How long you have to file a car wreck case depends on where the wreck occurred.
If the car wreck took place in Kansas you only have two years from the date of the car crash to file a lawsuit. This is the case even if you are a Missouri resident and the other driver was a Missouri resident. If, on the other hand, you were in a car wreck in Missouri, you would have five years to file a lawsuit against the other driver. These deadlines are referred to as the “statute of limitations.” If you do not file a lawsuit before the two-year or five-year statute of limitations deadline, you are forever barred from filing a negligence case against the other driver. The statute of limitations protects defendants from being sued years after the accident occurred so that there is closure and the evidence is still relevant for both parties to analyze the claim. There are a few exceptions to the statute of limitations, however, like when a public entity caused the accident or a minor was involved and injured in the accident. For instance, if a minor was injured in the wreck their claim would not begin to start until they reached their eighteenth birthday. Despite Kansas and Missouri’s statute of limitations on automobile accidents, it is imperative you get a lawyer involved for a variety of reasons early on in your case.
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