After being in any type of car accident—from a serious rollover to a minor fender bender — injuries and losses can arise. Consequently, innocent victims are often left to recover from their physical injuries as well as deal with the financial effects of the wreck. This is why most victims who are injured in car accidents find it beneficial to pursue a personal injury claim in order to recover the compensation they need and deserve.
Don't Wait Too Long To File a Personal Injury Claim
Because many people don’t fully know the extent of their injuries or because some people just want to put their injuries and the crash behind them, they wait too long to file personal injury claims. Unfortunately, when people wait too long, they can forever lose their chance of being able to make a financial recovery for any of their pain, suffering, medical expenses, lost income, and other losses.
So that you don’t miss out on your chances of filing an injury claim after an auto accident, it is essential to learn about the time limits you have to bring a claim against the responsible party. These time limits are known as statutes of limitations, and the statutes in every state differ.
Statute of Limitations in Virginia - 2 Years
Statutes of limitations are essentially the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit for your injury claim. Virginia law allows victims of car accidents 2 years from the date of the collision to file a claim against the negligent person for injuries and losses. This amount of time is also the same for families who have lost a loved one in a collision. Affected families will have two years from the date their loved one died to file a lawsuit for the wrongful death of their family member.
Statute of Limitations in Washington, D.C - 3 Years
In other states, victims of car crashes have different time limits per their state statute. In Washington D.C., for example, victims of collisions are actually allotted 3 years from the date of their wreck to bring a claim against the responsible party.
Get Help From a Virginia Car Accident Attorney
Because there are always exceptions, we encourage victims of collisions to check with us sooner rather than later about the amount of time they will have to file a claim. So that any chance of making a financial recovery isn’t ruined, please don’t wait too long to give us a call. Our Fairfax office phone number is (703) 721-4233. You may also contact us here to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case
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