Serious injuries and tragic fatalities from car accidents occur on St. Louis roads every day. According to a recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), researchers found that in one year, there were 157,696 thousand reported car accidents in Missouri. Fifty-seven thousand nine hundred sixty people were injured in these car accidents, and 947 people lost their lives.
If you or someone you care about has suffered the emotional, physical, and financial impact of a serious car accident in St. Louis, you may be having a hard time figuring out what to do next.
You suddenly have to cope with severe injuries - or even the death of a loved one - and the medical treatment that may last for months, years, or the rest of your life. With these injuries and medical treatment come high medical bills.
You may also be having to deal with property damage to your vehicle. Whether it needs to be repaired or replaced, it's going to cost you money.
You've missed work because of your injuries. You may have personal time off (PTO) to cover a little of the time that you're out, but once you've run out of PTO, you no longer have any income. Even worse, your injuries may be so severe that you either can't return to your current job, or you can't ever work again.
If you've lost a loved one in a car accident, then not only do you have the grief of loss, but you also have funeral and burial expenses. If your loved one had the primary income that supported your household, then you also have the anxiety of worrying about your financial security, now and in the future.
With all of this, you need someone else to deal with the insurance companies and attorneys, to hold the at-fault driver accountable, and to win the compensation you deserve.
At OnderLaw, LLC, we will carry this burden for you. Our knowledgeable and compassionate St. Louis car accident attorneys are here to get justice for you. We will earn your trust through our dedicated service as lawyers, advocates, counselors, and friends.
Contact us now at 314-963-9000 so we can go to work for you.
Dealing with the legal aspects of a car accident is virtually impossible if you have been directly affected by a life-changing injury or death. You need an experienced car accident lawyer to take the reins of the legal process.
Personal injury cases can be very complicated, and only a qualified car accident attorney can investigate, analyze, build a compelling case, and negotiate a fair settlement with insurance companies, or take the case to court if negotiations fail.
Insurance companies will often prey on the vulnerability of car accident victims and offer much lower settlements than the victims are entitled to.
Don't let this happen to you. Contact a seasoned car accident attorney as soon as possible after you've been involved in a car accident, and let them work to get the fair and full compensation that you are owed.
OnderLaw, LLC has a long and successful history of getting our clients the justice they deserve. We have the knowledge, the experience, and the resources to research every detail of your car accident. We will build an ironclad case to negotiate with the insurance companies or to take your case to court for a jury verdict.
Call us today at 314-963-9000 to schedule a free consultation about your car accident case.
Being involved in a car accident can be shocking, frightening, and confusing, especially if you've been injured. These are the steps you need to take to ensure your immediate and future well-being.
When traveling on Missouri roadways, every individual (including drivers, passengers, and pedestrians) is legally obligated to maintain a "duty of reasonable care." Essentially, this means that every traveler is expected to be reasonably cautious on the road and must avoid putting themselves and others at risk for an accident.
If a traveler fails to maintain their duty of reasonable care, and that failure causes a car accident, that driver could be held liable for the accident.
In some cases, it is relatively easy to determine who is liable in a car accident. For example, a driver may drift into another lane and cause a car accident because they were behaving negligently by focusing on a text message instead of the road ahead.
However, what happens when liability isn't so obvious?
In the state of Missouri, liability is determined using "pure comparative fault" laws. These laws allow liability to be split among the at-fault parties. This means that if both parties contributed to the cause of a car accident, then both parties may be found liable.
However, one party can be found more liable than another. For example, say that Driver A fails to use their blinker when changing lanes, and collides with Driver B -- who is traveling 15 miles over the speed limit. Driver A might be found 60 percent at fault for failing to use the vehicle's blinker, while Driver B might be found 40 percent at fault for speeding. This means that if Driver B pursues a lawsuit, and the total damages are $250,000, then Driver B gets only percent responsible for the accident.
Within the state of Missouri, pure comparative fault laws make it so that even if you are 99 percent responsible for an accident, you are still legally entitled to collect on damages from a car accident. However, you will only be able to collect on 1 percent of your total losses.
In St. Louis, there are several types of compensation you can collect after a serious vehicle collision. This compensation is meant to cover the financial losses you've experienced because of a car accident, as well as the emotional harm that you have suffered. This compensation includes, but is not strictly limited to:
To maximize your compensation after a car accident, it is imperative that you speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as you can. At OnderLaw, LLC, we guarantee that our dedicated team of attorneys will work tirelessly to ensure that you receive every penny you are legally entitled to.
To discuss the details of your unique case, contact our offices today at 314-963-9000. We understand what you are going through, and we are here to help you.