If you have been injured in an auto accident in Virginia, you could lose any right to an award if you are unaware of which statute of limitation (“SOL”) applies to your case. The SOL is the time allowed on filing a legal action. For a personal injury action, the applicable SOL is two years. If you fail to file a legal action within this time, your claim will be barred. The time starts running from the date of the accrual of the injury (the date of the accident). Most of the civil statutes of limitation are in Title 8.01, Chapter 4 of the Code of Virginia.
In addition to various SOL for different actions, there are also tolling provisions and exceptions in the Code of Virginia as to many of these. There are even special rules when dealing with cases against the government requiring certain notices be provided to protect one’s claim(s).
If you are concerned about a Virginia statute of limitations regarding your case, please feel free to contact me as I have many years of experience in this area of Virginia law.