Missouri Personal Injury Law Blog

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|Tags: |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|Tags: |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|Tags: |0 Comments

Are You Getting a Fair Personal Injury Settlement?

Will you get a fair personal injury settlement offer from the defendant? Learn how to know if you should take the offer you get in this post.
Did you know the world’s largest lawsuit was just filed?

Anton Purisima, 62, is suing a long list of defendants, including the City of New York and LaGuardia Airport, for what started with a dog biting his middle finger and evolved into a slew of other civil rights violations.

Guess how much he wants?

Two undecillion dollars. That’s a 2 with 36 zeros after it. It’s currently more money than exists on the entire planet!

Purisima does not have a personal injury lawyer and has chosen to represent himself. As you might guess, he likely has some mental health issues and isn’t expected to win the claim.

His story clearly doesn’t come anything close to fair. But you’re not like Mr. Purisima, and most injury victims aren’t.

You simply want fair […]

By |August 31st, 2016|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: |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|Tags: |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|Tags: |0 Comments

Do You Have a Personal Injury Claim?

You got in a car accident. Can you get money for your injuries? Maybe. Learn what St. Louis personal injury lawyers Mullen & Mullen have to say.
In some states, like Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia, if you are at least 50% or more at fault for your injuries you are barred from recovery. In other states, this number bumps up to 51% responsibility. And in South Dakota, if you have any negligence beyond “slight negligence,” you can’t recover anything for your injuries.

In other states and places, like the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia, you can’t recover anything for your injuries if you contribute to them in any way.

Sounds a little harsh and ridiculous, does it not? But, that’s the way it works for them.

So what’s the case here in Missouri? When can you and can’t you recover for […]

By |July 28th, 2016|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: |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|Tags: |0 Comments

Is Your Dangerous Prescription Drug Lawsuit Winnable?

It’s not easy to win lawsuits against harmful prescription drugs and their manufacturers, but it is possible. Learn how you can see if you have one.
Some drug companies are so motivated by profits that they are willing to place dangerous drugs that can injure or kill people into the marketplace.

That’s just the cost of doing business to them.

So – even if they have to pay several hundred million dollars in lawsuits for a drug that made them billions – it still makes a net profit for them.

Make no mistake about it – prescription drugs are hugely profitable. In fact, 55 drugs in 2013 made at least $1 billion.

Wow!

Many of these drugs are intentionally marketed in illegal ways to maximize sales. Some drug companies also set up their own funds to pay off consumers. Then they make the rules ridiculously complex so they don’t have to pay out as much money […]

By |July 15th, 2016|Categories: Dangerous Drugs|Tags: |0 Comments

Do You Have a Personal Injury Claim You Can Win?

Missouri law lets you recover money for your injuries, even if you are partially at fault. Learn how you can identify if you have a valid personal injury claim.
Personal injury cases can arise from any number of scenarios. You’re probably most familiar with slip and falls, car accidents, medical malpractice, work injuries, and product liability cases (improperly manufactured/designed cars, for example).

If you experience an injury – and you feel it’s not your fault or only partially your fault – how do you know if you have a case that could entitle you to damages?

Here’s a rough way to make that determination:

Lawyers Think of This as Determining Fault

Once fault is established, the at-fault party is responsible for paying financial damages for your injuries. In reality, it will most often be the fat-faulty party’s insurance company that pays you.

To show fault, a personal injury attorney must:

Prove the defendant owed you […]

By |July 11th, 2016|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: |0 Comments