In Virginia, you have the right to file a car accident lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries. Depending on the specifics of your case, there is a statute of limitations that comes into play. A statute of limitations is a law that sets a legal deadline for you to file.
If you are filing to be compensated for your car accident injuries, you have two years to file, starting on the date of the accident. For a lawsuit filed for vehicle or other property damage, you have five years to file, also starting on the date of the car crash.
In the case of a fatal car accident, the deadline for the family of the victim to file a wrongful death lawsuit is two years. Unlike injury and vehicle damage claims, the deadline for a wrongful death claim starts on the date of the death, rather than the date of the accident.
This may seem like a long time, but you should still talk to an attorney as soon as possible. First, different deadlines can apply in certain circumstances. And second, to file a successful lawsuit, you need evidence, and your attorney should start investigating right away to secure that evidence before it disappears.