According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 2.34 million people were injured in car accidents in 2014 alone. Many injuries due to car accidents, however, can go unreported. This may be because victims were unaware of the severity of their injuries or may not have believed that they could afford a lawyer. If you were injured in a past accident, there still may be time for you to receive legal restitution.
A statute of limitation is a law that dictates the amount of time a person has to file a lawsuit. After this deadline has passed, there is little anyone can do to claim monetary compensation for damages. If you do bring your case to court after the statute of limitations has passed, your case will likely be dismissed no matter how much evidence you have. This is why, when you have been injured, it is vital to gather evidence and file a claim as soon as possible.
Deadlines for Filing an Auto Claim in Texas
In Texas, all parties involved in an automobile accident, whether it be a driver, passenger, or pedestrian, have two years to file a claim. This time limit begins on the date an accident occurred and exists for virtually all car accident cases, no matter how extensive the damage. Although covered under different parts of Texas law, this two year time limit is the same for personal injury, property damage, and wrongful death claims.
Statutes of limitation can seem unfairly short when you have been injured, however they are in place for several reasons. One reason is that over time, the reliability of evidence greatly decreases. Laws can change, memories can weaken, and crucial evidence can be lost. Although these deadlines are in place to protect defendants, they can seriously hinder victims who have been legitimately injured. If you want to seek compensation for an injury but are unsure whether an accident falls within this time frame, you should contact a lawyer immediately.
What If I Cannot Afford a Lawyer?
At Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Injury Attorneys, we understand that after an accident, money can be tight. That is why we choose to work on a contingency basis. This means that you do not pay as a dime unless we win your case. We have recovered millions of dollars for our past clients and are available 24/7 to help.
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