Though accidents can occur virtually anywhere and under any circumstances, some of the more serious and costly accidents occur while people are involved in transportation-related activities. It should be stressed that tort litigation involving transportation related activities can be extremely complicated. Retaining an inexperienced lawyer may result in a plaintiff losing a lawsuit or not receiving the recovery that he or she deserves. It is important that plaintiffs choose attorneys with appropriate levels of experience and familiarity with the subject matter of the lawsuit. Like any state, Missouri has its share of serious automobile accidents. Missouri requires its residents to carry minimum vehicle liability insurance for their vehicles.
A claim for an automobile or motorcycle collision in Missouri requires proving degree of fault. The amount of the damages to which you may be entitled, depends on the nature of your injury, the reasonable amount of your medical expenses taken together with any loss of earning capacity. There may be additional damages to which you are entitled, which we would be happy to discuss with you. Contact us today.
There are three major reasons for traffic accidents: alcohol intoxication, speeding and just plain carelessness. When you are someone you know is a victim of a traffic accident there are laws which allow you or someone you know to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, disability, permanent injury, emotional distress, wrongful death, scarring, loss of opportunity to enjoy your life, pain and suffering and even the toll it takes on your relationship with loved ones.
If you are in an accident, particularly if someone is injured or there is a great deal of property damage, try to collect the following information from the other driver(s) involved in the accident. Then keep a log of your pain and other problems to help you refresh your recollection during settlement negotiations or at trial.
AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT CHECKLIST (Most Important Items)
Name and address of the other driver(s)
License plate number
Make, model and year of car
Driver’s license number
Make note if it appears the driver had been drinking (or other impairments)
Note and try to write down everything the other driver said
Names and addresses of passengers in other cars
Try to find people in the vicinity who may have seen the accident and ask for their name and phone number
Insist that the police be called to the scene to investigate and prepare an accident report
Get the names and business numbers of all emergency service personnel (police, fire, ambulance)
Report injuries to the police or paramedics. Follow their advice concerning need for medical care
Even if you do not require emergency transport to the hospital, report the accident and any problems that you are experiencing to your doctor. Follow his or her advice for appropriate care
Keep a list of all symptoms and problems, (pain, stiffness, numbness, tingling, headaches, cuts, bruises) as they develop. Provide this information to your physician
Keep a list of physicians and other health care providers, together with contact information (addresses, telephone numbers), the dates of each appointment and any tests, x-rays, treatments or medications ordered
Keep a list of each day that you are unable to work because of your injuries and all time that you miss from work because of doctor and therapy appointments
Keep a list of all expenses, such as vehicle repairs, rental car, costs of medications (both prescription and over the counter) and make a list of any personal property damaged in the accident (clothing, glasses, jewelry, CDs or tapes, tools, sporting goods, etc.)
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