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How Long Do I have Before Filing a Car Accident Claim?

By March 12, 2019 September 28th, 2019 No Comments

According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, most car accidents  do not result in injury or fatality and many more do not result in any serious injuries.  But even saying this, there are many injuries resulting from car accidents on Houston streets.

In 2016 in Houston, there were 237 fatal car accidents resulting in 245 deaths.  Furthermore, there were over 1,100 accidents resulting in serious injuries.  So needless to say, there are plenty of accidents in Houston.  Also, with all the Houston road construction, serious injury accidents are up as well.

The State of Texas allows for you to sue for damages if you are injured or sustained loss in a car accident when the accident is a result of negligent actions of others.  However, there is statute of limitations which governs the amount of time you have to take legal action.  In Texas, that time limit is two years from the date of the accident.

What is a Statute of Limitations?

A statute of limitations is a rule applied by the courts that involves the timing of a lawsuit. You only have a certain period of time to bring a lawsuit after an accident.

To many people, statutes of limitations seem unfair or harsh. Typically, these rules are applied strictly by Texas courts. A statute of limitations can prevent your lawsuit from being heard even if it is very strong or compelling.  There are a few detailed exceptions to the Texas statute of limitations rule.  However, these exceptions are very few and difficult to prove.

You only have so much time after a car accident to bring a lawsuit against the people or parties responsible for your injuries. This is one of the many reasons why it is so important to contact a reputable personal injury lawyer as quickly as possible after you are in a car or truck accident.

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