How Long Do You Have to File a Claim for a Car Accident?Return to FAQ Videos
In Texas, there’s generally a 2-year statute of limitations against the at-fault driver for having filed a lawsuit. In other words, as long as you have the lawsuit on file two years from the date of the collision, your rights will be protected. The statute of limitations can be a bit longer. For UIM claims, they are 4 years for UIM claims, 3 years for PIP claims. We’re here on the border in Louisiana and they do have a shorter statute of limitations over there. If the at-fault driver is a public entity such as a city government or the state government, the time can be much shorter and it can vary depending on who the state actor is, whether it’s the city or the state. It’s very important if you’ve been in a collision with a governmental actor such as the state, the city or county, that you seek the advice from a lawyer quickly after that collision occurs because the time to get that claim resolved may be much shorter after the collision.