Motor Vehicle Accidents

Automobile accidents are the leading cause of serious personal injuries throughout the state of Missouri. Insurance companies, also known as insurers, work to limit their liability in automobile accidents and collision cases. The less money insurers pay, the more profitable their business. Therefore, insurers will offer quick settlements before an injured person can hire an attorney. The quick settlement typically undervalues the long-term physical, emotional and financial consequences of personal injury claims. Serious injuries can have life-long consequences, but once an injured party signs a release in exchange for a quick settlement, the injured party is prevented from coming back at a later time to get more money, even if the money is required for medical treatment.

 

A majority of automobile collision claims are settled out of court. However, a thorough personal injury attorney begins evaluating a claim from the perspective of trial from the initial consultation. Preparation is the key to maximizing any settlement. A thorough evaluation of each claim is required before a settlement can be considered.

 

Auto accidents are usually premised on the negligence of one or more operators of a motor vehicle. Negligence arises from the failure to exercise a particular duty of care. The claimant or injured person bears the burden to establish the existence of a duty and also that the breach of said duty is the proximate cause of the claimant’s injury or damage.

 

If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, do not hesitate to seek legal counsel from a personal injury attorney experienced in automobile accident cases.