When you’re injured in a traffic accident due to the negligence of another driver, you have the right to pursue just compensation for your injuries. However, once an accident occurs, the clock is ticking on your ability to file a claim due to Missouri’s statute of limitations. In this blog, we will explain Missouri’s statute of limitations law and share the timeline you have to file a claim.
What Is a Statute of Limitations for Trucking Accidents?
A statute of limitations is a rule of law that says plaintiffs must file a personal injury claim within a certain timeframe after the accident. The goal of this law is to ensure the credibility of personal injury cases, as it would be ridiculous to handle lawsuits that occurred decades before the suit.
In Missouri, the statute of limitations for trucking accident injuries is the same as the statute of limitations for all personal injuries: five years. Therefore, at the time of the writing of this blog, if you were injured in a trucking accident in 2014, you may be able to file a personal injury claim for your injuries.
It is crucial to note a plaintiff has five years to file a claim from the discovery of their accident-related injury rather than the accident’s occurrence. For example, let’s assume someone’s heart is injured in a truck accident, but the person doesn’t find out until two years later. In this scenario, the plaintiff could file a claim within five years after the discovery of the heart injury rather than the accident itself.
In addition to the five-year rule, some circumstances could extend the deadline of Missouri’s statute of limitations, which is why it’s always wise to consult an experienced Missouri personal injury firm to find out if you can file a claim. Talking to an attorney about your accident can help you decide if making a claim is right for you!
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