Missouri Car Accidents
Car accidents occur in every city and town across the United States. While car accidents are more likely to happen in busier areas—simply because there is more traffic—rural areas are also the site of many car accidents. According to the Missouri Department of Public Safety, in 2021, there were 931 fatal car collisions across the state, killing 1,016 people. There were 36,054 car collisions that resulted in injury to the drivers and/or passengers, with a total of 52,100 people injured.
All those injured in Missouri car accidents must spend the next few weeks, months, or even years recovering from their injuries caused by a negligent driver. Having a strong Springfield car accident attorney by your side following a collision can make a significant difference in the outcome of your accident.
Why Choose a Springfield Car Accident Attorney from Finney Injury Law?
If you have been involved in a Springfield car accident, you may be dealing not only with physical injuries but also with mental and emotional trauma resulting from the accident. You may not have been able to return to work following your accident for days, months, or even longer. If you are forced to deal with an uncooperative insurance company at the same time you are struggling to recover from the accident, it can feel like too much.
If this is the situation you find yourself in, it is time to speak to a knowledgeable Springfield car accident attorney from Finney Injury Law. We have more than 100 positive reviews, and whether they take the time to write a review or not, the vast majority of our clients are happy they chose Finney Injury Law.
You may think you cannot afford to hire an attorney. You can afford to hire Finney Injury Law. We offer a 100 percent free consultation where we will listen to you, ask you questions, and determine whether you have a promising case. We have a vast network of resources that will help prove liability for your accident and secure a fair settlement on your behalf.
Our office is available to you 24/7 and if you are too injured to travel, we will even come to you. We have both English and Spanish-speaking staff, along with an award-winning trial lawyer. Every individual in our firm is deeply involved with the community. All of these things give us a significant advantage over many other firms.
What Are Common Damages That Can Be Collected Following a Car Accident?
Most of those injured in a car accident are entitled to recoup all medical expenses. This can include ambulance and hospital-related expenses, physician and specialist expenses, surgical costs, rehabilitative therapies, prescription drug expenses, and even the cost of any modifications you must make to your home as a result of your injuries. You will also be entitled to pain and suffering damages, both for actual physical pain as well as mental and emotional trauma. Our attorneys have the experience and resources to accurately determine what your claim is worth and the negotiation skills to ensure that’s what you receive.
What is the Legal Process Following an Auto Accident?
Following your Springfield car accident, you will want to speak to a skilled attorney as quickly as possible. The sooner you have a Springfield car accident attorney by your side, the better outcome you can expect. Your attorney will first try to negotiate a fair settlement with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. If the insurer does not want to pay what the claim is worth, your attorney will file a lawsuit.
In most cases, the act of filing a lawsuit will convince the insurer to pay a fair settlement amount, but in others, the case will be heard before a judge and jury who will determine what judgment you are entitled to receive. A civil lawsuit can take as long as a year, depending on how many cases are on the court docket. Things you do during the time prior to the trial—as well as during the trial—can make a difference in the outcome. This can include refraining from discussing the accident with others, including avoiding social media.
Intersections in Springfield Where Car Accidents Commonly Occur
According to Springfield News Leader, the following intersections have the most car accidents:
- Kansas Expressway and Sunshine Street
- Glenstone Avenue and Battlefield Road
- Campbell Avenue and Walnut Lawn Street
- National Avenue and Battlefield Road
- Kansas Expressway and Grand Street
- National Avenue and Chestnut Expressway
- Glenstone Avenue and Sunshine Street
- National Avenue and Sunshine Street
Steps to Take Immediately Following a Car Accident
Following a Springfield car accident, what you do immediately can make a difference in the long term. Of course, the most important priority is your injuries, so seek medical attention immediately. If you are able, take photos with your cell phone of the scene of the accident, both vehicles, and anything that might be useful when determining the cause of the accident. If there were witnesses, obtain contact information. Once you are home, notify your own insurance company and then contact a Springfield car accident attorney and set up a consultation. Take the time to write down any detail you can remember regarding the accident. The smallest detail could potentially be extremely important as your attorney builds your case.
What Is My Car Accident Claim Worth?
Your Springfield car accident attorney can accurately determine what your accident is worth. Once we have established your damages, we will present them to the insurance company, asking for full policy limits and negotiating from there. Your medical expenses will be calculated, factoring in whether you will require medical treatments in the future related to your car accident. Once these economic damages are totaled, your attorney will determine your non-economic damages. Non-economic damages include pain and suffering and the loss of things you were able to do prior to your accident. If the insurance company refuses to consider a fair settlement, we will file a lawsuit on your behalf and a jury will issue a judgment for a specific amount.
What Are the Top Causes of Car Accidents?
One of the top causes of car accidents is distracted drivers. Drivers today talk on their cell phones, text, change car controls, look at their GPS, eat entire meals, daydream, talk to passengers, or turn around to see what the children or pets are doing in the back seat. Another common cause of car accidents is overly fatigued drivers. America is a sleep-deprived nation with few adults getting the amount of sleep they need.
A person who has not slept for 18 hours is just as dangerous when driving as a person with a blood alcohol level of .05 percent. Impaired drivers cause a significant amount of car accidents, particularly drunk drivers. Careless or reckless drivers are responsible for car accidents when they drive too fast, change lanes without looking, tailgate others, and fail to yield. Inclement weather or poor road conditions can also be responsible for car accidents.
How a Springfield Car Accident Attorney from Finney Injury Law Can Help Victims of a Car Accident
When you choose a Springfield car accident attorney from Finney Injury Law you have taken a very important first step toward securing your future. We are honest, experienced, compassionate car accident attorneys who will fight for your future. Contact Finney Injury Law today.