Fort Worth, TX asked in Car Accidents for Texas

Q: How long after an accident can you still file a lawsuit against the other driver?

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3 Lawyer Answers

Peter N. Munsing

  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Wyomissing, PA

A: Each state has it's own statute of limitations. The statute of limitations where the wreck happened governs--if you were under 18 when it happened you may have longer. Contact an attorney in the county where it happened who is a member of that state's Association for Justice or Trial Lawyers Association--they give free consults and can best tell you.

Anwar Sadat Montgomery

  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Dallas, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: In Texas, you generally have two years (from the date of injury) until the statute of limitations runs. There are a lot of additional factors involved though, so I strongly recommend seeking out a free consultation with an attorney in your area who can advise you how best to move forward.

A: Every state has a legal deadline that is referred to as a "statute of limitations." This is the legal deadline by which you must file a lawsuit related to a potential legal claim. For bodily injury claims, Texas law provides that you generally have a two-year window in which to file a lawsuit after the date of injury. With this in mind, there are certain exceptions and other issues to consider, so it's helpful to consult with a lawyer to pin down the specific deadline in your case. As a final matter, it's important to remember that there are reasons to pursue your case long before the deadline runs. Namely, there may be important evidence that needs to be collected in order to ensure that you can properly prove your claim.

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