On Thursday, August 30, 62-year old Lucinda Roth of House Springs, MO, was badly injured in a multi-car traffic accident on MO-30 at the Ottomeyer Road intersection in Jefferson County. Paula Coats, Elizabeth Hopper, and Faith Johnson, all residents of High Ridge, MO, were also injured in the incident.
The accident occurred at approximately noon when Ms. Hopper failed to yield while executing a turn, causing her to move into the path of Ms. Roth, causing them to collide.
According to the official crash report, Ms. Hopper and both of her passengers, Paula Coats and Faith Johnson, were wearing their safety belts at the time. Likewise, Ms. Roth was also wearing her safety belt.
Despite this, all parties suffered significant injury and had to be transported to area hospitals for further medical observation and treatment.
According to emergency medical personnel, 13-year old Faith Johnson suffered only minor injuries, while Ms. Coats and Ms. Hopper both suffered “moderate” harm. All three were transported to St. Anthony’s Medical Center via ambulance as a precautionary measure. Ms. Roth, however, suffered serious injury and had to be rushed by paramedics for life-saving medical treatment.
No other drivers or occupants were injured in the incident.
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.