It can be difficult to know what to do after you are involved in an auto accident. Most people just want to go home and put the whole incident behind them, but the trauma and pain make moving forward impossible.
After days of being unable to work or even function normally, you may be coming to the realization that you need help from an attorney to get your life back on track—but how can you know who to trust with so much riding on the outcome of your case?
Our Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys Help Victims Recover from All Kinds of Motor Vehicle Accidents
At Foster Wallace, our goal is to take the burden of fighting for compensation away from our clients, allowing them to focus on healing without sacrificing their right to financial recovery. Attorneys Michael Foster and Brian Wallace listen to your story to understand what is most important to you, then walk you through the next steps to secure you what you need to move on.
Our Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers handle a variety of vehicle crash cases, including:
- Car Accidents. A minor car crash can result in temporary injuries such as cuts and bruises, whiplash, or back pain, while a high-speed collision can leave passengers with broken bones, burns and scarring, or internal injuries. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cause cognitive or behavioral changes.
- Truck Accidents. Truck accidents remain a common cause of serious injuries to people in passenger cars. While these crashes may occur for various reasons, the most common include trucker drug and alcohol use, reckless driving, improperly secured cargo, faulty parts, and improper vehicle maintenance.
- Motorcycle Accidents. Lower stability and exposure to the elements place motorcyclists at constant risk of injury. A motorcycle crash victim may suffer road rash, scarring and nerve damage, or amputation of an arm or leg as the bike rolls over the rider.
- Bicycle Accidents. Although drivers are required by law to share the road with bicyclists, many accidents are the result of drivers traveling too close to a rider. A collision may cause a biker to suffer serious injuries such as spinal trauma and paralysis, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that forces the victim to constantly relive the accident.
- Pedestrian Accidents. People who are struck while walking, running, or crossing the road are completely unprotected from injuries in a collision, making them overwhelmingly likely to suffer wrongful death in a crash.
Negligence Is a Common Cause of Kansas City Motor Vehicle Accidents
Driver negligence plays a role in the majority of car accidents, but victims may also share fault for an injury in some cases. In Missouri, victims who share fault for accidents are not barred from receiving compensation—in fact, they enjoy some of the most lenient fault laws in the nation. Under the state’s pure comparative fault law, an injury victim can be up to 99% responsible for an accident and still recover damages, but the amount of damages will be reduced by the plaintiff’s degree of fault. This means that if you were 75% at fault for an accident and are awarded
$100,000 in damages, you could potentially receive $25,000 for your injuries.
Dangerous or negligent behaviors that may play a role in your accident case include:
- Speeding or traveling too fast for conditions
- Aggressive driving, such as following too closely or weaving between lanes
- Distracted driving, such as talking on a cellphone, texting, or performing other non-driving tasks
- Drunk driving
- Drugged driving, including taking prescription medication or illegal narcotics
- Drowsy driving by failing to get proper rest or logging too many hours behind the wheel
Our Kansas City Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers Can Help You Recover After a Crash
Victims are often thrown into the legal process with little to no experience on how to pursue a case. As experienced injury attorneys, we understand the applicable laws and procedural rules of your case, allowing us to negotiate effectively on your behalf. Our legal team works to get you adequate compensation for your losses by:
- Calculating your expenses. Attorneys are familiar with both the short- and long-term costs of an accident and will be able to accurately calculate the total amount you have lost as a result of past and future medical expenses, earnings, property damages, and pain and suffering.
- Proving liability. The law places the burden of proof on the injured party, requiring a victim to prove that there is a solid link between the harm suffered and the at-fault driver’s behavior. We gather evidence, documentation, and witness testimony by launching a thorough investigation into the crash.
- Meeting the statute of limitations. In Missouri, car accident victims have up to five years after the date of injury to bring their claims. While this may seem like a long time, evidence begins to disappear just days after an accident, making it more difficult for you and your lawyer to build a strong case. The sooner you contact a car accident attorney, the better chance you have of tracking down the people, records, and video evidence necessary to secure compensation.