Car accidents in Missouri still happen with alarming regularity despite measures to prevent them, such as laws for driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding laws, distracted driving laws and citations for running traffic lights. Nothing seems to get the message across that driving can be a dangerous pursuit if full attention is not given to it.
What Causes Car Accidents?
There are countless reasons for car accidents, but failure to pay proper attention on a busy roadway is among the most frequent cause. Some additional causes include:
- texting or calling on a cell phone
- eating and drinking while driving
- under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI)
Some other mechanical reasons include:
- defective brakes
- unintended acceleration
- defective steering
- tire blowouts
Types of Car Accidents
Car accidents come in all shapes and forms, including
- rear-enders, when a car driver fails to see the vehicle in front breaking and rear ends it;
- a head on collision causes by a driver overtaking a lane at the wrong time when a car is coming the other way;
- a side swipe may happen when a car passes another vehicle too close and damages the side of the other car;
- a t-bone might take place when a car comes out of an intersection into a road when another vehicle is approaching; and
- a rollover, which is often caused by a speeding driver who loses control when turning sharply.
Injuries From Car Accidents and Personal Injury Claims
Almost always when a car accident takes place one or both vehicles are damaged. Injuries range from minor to complete loss of life. Depending on how fast the vehicles were moving at the time of the impact and their size, will affect the seriousness of injuries.
Minor injuries, like quick healing cuts and bruises, are soon forgotten by the victims. However, more serious injuries such as bone breakages, spinal injuries, traumatic brain injury, facial injuries and internal injuries can be far more serious, involving long recovery periods, ongoing medical treatment, loss of earnings while recovering, home care and psychological damage.
Fortunately in Missouri there is help available for you if you have been injured in a car accident that was not your fault. It is your legal right to file a personal injury compensation claim against the person who caused the car accident.
A personal injury claim seeks compensation for such things as damage to your vehicle, your medical costs until you fully recover, any loss of earnings you may have to endure, pain and suffering, punitive damages, and other accident related damages. In Missouri there is no cap on the amount of money that can be collected in a personal injury lawsuit.
Comparative Fault in a Missouri Car Accident
If a car accident takes place and you are found partially to blame for the accident, your compensation payment may be reduced by the percentage that is considered to be your fault. For example, if you and another car both ran a stop sign, it is possible that a jury would find each party 50% to blame, and your compensation would then be reduced by 50%.
Insurance companies often try to say an accident victim was partially to blame in order to reduce the amount of money they must pay. However, they do not have the final word if you disagree. It is important to consult with an experienced car accident lawyer to make sure you are receiving full reimbursement for your loss and losses. The insurance industry profits on taking advantage of people after a crash.
Deadlines for Filing Personal Injury Lawsuits in Missouri
A statute of limitations affects the time you have to file a lawsuit from the time the car accident took place and in Missouri this is 5 years.
Call The Dixon Injury Firm today for a FREE car accident case consultation. (314) 409-7060