I want to sue my Husband for personal injury. Can spouses sue each other?

Full Question:

I want to sue my Husband for personal injury. I was injured as a result of a car accident but my Husband was negligent. Can spouses sue each other?
02/01/2017   |   Category: Husband and ... ยป Right to Sue   |   State: ALL   |   #31382

Answer:

"Rule" means the law that prohibited spouses from suing each other for torts or other similar actions. It is called interspousal immunity.

"Abrogated" means the rule was changed and now spouses can sue each other in some States as reference below. Some limit the type of actions or partially abrogate the rule.
 
Rule fully abrogated:

Alabama 1931 Penton v. Penton 223 Ala. 282, 135 So. 481 Alaska 1963 Cramer v. Cramer 379 P.2d 95 Arkansas 1957 Leach v. Leach 227 Ark. 599, 300 S.W.2d 15 California 1962 Klein v. Klein 58 Cal.2d 692, 26 Cal.Rptr. 102, 376 P.2d 70 Colorado 1935 Rains v. Rains 97 Colo. 19, 46 P.2d 740 Connecticut 1914 Brown v. Brown 89 Conn. 42, 89 A. 889 Indiana 1972 Brooks v. Robinson 259 Ind. 16, 284 N.E.2d 794 Kentucky 1953 Brown v. Gosser 262 S.W.2d 480 Maine 1980 MacDonald v. MacDonald 412 A.2d 71 Michigan 1971 Hosko v. Hosko 385 Mich. 39, 187 N.W.2d 236 Montana 1986 Noone v. Fink 721 P.2d 1275 Nebraska 1979 Imig v. March 203 Neb. 537, 279 N.W.2d 382 New Hampshire 1915 Gilman v. Gilman 78 N.H. 4, 95 A. 657 New Jersey 1978 Merenoff v. Merenoff 76 N.J. 535, 388 A.2d 951 New Mexico 1975 Maestas v. Overton 87 N.M. 213, 531 P.2d 947 New York 1974 State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Westlake 35 N.Y.2d 587, 364 N.Y.S.2d 482, 324 N.E.2d 137 North Carolina 1920 Crowell v. Crowell 180 N.C. 516, 105 S.E. 206 North Dakota 1932 Fitzmaurice v. Fitzmaurice 62 N.D. 191, 242 N.W. 526 Ohio 1985 Shearer v. Shearer 18 Ohio St.3d 94, 480 N.E.2d 388 Oklahoma 1938 Courtney v. Courtney 184 Okla. 395, 87 P.2d 660 Pennsylvania 1981 Hack v. Hack 495 Pa. 300, 433 A.2d 859 South Carolina 1932 Pardue v. Pardue 167 S.C. 129, 166 S.E. 101 South Dakota 1941 Scotvold v. Scotvold 68 S.D. 53, 298 N.W. 266 Tennessee 1983 Davis v. Davis 657 S.W.2d 753 Texas 1987 Price v. Price 732 S.W.2d 316 Utah 1980 Stoker v. Stoker 616 P.2d 590 Washington 1972 Freehe v. Freehe 81 Wn.2d 183, 500 P.2d 771 West Virginia 1978 Coffindaffer v. Coffindaffer 161 W. Va. 557, 244 S.E.2d 338 Wisconsin 1926 Wait v. Pierce 191 Wis. 202, 209 N.W. 475 Wyoming 1987 Tader v. Tader 737 P.2d 1065

Rule abrogated for vehicular torts: Arizona 1982 Fernandez v. Romo 132 Ariz. 447, 646 P.2d 878 Idaho 1975 Rogers v. Yellowstone Park 97 Idaho 14, Co. 539 P.2d 566 Maryland 1983 Boblitz v. Boblitz 296 Md. 242, 462 A.2d 506 Massachusetts 1976 Lewis v. Lewis 370 Mass. 619, 351 N.E.2d 526 Nevada 1974 Rupert v. Stienne 90 Nev. 397, 528 P.2d 1013 Rhode Island 1978 Digby v. Digby 120 R.I. 299, 388 A.2d 1 Vermont 1973 Richard v. Richard 131 Vt. 98, 300 A.2d 637 Virginia 1971 Surratt v. Thompson 212 Va. 191, 183 S.E.2d 200

Rule acknowledged and sustained: Delaware 1968 Short Line, Inc. v. Perez 238 A.2d 341 District of Columbia 1910 Thompson v. Thompson 218 U.S. 611, 31 S.Ct. 111, 54 L.Ed. 1180 Florida 1979 Raisen v. Raisen 379 So.2d 352 Georgia 1936 Eddleman v. Eddleman 183 Ga. 766, 189 S.E. 833 Hawaii 1958 Tugaeff v. Tugaeff 42 Haw. 455 Mississippi 1924 Austin v. Austin 136 Miss. 61, 100 So. 591

Rule abrogated as to intentional torts: Idaho 1949 Lorang v. Hays 69 Idaho 440, 209 P.2d 733 Kansas 1982 Stevens v. Stevens 231 Kan. 726, 647 P.2d 1346 Missouri 1986 Townsend v. Townsend 708 S.W.2d 646 Oregon 1955 Apitz v. Dames 205 Or. 242, 287 P.2d 585

Rule of immunity imposed by statute: Illinois 1960 Heckendorn v. First Nat'l 19 Ill.2d 190, Bank 166 N.E.2d 571

Rule abrogated for all personal injury actions: Iowa 1979 Shook v. Crabb 281 N.W.2d 616

Because of the competing effect of two statutes, (Article 2315 and LSA-RS 9:291) has a cause of action but no remedy to enforce it: Louisiana 1965 Smith v. Southern Farm Bureau 247 La. 695, 174 So.2d 122

Rule fully abrogated prospectively: Minnesota 1969 Beaudette v. Frana 285 Minn. 366, 173 N.W.2d 416

Rule abrogated where death of either spouse intervenes between tortious act and commencement of suit: Rhode Island 1953 Asplin v. Amica 121 R.I. 51, 394 A.2d 1353

Reference:
“At issue in this appeal is the question of continuance of the judicially imposed rule of interspousal immunity in Mississippi.” Burns v. Burns, 518 So.2d 1205, 1206 (Miss. 1988)