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What is the Statute of Limitations on a Car Accident in Wisconsin?

What is the Statute of Limitations on a Car Accident in Wisconsin?

Every state establishes their own statutes of limitations, which are the legal deadlines for filing civil and criminal claims in the courts. These legal time frames vary depending upon the type of claim being filed, and the jurisdiction.

Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims

If someone was injured in a car accident—including the driver, passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists—they may file a personal injury claim to recover damages. In Wisconsin, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim for a car accident is three years. The clock starts ticking on filing a claim at the time the injury occurred or was discovered, or at the point in time when an individual would reasonably have discovered that harm was inflicted.

There is an exception under the law for any minor that is involved in a car accident: the minor has up to two years after their 18th birthday to file a claim for injuries or damage that is a result of a car accident.

Statute of Limitations for Property Damage Claims

In many cases, a car accident causes damage to a vehicle or other property that was struck by a vehicle. The statute of limitations for filing a claim for car accident property damage is three years from the time of the accident.

Statute of Limitations for Car Accident Wrongful Death Claim

In Wisconsin, if a car accident caused someone’s death, the statute of limitations is two years from the accident victim’s death to file a wrongful death claim.

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Recover Damages

Statutes of limitations are important legal deadlines. If you fail to file your claim before the statute of limitations runs out, you lose your right to file and miss your opportunity to recover damages for the losses you sustained. Don’t miss your chance. Speak with an experienced car accident attorney to learn more about filing a car accident claim.