If you have been injured in a St. Louis area car accident that you believe might have been someone else’s fault, this may be a difficult time for you both emotionally at financially. The unfortunate reality is that you are not likely to obtain fair compensation for your injuries unless you know how to fight for it against an evasive and stingy defendant who may try to shift the blame of the accident to you in order to avoid liability. At Wolff & Wolff we have decades of combined experience fighting for the rights of auto accident victims just like yourself. Contact us today at 314-584-4109 or 314-584-4105 for a free initial evaluation of your case.
Frequently Asked Questions about St. Louis Car Accidents
Should I talk to the other driver’s insurance company?
No, you shouldn’t. You are under no obligation to speak with the other driver’s insurance company, and you could damage your claim if you do. Remember that it is in the interests of the at-fault driver’s insurance company to pay out as little as possible or even to pay nothing. Everything you say to the representative of the other driver’s insurance company will be recorded, and the representative will likely try to trick you into saying something that the company can use as an excuse to deny your claim or reduce its value.
If the other driver’s insurance company contacts you, refer them to your personal injury lawyer and ask them to direct all further inquiries to your lawyer.
What should I do if I believe that the accident was partly my fault?
You may not be in the best position to determine whether or not you were legally at fault. One thing you should never do is apologize to the other driver or agree that you were at fault. Even if you were partially at fault, since Missouri is a “pure comparative fault” state, you can recover at least some of your damages even if you were 99 percent at fault for the accident. If there is any possibility that you were partially at fault, you can rest assured that the defendant will exploit this possibility to the maximum degree in order to avoid liability.
Am I entitled to compensation for the suffering that the accident caused me?
Probably. Although you will not be entitled to compensation for simply being frightened, if you can demonstrate through medical evidence that you suffered a physical injury, then you have a good chance at obtaining compensation for the physical suffering caused by that injury, above and beyond your medical bills. In many cases, compensation for pain and suffering far exceeds compensation for medical bills.
What it Takes to Win
Car accident claims can be deceptively complex, and the higher the claim amount the harder the defendant is likely to fight to avoid liability. A good car accident lawyer will be aware of all kinds of legal nuances that you might not be aware of – the fact that you can win a civil lawsuit against a drunken driver even if he was acquitted in criminal court, for example. An effective car accident attorney will be equally comfortable negotiating at the settlement table and litigating in court, and he will have the courage to stand up and fight for his client’s rights in either venue.
Contact the Experienced St. Louis Car Accident Lawyers at Wolff & Wolff
Your choice of law firm can make the difference between winning and losing your case, or between winning a paltry settlement and receiving every dime you are entitled to. The earlier you contact a professional St Louis car accident lawyer, the better your chances are likely to be. Contact the Law Offices of Wolff & Wolff today at 314-584-4109 or 314-584-4105 and we will be happy to provide you with a free initial evaluation of your case.
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