When you've been injured in a car accident that wasn't your fault, you have limited time to seek compensation for the damage. To understand how much time you have, it's important to know what a statute of limitations is and how it works.
Statutes of limitations are laws that limit the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit. Under these laws, your right to file a suit ends if you don't act within a pre-determined amount of time.
Generally the Missouri statute of limitations for car accidents is five years. The same law also applies to truck accidents and motorcycle accidents. So after five years have passed, you usually can't bring legal actions against the driver of the vehicle that injured you.
The statute of limitations for a car accident in Kansas is much shorter: two years from the date of the accident.
The clock starts running when the damage resulting from an accident is sustained and capable of being determined — and this doesn't necessarily mean the extent of the damage is known to everyone at that point.
If you’ve been injured in a Kansas City car accident that wasn't your fault, get in touch with an attorney. If you allow the statute of limitations to expire, you may lose your chance for compensation.
Don't put off your case until it's too late. Call us today at 816-842-7100 to speak with an attorney that will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Or you can click here to email us and schedule your free consultation.