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Were you hurt in a car crash? Don't delay in filing a claim

Manassas residents hurt in a serious car crash need to keep in mind that stateutes of limitation will apply to their potential personal injury suits stemming from the event. A stateute of limitation is a law that establishes a specific window of time within which you have to file your claim or forever be barred from doing so. At the Law Offices of Locklin & Coleman, we take stateutes of limitation seriously and it's one of the first things we evaluate when a new client approaches us with a potential lawsuit.

In Virginia, two primary laws could limit the time period within which a plaintiff may file a civil lawsuit related to car accident injuries and damages. These laws include:

-- Code of Virginia Section 8.01-243: This law applies to injuries in a car accident. The injured party can essentially be anyone -- a driver, passenger, bicyclist, pedestrian, skateboarder or motorcyclist. According to this stateute, plaintiffs have a window of two years from the date of the accident and injuries in which to file their claims. This same stateute applies to property damage resulting from a Virginia car accident. However, the time period for a property damage suit is five years.

-- Code of Virginia Section 8.01-244: This law applies to wrongful death claims stemming from a Virginia car accident. In these cases, the deadline offers a two-year window within which to file. The victim's death marks the date when this two-year period begins to run. As such, a stateute of limitation deadline relating to a fatal car accident might fall on a date that's later than the accident date.

The first question that car accident plaintiffs should always ask their Virginia personal injury attorney is: What is the stateute of limitation deadline for my potential case? Due to the danger of being barred from pursuing their claims, it behooves plaintiffs to have an in-depth understanding of the time limitations that apply to their claims.

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