• I think it's 3 years for civil claims. Criminal depends on the severity of the offence, as you point out.

    Civil personal accident and death claims are three years from the date of accident(Section 11 Limitations Act 1980.) All other tort claims, for example for damage to your bike, are six years (section 2 Limitations Act 1980).

    Generally there is no limitation period for criminal cases although prosecution for some motor offences must be brought within a certain period of the offence. You need not worry about this as you will not be bringing the prosecution. The police or CPS will. If you are injured, sue in the civil courts. You will receive compensation. If the driver is prosecuted, it is very nice, but gives you nothing.

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