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How long do I have to file a truck accident personal injury case in Wisconsin?

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Your time to file a case in court is limited. The Wisconsin statute of limitations typically provides truck accident injury victims with three years to file a complaint in court. However, there are important exceptions to this rule, and there are compelling reasons to take action long before the statute of limitations is set to expire.

Statute of Limitations Exceptions

While you generally have three years from the date of your truck accident injury to file a personal injury case in court, there are important exceptions to that rule. For example, the statute of limitations may be extended if:

  • You were a minor at the time of the truck crash. If you were under the age of 18 when the crash occurred and your parent or guardian did not take legal action on your behalf, then you typically have two years from your eighteenth birthday to file a case.
  • You were mentally incompetent at the time of the truck crash. If you were unable to file a claim because of a mental disability and your guardian did not take legal action on your behalf, then the statute of limitations may be extended for up to five years.

Additionally, your time to legal action may be shortened if you are hurt in a crash with a government truck.

Don’t Miss a Deadline That Could Jeopardize Your Recovery

If you try to file a complaint in court after the statute of limitations has expired, then the defendant’s lawyer will likely file a motion to dismiss your case. The judge will grant that motion and end the case without your recovery of any damages.

Accordingly, it is important to take action quickly—well before the statute of limitations expires and while evidence is still obtainable. You can take action by speaking with an experienced truck accident lawyer to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

Contact us online or call us directly at 800.800.5678. Our lawyers would be pleased to meet with you, to talk about how a Wisconsin truck accident case works, and to talk about the steps that we can take to protect your rights.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham

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