Posted On: February 22, 2012 by Ryan Bradley

St. Louis Teen Killed in Chesterfield, Missouri car accident

A teenager from south St. Louis was killed in a Chesterfield Missouri car accident that injured two others. The St. Louis County car accident occurred on Olive Blvd where it hits Creve Coeur Mill Road, blocking the road and causing major traffic delays.

The accident occurred when a 2012 Infiniti SUV crossed the centerline of Olive Blvd and crashed into a 2007 Dodge truck. The Infiniti then crashed into a 1998 Honda Accord head-on. Traffic on westbound Olive Blvd was blocked until 3:45pm.

Clayton Pfeiffer was fatally injured by the head-on collision. The teen was memorialized by Vianney High School, from which he graduated last year. The driver of the Infiniti and his passenger were sent to an area hospital for medical treatment. The driver of the Dodge Truck had no reported injuries in the accident.

The loss of a child is possibly the most difficult circumstance imaginable for any parent. When parents lose a child, a lawsuit is often far from their minds. However, wrongful death lawsuits are time limited.

Most lawsuits have an applicable “statute of limitations.” The statute of limitations creates a strict time limit on the ability to file a lawsuit. If parents try to file a lawsuit for the wrongful death of their child past the deadline, the court will dismiss the lawsuit. The consequences of waiting until the statute of limitations has barred suit are severe.

Parents who have lost their children in car crashes should contact an experienced Missouri wrongful death attorney for a free legal consultation about their options. Ideally, the consultation should occur soon after the accident. Having the consultation early can ensure that the statute of limitations will not stop the parents from bringing a lawsuit that can hold the tortfeasor accountable for the accident.