The amount of time you have to file a lawsuit depends on where in Kansas City your car accident happened.
Kansas Statute of Limitations
If your accident happened on the Kansas side of the border, you have two years from the date you were hurt in the crash to file a car accident lawsuit.
Missouri Statute of Limitations
If your crash happened in Missouri rather than Kansas, you have a longer time to file a lawsuit. Missouri law gives you five years from the date you discovered your injury to file a legal case. That usually means that you have five years from the date your car crash occurred to file a complaint in court. If your injuries don’t become known for several days or weeks after the crash, you have a little more time to pursue legal action.
What Happens If You Miss the Statute of Limitations
Even though you have a different amount of time to file a case, depending on whether you were hurt in Kansas or Missouri, the consequences for missing the statute of limitations is the same in both states. If you try to file a lawsuit after the statute of limitations expires, you can expect the defendant to file a motion to dismiss with the court. The court will likely grant that motion unless you can prove that an exception to the statute of limitations applies. If the motion to dismiss is granted, you will not be able to sue the negligent driver for your car accident injuries.
Contact a Kansas City Car Accident Lawyer Today
Do not wait until the statute of limitations is close to expiring to contact a car accident attorney. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the sooner the lawyer can investigate your case, make sure your rights are protected, begin negotiating with the right insurers, and help you get the recovery you deserve.
Our experienced accident attorneys will make sure that all car accident lawsuit mistakes are avoided and that your rights are protected. Call us or fill out our online contact form to have us contact you for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.