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How Fault Is Determined in Car Accidents Caused by Traffic Violations

Published on Oct 7, 2019 at 10:56 am in Car Accidents.

Person on cellphone while driving

Traffic violations happen all the time. They can range from something as minimal as parking in front of a fire hydrant, to something as dangerous as driving under the influence. A traffic violation is when a driver violates any law that regulates vehicle operation on streets and highways. While committing a traffic violation is wrong and can cost you a ticket and fine, it’s even worse if it leads to a car accident.

What Should I Give the Insurance Adjuster if I’ve Been in an Accident?

Published on Aug 2, 2019 at 1:17 pm in Car Accidents.

Short answer: Nothing! If you are negotiating your personal injury case on your own with the at-fault party’s insurance adjuster, then you’ve probably dealt with a few things. First, insurance companies regularly switch adjusters on injured people, making it even more confusing to know who to call and how to get ahold of the adjuster. Second, some adjusters can try and convince injured people that their case is not worth that much. They tell an injured person that the company is only permitting the adjuster to offer a certain amount. 

What they don’t tell the injured person is that they (the adjusters) are evaluated based on whether or not they were able to resolve the injury case below the true value of the case. Also, insurance adjusters tell injured people that they need certain things to “investigate the case” such as written statements and other documents as explained below.

What Are the Different Types of Car Accidents?

Published on May 15, 2019 at 2:05 pm in Car Accidents.

When you’re involved in a car accident, the nature of the damage sustained and of your injuries depend on many factors. Some of these factors include elements such as the position the vehicles were in when the collision occurred, the speed at which both vehicles were traveling at, and the direction both vehicles were traveling toward. All these factors are taken into consideration when the collision is investigated to determine what party was liable and what happened in the moments before the crash.

These factors are commonly categorized into various “types” of accidents that can occur. These categories are used during the investigation as well as by insurance companies to determine who may be eligible for compensation and how the settlement may likely proceed.

2019 Missouri Car Buying Guide

Published on Mar 28, 2019 at 10:37 am in Car Accidents.

Choosing your vehicle isn’t often a quick decision. You want to make sure the car is affordable, you’re comfortable when driving it, and you’re going to want to know how safe it is in preventing car accidents or how it performs in the event of an accident.

While events beyond your control can cause an accident, the vehicle you’re driving may help reduce the severity of the damages regardless of the causes of the wreck. Let’s take a look at safety features in cars that help prevent collisions as well as some of 2019’s top choices for Missouri car buyers.

Complications that Arise from Soft Tissue Injuries: Part 1 – Strains

Published on Mar 7, 2019 at 10:45 am in Car Accidents.

Soft-tissue injuries are injuries that occur to muscles, tendons, tissues, and ligaments, as compared to injuries like fractures and breaks, which involve breaking or fracturing a bone.   According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (“AAOS”), soft-tissues injuries fall into two different categories:  acute and overuse injuries.  For personal injury cases, people usually suffer “acute” injuries in car wrecks, falls, or other traumas.  Overuse injuries are uncommon in personal injury cases, but we do see them regularly in workers’ compensation cases where an individual has developed carpal tunnel due to repeated work activities.

In a number of personal injury cases involving car accidents or slip and falls, clients will have some diagnosis of a soft-tissue injury.  Many insurance company adjusters will downplay a soft-tissue injury as being less serious than a fracture, break, or other trauma that can be seen on an x-ray.  However, soft-tissues injuries can be serious and are painful, regardless of the degree of severity.  There are a number of soft-tissues injuries that can develop as a result of a personal injury.  The basic types of soft-tissue injuries are strains and sprains. This week, we’ll go over strains.

What to Expect Physically After a Car Wreck

Published on Feb 28, 2019 at 10:09 am in Car Accidents.

No one wants to think about what would happen in the event of an automobile accident, however, thousands of individuals are tasked with dealing with the consequences of being in an accident every single day. While there are psychological and financial consequences to manage, the most immediate one to handle after a wreck is the physical injuries – as these present the most danger to a person’s life and wellbeing.

When people think about the injuries related to being in a car accident, the most common ones that come to mind are broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and head trauma. Fortunately, not all wrecks result in catastrophic injuries. While injuries are likely to occur, many are easily recovered from. But no matter how you feel after an accident, the most important thing to do is to seek medical attention.

How Does Petitioning the Court for Your Driver’s License Work?

Published on Jan 31, 2019 at 9:24 am in Car Accidents.

If you’ve received notice a of driver’s license suspension, you’re not alone. Many people lose their driving privileges for both minor and major offenses. At the Law Office of Mike Campbell, we understand people make mistakes, which is why we’re dedicated to working with clients who are looking to have their driving privileges restored.

If your driver’s license has been suspended or revoked for a period of five or ten years, you have the right to petition the court to reinstate it. Depending on your circumstances, there are different ways to go about this.

5 Ways to Improve Automobile Safety in Missouri

Published on Dec 27, 2018 at 9:03 am in Car Accidents.

It’s an unfortunate fact that many of us will be in at least one car accident sometime during our lives. Car accidents can be traumatic experiences, and it’s important to understand that a majority of the collisions can be avoided.

Most car accidents result from negligent actions from one or more drivers. Distracted and impaired driving are at the top of the list for reasons why these events happen. Just in 2014, 47,977 individuals were injured in Missouri car accidents and 766 people died.

In order to prevent the wrongful loss of future lives, there are steps we can all take to improve automobile safety in Missouri. The University of Missouri promotes a Drive Safe, Drive Smart campaign to encourage drivers of all ages to stay alert and follow the laws when behind the wheel. Let’s take a look at the five easiest ways to improve road safety for ourselves and others.

1) Wear Your Seatbelt

When a vehicle is involved in a collision, the driver and any passengers inside are still traveling at the vehicle’s original speed at the moment of impact. If someone is not wearing their seatbelt, they risk the potential of slamming into the steering wheel, windshield, or other passengers. While some people may think seatbelts are uncomfortable or unnecessary, they save lives.

How Do Police Handle Hit-and-Run Investigations?

Published on Nov 28, 2018 at 9:25 am in Car Accidents.

It’s understandable to be confused and angry if you’re the victim in a hit-and-run accident. Car accidents by nature are traumatic experiences; however, if the guilty party decides to vanish and further neglect their responsibilities, it can make the experience much worse.

According to AAA, there are over 700,000 hit-and-run auto collisions every year. As a result, thousands of individuals are injured or lose their lives. In the event of a hit-and-run accident, as a victim, you may be wondering what your next steps are. While the process is a little different than it is when a typical accident has occurred, there is a process in place that will allow you the opportunity to hopefully find the guilty party.

Personal Injury Compensation Part 1: Economic or Tangible Damages

Published on Nov 8, 2018 at 2:34 pm in Car Accidents.

In Missouri, individuals injured through the negligence or recklessness of others in a personal injury case have the ability to seek compensation for both “tangible damages” and “intangible damages.”  “Economic” or “tangible damages” are those things that can be calculated or identified, such as lost wages, lost earning capacity, past medical expenses, and future medical expenses.

We have provided two posts to explain the difference between both types of damages. This is part one of two. For more on “intangible damages” or “non-economic damages” please watch for our post next week.

First off, what are damages?  Damages are something an injured person receives, through a settlement or jury verdict, to compensate them for the harms they suffered a result of that injury. In the American civil justice system, we use money to compensate people as damages. Below are the types of “economic” or “tangible damages” you can receive monetary compensation for in a Missouri personal injury case.

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