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February 20 2016


Things You Should Know About Filing a Lawsuit for a Car Accident in Missouri

No one likes the idea of getting into an automobile accident. However, the facts are that accidents occur every day in huge numbers everywhere. Each state in the United States reports yearly how many accidents occur, and what happens as a result of the accidents. In the State of Missouri, close to 48,000 people were injured due to motor vehicle crashes in 2014. 766 persons were killed in automobile crashes that same year. Over 103,000 crashes in Missouri caused property damage. With these numbers, it isn't hard to imagine that the average person in Missouri is subject to being involved in an accident.

Anyone who is injured in an accident in Missouri needs to be aware of the laws in the state regarding how to collect damages from the accident. A Springfield Car Accident Lawyer can assist such a person in understanding what his or her options are. The first thing that needs to be understood is the statute of limitations law regarding the accident. Depending on whether the accident caused an injury or a fatality will determine what the time frame is. If the person is injured in the automobile accident, he or she has five years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. If the person dies as a result of the accident, the statute of limitations changes to three years from the date of the death.


It is important for the suing party to file the lawsuit as soon as possible. Waiting until the last minute will result in the insurance company being able to take advantage. The company will realize the suing party doesn't have the benefit of time to take it to court. The party will have to settle for whatever the insurance company offers. It is also important to remember that the suing party's success in a case depends on his or her ability to prove the other driver was clearly negligent.

There are final things to remember. Once the accident happens, try not to panic. Check on the safety and conditions of everyone involved if able. Call the necessary personnel, such as the police and the ambulance. In Missouri, do not move your vehicle until you have been given proper authorization to do so. Try to conduct a little investigation of your own if you have been victimized by the accident. It may help your case later on. The Larson Law Firm is available to answer all questions you may have about motor vehicle accidents.

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