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How long do I have to file a claim for my bicycle accident?

Sometimes biking downtown can be extremely treacherous. Traffic around Dupont is scary at the best of times and downright suicidal at others. However, the dedicated biker takes his life into his hands and pushes through. However, sometimes caution, confidence and obeying the rules can’t save you from an injury.

Bike accident injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to incapacitating trauma such as head, neck, and spine damage, coma and paralysis. However, no matter what type of injury you sustain or how long it may take to recover, time is not on your side for filing a wrongful injury claim.

Every state has its own statute of limitations when it comes to bicycle accident personal injury and wrongful death claims. If you delay too long, those laws could prevent you from receiving compensation for your accident.

State Timeframes For Filing An Injury Lawsuit

Knowing how long you have to file a claim and lawsuit is paramount to your case. If you exceed that timeframe for any reason — including being unable to file due to your injuries — you may not receive the settlement you deserve.

Washington, D.C.

Injury claims are limited to three years after the accident, except when the injury was done to a minor, who has three years from his 18th birthday to file. Wrongful death claims have two years after the death to file.


The timeframe for injury claims extends three years from the date of the accident; however, a minor must file his suit within three years of his 18th birthday or within the time set in the particular statute, whichever comes first. For a wrongful death claim, the time limit is three years after death.


Injury claims may be filed within two years from the date of the incident, except in cases of minors where the timeframe begins to run at the minor’s 18th birthday. The time period for wrongful death claims extends three years after death.

Two years may seem like ample enough time to file a claim. However, due to unforeseen circumstances — such as debilitating injuries, confusion over whether you actually have a case, or insurance companies trying to run the statute out by delaying their responses — two years may seem like a blink of an eye. This is why after a bike accident, it’s important to contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible, no matter how severe the injuries. He can help make sure your claim is filed well before the time limit and get you and your family the recompense you deserve.

Don’t let time cost you! Contact us today for a free consultation. Our knowledge and experience can help ensure you get the settlement you deserve, without the confusion and uncertainty of dealing with it on your own.

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