Experienced Missouri Accident Attorneys
Personal injuries cause pain, suffering, and financial hardship. The financial security of your family is often at stake. We are proud to have earned successful case results that have given clients the compensation they were owed and put their families back on solid financial ground.
Fatal Car Accidents Missouri Continue
The Statewide Traffic Accident Records System of the Missouri State Highway Patrol tracks Missouri fatal car accidents. The MO Traffic Safety Compendium provides detailed crash data and car accident statistics. These include factors like the number of people killed or wounded, car accident rates, circumstances at the time of accidents, speed, alcohol or drug involvement, as well as ages of drivers.
A fatal collision is when one or more individuals die from a traffic crash. The quantity of people killed includes those who died within 30 days of the car accident and because of injuries caused by the car accident. An injury crash involves individuals who experience disability as a result of the accidents and those with evident or probable injuries. A property damage crash is one in which no one is killed or injured, but someone’s property has become damaged.
According to the MO State Highway Patrol, 60.9% of all fatal accidents in this state involved only one vehicle. If you or someone you know has been involved in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident, click the link for more information.The car accident attorneys at Buchanan, Williams & O’Brien have been helping clients with personal injury claims for over 40 years. We have represented injured clients in all types of motor vehicle accidents. Our law firm is proud to have earned successful legal case results that have given clients what they were owed after personal injury accidents. Learn more about the team’s experience, case results, and how they can help you:
The Dangers of Missouri Traffic Accidents
MO traffic accidents and those throughout the other 49 states are among the leading causes of death and injury. These include the following types of vehicular wrecks:
- Bicycle Accidents
- Bus Collisions
- Auto Collisions
- Commercial Truck Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Trucking Accidents
- 18-Wheeler/Semi Wrecks
There are many different causes and contributing factors. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Asleep at the Wheel or Driver Fatigue
- Cell Phone Use While Driving
- Drunk Driving/Alcohol-Related
- Maintenance Errors/Defective
- Speeding or Reckless Driving
- Texting While Driving
In many ways, you or someone you love could be involved in potentially life-threatening or expensive auto accidents. Having a qualified St. Louis car accident lawyer on retainer is wise.
Missouri Car Accidents
Missouri law, especially MO Revised Statutes Section 303.040, sets out the need to report auto accidents to the state for three scenarios.
- The owner or operator of a vehicle must report a collision with an uninsured driver on any street, freeway, parking lot, or public parking facility in which anyone is killed or injured, or the property damage exceeds $500.
- The owner or operator of a vehicle must report a collision that results in a death, injury, or property damage over $500 if they do not personally have insurance.
- The owner or operator of a vehicle must report a collision that results in death, injury, or property damage over $500 if the car they were in at the time of the accident was parked.
This allows for proper documentation, which can assist a lawyer if and when the car accident case goes to court.
Property Damage Claims During Auto Accidents in Missouri
Suppose your car is damaged in an accident, and the other driver is at fault. In that case, the liability insurance company insuring the negligent driver should pay for the damage to your car.
If the damage can be repaired, the insurance company has an obligation to restore the car to its original condition. If the vehicle cannot be repaired, the insurance company is responsible for paying you the total value of your vehicle.
Getting an affidavit from the insurance company may reduce or eliminate the amount you owe in sales tax when you purchase a replacement car.
If the other driver does not have insurance, or if there is a problem settling your claim with the insurance company, your insurance company should pay for the damage your vehicle suffered in the car accident if you have collision coverage. You must pay an additional premium for car accident coverage; not every policy has this coverage.
Sometimes there is a dispute about the amount the insurance company should pay to replace a vehicle after a car accident. The insurance should pay you the fair market value of the car. This is the amount of money it would take you to purchase the exact vehicle as a replacement. There are several places to get information about replacement value. The normal sources of information include your banker, a car dealer, “blue books” found at the library or a bookstore, or on several websites that give used car values.
If you have any questions about your car accident case or personal injury claim, call us today at 417-695-4774 or 800-371-8220 or email us. We will meet with you free of charge to discuss your case.
My Claim After an Auto Accident in Missouri
Drivers injured in car accidents often have no prior experience with the legal system. For this reason, most people have many questions about how the process works, how long the lawsuit will take, and the cost, among other things.
In car accident cases, the plaintiff or the one filing a car accident claim has to show that the other driver is legally liable for the injuries car accident victims have suffered. That is also something that has to be established even if accident victims and their car accident attorneys file claims with the defendants’ insurance companies rather than filing lawsuits in court.
If injury victims want to recover compensation and have successful Missouri car accident claims, several things must be established. Our Missouri car accident lawyers will inform you about your case and promptly answer your questions. We will help you understand your claim and feel comfortable with the legal process.
Contact Us Today
We have 40+ years of experience protecting the rights of those injured in car accidents, handling personal injury cases all over the United States, and convenient locations throughout MO in St. Louis, Joplin, and Springfield. Contact us now and let us help you. We can meet you at a time and place convenient to you. And remember, you won’t owe us a single dime unless we successfully resolve your case—no upfront costs, no hidden fees: just outstanding service to you.
The trusted team of attorneys at Buchanan, Williams & O’Brien has been helping clients with personal injury claims for over 40 years.