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Should I Call the Police If I’ve Been in a Car Accident?

Published on Mar 14, 2018 at 2:04 pm in Car Accidents.

If you’ve been in a car accident in Missouri, you might be wondering what your first course of action should be. It may seem unnecessary to contact the police if the crash seems fairly minor– especially if you’re not seriously injured. You should always call the police if a car accident happens and request that they make a report, however. Doing so is the best way to ensure everyone gets the medical care they need and that you’re protected legally.

You should never think about leaving the scene of an accident. You or the other driver can be cited for leaving the scene of an accident without notifying the police. Also, your own insurance company may have specific provisions that require you to make a police report. This is particularly true if the other driver fled the scene. If you have to make a claim with your own insurance through underinsurance, most policies require you to make a police report immediately! Additionally, one of the first things we are asked for by the other side’s insurance company is a copy of a police report.

How Is Fault Determined After a Car Crash?

Published on Feb 23, 2018 at 1:47 pm in Car Accidents.

After a car crash, you start the claim process so you can get compensation for the accident. You’ll have to speak with the other party involved in the accident and your insurance company. One of the main factors with compensation is finding who was responsible for the accident. In some cases, the responsible party may own up to their mistake and admit fault outright. Others who were clearly in the wrong could insist that the accident wasn’t their fault. There may be a few circumstances where one person wasn’t completely at fault and the accident happened because of both parties’ actions.

The car accident fault laws vary from state to state. It’s important to know yours so you’re informed about how your car accident claim will work. If you’ve been in a car accident, the Law Office of Mike Campbell can help. A Missouri car accident lawyer will listen to your case and do everything possible to get you a favorable settlement.

Can a Teen Driving Curfew Stop Car Accidents–and Crime?

Published on Dec 20, 2017 at 12:30 pm in Car Accidents.

Teenagers who can drive often have reckless driving behaviors. They’re most likely to drink and drive, or drive without wearing a seatbelt. About 6,000 teens die in car accidents each year, and teenagers are more likely to crash when other teenagers are in the car.

In an effort to reduce these numbers, teenagers in most states have a curfew until they can get their senior driver’s license. A study from UT Dallas found that teenage curfews reduce car accidents and teenage crimes.

Compensation for Emotional Trauma After a Missouri Car Wreck

Published on Oct 30, 2017 at 11:32 am in Car Accidents.

Car accidents cause many kinds of trauma. You might expect to deal with physical injuries, like bruises or soreness, but you could sustain other kinds of injuries.

Emotional trauma affects your mind. When you’re suffering from emotional trauma, everyday activities might seem more difficult, your temperament could be different, and you might not connect these behaviors to the car accident.

How to Help Your Teen Drive Safer

Published on Oct 3, 2017 at 4:24 pm in Car Accidents.

Every U.S. state has different laws regarding the process young drivers must go through before they can obtain a full driver’s license. These laws are part of statewide Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) programs that aim to help teen and novice drivers become fully educated about safe driving procedures, practices, and laws before they are on their own behind the wheel.

In Missouri, young drivers may get a learner permit at 15 and they must have it for a minimum of 6 months. 40 supervised driving hours (10 nighttime) are required during this learner stage.

An intermediate stage follows which teens must be 16 years old or older to progress through. Drivers at this stage may drive solo but are restricted from driving from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. and may not have more than 1 passenger under 19 for the first 6 months.

Top 5 Causes of Car Accidents in Missouri

Published on Jul 3, 2017 at 11:52 am in Car Accidents.

According to statistics from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 940 individuals died in car accidents in 2016 throughout the state of Missouri. That number in a significant increase from the fatality total in 2015. So far in 2017, we’re at 323 traffic fatalities as of May. This figure is roughly consistent with last year’s numbers.

It’s in the common interest of everyone who lives in Missouri to see these numbers fall every year instead of rise higher. We all want our roadways and highways to be as safe as possible and for our loved ones to not worry every time they get into a motorized vehicle.

Understanding the Dangers of Speeding

Published on Jan 25, 2017 at 1:37 pm in Car Accidents.

Over the course of the past few months, I’ve examined the causes of deadly automobile crashes and accidents on Missouri roadways. We’ve already looked at the dangers of distracted driving and drunk driving. Now, I want to discuss the danger of speeding. Many of us speed while we’re driving. I am willing to bet that when many of my readers see a posted speed limit, we think we can do anywhere between 5-10 miles per hour over the speed limit and be safe.

Don’t worry, you’re not alone! According to one study, nearly 70% of people admitted to speeding on highways and 36% claim they drove 5 miles per hour or more over the speed limit. I know that we all have important things to do and places to be, and speeding 5 to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit may seem harmless at the time. However, regardless of how harmless it seems, speeding is extremely dangerous.

The Dangers of Driving While Intoxicated

Published on Jan 16, 2017 at 1:37 pm in Car Accidents.

In 2016, 933 people died on Missouri roadways due to automobile crashes and automobile accidents. In a recent blog I discussed how the numbers of traffic fatalities have rose sharply over the past several years and 2016 was no different. Unfortunately, there were sixty-six (66) more road fatalities in 2016 than there were in 2015. Even though that may not seem like a major leap, consider that there were nearly 170 more traffic fatalities on Missouri roads in 2016 than in 2014!

The numbers are rising and there are things we can all do to help. We already know about the dangers of distracted driving discussed in blog entry from a few months ago. Another major area of concern and contributor to Missouri traffic accidents and traffic collisions are those involving individuals who are driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (also known as “DUI/DWI”). According to the Center for Disease Control, nearly one in three traffic deaths involve a drunk driver. During a ten year period, the CDC discovered that 3,314 people were killed in Missouri crashes when they involved a drunk driver.

5 Common Missouri Car Crash Myths

Published on Dec 6, 2016 at 12:00 pm in Car Accidents.

If you’ve been reading my blogs, you’re already aware of the fact that driver safety is something I’m passionate about. It’s important to me that I not only do everything I can to protect my clients who have been in tragic car crashes, but to also do everything I can to educate drivers about protecting themselves from future crashes. There’s a lot we can do in the state of Missouri to prevent accidents and crashes.

As a personal injury lawyer who’s also an advocate for roadway safety, I often hear stories about individuals who have been in a crash or know someone who was and believe certain facts to be true that actually aren’t. I hear some interesting car crash myths when meeting with potential clients for the first time.

The Dangers of Driving While Distracted

Published on Oct 20, 2016 at 11:00 am in Car Accidents.

Everywhere you turn, people are using their smart phones or electronic devices.  Oftentimes, pedestrians on their cell phones are looking down and are not paying attention to the what’s in front of them.  In fact, these people are now called “smartphone zombies.”  A smartphone zombie is described as someone “who walks slowly and without attention to their surroundings because they are focused on their smartphone.” 

Even though that’s a humorous name for people we all know (and might be ourselves) who use their cellphones while walking, there can be serious consequences for distracted walkers.  For example, when the Pokemon craze hit this last summer there were reports of distracted gamers walking into ponds, running into other pedestrians, and even falling off of cliffs!  Now imagine those people behind the wheel of a car or truck!

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