In today's world, it is easier than ever to fall into the bad habit of distracted driving. With smartphones and all the diverting possibilities they offer, people may sometimes lose track of how they are driving, which can lead to catastrophic consequences. However, distracted driving is only one of many hazards that can harm innocent bystanders and drivers. If a driver was acting in a way that was negligent, careless, or reckless, and you or a loved one suffered an injury because of it, you may be wondering if there is any way to seek justice.
The St. Charles County car accident lawyers at Coyne, Cundiff and Hillemann, PC are here to tell you that there is hope. We believe that you should not have to pay for the poor conduct of another driver and we are here to make things right. Start out by telling us about what happened to you during a free case evaluation.
To qualify for a personal injury case, you must have been harmed by a situation that arose from negligence. Negligence is defined as a failure to act in a reasonably safe manner or the failure to take precautions that any reasonable person would agree are important. If you believe that the accident you were involved with was caused by reckless driving of some sort, the auto accident attorneys at Coyne, Cundiff and Hillemann, PC may be able to help.
Did any of the following actions on the part of another driver cause your accident?
There are times, also, when the driver who caused the accident may not be at fault due to a flaw with the car's design or the manufacture of certain parts. It is possible that a car may have been defectively designed or created, and that a failure of a mechanism within the vehicle caused the accident.
A statute of limitations is a time limit that restricts how long after an accident has occurred you will be allowed to pursue legal restitution. Statute of limitations usually varies from one state to the next. According to Missouri Revised Statutes § 516.120, you have up to 5 years after your accident to file a lawsuit. If you fail to file your claim within this time period, your case may be dismissed.
Missouri has a law known as the "Pure Comparative Fault Rule," which allows a victim of a car accident to recover compensation for their injuries, even if they are 99% responsible for the accident. The amount of compensation the individual may receive is determined by the percentage of fault they played in the accident.
Are car accident reports pubic record? Yes, in Missouri most accident reports will be open to the public, which means that you, your insurance company, and police will have access to the accident report filed on the date of your car accident. If you wish to request a copy of your accident report from the records office, you may need to pay a fee, or you can request a copy from your insurance company if they have already obtained a copy for their records.
Can car accidents cause PTSD? Yes! In fact, the American Psychological Association claims that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of PTSD among the general population. Post-traumatic stress disorder can result from any experience that had a traumatic or particularly fear-inducing impact on an individual. If you believe you have suffered PTSD from your auto accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation! Contact our firm immediately.
When am I required to report my car accident to the police? In Missouri you are required by law to report your accident if one or more of these 3 situations is true:
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