On Saturday, September 29, 55-year old Diana Holmes and 65-year old Kevin Neel were both injured in a multi-car accident on Route Y at the Route W intersection in Morgan County. Aaron Powell, Christopher Powell, and Bryant Ray, 3 minor children who were riding as Mr. Neel's passengers, were all also injured.
The accident occurred at approximately 5:10 PM when Mr. Neel failed to stop at a stop sign and was struck by Ms. Holmes as she crossed the intersection.
According to the official crash report Ms. Holmes suffered serious, life threatening injury, and had to be flown by emergency helicopter to University Hospital via LifeFlight. Mr. Neel suffered moderate injuries and had to be transported to Lake Regional Hospital for further observation and treatment. The three children suffered minor injuries and were all taken to Lake Regional Hospital as a precautionary measure.
Both vehicles suffered extensive damage and had to be towed from the scene.
No other parties were injured in the collision.
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.