Drake Yates and Samantha Wideman injured in Franklin County car crash

Missouri State Highway Patrol Car Crash

Two New Haven area youths, Drake Yates and Samantha Wideman, were both seriously injured in a crash on Highway 100 west of Route KK.

The accident occurred on Thursday, June 28, at approximately 4:40 in the afternoon. The incident began when Mr. Yates, 19, of New Haven, failed to brake for Ms. Wideman, 21, also of New Haven, as she attempted to make a turn off of the highway.

According to the official Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, both parties were determined to be in serious condition and both had to be rushed to Mercy Hospital-Washington via Franklin County EMS.

Mr. Yates was not wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash, and authorities believe this oversight may have contributed significantly to Mr. Yates’ injuries.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Car Emergency 911

The Legal Claims

Missouri and Illinois offer a widespread system of personal injury laws meant to protect parties who are injured through another party’s negligent acts.

The party seeking relief will be entitled to payment for lost wages, pain and suffering, any damaged property, and any medical bills incurred as a result of the accident that are not a result of his or her own negligence.

Missouri law states that you have five (5) years to file your personal injury lawsuit, unlike Illinois law which allows only a two (2) year period, though you never want to wait that long to file a claim. Some cases require a good deal of discovery and preparation, so the sooner you contact an attorney to file the case, the better your odds of recovering everything you are owed will be.

Do I need an attorney?

Some accident victims are reluctant to hire an attorney because they think they cannot afford one. However, most personal injury attorneys, including Kevin Roach, are only paid if you receive a settlement or a verdict in your favor.

You do not pay anything up front.

Also, remember that the statistics show that people who hire a personal injury attorney usually end up receiving far more accident compensation than if they handled the case on their own – on average, 3.5 times more. The bottom line is – you will most likely receive more for your injuries by hiring an experienced and proven auto accident personal injury attorney.

Kevin Roach is one of those attorneys. He is a highly experienced and well-rated attorney who has practiced personal injury law since 2001. Kevin oversees every personal injury case to ensure that you receive the maximum financial award for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain & suffering.

If you still have questions about your car, truck, or motorcycle accident, please do not hesitate to contact Kevin Roach today for a free consultation, (866) 519-0085.