Missouri Statute of Limitations for Car Accidents
It is important to take action as soon as possible to not miss the time limit.
Statutes of limitation for car accident cases in Missouri are provided in Missouri Revised Statutes § 516.120. Specifically, you have five years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit and seek recovery. Most states have two-year time limit on accidents. Missouri residents have extra time to consider their options, collect evidence, and file actions after an auto collision.
Deciding exactly when to file and settle a claim is tricky and varies from case to case. Missouri may have a liberal five-year time limit on bringing a claim, but that does not mean you should procrastinate and wait until the last moment to file. There is actually a rather delicate balance when it comes to the timing of filing a car accident claim or lawsuit.
Missouri statutes of limitations were put into place primarily as a means to protect defendants. It would be unreasonable for every person ever involved in a car accident to have to look over their shoulder waiting to be slapped with a potential lawsuit for the rest of their lives.
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