What is the statute of limitations on auto accident injuries in California?
A statute of limitations is a law that limits the amount of time you have to go to court and file a lawsuit after you have suffered some kind of harm or loss. Every state has different statutes of limitations for different kinds of cases.
In California, the statute of limitations on lawsuits for car accident injuries gives you two years to get your lawsuit filed. The clock starts running when the accident occurs. You can find this law at California Code of Civil Procedure section 335.1. (Note: This two-year deadline applies to almost all personal injury cases, not just those arising from car accidents.)
What if you don't get your lawsuit filed in the state's civil court system before the two-year window closes? In almost all cases, the court will throw out any lawsuit you try to file after the time limit has passed. So, it's crucial to understand and abide by California's statute of limitations on car accident lawsuits.