Auto accidents rank as one of the leading causes of death and injury in Missouri. A negligent driver can cause you or a loved one physical injury, pain and suffering, lost wages and benefits, and significant medical bills. If you have been in a serious car accident, you can speak with a car accident attorney at Preston Law for free to get advice about your rights with no obligation. We are Springfield car accident lawyers.
What should I do immediately after an auto accident?
First of all, you should concentrate on taking care of yourself medically by getting whatever medical care is appropriate with respect to your injuries. You should obtain the police report if officers were called to the scene, and you should immediately notify your own insurance company of the accident. Also, be sure to document your injuries and the damage to your vehicle by taking photographs and preserving any other evidence from the auto accident. Often the negligent driver’s insurance company will attempt to get you to settle your claim for significantly less than what you are entitled to. Knowing your rights before you talk with the other driver’s insurance company is extremely important, and you should contact an experienced lawyer to discuss your rights and any early settlement offers you receive from the insurance company.
What should I provide to the insurance company for the other driver?
Other than contact information, you should not speak with the other driver’s insurance company until you have talked with your own lawyer. Additionally, you should not sign any statements or medical authorizations until you have spoken with your lawyer.
Do I need a lawyer for my auto accident?
When you get into an automobile accident, the insurance companies will immediately assign adjusters and lawyers to your claim. We strongly encourage you to seek the advice of an experienced car accident attorney in order to ensure that you are properly prepared to deal with those lawyers and adjusters so that you are not bullied in the early stages of your claim. We offer free consultations to our auto accident clients so that you know your rights and are prepared to discuss your case.
How long do I have to file a lawsuit?
You should immediately contact a lawyer after your auto accident in order to know your rights and get your case filed quickly and correctly. For auto accidents where no death is involved, Missouri law allows five years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. For more information regarding your statute of limitations in cases involving auto accidents, see the Revised Statutes of Missouri, §516.120, or contact a lawyer immediately. Even if you have plenty of time left to file your lawsuit, the sooner you get in touch with a lawyer and get your case going, the sooner you may recover compensation to cover you medical bills and other expenses related to the accident.
Does it cost anything for me to speak with your firm?
At Preston Law, we only get paid if you get paid. We work on a contingent fee basis that explicitly states that you owe us nothing for attorney’s fees if we don’t collect for you. Hiring a lawyer is a personal decision, but at Preston Law we have a team of four lawyers and a large office staff of experienced legal professionals, all armed with expert knowledge of auto accident litigation. Our goal is always to recover the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries through trial or the settlement process. Unlike some auto accident firms, if the insurance company will not offer you a reasonable settlement, we will take them to court and have a jury decide your case. We practice throughout all of Missouri, but our office is located in Springfield, Missouri. We regularly handle cases in the surrounding areas including: Ozark, Nixa, Branson, Joplin, Monett, Neosho, Bolivar, Camdenton, Nevada, Lamar, and Mount Vernon. We are Springfield car accident attorneys.
We only get paid if you get paid and we charge nothing to meet with you to discuss your case. If you have been injured in an auto accident, please contact Preston Law for a no obligation appointment with one of our experienced car accident lawyers. Our office phone number is (417) 616-5000 or toll free at (866) 953-6736. You can also contact us online with the form provided on the sidebar of this page.