How Is a Car Accident Lawsuit Initiated?

AUTHOR: A.J. Bruning | May 20, 2015
How Is a Car Accident Lawsuit Initiated?

After a car accident occurs, injured victims often do not know where to begin. Though you may believe that the other person was at fault and should pay for your losses, you may not know how to go about initiating the legal process. For this reason, consulting with an experienced attorney as soon as possible is highly important. An attorney will listen to your side of the story and evaluate whether or not you have a viable legal claim. If an attorney believes that you have a valid legal action, they will begin the lawsuit process.

Filing a Complaint

A lawsuit begins when a lawyer files a document called a complaint1 against the responsible party on behalf of the injured victim. There are many requirements for what a complaint must contain, including:

  • The name of the defendants.
  • Why the court has jurisdiction2 to hear the case.
  • The facts that demonstrate that the defendant was negligent or careless.
  • The amount of financial recovery you are seeking.

Complaints take a long time to draft because the situation must first be evaluated and investigated to collect facts and evidence of negligence. If the court finds that your complaint is inadequate, it can dismiss the case entirely. It is, therefore, imperative to have the assistance of a lawyer who understands how to initiate a personal injury case.

Contact a St. Louis Car Accident Attorney Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation

Filing a lawsuit or settling a claim after a car accident can be a complicated process, and victims who choose to represent themselves can often be taken advantage of by parties that are more familiar with the process. The skilled St. Louis car accident lawyers of The Bruning Law Firm are dedicated to helping the victims of preventable accidents recover for their economic and noneconomic losses. Among the types of damages that are often available in a Missouri car accident case are those for medical expenses, property damage, lost income, and loss of enjoyment of life, among others. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, please call our office today at 314-735-8100.


If you or someone you care about has been seriously injured in an auto accident, contact The Bruning Law Firm today. We provide the comprehensive, professional legal representation you deserve at a time when you need it most.

Call or contact our office online today to schedule a free consultation.



A.J. Bruning


I was born and raised to represent individuals who have been needlessly injured. I mean that literally. At a young age my father would tell me about the clients he was representing. I would meet them and take pride in their admiration of my father. I always knew I wanted to be a lawyer and represent clients that needed my help.

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