If you have been injured in an accident in St. Louis, contact the car accident attorneys of OnderLaw, LLC to schedule your free initial consultation.
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.
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.
Why Do I Need a Car Accident Attorney?
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.
Types of Car Accident Cases We Handle
There are many different causes of car accidents. No matter how your accident was caused, if a negligent party was involved, we can help you get compensation. Some types of car accident cases include:
- Hit and Run Accidents
- Drunk Driver Accidents
- Distracted Driving/Texting while driving
- Rear End Collisions
- Speeding Accidents
- Accident with a Underinsured/Uninsured Driver
- Road Defects
- Car/Mechanical Defects
Contact us today to discuss the specifics of your case.
What to Do If You’ve Been Injured in a St. Louis Car Accident
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.
- Move away from danger – If the scene of the accident is near the road, it is critical that you move away from any further potential danger as soon as you can. If the involved vehicles are still functional, be sure to move them away from traffic and into a safer area. Failing to do so could potentially result in an even bigger traffic accident and more injuries or deaths.
- Seek medical attention – If you know you’re injured, seek medical attention from trained professionals as soon as possible. Be aware that you may not immediately show symptoms for injuries that are internal. For this reason, you should always seek medical attention after you have been in a car accident.
- Contact the police – Contacting the police is always a wise choice after a serious car wreck. If you have sustained injuries, a dispatcher will be able to send a team of trained medical professionals to give you the care you need.
- Additionally, you can file a police report, which your attorney will need to give to insurance companies when settlement negotiations begin. Make sure to get the responding officers’ names, badge numbers, as well as the case file number (if available). Be aware that it may be a few days before anyone can get the completed police report because the police also may have to do an investigation into the car accident as well.
- Collect information – If your injuries don’t prevent you from doing so, you should collect the insurance and contact information from every party involved in the car accident. If there are witnesses to the car accident, get their names and contact information as well. Take pictures of the scene of the accident, as well as any damages to your property. You should also document your injuries and your medical bills and treatment costs. You should also keep a record of all medical appointments related to the injuries you suffered in the car accident.
Do I Have a Case? Pure Comparative Fault in St. Louis
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.
Compensation After a St. Louis Car Accident
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:
- Medical bills
- Treatment costs
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capability
- Pain and sufferings
Contact OnderLaw, LLC Today
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.