Topeka Car Accident Attorneys
Millions Won for Kansas Victims of Serious Crashes
Even the safest driving practices cannot always protect you against someone else’s carelessness. Car crashes, when they happen, can change victims’ lives in an instant. Cars weigh around 2,000 pounds and, depending on the speeds they are traveling, the kinetic forces victims’ bodies are subject to can greatly exceed 1 ton. There’s just no way that a person will walk away from most car accidents without some physical or psychological damage.
You deserve fair compensation—and the chance to hold the at-fault driver accountable—if you were injured in a crash caused by someone else. Our lawyers have over 100 years of combined experience fiercely advocating for the injured. We spare no expense when it comes to investigating and presenting car accident cases. Our approach has helped us recover almost $30 million for our past clients. In our minds, it’s not enough for clients to get a minor settlement that will just about cover their hospital bills. Our goal is to help you recover 100% without having to handle any of the financial burden.
If you need a strong car accident lawyer on your side, call DiPasquale Moore at (785) 470-4244. Our Topeka lawyers can answer your questions and explain your options in a free consultation.
Liability and Comparative Fault in Car Accidents
In some accidents, it’s clear who was to blame: Maybe one driver ran a red light or turned the wrong way down a one-way street. However, most car accident claims involve liability disputes. If you do not have a proper defense on your side, you may not be able to recover the compensation you need.
There are many ways an attorney can investigate your claim to find evidence of the other party’s fault. Photos of the accident scene and damage to the vehicles can be used to reconstruct an accident. We can demonstrate how specific damage patterns are likely to be caused by a certain type of collision. If you gathered any witness information after the accident, we can contact third parties who saw what happened for an unbiased account. Another possibility is finding surveillance, red light, or dash camera footage that caught some or all of the crash. We often have to work quickly to recover this footage before it is overwritten but having it can be incredibly valuable to your case.
Having strong evidence of the other party’s fault matters because of Kansas’ comparative negligence laws. After any sort of accident, a victim’s settlement may be reduced by the percentage of fault they are found to hold. If the other party can convince a judge and jury you were more than 50% at fault, you will not be able to recover any compensation. One of insurers’ most common defenses is an attempt to shift blame onto a victim because this lowers the amount they have to pay out. Our team can fight against any unfair attempts to pin the blame on you and reduce your settlement.
What Damages May I Be Entitled to After a Car Accident?
After a car accident, proving negligence and liability is important when seeking compensation. You should also recognize which damages you may be entitled to in a claim and/or a lawsuit. Any expenses related to the crash, even if they have not yet come to pass, should be a part of your claim. The more proof you are able to offer of a car accident’s impact on your life, the stronger your claim will be.
There are two main types of damages that cover the various expenses you may request:
- Economic Damages: Economic damages are those with a monetary value associated with them. This can include the costs of damage to your property, as well as medical expenses from the injuries you sustained lost income from being unable to work due to the injury.
- Non-Economic Damages: Unlike those economic damages where there are direct monetary values, non-economic damages relate to quality-of-life changes such as pain and suffering. These damages cover the emotional trauma a victim may experience after the accident.
In rare cases, such as egregious drunk driving or recklessness, you may also be able to recover punitive damages: A fee assessed to punish the at-fault driver for their behavior. Most car accident claims do not include these damages, but if we believe you should be eligible to recover them, our attorneys can include them in your claim.
Don’t Overlook the Cost of “Minor” Injuries
Over the past few years, there has been evidence and research suggesting that car accidents have long-term effects that cause more pain than people realize. Traumatic brain injuries, also known as concussions, are not only a major contributor to cognitive issues later in life—they have been linked to PTSD.
Rear-end accidents are frequently linked with whiplash—an injury you may not even notice until a few days after the accident. Whiplash can be debilitating until it is treated. Pain is not the only symptom: Sometimes patients experience dizziness, blurred vision, difficulty concentrating or remembering things, or trouble sleeping.
There is also some evidence that chronic widespread pain can have a progressive onset in the weeks after an accident. As the name suggests, this condition can greatly decrease a patient’s quality of life. It is also difficult to treat because so little is known about the causes.
These ailments, along with emotional, cognitive, and psychological issues, can continue to affect car accident victims for weeks or even months after their initial injury. They can require multiple follow-ups with your doctor and put you out of work. If you are in this situation, talk to our team about how to negotiate a settlement that will continue to meet your ongoing needs.
Proven Car Accident Lawyers on Your Side
When it comes to the legal matters associated with a car accident, it’s important to have confidence in your choice of legal representation. Our team at DiPasquale Moore has more than 100 years of combined experience. We have handled multiple car accident claims, meaning we know how to make yours run smoothly and efficiently. Our team is also ready to take the burden off your shoulders. We know you have enough to deal with after being injured—so let us handle the legal side of things.
Our car accident lawyers in Topeka stand up for people with all types of injuries, helping them get back on their feet without financial burdens or worries. No case is too big or small for us to consider, and we always offer free consultations to help accident victims learn their rights and legal options.
If you think you may be eligible to file a car accident claim, call us at (785) 470-4244 to speak with one of our attorneys. One free consultation might be all you need to understand why you’re in the position you’re in—and how we can fight to get you out of it.