The statute of limitations provides a deadline for filing personal injury suits. While there are some exceptions, the statute of limitations is basically three years in Washington.
If suit is not filed within three years of the date of accident, the claim is barred by the statute of limitations. But like any rule of law, there are exceptions.
One of the most important exceptions works to the benefit of active duty military. Specifically, the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act tolls the state statute of limitations for active duty servicemembers. (The cite is 50 U.S.C. Section 526.)
That means that servicemen involved in accidents (who thought they missed their chance to pursue a personal injury claim) may have extra time to obtain compensation for their damages.