Dangerous Roads

St. Louis Car Accident Lawyers Fight for Fair Compensation

The attorneys of Meyerkord & Meyerkord have recently won two cases in a single year for clients who filed auto accident cases over dangerous road defects:

The first case involved a car crash on Riverview Drive in St. Louis. The roadway featured a defect that allowed water to accumulate during rainfall, causing the accident victim's vehicle to drive into a pool of water six inches deep. She lost control of her vehicle, left the roadway, and collided with a tree trunk. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, leaving her parents and 14-year-old child. We represented her grieving family members in a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of St. Louis and the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC), with a complaint that the city and MHTC knew of the road defect yet failed to take reasonable safety precautions. We succeeded in obtaining a $250,000 settlement from the city. Our client's claim was met with considerable opposition from MHTC, which attempted to minimize its own liability to pay based on the settlement from the city, but with dedicated litigation we were able to secure $392,734 from that claim as well, leaving the family with a total of $642,734.

In the second case, we represented a 30-year-old woman who suffered paralyzing catastrophic injuries when the tires on the right side of her vehicle dropped off the pavement on Highway H in Jefferson County, causing her vehicle to flip over an embankment. Our client was stranded in her vehicle for eight hours through the winter night and in the morning was found with severe spinal cord injuries, a serious brain injury, and fractures to her ribs. As a result of her injuries, our client faces a future of living with paraplegia. With the help of an expert highway engineer, our firm was able to demonstrate that our client was not the only driver to suffer an accident on that section of roadway. In fact, the curve where our client's vehicle left the road was reported as being nearly three times more dangerous than the acceptable limits set by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). Our client was awarded the full amount recoverable according to statutory caps on cases against MoDOT.

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If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident that you believe was the result of design flaws or lack of proper maintenance on a roadway, then we encourage you to contact us for help. We have extensive resources at our disposal for proving such cases, and our team has a proven track record of success in this type of claim. Contact us now for a free consultation to learn whether you have grounds for legal action and to take the first steps toward recovering compensation.