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Statute of Limitations for Washington Motor Vehicle Accidents

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 16, 2016

Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents are common occurrences in Seattle and throughout the rest of Washington. There are many different factors that lead to these motor vehicle accidents. Over the years, the most common causes we’ve seen are negligent drivers, drivers under the influence, and poor road conditions.

Anyone involved in a Washington motor vehicle accident may be able to pursue compensation for their injuries or damages, depending on the details of their accident. But, many people might not know that there is a deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit. This is called a statute of limitations.

What is the Washington State Motor Vehicle Accident Statute of Limitations?

First, you should know what a statute of limitations is. A statute of limitations is a state law that limits how long you have to file a personal injury lawsuit after an accident. While there are certain exceptions, generally Revised Code of Washington Section 4.16.080 sets the state’s statute of limitations for a personal injury claim at three years. This means you have a deadline of three years to file a lawsuit after your motor vehicle accident.  However, contacting a law firm as soon as possible is the best decision.

Don’t Wait, Act Now!

If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident in Seattle or anywhere else throughout Washington, don’t wait to talk to an attorney and file an injury suit. Yes, you have a three year dead line to file a claim, but we recommend not waiting to act after your accident. Witness memories can fade and evidence can get lost or destroyed. Acting quickly on your personal injury claim can help secure evidence that builds a strong case on your behalf.

Contact Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. Today

Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. has assisted many people to successful personal injury claims after a Washington motor vehicle accident. Call us today to find out how we can help you next. We can be reached at (888) 228-3860.

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