Victims of a car accident suffer immense physical, financial, and emotional loss.
According to Missouri law, a victim of a motor vehicle accident is liable to receive compensation for the losses, damages, or injuries suffered in the crash. Missouri car accident attorneys believe that citizens should be aware of their rights in case they become a victim of a car crash.
Negligence and Car Accidents
In order to claim compensation for the injuries suffered in a car accident, the victim needs to prove that the crash was a result of the driver’s negligence. The victim needs to prove the following:
- The driver who caused the crash had the legal duty and responsibility not to cause you injury, but he failed to live up to the responsibility.
- The failure of the other driver to live up to his legal duty caused you injury.
- The victim suffered financial loss or damages as a result of the car accident.
The victim of a car crash can claim damages along the following lines:
- Replacement or repair of the vehicle or any other property that was destroyed or damaged in the car accident. It includes the personal belongings such as your mobile phone that was kept inside your car.
- Cost of treatment that includes past, present, and future medical bills.
- Out of pocket expenses or costs incurred because of the car accident. These expenses include storage and towing fees.
- Cost of hiring domestic help for household chores such as cooking, cleaning, child care, shopping, etc.
- Emotional distress damages caused by the car accident.
- Disfigurement and permanent disability damages caused by the car crash.
- Loss of future earning capacity because of injuries suffered in the crash can also be claimed.
- Loss of income caused by the inability to go to work because of injuries suffered in the car accident. St Louis car accident attorneys inform us that the wage loss due to time missed from work because of time spent on physical therapy, doctor visits, or court appearances can also be claimed.
Deadline for Filing a Claim
Many victims of car accidents do not know that Missouri law gives them a generous five-year limit for filing a claim against the driver at fault. However, it is advisable that the claim is filed as soon as possible, because delay will only jeopardize your ability to prove negligence and get the rightful claims. In case the victim fails to get compensation through a voluntary settlement, it is in their best interest to hire an attorney and file a civil suit.
Missouri Tort Liability System
According to the Missouri tort liability system, a party will be determined to be “at fault” or cause of the accident and that party becomes legally responsible for all the damages caused by the car accident. The damages will then be processed through the driver’s auto insurance company.
If you or someone close to you has become a victim of a car accident, immediately consult with The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242.
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