On November 13, 2013, at approximately 10:25 p.m., James E. Werner of Hillsboro, Missouri, seriously injured Danielle Cole and killed Bryant Thomas while driving on Old-MO 21. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, James Werner was driving a 2010 Pontiac G6 southbound on Old-M0 21 when he attempted a left turn onto Lake Lorraine. While turning, Mr. Werner pulled into the path of travel of a 2002 Yamaha YZFR1 being driven by Thomas Byrant. Danielle Cole, a 21 year old resident of Imperial, Missouri, was a passenger in Mr. Bryant’s 2002 Yamaha when the crash occurred.
The crash report states that upon impact, Danielle Cole and Thomas Bryant were both ejected from their vehicle. Mr. Bryant was pronounced dead at the scene by Valle Ambulance personnel and take to the St. Louis County Morgue by Schaefer Mortuary. Danielle Cole was rushed to Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur by helicopter. This tragic car accident in Jefferson county appears to be the result of Mr. Werner’s failure yield to northbound traffic on old Mo-21.
Jefferson County Wrongful Death and Accident Claims
Following a tragic car accident, all parties are trying to make sense of what happened. While parties are receiving treatment, it adds insult to injury when insurance companies start calling trying to obtain a recorded statement. You should be advised that you do NOT need to speak to the insurance company until you are ready. By not speaking to them, you are not hurting your case at all. While you do have a limited time frame to bring a claim for personal injuries in Missouri, you have 5 years to file a personal injury claim, and 2 years to file suit for wrongful death.
After you have had a chance to receive initial medical treatment and grieve your loss, you will begin to think about the process required to seek reimbursement for your harms and losses. Danielle Cole, who was injured in this crash, will need to file a personal injury claim against Mr. Werner’s insurance company. In addition, the family of Mr. Bryant will need to begin the process of making a wrongful death claim with the same company. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it is not yet known whether Mr. Werner had liability insurance on his vehicle.
It is imperative a proper investigation is conducted into all aspects of the crash. In a case such as this, the first question is: Where can I get a copy of the police report? A copy of the basic report can be found online at the MSHP’s website. However, there will also be a much more detailed car accident report created by the State of Missouri. In serious injury and death cases, these reports can take 30-90 days before they are released to the public.
Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
In a case of this nature, an injury lawyer will offer many advantages. First, your attorney will make sure a proper investigation occurs into all relevant facts of the case. You lawyer will obtain all insurance information and make sure the insurance company is not hiding any liability coverage which may be available to provide reimbursement for your losses. In addition, if there is underinsured motorist coverage (UIM) available, you will need to be absolutely sure that you do not sign anything which will jeopardize your ability to access your UIM coverage. An injury lawyer will also help reduce your medical bills and prepare all documents required to have a wrongful death settlement approved by the court as required by Missouri Law.
These serious injury and wrongful death cases have many aspects which need to be dealt with properly. These large insurance companies make billions of dollars each year through the denial of valid claims. This often occurs as the result of someone simply not being familiar with how the policy works. Your insurance policy is a contract, and it you do not follow all the terms of the contract, you may not be able to receive the benefits available. We all know that no one reads their entire insurance policy.
Our injury team offers all accident victims and the families of those wrongfully killed FREE consultations about their legal rights. In addition, we handle injury cases on a contingent fee basis. This means we do not receive a fee unless we win. Our injury team’s aggressive and compassionate representation has received recognition as Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Missouri by the National Trial Lawyers Association.
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