If you have been involved in a car accident in Texas and have suffered injuries, you may be wondering how long after a car accident you can claim injury and file for compensation.
The answer to this question lies in the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Texas.
The statute of limitations is the time period within which a legal claim must be filed. In Texas, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims, including those arising from car accidents, is two years from the accident date, with few exceptions.
Speaking to a car accident lawyer as soon as possible after your accident can help you get the compensation you need and deserve.
The Zimmerman Law Firm team has over 85 years of combined experience helping our fellow Texans recover compensation after serious vehicle accidents.
Read on to learn more about the time limits on your car accident injury claim and how long after a car accident you can claim injury. If you have questions, contact us today.
Steps to Take After Your Accident
After your accident, the first step is to seek medical attention. Even if you do not feel pain, see a doctor to rule out any underlying injuries.
Seeking immediate medical attention after an accident can also help establish a clear link between the accident and your injuries, which can help your compensation claim.
Once you have sought medical attention, you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney in Texas.
An attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options, as well as help you gather evidence to support your claim while witnesses’ memories and evidence are still fresh.
How to Claim Injury After a Car Accident
Filing a Personal Injury Claim
In Texas, the two-year statute of limitations is strictly enforced. If you do not file a claim within two years from the date of the accident, you could be barred from seeking compensation for your injuries at all.
Seeking Compensation from Your Insurance
In addition to filing a personal injury claim, you may also be able to seek compensation from your own insurance company through your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage.
PIP coverage is required (unless you affirmatively opt out) in Texas and covers medical expenses and lost wages regardless of who was at fault for the accident.
An experienced personal injury attorney can help you navigate both a personal injury claim and a lawsuit. The sooner you begin the process with trusted counsel, the more likely you will be to maximize your compensation.
How a Car Accident Attorney Can Help
Contact the Zimmerman Law Firm team immediately if you or a loved one were injured in a car accident. We have extensive experience working with car accident victims across Central Texas and beyond.
Our team stands ready to work investigating your claim, securing evidence, and building your case, so we can obtain the compensation you deserve.
We have been helping injured victims since our founding in 1962 and have successfully represented thousands of Texans in personal injury and wrongful death matters.
We only collect fees once we recover compensation on your behalf.