The statistics reported by the Missouri Highway Statistical Analysis Center are sobering. They report that in 2010 there were a total of 151,353 traffic accidents. In these accidents, 54,875 people sustained injuries and there were 821 fatalities. This amounts to a traffic related injury occurring every 9.6 seconds. Knowing how prevalent auto accidents are should make drivers more aware of their own actions. Stats like these that show just how often accidents happen, and show that, while behaving recklessly will definitely put you at risk, even drivers who are following all the rules are still at risk of being involved in an accident as well.
Accidents caused by other drivers
Car accidents are commonly caused by factors like drinking, distracted driving due to texting, eating and drinking, and speeding. Unfortunately, accidents occur frequently and are an aspect of driving that all drivers should be cautious about. Missouri law dictates that drivers who cause accidents and endanger other motorists by behaving carelessly or recklessly are responsible for any damage that results. This includes personal injury and any property damage that results from the crash.
Accidents cause by road conditions
Not every accident is caused by the actions of a careless or negligent driver. There are other factors that contribute to the likelihood of an accident happening. For instance, poor road conditions, confusing signs, broken or nonexistent traffic signals, inefficient or defective roadway design, improperly maintained roadways, can all increase the likelihood of accidents. The city, county, or state government is usually responsible for maintaining roadway conditions and managing and minimizing potential accident risks in order to keep drivers as safe as possible.
If you have been injured in an auto accident in Missouri, do not hesitate to contact a Missouri auto accident attorney. Missouri law entitles you to compensation for medical expenses both current and future, and recovery costs like nursing care, physical therapy, lost wages, and pain and suffering. In some instances you may be entitled to punitive damages as well. Contacting an attorney as soon as an accident happens is the best way to protect your rights and give your attorney a chance to build a strong case.
An experienced Missouri auto accident attorney can help to investigate your accident, preserve evidence, and build a case that will get you the settlement or jury award that you deserve in order to recover from your injuries and move forward with your life. Accidents can be traumatic and extremely stressful. If you or a family member sustained injuries in a crash, receiving medical care should be your primary focus. Find an attorney who can handle the legal aspects of your case so that some of your stress is alleviated and you are able to focus on repairing your life and moving on.
The Hoffmann Law Firm has more than a decade of experience handing car accident claims. Call (866) 763-6433 for a free consultation.
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