In just a few seconds, a motor vehicle accident can change your life forever. Car wrecks, drunk driving accidents, commercial truck crashes, motorcycle wrecks, bicycle crashes, and pedestrian accidents in Kansas and Missouri can all cause life-altering injuries—or even death. Fortunately, you may be able to hold the negligent driver and any other liable parties responsible for injury compensation and other damages.
The experienced professionals at Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys are available to answer your questions, investigate the cause of your crash, and fight for your right to financial recovery. We have over 20 years of experience fighting for the rights of victims of motor vehicle accidents. Because we're a smaller firm, we can provide you with the personalized service you need when filing a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company, and we will be here every step of the way to help you obtain the justice and compensation you deserve. Call our office or start an online chat today to schedule a free initial consultation with a member of our skilled legal team.
Motor Vehicle Accidents That Result in Serious Injuries
When you're hurt in an accident caused by someone else's negligence, it's frustrating to discover an insurance company isn't treating you fairly. But it's not surprising—insurance carriers are in business to make money, and they do that by offering lowball settlements or denying claims outright to reduce financial exposure. Our skilled legal team has decades of experience helping motor vehicle accident victims receive the injury settlements they deserve. We handle the following types of motor vehicle accident cases:
- Car Accidents. Head-on crashes, T-bone accidents, rear-end collisions, and rollovers are common types of car accidents that cause victims to suffer long-term injuries or death in car, pickup truck, and van collisions.
- Drunk Driving Accidents. When motorists are intoxicated, their reaction time, judgment, vision, and other critical driving skills are significantly reduced, increasing the likelihood they will cause accidents.
- Truck Wrecks. Commercial trucks, tankers, and buses are large and heavy, and when they collide with a smaller vehicle, the force of the crash impact is immense—even if the truck is traveling at a slow speed. Truck accident cases can be very complicated due to federal hours of service rules and other regulations governing truckers, trucking companies, and transportation companies, as well as the greater value of a victim's claim.
- Motorcycle Collisions. Motorcycle riders only have their helmets and safety gear to protect them in a motorcycle accident. As a result, they're more likely to suffer catastrophic injuries or death when a negligent driver collides with them.
- Bicycle Wrecks. Drivers of cars, trucks, and motorcycles must share the road with bicycles. However, many irresponsible motorists cause bicycle accidents when they fail to watch for cyclists, yield the right of way to them, speed, or engage in other negligent driving practices. Worse yet, insurance companies often try to fault cyclists in these incidents.
- Pedestrian Accidents. Walking for exercise or to get around town is increasingly popular in Kansas and Missouri. Unfortunately, pedestrians are at risk of suffering long-term injuries or death when a drunk, reckless, or distracted driver is behind the wheel. It is important that victims take immediate steps to protect their right to compensation for their injuries.
Common Causes of Motor Vehicle Accidents
In the majority of motor vehicle accidents, the underlying causes are operator errors and unsafe driving practices. What's worse, many incidents are preventable. Here are some of the most common ways that drivers cause tragic, preventable collisions:
- Distracted Driving. Motorists who are texting, talking on a cellphone, eating or drinking, or engaging in anything other than driving could veer over the centerline, speed through an intersection, or fail to see other motorists slow down for traffic before it's too late.
- Drunk Driving. Intoxication significantly impairs an individual's ability to drive safely. People under the influence of drugs or alcohol may cause wrecks by speeding, tailgating, failing to yield to other vehicles or pedestrians, or going the wrong way on a road or highway.
- Drowsy Driving. Fatigued motorists can be as dangerous as those who are intoxicated because drowsiness causes similar impairments of abilities. Head-on crashes, rear-end collisions, and unsafe lane change accidents are just a few types of accidents that occur when tired people get behind the wheel.
- Speeding. Speeding is always dangerous. This is especially true with large truck operators whose vehicles need the length of a football field or more to slow down. Speeding also increases the likelihood of a driver losing control of a vehicle, especially if road or weather conditions are hazardous.
- Reckless Driving. This behavior is defined by engaging in unsafe practices that put the safety of others at risk. Driving a vehicle with dangerous flaws, such as worn brakes or tires, excessive speeding, illegal passing, and racing are a few examples of reckless disregard that causes catastrophic wrecks.
- Aggressive Driving. Speeding, tailgating, weaving in and out of lanes, and running red lights are some of the aggressive driving practices that lead to tragic collisions. Aggressive driving can even escalate into road rage, a criminal act that can lead to serious accidents and fatalities.
Devastating Injuries You Could Suffer in a Motor Vehicle Accident
You can suffer long-term injuries in motor vehicle accidents that result in chronic pain, limit your ability to work and manage daily activities, and reduce your quality of life. Common injuries include:
- Brain injuries, such as skull fracture, intracranial hematoma, and traumatic brain injury
- Partial or complete paralysis and other spinal injuries
- Broken bones and fractures
- Internal organ damage and bleeding
- Burns causing permanent scarring, disfigurement, and other long-term complications
- Shoulder injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Knee injuries
- Facial injuries
- Dental and eye injuries
Injury Compensation You May Be Entitled to in Kansas and Missouri
If you're the victim of a motor vehicle accident, you could need long-term, expensive medical treatments and require months or longer off work for recovery—if you can return to work at all. Fortunately, you're entitled to full compensation for your injuries in Missouri and Kansas.
Types of compensation you could receive in your settlement include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future lost wages
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Property damages and other out-of-pocket expenses
- Punitive damages
- Wrongful death damages if a loved one was killed in a crash
What You Need to Know About Your Legal Rights
If you or a family member was injured in a motor vehicle accident, it's crucial to understand your legal rights and how to protect them, so you're not taken advantage of by the negligent driver’s insurance company. Our dedicated and compassionate lawyers will provide you with the information you need to know, such as:
- How long do I have to file a motor vehicle accident case?
- How do I file a motor vehicle accident case?
- What should I do when an insurance adjuster calls me?
- Should I give a recorded statement to the insurance company?
- Do I need to go to the doctor?
- What evidence do I need if I want to pursue a motor vehicle accident case?
- Can I file a motor vehicle accident case if I was partly to blame for the accident?
- Do I need a lawyer?
- What happens if the at-fault driver doesn’t have insurance?
- What happens after a hit and run?
- How can I get a police report in Kansas City?
- What are some common mistakes I should avoid after an accident?
Contact Us for the Legal Help You Need
When faced with the challenges of a vehicle accident, you need a knowledgeable attorney on your side. Our savvy legal team has the expertise to take over the burden of settling your claim for compensation with the negligent driver’s insurance company so you can focus on recovering and moving on with your life. We represent clients throughout Kansas and Missouri and handle these cases on a contingency fee basis. This means you don't owe any fees unless we settle your claim or win your case at trial.
Start learning about your legal options by requesting a free copy of Don’t Wreck Your Injury Claim! Then, call our office or start a live chat today to schedule your free initial consultation.