received summons, 30 days to respnd to personal injury law suit

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    received summons, 30 days to respnd to personal injury law suit

    Thursday morning, May 24th, 2012 I was served with a summons to complete paperwork attached and return to the court within 30 days. In July 2011 I was involved in an accident which I was found at fault for, the other driver had the right of way, both they and their passenger are claiming injuries and permanent damage and have hired a lawyer. I would like the advice of an attorney but do not have the means to retain one. I haven't even been able to buy another car since the accident, I have no assets and am not quite sure what the other party is hoping to gain by suing me. Is there anywhere to get low-income assistance in Missouri? Is there any way I can extend that 30 day deadline to give myself more time to respond? I have left a voice mail with my previous insurer asking if they can call me and discuss how the claim was settled and if I could get copies of all paperwork. I am also trying to find a copy of the citation I was given at the time of the accident so I can request a copy of the police report. These are the only things I know how to do at the moment. Any advice on how to proceed? Thanks.

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    Tender the lawsuit to your insurance carrier. They provide for your defense.

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    Debbie, do you have insurance? Have you told the opposing party of your situation? They typically go after deeper pockets than someone who has little or even modest amounts of money. Typically they're going after insurance company money, so if you have insurance, the lawsuit will be between them and your insurance company. If you don't have insurance it's a different story.
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    We also have information here on the site to help you with your pro bono legal needs. See this link to pro bono legal services to get more information about what might be available in Missouri for legal help. Remember, you can always come back here and ask questions and you can also ask us follow up questions which we'll do our best to provide you answers regarding your situation with this traffic accident and the associated legal issues.
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