If a trucker caused your accident, you need to understand the time limit for filing your lawsuit. What is the statute of limitations in Washington State?

What is the statute of limitations to file my lawsuit for losses suffered in a truck accident in Washington State?

 

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While many victims of truck accidents are able to settle their claims with the insurance companies, this is not always true. In some cases, the trucker’s and trucking company’s insurance company will not agree to a reasonable settlement. If you are in this situation, you do not want to agree to accept less than you deserve just to resolve your claim. You may need to file a lawsuit with the help of an experienced truck accident attorney. If so, you must comply with Washington’s statute of limitations for filing your civil lawsuit.

What Is the Statute of Limitations in Truck Accident Cases in Washington State?

The statute of limitations is the time period you have under Washington law to file your lawsuit. If you fail to meet this important deadline, the judge will most likely dismiss your complaint and bar you from pursuing your claim. Depending on the type of claim you have, the statutes of limitations are as follows:

  • Personal injuries. The statute of limitations to file a lawsuit for personal injuries suffered in your truck accident is three years from the date of your accident.
  • Property damage. The time period to sue is also three years from the date of your crash for repair or replacement costs of your car and for damage to other property in your vehicle.
  • Wrongful death. If a loved one died in the truck accident, you must file a wrongful death action. The statute of limitations in these cases is three years from the date of your loved one’s death and NOT the date of the wreck.

Do Not Delay Contacting an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney

If your truck accident occurred recently, you may feel like you have plenty of time to retain an attorney and file your claim. However, delaying hiring a lawyer would be a big mistake that may weaken your claim. Here are reasons why waiting is not a good idea:

  • The insurance company for the trucking company will begin its investigation right away, which will put you at a disadvantage.
  • An attorney can conduct a much more thorough investigation soon after your crash, which can include visiting the accident scene and having the truck and your vehicle inspected by an expert before they are repaired.
  • Vital evidence could be destroyed or altered by the trucking company and data from the truck, such as its black box, could be recorded over. When you retain an attorney right away, he can send the trucking company a spoliation letter advising them of your claim and instructing them not to destroy documents, data, and other evidence that can help you prove your case.

If you need to file a claim for compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering following a truck accident, we urge you to contact our office today to schedule your free initial consultation. A member of our legal team will be happy to answer your questions and explain your legal options to you at this appointment.