Automobile Accidents

Automobile Accidents

Many people are injured as results of motor vehicle collisions on Missouri and Illinois highways. If you have sustained an injury from the negligence of an operator of a motor vehicle whether an automobile, truck, motorcycle or motor boat, seek the advice of an attorney immediately.

The insurance company for the negligent party may attempt to razzle dazzle and sweet talk you into working with them but you are playing into their hands.

Insurance companies are profit motivated companies. Their best interests are obviously not your best interests.

Common fact patterns in automobile accidents or any other motor vehicle collision cases are as follows:

  • Violating the traffic signal
  • Excessive speed
  • Failure to take evasive action or warning
  • Failure to keep a careful lookout
  • Failing to signal an intention to turn
  • Failing to sound a horn before starting to pass
  • Failing to yield the right of way
  • Following too closely
  • Passing on the right
  • Suddenly slowly on the highway without first giving adequate and timely warning
  • with intention to slow
  • Suddenly stopping on the highway without first giving an adequate and timely
  • warning of an intention to stop
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road
  • Coming to collision with the rear of another vehicle
  • Violation of municipal codes and state statutes
  • Approaching an intersection and failing to drive on your side
  • Driving in excess of the speed limit
  • Driving at a speed which makes it impossible to stop within the range of visibility
  • Stopping in a lane reserved for moving traffic

Unfortunately alcohol and controlled substances play in a role in many motor vehicle accident cases. Evidence of such may entitle the injured party in bringing a claim for punitive damages.

Other causes of accidents are:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Use of electronic devices: PDA’s, cell phones, etc.
  • Road rage and/or aggressive driving
  • Indifference
  • Recklessness
  • Simple inattention

Seek Immediate Medical Attention

As of with any personal injury case seek immediate medical attention if you are injured. Do not suffer in silence. Seek the advice of an attorney immediately because of limitations on the time periods on which you can bring a lawsuit.

  • Preserve your evidence if possible
  • File a police report
  • Obtain the names and address of any witnesses
  • Write down the details of the events surrounding the accident
  • Take photographs of the scene, the damaged vehicles or of anything else that may be important to your case
  • Use your cell phone camera if you do not have your digital camera with you

For a more complete discussion of automobile accidents or any other motor vehicle accident litigation issues please see my article published in the St. Louis Bar Journal titled “Handling a Motor Vehicle Collision Personal Injury Case: A Premier for the Plaintiff”, a copy can be provided upon request.

Call us today at 314-436-2889 and let The Law Office of Philip C. Denton help you with your motor vehicle accident claim.