Columbia Car Accident Attorney
INJURED IN AN AUTO ACCIDENT? DIPASQUALE MOORE CAN FIGHT FOR YOU.
Car accidents are all too common in the United States, but this does not mean that you are prepared to be injured in one. In fact, after an accident, it can be very difficult for victims to learn that insurance companies are likely to offer lowball settlements or deny their claims completely. If you were injured in a car accident due to the negligence of another, there are legal options available to help you pay for your medical care, lost wages, and any other hardships brought upon you by your accident.
Attorneys at DiPasquale Moore are committed to fighting for car accident victims. We offer free consultations during which our lawyers will discuss your case and the best options available to you. We understand how difficult it can be to adjust to life after an accident, especially when you have mounting medical bills and expenses.
DiPasquale Moore is an award-winning injury firm, acclaimed by Super Lawyers®, the National Trial Lawyers, the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and more. To date, we have assisted countless clients in a range of auto accidents, including but not limited to:
- Fatal car crashes
- Drunk driving accidents
- Uber, Lyft, and rideshare accidents
- Hit and run claims
- Uninsured motorist accidents
- Rear-end collisions
After an accident, it may seem as though the weight of the world is on your shoulders. Let us help lighten the load and fight negligence on your behalf.
Don’t wait. Contact DiPasquale Moore online today to schedule a free case evaluation with our car accident lawyers in Columbia, Missouri.
Working with a Car Accident Lawyer
While you can file a claim on your own, a professional attorney can ensure that you do not miss any important legal deadlines or accept any low settlement offers. Insurance companies often house insurance agents and lawyers highly skilled at minimizing claims, leaving you with a payout nowhere near fair.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim in Columbia?
The state of Missouri allows car accident victims five years after the accident occurred to file a claim. If your loved one suffered an untimely death because of a crash, Missouri only grants three years to file a wrongful death claim. These deadlines may seem far off, but the clock runs out quickly. The more time an attorney has to review and prepare your case, the better chance you have at winning a favorable outcome.
What Injuries Qualify for a Car Accident Claim in Columbia?
A few common injuries that qualify for a legal claim include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Cuts and lacerations
- Internal injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Neck injuries
Seek Medical Attention as Soon as Possible
Even if you were involved in a minor car crash, it is advisable to visit a medical professional as soon as possible. Due to a car crash’s associated adrenaline rush and shock, many people do not notice they have symptoms until later. Not only will a doctor’s visit be beneficial to your health and help prevent any injury from getting worse, but it will also provide documentation for your case. Such documentation can greatly strengthen your claim.
To win a car accident case, you will need to prove negligence on the part of the other party. To do so, three factors must be proved:
- at the time of the accident, the driver was required to act with reasonable care;
- the driver failed to act according to this standard of reasonable care; and
- this failure led to an accident that caused you injury.
This may sound simple, but even when they are very obviously responsible for an accident, drivers are unlikely to admit fault on their own. An attorney can help you fortify your case with the evidence and facts you have on your side.
What If I Was Partially Responsible for the Accident?
If you are partially liable for a car accident, you can still pursue a claim, as the party primarily at-fault for the crash should take responsibility for causing you injury. Making a simple mistake does not bar you from seeking justice.
The law is aware that liability is sometimes shared between the two parties involved. Missouri law accounts for shared liability by employing comparative negligence in injury claims. Comparative negligence means the fault of each party will be considered and calculated to a specific percentage (for instance, you could be 20% at fault while the other party is 80% at fault), and compensation is scaled accordingly.
Damages Available to Car Accident Claimants
In addition to comparative negligence, the severity and nature of your injuries will directly influence your compensatory damages. For car accident claims, the following damages are a few examples of those that tend to be paid out to help victims get back on their feet:
- Medical expenses
- Disability accommodations
- Lost wages
- Missed time at work or school
- Pain and suffering
In the tragic case of a loved one’s death, you may be able to recover damages for funeral/burial costs, loss of affection, loss of companionship, and more.
Accidents Caused By Uninsured Drivers
The law requires all motor vehicle drivers to have auto insurance, yet thousands of drivers remain uninsured. If the driver who caused your accident was driving without insurance at the time of the collision, you might be wondering how you can seek legal compensation for your injuries at all. But there are options available to you, particularly for those with insurance policies that include uninsured motorist (UM) or underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage. In this case, you might be able to recover damages from your own insurance provider. Another option is to sue the uninsured driver who hit you.
DiPasquale Moore Will Advocate for You
Car accident claims can easily become complicated. Fortunately, DiPasquale Moore can handle the legal red tape on your behalf and fight for your right to compensation. Don’t let insurance companies and negligent drivers take advantage of you. Put trusted lawyers on your side.
Call DiPasquale Moore at (888) 743-1030 to speak to a car accident attorney in Columbia, Missouri. Consultations are offered free of charge and obligation.