On Saturday, September 22, Nicky Whitmore, a 42-year old resident of Fredricktown, was badly injured in a car accident on MO-51 in Bollinger county.
The accident occurred at approximately 1:40 PM when Bethany Penford, 17, of Sedgewickville, struck the vehicle Mr. Whitmore was driving head on. Both vehicles suffered significant damage, and both had to be towed from the scene by a local wrecker service.
According to the official crash report, Mr. Whitmore suffered moderate injury and had to be transported to St. Francois Medical Center via the St. Francois county ambulance service for further observation and treatment. Ms. Penford was not harmed in the incident.
All parties are believed to have been wearing their safety belts at the time of the accident
No criminal charges have been brought against either party.
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.