The Gateway of the West is one of the most iconic cities in the United States, boasting one of the tallest man-made monument and attracting more than 25 million visitors each year. With so many visitors and more than 300,000 residents, St. Louis also can be quite busy. As people rush to-and-from local attractions, jobs, and activities, the chances of a car accident can also increase.
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, traffic fatalities increased by 12 percent in 2020, or nearly 1,000 car accident-related deaths across the state. Beyond that, there are even more traffic incidents that resulted in serious injury, job loss, and damages.
The car accident lawyers at the Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. have helped St. Louis residents receive compensation for automotive accidents for 20 years.
Am I Eligible for Compensation?
If you have been in a car accident, you have probably suffered from a lot of stress physically, emotionally, and financially. In some cases, you may have lost wages, been bed-ridden to heal from injuries, or lost a family member. These are unfortunate realities and ones that deserve compensation.
Missouri is also considered an at-fault state, meaning the person who causes the accident is liable for any financial damages resulting from the collision. Police and insurance companies will use the evidence collected to determine who is at fault and what percent that amount equals overall. This person may have been speeding, texting, tailgating, intoxicated, or under the influence of drugs.
An at-fault person is generally responsible for paying the other driver’s damages. That person also is liable for any losses related to the accident, including medical bills, lost wages, and potentially funeral costs.
Why Speak With an Attorney?
While you are recovering, an experienced attorney can help ease stress and navigate this compensation process. They can help investigate the car accident, gather evidence, and interview witnesses to prove who is at fault.
In Missouri, an individual generally has up to five years to file a legal claim to begin the pursuit of compensation for personal injury. Even though this window may be considered ample time, you shouldn’t wait. Insurance companies may drag their feet in collecting information or determining fault to narrow the window for filing.
Our goal is to help you get your life back on track by recovering damages and getting the compensation you need. We offer a free consultation to help you understand the process and whether a legal claim is right for you. We don’t receive any money unless you win. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.