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.