On the common refrains of this blog is how important it is to meet with a lawyer quickly after an accident. Many car crash victims do not seek immediate medical or legal help, and then when injuries develop from a lack of treatment they have already settled with the insurance company. By settling you give up your right to sue should you have medical problems later. This is one reason medical bankruptcy filings are so prevalent, you missed your chance to financially recover from an accident by not talking to a lawyer.
So how long do you have to sue after a car accident? Basically, it’s two years from the date of the accident.
A person must bring suit for personal injury no later than two years after the day the cause of action accrues. TEX.CIV.PRAC.&REM.CODE ANN. § 16.003(a) (West Supp. 2012). A cause of action for negligence accrues on the date the negligent, injury-producing act is committed. Dunmore v. Chicago Title Ins. Co., 400 S.W.3d 635, 641 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2013, no pet.); see also Johnson & Higgins of Tex., Inc. v. Kenneco Energy, Inc., 962 S.W.2d 507, 514 (Tex. 1998).
For more, click on the link below. It goes into more detail on the Statute of Limitations.