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St. Louis Car Accident Attorneys
Helping Accident Victims in Missouri Pursue Justice
Car accidents are responsible for an estimated 32,000 deaths and about 2 million injuries. But just because car accidents are common, doesn't mean they are easy to navigate. Individuals who suffer severe injuries in a motor vehicle accident may feel as though they have to deal with the fallout alone and that no one is looking out for their best interests
Our St. Louis Auto Accident Lawyer
That's where Meyerkord & Kurth comes in. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car crash, you can count on our St. Louis car accident lawyers to help protect your rights and interests. Due to our firm's extensive resources and our more than 100 years of collective experience, we can handle a wide range of vehicle accident claims, including:
- Commercial vehicle accidents
- Distracted driving accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Fatal car accidents
- Hit-and-run accidents
- Multi-vehicle accidents
- SUV rollovers
- Uber/Lyft accidents
No matter the circumstances, our goal is to hold responsible parties accountable for your losses and injuries. If you or a loved one sustained an injury in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
Reach out to team to learn what legal action you can take after a car accident in St. Louis.
Meyerkord & Kurth has a proven track record of success in fighting for accident victims and have recovered more than $450 million for our clients. Our St. Louis car accident attorneys are prepared to stand by your side throughout the entire legal process, gathering the necessary evidence and negotiating with insurance company representatives over the value of your claim.
Some of our top case results include:
- $2,000,000 for a trucking accident
- $731,000 for an auto accident
- $447,500 for an auto accident
- $441,645 for an auto accident
Maximizing Compensation for Qualifying Injuries
Even seemingly "minor" auto accidents can result in serious injuries that will impact your life for months or years down the road. We aggressively pursue damages on your behalf, including medical expenses, pain and suffering, time missed from work and/or school, lost wages, psychological distress, a reduced quality of life, and more.
Meyerkord & Kurth's car accident lawyers have pursued damages for the following types of injuries:
- Severe burns
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Traumatic orthopedic injuries
- Broken or fractured bones
- Partial or long-term paralysis
- Whiplash injuries
Whatever your situation may be, you can feel confident that we will fight to protect your rights, and when insurers refuse to offer a fair settlement, we are not afraid to take them to court.
Take Your Time Before Settling an Accident Claim
Shortly after a car accident, you may be contacted by an insurance adjuster offering you a quick settlement. This offer may be rendered before you have completed treatment of your injuries, or you have received a full diagnose. Although you may be in a precarious position and need the money urgently due to mounting medical expenses, it is generally never prudent to accept this quick offer.
Car Accident Compensation
The amount of compensation you receive hinges on a plethora of differing factors. These factors include such things as the severity of your injuries, the amount of medical expenses, and whether or not you have permanent disabilities or pain. By accepting a settlement before all these factors have been ascertained may undervalue your claim. For this reason, you should wait until your treatment is complete and you have fully healed before discussing settlement figures with the adjuster. This way you will receive full compensation for the extent of your injuries.
Proving Fault & Liability for Your Accident Claim
Building a strong car accident case requires evidence that is often only discovered through an in-depth investigation. In the state of Missouri, auto insurance runs on a traditional “at-fault system.” Under the at-fault system, the person responsible for the accident and their insurance company must pay for any harm that occurred during the collision. In addition to physical injuries, they may be on the hook for any lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering, among other damages experienced by the injured party.
There are four primary factors when it comes to proving liability in a car accident:
- The defendant owed a duty of care to the plaintiff on the road;
- The defendant performed an act considered negligent and, in turn, breached that duty of care;
- The defendant’s negligence was the direct cause of a collision with the plaintiff; and
- The defendant colliding with the plaintiff was the direct cause of the injuries sustained by the plaintiff.
Our skilled legal team will do all we can to hold negligent parties responsible for their actions and maximize your compensation.
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.
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.
Factors That Can Influence the Value of Your Claim
In some motor vehicle accidents liability is not clear cut. Sometimes, both parties were negligent in their actions that resulted the accident. When this situation arises, individuals often wonder if they can still file a claim for their injuries even if they were partially at fault. In Missouri, the answer is yes.
Missouri is known as a pure comparative fault state. As such, an individual can bring suit against the other individual and recover portion to which the other party was at fault. This can even occur when the party bringing suit is more at fault than the other party. For example, if a party is 75% at fault, but the the other party is 25% at fault for the motor vehicle accident, then the party who is 75% at fault can still recover against the other party for their 25% fault.
When you are involved in an auto accident, one of the components that you can receive compensation for is lost income. However, the burden is on you to prove to the adjuster that you lost wages due to the accident. The easiest way to prove the amount of time you missed is by obtaining a letter from your boss or supervisor that delineates the time you missed, the amount of wages you would have received, and the reason why you lost these wages was due to the traffic accident. With this letter the adjuster should take your loss of wages under consideration when determining your settlement amount.
Condition of Your Car
One factor adjusters factors adjusters use in the valuation of your compensation for an injury in a traffic accident, is the damage to your car. A car that was severely damage is more indicative that the driver was involved in a serious car accident thereby probably suffered more severe injuries. As such, if you have been involved in car accident where your vehicle has suffered a tremendous amount of damage, it is important to take pictures of the damage in order to show to the adjuster. These pictures can be used as leverage during the negotiations process.
Alternatively, if your vehicle has only suffered minor damage, the accident itself occurred in a less compelling manner (i.e. a low impact accident in a parking lot), then you are probably going to have a difficult time persuading the adjuster the extent of your injuries.
Pain and Suffering
One of the factors used to determine the amount of compensation one is entitled to after being in a car accident is the amount of pain and suffering that individual suffered. For this reason, it is crucial to document your pain and suffering so when you are negotiating with an adjuster you may exhibit those experiences with precision. This in return will enable you to receive what your claim is truly worth.
You can document your pain and suffering with different techniques, such as keeping a journal or taking pictures of the progression of your injuries. However, one of the most important things you can do is to express the pain and discomfort to your treating medical provider. Doing so will ensure that this discomfort will be documented in your medical records. Undoubtedly, adjusters will look at your medical records to contrive a settlement offer, assuring your pain and suffering will be taken note of.
How Long Do I have to File a Car Accident Claim?
Most states in the U.S. have a one or two-year window to file a car accident claim. Missouri allows claimants up to five years from the date of the accident to pursue a personal injury claim after a car crash. While the deadline may seem generous, it's critical to begin your claims process as soon as possible to ensure you have ample time to gather evidence, medical records, and other necessary components needed for a successful car accident claim.
In the case of a wrongful death claim, meaning someone died as a result of the crash, then the claim must be filed within three years of the person's death after the accident (since the date of death can be different than the date of the accident)
It's critical to note that the statute of limitations in car accidents claims does not apply to notifying your insurance company of your accident. You must let your insurance company know about your crash in a reasonable amount of time — typically within a matter of days after your accident.
Establishing liability can be difficult, but the process can be greatly expedited with the help of a skilled St. Louis car accident lawyer. They can assist you in uncovering evidence and compiling it into a strong claim. Thus, while it is possible to represent yourself in court, it is highly advisable to have an acclaimed legal professional in your corner.
Meyerkord & Kurth is home to auto accident attorneys renowned by Super Lawyers®, the American Association for Justice, Avvo, Martindale-Hubbell®, the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, and others.
Reach out to a St. Louis car accident attorney at (800) 391-4318 today.
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