How Long After a Car Accident Can You Claim Injury?

Written by: The Benton Law Firm Last Updated : June 4, 2023

HOW LONG AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT CAN YOU CLAIM INJURYWhen you are injured in a car accident caused by someone else, you could be eligible for compensation for the harm the other party caused you. You can pursue that money by filing an insurance claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company. You can file that claim as soon as you learn the at-fault party’s insurance details.

Where Does the Money Come From?

In Texas, the person whose negligent actions injured you in a car crash is financially responsible for the losses you suffered because of the accident. The first method of obtaining the money you need is to file a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company. If the accident is straightforward and the insurance company accepts your claim, this could be the most straight-forward way to get the compensation you deserve.

A driver who causes an accident may not have insurance coverage. If they do not have insurance, and if you opted to purchase Uninsured Motorists (UM) insurance when you bought your policy, you could look to your own insurance company to cover your medical expenses. UM may not cover all the medical costs or losses you experienced due to the wreck. If you opted to purchase Medical Payments (Med Pay) coverage, you could cover some of your bills with this policy. You might also run your medical expenses through your health insurance policy.

Your best option for pursuing compensation is to obtain a Dallas car accident attorney. An experienced attorney can:

  • Investigate to learn who was at fault for your accident
  • Determine the extent of the at-fault party’s insurance coverage
  • Explore the options for obtaining the compensation you need
  • Gather any available evidence that can be used to support your claim
  • Interview witnesses
  • Prepare and send a demand letter to the insurance company
  • Negotiate for an appropriate settlement for your injuries

If a settlement that fully compensates you for your accident-related losses cannot be negotiated, your lawyer can take your case to trial.

How Long After a Car Accident Can You Sue?

When you’ve been injured in a car crash due to someone else’s negligence, you must observe Texas’s statute of limitations. This law dictates that an injured party must file a lawsuit within two years of the date of the accident. Should you miss the filing deadline, the court will likely dismiss your case, leaving you unable to obtain compensation through the court system. And without the threat of going to court, you will have lost one of your most significant tools to encourage the insurance company to pay what they should.

What Compensation Could I Get After the Accident?

Whether you file an insurance claim or pursue compensation through a lawsuit, you could be eligible for compensation for a variety of accident-related losses. Those losses could include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Future lost wages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Disfigurement
  • Pain and suffering
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Loss of consortium

How Am I Supposed to Pay for This?

Here at The Benton Law Firm, we believe that everyone is entitled to high-quality legal representation, no matter how large or small their bank account. That’s why we work on a contingency-fee basis. When we agree to work together, you won’t pay any money upfront. We’ll do all the work on your case. When we get a settlement or win an award for you in court, we’ll take an agreed-upon percentage of the compensation for our fees. If we don’t get you any money, you won’t owe us anything. Ever.

Why Choose Us?

The Benton Law Firm is a skilled and successful personal injury law firm based in Dallas, Texas, with offices in Fort Worth and Brownsville and in Seattle, Washington. We have been awarded a 10.0 Superb rating by Avvo, we’ve been named to the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates forums, and we have been recognized for our expertise in personal injury law in Dallas.

Our dedicated team of personal injury lawyers has won numerous large settlements and awards. We are available to our clients 24/7. We are known for being honest, kind, professional, empathetic, and strong. It is our goal to pursue the compensation our clients deserve, no matter how challenging the case.

We offer a free consultation where we can learn about your case and you can ask us questions. Call our Dallas car accident attorneys today at (214) 777-7777 and learn how we can help you get the money you need to get your life back together. Don’t wait– call now. We look forward to getting started on your case. 

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