Can you be sued after a car accident in Missouri?

I was at fault in an accident. The cost of medical bills was $50,000 and my insurance only covered $30,000. I can't pay the remaining amount and now the other driver is suing me. Is this legal?

Answer
“Yes, you can be sued for damages if your liability coverage doesn’t cover the cost of medical bills. Since $20,000 in damages still hasn’t been paid, the other driver can attempt to recoup those losses in court.
In Missouri, the other driver can sue you for damages for up to five years after the accident. However, you shouldn’t stress too much. Car insurance companies have a stipulation in their policies that state they’ll defend you in court. In a majority of cases, this results in an out-of-court settlement. While you may still have to pay out of pocket, the damages may be far less than the $20,000 the other party is asking for.
If you’re facing a lawsuit, inform your car insurance company immediately. You may also want to contact a defense attorney of your own.
In certain situations, your insurer may drop you as a customer following this incident, but it’s a common occurrence after a serious accident or lawsuit. To make sure you’re still legal, shop car insurance on Jerry to find the best rates from dozens of providers. You may also want to raise your liability coverage in the future to a higher amount than the state minimum to cover you from financial damages or lawsuits.”
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Emily Maracle
Answered on Jul 30, 2021
Emily Maracle is a car insurance specialist living in New York. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she has a degree in English Literature and a background in customer service. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and living sustainably. In the future, she can't wait to upgrade to a hybrid or electric car.
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