Auto Accidents

Missouri auto accident law articles and news, produced by our personal injury attorneys to help answer important questions you may have if you were injured in an auto accident.

3 Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

How do most motorcycle accidents happen?
Have you been in a motorcycle accident? Do you know what’s most likely to cause one?

Because if you do, then you can take preventative measures to avoid one. Car drivers cause most motorcycle accidents, even though they know to look for motorcycles.

It’s just the way it works. So, you have to take proactive action and anticipate the most common mistakes other drivers will make. Plus, you have to watch out for a couple unique situations you can face when alone.

And here those are:

A Car Turning Left in Front of You

Many drivers report seeing motorcycles directly in front of them and turning left anyway. To some degree, it seems that human minds associate only what they see most often, cars and trucks, as vehicles. Sometimes, drivers simply forget and don’t recognize motorcycles as moving vehicles. That includes even well-intended, and otherwise responsible, drivers.

At intersections, […]

By |October 17th, 2016|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

What Papers Will Your Lawyer Need After a Car Accident?

Hurt in an auto accident? Learn what papers your lawyer will need you to provide for the best representation.
What could be less fun than getting into a car accident?

Wasting all your time assembling the paperwork afterwards so you can file a claim.

If you’re like most people, you don’t want to have to think about assembling paperwork. After all, you’re injured and are going through a lot of stress and uncertainty. You want to focus on taking care of that one day at a time – not assembling a paper trail to win your claim.

But, bringing as much evidence as possible to your free consultation with your personal injury attorney means they can give you a more accurate opinion of what they can do for you, given the unique facts of your case. You may not be able to assemble all this paperwork (for example, every last medical bill). But, the […]

By |September 14th, 2016|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

How Deadly are Missouri Highways?

In Missouri, should you be more worried about driving than other states? Learn the truth and what situations cause the most auto accidents in Missouri in this post.

You drive around St. Louis for the afternoon. Or, you head out to the country using the state highway system.

Should you be fraught with fear when you drive?

Of course, it’s always responsible to have at least some level of concern. But, should you be more concerned in Missouri versus other states? Maybe less? Or maybe things are just about the same in Missouri, and you really shouldn’t be more concerned here than anywhere else.

Let’s check out some recent highway car accident stats and get a clear picture on Missouri’s situation:

First, is Missouri Getting Safer or More Dangerous?

According to stats from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, we’re getting safer as drivers. In fact, we’re a lot safer than we used to be.

In 1978, […]

By |September 7th, 2016|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

What is Diminished Value in Personal Injury Law?

Did you know that in accidents where your car’s repairable, you’re likely entitled to money for “diminished value?” Learn more about it in this post.
Think car accident claims are relatively easy to understand? They can be.

But “diminished value” is one of those ideas that complicates everything.

In theory, “diminished value” refers to the idea that the resale value of your car falls after an accident simply because it has been in a wreck. For example, a local auto dealer won’t be able to get as much money for a car if they have to disclose that it was previously involved in an accident. Consumers simply don’t like those cars as much, and won’t pay top dollar for one, even if it is in perfect operating and aesthetic condition.

If someone else causes damage to your car, you can recover money for the resulting “diminished value.”

Sounds pretty fair, doesn’t it?

But, Diminished Value Gets Complicated […]

By |August 10th, 2016|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

Missouri Car Accident Property Damage : What Can You Recover?

How does Missouri law protect you when your car gets damaged in an accident? Find out from our St. Louis personal injury lawyers.
You’re hit in a car accident. How does recovering money for the physical damage to your car work in Missouri?

Learn the basics below:

What are You Generally Entitled to Recover?

If your car is damaged in a wreck and repairable, you are entitled to have repairs performed on your vehicle. Remember, however, that an insurance company is only required to provide repairs in an amount up to the property damage coverage limits of its insured.

If your car is repaired and loses value because of those repairs you may also be entitled to recover damages for the diminished value of your vehicle. After all, when you decide to sell the vehicle a purchaser is likely to know that it has been involved in a wreck. If the buyer has […]

By |August 3rd, 2016|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

Missouri Car Accident FAQs and Your Legal Rights

What are your legal rights if you get injured in a car accident in Missouri? Find out in this post.
Hurt in a car accident? You’ll have a number of questions about your legal rights. Here’s some of the top ones we get from Missouri drivers:

What if the Other Driver Doesn’t Have Enough Insurance to Cover Their Damages?

You have two options here. The first is to verify whether the other drive has an umbrella policy. If they don’t your best bet is to file an underinsured motorist claim with your automobile insurance company – provided you have UM/UIM coverage, of course.

If you don’t have UM/UIM coverage your remaining option is to go after any personal assets the at-fault motorist might have. Remember, though, that many people don’t have recoverable assets. After all, most people that have substantial assets have very large insurance policies.

A personal injury lawyer can perform an […]

By |July 22nd, 2016|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments

The Exact 8 Steps You Should Take After a Car Accident

Want to make sure you get the max money you deserve after you’re hurt in a St. Louis car accident? Follow these 8 steps to give your claim strong credibility.
You don’t have a checklist for what you’re going to do after you’ve been involved in a car accident. No one does. After all, no one expects to be involved in a collision.

And what reasonable person thinks like a lawyer immediately following a car accident?

But, odds are, you’re probably going to be involved in at least one motor vehicle collision during the course of your lifetime.

If you are involved in a car accident it is absolutely imperative that you take certain steps to build the most legal credibility for your side of the story.

So here’s what to do:

Your First Steps Depend on Your Own Injuries

First, you need to check yourself for any injuries. You can only be helpful if you […]

By |June 20th, 2016|Categories: Auto Accidents||0 Comments