident vary depending on the parties involved and the nature of the claim.
According to Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003 (a), the statute of limitations for car accident claims in Texas is two years from the date of the crash. However, if the responsible party or defendant is a public entity or a government employee, then the statute of limitations is six months from the date of the accident. For claims for property damage — such as damage to the vehicle — the statute of limitations is (again) two years from the date of the accident. According to Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003 (b), a Texas wrongful death claim must also be filed within the same two-year deadline from the date of the death of the injured person. Important exceptions apply, especially when children are involved, so it’s important to get legal advise right away.
Hiring a Dallas-Fort Worth Car Accident Attorney
If you have suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a car crash and need a Dallas-Fort Worth car accident attorney to help you fight for compensation, get in touch with us today. At Samples Ames PLLC, we have the experience and expertise to investigate your claim and file a lawsuit within the statute of limitations to help you receive the compensation you are owed.