On Tuesday, August 21, Joseph Woods, Donald Harris, Heather Hannon, Nathan Johnston, and John Wilkinson were all injured in a multi-vehicle accident on Highway H, 4 miles north of Springfield.
The accident occurred at approximately noon when a GMC Envoy operated by George Mattox of Springfield, struck Ms. Hannon, who was stopped in the road behind a line of vehicles waiting to execute a turn. Ms. Hannon’s vehicle was then forced into the vehicle in front of it–a Chevrolet Silverado operated by Donald Harris–which was in turn forced into the opposite lane where it struck a 2006 Ford F-250 driven by Joseph Woods.
According to the official crash report, neither Ms. Hannon, nor either of her passengers Mr. Johnston nor Mr. Wilkinson, were wearing their safety belts. Likewise, Mr. Mattox was not wearing his safety belt either, and authorities believe this fact may have contributed to any resulting injuries.
Despite this, all parties suffered injuries designated as moderate by emergency medical personnel, and all parties were transported to area hospitals for further medical observation and treatment.
No other drivers or occupants were injured in the incident, and all other parties appear to have been wearing their safety belts at the time of the crash.
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 compensation in the form of payment for any 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.
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.