Teresa C. Parks, Stacy D. Proffer, and Aaron N. Willhite injured in Cape Girardeau County traffic accident

Car Crash

On Thursday, July 26, three Missouri residents–Teresa C. Parks, Stacy D. Proffer, Aaron N. Willhite–were all injured in a traffic accident on MO-72 at County Road 482 in Cape Girardeau County.

The incident occurred at approximately 12:41 pm when a pick up truck operated by Ashton L. Kemp, 26, of Chino Valley, AZ, struck a Ford Freestar van driven by Ms. Teresa C. Parks, 67, of Arcadia. Ms. Parks’ van was then forced from the roadway, where it struck two parked vehicles.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, Ms. Parks suffered serious injuries and had to be rushed to St. Francis hospital for life saving medical intervention. The two passengers, Ms. Proffer and Mr. Willhite, also suffered mild to moderate injury and also had to be transported to area hospitals for further assistance.

Mr. Kemp was unharmed in the incident.

All parties were wearing safety belts at the time of the incident.

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 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.

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.