Is There a Statute of Limitations for Car Accidents?
If you have recently been in an auto accident, and initially didn’t think you had serious injuries, or maybe you just didn’t think you had a case. There may still be time to re-evaluate what has happened. It’s not uncommon to feel fine the first day or two after your accident, but then start to suffer from back or neck pain and become unable to work. Now your bills are piling up and you are afraid your time for compensation has passed? We can help.
What is a statute of limitations? A Statute of limitations is basically a legal rule that limits your time to bring a lawsuit. For auto accidents, depending on the injuries or car damage involved, you may or may not be within your statute of limitations window. If you fail to bring a lawsuit within the state of Missouri’s given time period, you may forfeit your opportunity for a lawsuit. That is why it’s important to ACT NOW.
What is the statute of limitations time period for the state of Missouri?
That answer is dependent on the nature or type of lawsuit you may be pursuing. If it’s a civil lawsuit involving personal injuries, the statute of limitations is generally 5 years in the State of Missouri. Certain facts may increase or decrease the statute of limitations, therefore consultations with a qualified personal injury lawyer is important.
In other cases, where the car accident involves death, there could be a lawsuits for wrongful death. Wrongful death lawsuits have a different statute of limitations in the state of Missouri, and must be brought within 3 years from the date of death. Other factors could increase or decrease the general Missouri statute of limitations.
The time limit to bring a lawsuit stemming from a car accident depends on many factors. Matt Sims, of Sims Law Firm, will be able to guide you through all aspects of bringing a car accident lawsuit to court. If you have questions, you may call 417-883-4848 or simply join us Wednesday as part of our Walk-In-Wednesday program. Consultations are always free.