If you’ve been injured in a car accident, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced attorney right away. Although you don’t want just any attorney, you’ll want to seek out an accomplished attorney that specializes in motor vehicle accident personal injury cases.
How Soon is Too Soon?
There is no such thing as too soon when it comes to seeing an attorney about your injuries sustained in a car accident. However, there are some actions you can take before contacting your attorney so that you can provide them with the necessary documentation.
The first thing you’ll want to do directly after your involvement in a car accident is to call the police. Insist the authorities take a police report. This document will be very helpful for your claim in the long run.
The next thing you’ll want to do is to seek medical care. Ideally, this should be done directly following the accident so there is no question of whether your injuries were sustained as a result of the crash. It is critical for you to retain all medical documents you receive from the doctor and bring them with you when you see your lawyer.
How Late is Too Late?
The statute of limitations in Missouri for motor vehicle accident personal injury cases is five years following the date of the incident. That means you have five years from the date of your crash to file a lawsuit or forever hold your peace.
In addition, if you plan to file a wrongful death claim against the driver at fault, you only have three years to do so.
It is generally best to handle these sorts of matters as soon as possible. The longer you wait to start your claim, it will not only take you longer to receive compensation, but you run the risk of having your compensation amount reduced.
The overarching message here is not to wait to seek experienced and reliable representation. The attorneys at Peterson & Associates have a proven track record of success with over $500 million recovered in verdicts and settlements for clients. Don’t let the statute of limitations creep up on you; contact us right away.
Call Peterson & Associates today at 1 (816) 683-3278 to discuss your potential case.