We all know that car accidents happen – we do our best to avoid them but sometimes another driver makes a big mistake at exactly the wrong time. When you’re injured as a result of their mistake, a personal injury lawsuit may be the best option to get yourself back on your feet physically, emotionally and financially. But you don’t have time to waste.
There is a legal time limit
Everyone who drives a car or truck has a legal duty to drive safely and reasonably. When someone violates that duty, causes an accident and injures you in the process, they are considered negligent. Texas gives you the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against them, so that you may be made whole again.
However, Texas doesn’t simply give you the right without restrictions – instead, it also places a time limit on that right. Known as the statute of limitations, you must file your lawsuit within two years of the accident. If you do not, you lose the right to do so forever.
There are also practical time concerns
For victims who are injured in a car accident, a personal injury lawsuit is a powerful tool at their disposal. But that lawsuit is only as good as the evidence upon which it is based. The evidence must be collected, which means an investigation must be conducted. The problem is that, as time passes, evidence can easily grow stale – required documentation can disappear and witness memories can fade.
The sooner that investigation begins, the stronger your case can be and the greater your chances of success, allowing you to hold the negligent party accountable for their actions.