On Friday, June 29, 7 different vehicles were involved in a series of fender-benders in St. Louis County.
The accident began on Blanchette Bridge at approximately 3 in the afternoon.
Two Missouri residents, John and Karen Bowens, were injured in the multi-car accident with another 6 parties suffering some form of property damange.
The accident occurred when a Subaru Legacy operated by Eric W. Larson, 38, of Lake St. Louis, MO, failed to brake in time to avoid striking a 2009 GMC Canyon driven by Joseph M. Freidrich, 31, of O’Fallon. Mr. Freidrich struck a vehicle driven by Ciatlyn Struckhoff, 28, of Marthasville, who in turn struck the vehicle the Bowens were travelling in.
The Bowens in turn struck a Buick Lacrosse operated by Luke Bondi, 22, a resident of Illinois, who struck to the vehicle ahead of him and so on until 7 different vehicles were ultimately damaged.
According to the official Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, Ms. Bowens, 59, of St. Charles, MO, suffered the most signficant injuries and had to be transported via EMS to St. Joseph Hospital. Mr. Bowens, 75, was also transported via EMS to St. Joseph Hospital, though he suffered injuries categorized as less severe than those experienced by Ms. Bowens.
All parties were wearing their saefty belts at the time of 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 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.
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.