Fatal Car Accidents
St. Louis Car Accident Lawyers Fighting for Families
Auto accidents can have tragic consequences, especially when they are fatal.
Although traffic collisions have long been a leading cause of death in
the U.S., the experiences they create are never less profound or devastating
for those left behind. Fortunately, our civil justice system recognizes
the tremendous losses relatives are forced to confront after fatal wrecks,
and provides families with the right to seek justice and compensation
when death is preventable.
At Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC, our St. Louis personal injury lawyers
have a long history of fighting for families during some of the most difficult
times in their lives, including fighting for justice in
wrongful death claims involving car accidents, truck accidents, and other traffic wrecks.
We understand that while nothing can make amends for these tragedies,
guiding them through the fight for justice, compensation, and accountability
can help ease their burdens, and we fight aggressively to ensure families
achieve just that.
Discuss a fatal car accident and potential wrongful death attorney with
caring and compassionate attorneys who have the experience to see you
through these difficult times. Contact ustoday for a free consultation.
Fatal Car Wrecks & Wrongful Death Lawsuits
In Missouri, families the right to pursue wrongful death actions in situations
where victims were killed as a result of the negligent or wrongful acts
of others. This means that wrongful death lawsuits can be filed in cases
where victims would have otherwise been entitled to file personal injury
lawsuits if they had survived. Examples include preventable death caused by:
Depending on the circumstances, various parties may be held liable for
fatal car accidents. This includes a negligent driver, commercial trucking
companies that violated safety regulations, auto part manufacturers that
failed to ensure the safety of their products, government agencies that
failed to maintain roadways, and more. Our legal team can help you evaluate
the circumstances involved in your case to determine who can be held liable
for the loss of your loved one.
Missouri Wrongful Death Laws
Missouri’s wrongful death statute establishes the laws that apply
to civil wrongful death cases. This includes laws that permit certain
eligible parties to bring legal action following a preventable death, such as:
- Surviving spouses, parents, or children (including adopted children)
- Surviving siblings if no surviving spouse, parent, or child
- A plaintiff ad litem on behalf of other surviving family members dependent
on decedent / next of kin or a personal representative bringing a survival
action on behalf of the estate
Eligible parties who bring a wrongful death suit have a right to recover
certain damages from the at-fault party. These damages include:
- Burial or funeral expenses
- Medical bills and other damages incurred after injury and prior to death
- Loss of financial support
- Emotional injuries for loss of companionship, consortium, guidance, support, and more
In order to recover these damages, families must not only present a clear
and convincing cases showing that a defendant is more likely than not
responsible for causing preventable death and damages, but also file lawsuits
within the law’s statute of limitations – which bars plaintiffs
from recovering any damages if they wait too long to file legal action.
In Missouri, the statute of limitations for wrongful death lawsuits is
three years from the date of death.
Let Our Family Fight for Yours
Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC is a family-operated law firm that has served
tight-knit communities across St. Louis and Missouri for many years. We
value the strength of families, and the tremendous courage it takes to
step forward in their fight for justice. If you wish to discuss a recent
fatal accident and learn how our attorneys can help guide you through
the wrongful death process,
contact us for a free consultation. Our family is here to fight for yours.