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Washington Statute of Limitations for Car Accidents

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Washington Statute of Limitations for Car Accidents

If you are involved in a car accident in Washington State, it is usually best to settle the matter with their insurance companies. However, not all insurance companies will give people a reasonable settlement. And as a result, filing a lawsuit is necessary.

Washington Statute of Limitations

In order to file a lawsuit, the victim must comply with the statute of limitations law. In other words, the victim must file within a period of time after the accident occurred. If he attempts to file outside that period, then he will be barred by the courts and will not be able to collect.

Under the Revised Code of Washington Section 4.16.080, the statute of limitations for injury to a person or his rights is three years. And this three years period start on the date of the injury.

Also, under Section 4.16.080, for injury to personal property, the statute of limitations is three years from the date of injury. So, this applies if there was only damage to your car during the car accident.

Wrongful Death Cases

The statute of limitations is slightly longer for accidents that result in the death of the victim. Under Section 4.20.046, the statute of limitations for wrongful death is three years from the date of death.

Contacting a Lawyer in Washington State

If you believe that you may benefit from filing a lawsuit as a result of your Washington car accident, please contact a Washington lawyer. If you delay filing your lawsuit, you run the risk of missing your filing deadline and losing any evidence that you may potentially collect.

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Last Modified: 04-18-2018 12:45 AM PDT

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