On October 11, 2013 a new law took effect in Missouri that bars drivers with no liability insurance from pursuing personal injury damages in Missouri courts as a result of a motor vehicle accident. This law is a major change to over 75 years of established Missouri law, which puts no limits on who can have access to the courts. This law is aimed at the poor, who often cannot afford car insurance.

The major provisions of the law prohibit any driver who is without insurance who is involved in a motor vehicle accident from recovering non-economic damages (also known as pain and suffering) from any other driver, even if the other driver was at fault in the accident. This law was pushed by the insurance industry and its paid political allies in the State Assembly. Gov. Jay Nixon courageously vetoed the bill; however, his veto was overridden and the law now takes effect October 11.

If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident that was not your fault and you did not have insurance, you need to call The Meehan Law Firm. The Missouri Association of Trial Lawyers is mounting an attack on this law, however it will be some time before the challenge can reach the Missouri Supreme Court. In the interim, The Meehan Law Firm expects the insurance companies and their lawyers to raise this issue in almost every case that will be filed or may be pending after the October 11 effective date. The TV law firms will not take your case because they do not want to be involved in this type of complex litigation. The Meehan Law Firm is always there to protect your interests. Call today for a free consultation.