Statute of limitations are deadlines imposed by state law. These deadlines represent the time period within which a legal proceeding must be initiated, and they vary depending on the type of claim. Essentially, after being hurt or wronged, potential plaintiffs have a certain number of years to file their complaint against the at-fault party. After the time period or statute of limitations has passed, their legal claim is considered time-barred.
Many personal injury claims must be brought within one to two years of the alleged harm. According to Pennsylvania law, after a car accident, a victim must file their lawsuit deriving from the accident within two years. This statute of limitations remains the same for any plaintiff pursuing a legal claim, whether they were a driver, a passenger, a biker, or a pedestrian hurt in an accident.
Following a car accident, the “clock” for statute of limitations purposes begins to run on the date of the accident. For individuals pursuing an injury case, the important date is when the accident occurred. If an accident resulted in someone’s death, a wrongful death lawsuit may be filed by the family or representative of the deceased person. This “clock” runs from the date of the victim’s death, and that date may vary from the date of the actual car accident.