Personal Injury Statute of Limitations

When you're hurt by someone else’s negligence, whether in a car crash or another type of personal injury incident, you need to take action to protect your right to a fair recovery. You shouldn't expect the other driver, the person responsible for your injury, or an insurance company to provide you with fair damages unless you pursue a legal claim.

Filing Before the Statute of Limitations Expires

Texas, like other states, has a specific statute that governs how much time you have to file a lawsuit after suffering injuries due to someone else’s negligence. You typically have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit in Texas. This length of time generally starts on the date of the incident that resulted in injury.

There are some exceptions to this general statute. For example, if you were under the age of 18, or of unsound mind, when the incident occurred, then the two-year statute of limitations usually doesn’t begin until you're no longer a minor or have a change in your mental state that allows you to make decisions.  

Failure to file your case before the appropriate statute of limitations deadline may allow the defendant to motion the court to dismiss your case. The court will likely grant the defendant’s request.

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney

It's imperative to contact a personal injury attorney soon after you're injured. Expert legal counsel can:

  • Protect evidence that might otherwise be lost. Important case evidence such as video footage, photographs, and witness testimony may be easier to find and to preserve immediately after a crash.
  • Start your road to recovery more quickly. Lawsuits often take longer than expected. Your attorney can work within the timeframe of the statute of limitations to pursue the fair recovery you deserve.

Learn more about what you can do after a car wreck or other type of personal injury incident. Please use the information on this page to contact our experienced personal injury lawyers today and schedule your free, confidential, no-obligation consultation.

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