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What is the Statute of Limitation for Injuries from a Car Accident?

two-car collisionA statute of limitations is a legal timeframe that establishes how long you have to file a claim to pursue damages and legal action against the at-fault party.

If you or someone you love has been in a car accident in Pennsylvania, you will need to file a claim as soon as possible to meet the state’s statute of limitations.

Each state has its own statute of limitations for a variety of civil and criminal laws which must be followed for a claim to be considered valid by the court.

Pennsylvania has a two-year statute of limitations for car accident claims. If you fail to bring your claim against the at-fault party within the statute of limitations, it will likely be dismissed and you will lose the right to seek damages.

When Does the Statute of Limitations Begin?

The statute of limitations for a personal injury claim typically begins on the date in which the accident occurred.

This means you have exactly two years from the date you acquired your injury to file a claim against the negligent party.

If you lost someone you love to a negligent driver and are attempting to file a wrongful death claim on their behalf, Pennsylvania also has a two-year statute of limitations that begins on the date of the deceased’s death.

Experienced Legal Help for Car Accident Victims

The time following a car accident can be difficult for victims and their families. Although there is a two-year deadline to file a claim, you may be preoccupied with medical treatments and financial instability following the accident.

At Schmidt Kramer, our experienced car accident attorneys are dedicated to each case we accept and will handle all legal and insurance matters to ensure you meet the statute of limitations associated with your claim.

We will provide you with a free, no obligation consultation to review your claim and determine if you are able to pursue damages and legal action.

Our work is provided on a contingency fee basis, which means we charge no upfront legal fees and only require payment if we reach a fair outcome for your claim.

Complete a Free Case Evaluation form if you have been injured in a car accident.