Springfield Car Accident Lawyers
Representing Car Accident Victims Across Missouri
Are you looking for an experienced car accident lawyer in Springfield, Missouri, to handle your auto accident case? At Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C., we have been fighting to recover maximum compensation for our clients since 1976. In that time, we have recovered more than $7 billion in verdicts and settlements, including more than 100 cases over $1 million each. While we cannot guarantee a future case result based on the past, our past results instill confidence in our clients and worry in our opposition.
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Common Causes of Car Accidents
The sudden shock of being involved in a car accident can leave your head spinning. When the dust settles, the cause of the accident may be revealed to be a perfectly avoidable and unnecessary driver error. Driver error is a broad classification of mistakes, so we must investigate what the other driver did wrong.
Some of the most common examples of driver error that can cause car accidents include:
- Distracted driving: When driving, a motorist needs to pay full attention to the road and the traffic conditions around them. Looking at a smartphone for even a few seconds can directly cause a violent car accident.
- Drunk driving: Intoxicated motorists have been one of the leading causes of car accidents in Missouri for decades. It is incredibly frustrating because it is so simple for a driver not to drink and drive. We can work with local police investigators and officers to learn if the other driver was drunk when they hit you.
- Poor roadway design: Were you in a single-vehicle accident that you know was caused by a defect with the road? Let us know. We can investigate the road and possibly call on civil engineers for further insight. It might be possible to sue the city for failing to maintain the road properly.
- Uninsured/underinsured motorists (UM/UIM): All motorists in Missouri must carry adequate and current auto insurance, but not all of them do. Approximately 12% of all drivers have no insurance. Another more significant percentage has minimal insurance coverage, so they might be unable to pay for all of your damages after a crash. Our attorneys know how to handle complex UM/UIM accident cases in a way that maximizes the compensation available to you.
- Failing to signal a lane change properly: Sometimes, the worst accidents are caused by the simplest mistakes, such as failing to use a signal when changing lanes, turning, or merging. “Honest mistakes” do not remove liability from the negligent driver.
- Tailgating: Following too closely to the car in front of you will dramatically increase the risk of a car accident. Tell us if you had to brake or come to an unexpected stop, and a tailgating driver slammed into you.
Were you injured in a car accident due to someone else's negligence? Call Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C. today at (417) 855-2022 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our car accident attorney in Springfield!
Why Choose Our Missouri Car Accident Lawyers?
At Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C., you get more than just a lawyer. When you choose our firm to represent you, you will hire an entire team to work on your case. You will also get the full support and resources of one of the most recognized trial practice firms in personal injury litigation in Missouri.
There are many reasons to choose us to represent you:
- We’ve recovered $7 billion for our clients since 1976.
- We utilize state-of-the-art courtroom technology.
- We are not a claims mill – we take a personalized approach to each case.
- We are listed among the Best Law Firms in America®.
Each of our Springfield car accident attorneys has full access to the experience and knowledge of our team of lawyers, paralegals, client service staff, full-time nurses, and technology specialists. Your attorney may also call on the testimony and advice of a network of car accident investigators and professional medical and forensic experts to determine cause and liability. The bottom line is that we can go above and beyond what you expect to make the most of your claim.
Significant Auto Accident Verdicts & Settlements
- $24,476,904 - Defective vehicle design
- $15,000,000 verdict – Bicyclist hit by motorist
- $13,027,000 settlement – Auto vs. truck accident
- $11,000,000 verdict – Defective Ford seat back
- $8,000,000 settlement – Car accident claim
- $6,900,000 settlement – Wreck caused paraplegia
Schedule a meeting with our car accident lawyers in Springfield today!
Is It Worth Getting an Attorney for A Car Accident?
An attorney can help you obtain the best outcome possible for your case after suffering injuries in an accident. Not only are our attorneys skilled in negotiation, they have years of experience pursuing justice in the legal system as well as investigating car accident claims.
Additionally, our team knows the ins and outs of Missouri car accident and negligence laws. There are many pitfalls car accident victims can fall into that our team can inform you of. For example, car accident injuries are different than other injuries covered by personal injury law in that they are most often soft tissue injuries. These types ofc injuries are injuries that affect the tendons, ligaments and muscles, such as whiplash. Like whiplash, these types of injuries typically progressively get worse over a few days or even weeks after the injury occurred.
Because of this, many car injury victims sign a compensation agreement with an insurance company before talking to a lawyer only to discover later that their injuries are worse than they initially believed but are no longer able to recover any additional compensation to cover their additional costs. Our firm offers free, no obligation consultations so you have nothing to lose by contacting our firm today!
Filing a Claim for Bodily Injury After an Auto Accident
Making a bodily injury claim requires an individual to receive medical treatment for an injury stemming from the accident. If an individual does not seek medical attention promptly, they will not be considered injured under the law, and there will be no grounds for a bodily injury claim.
After receiving treatment, you should talk to the insurance adjuster to receive compensation for your injuries. To receive compensation, you must prove that you received medical treatment, usually by presenting medical records.
Unfortunately, receiving fair compensation from an insurance company is not always easy. Some bodily injury claims require legal battles. In this case, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced bodily injury attorney who can help protect your legal rights.
What is Considered a Serious Injury in a Car Accident?
At Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C., our Missouri car accident lawyers are especially experienced in handling serious injury cases. For an injury to be considered serious or “catastrophic”, it must cause significant, long-lasting impairment or loss. Whiplash, while painful, is not a serious injury because the injury will go away with treatment. A spinal cord injury, however, is a catastrophic injury because it causes long-lasting and sometimes permanent paralysis or loss of use.
Some common types of serious car accident injuries are:
- Traumatic brain injuries and concussions
- Spinal cord injuries and other forms of paralysis
- Amputation and loss of limb
- Loss of sight or hearing
- Burn injuries and other forms of scarring/disfigurement
- Broken bones and multiple fractures
- Organ failure or loss
Serious car accident injuries require maximum compensation so that you or your loved one can experience a full life, despite the impairment. Let our skilled team of auto accident attorneys in Springfield take on your case and fight for you!
Fatal Car Accident Claims
Our Springfield auto accident lawyers at Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C. provide compassionate representation to those who have lost family members in fatal auto accidents on Missouri roads. If a negligent driver has taken the life of your loved one, we invite you to contact our firm to speak with an attorney about a potential wrongful death claim. While no money can ever undo the damage done to your family, a successful wrongful death lawsuit can compensate you for any out-of-pocket expenses your family incurred due to the accident.
A wrongful death lawsuit may compensate you for the following damages:
- Medical expenses leading up to the death.
- Funeral and burial expenses.
- Pain and suffering of the deceased prior to death.
- Value of wages and benefits the deceased would have likely earned if they had lived.
- Loss of consortium, guidance, and support.
Missouri Car Accident Statistics
According to crash records from the Missouri Department of Transportation, there were 1,004 traffic fatalities across the state in 2021. This number is a 3% increase from 2020 and marks the first time that total traffic fatalities exceeded 1,000 since 2006. The increase also stopped a steady decline in accidents, dropping even before the coronavirus pandemic removed many drivers from the road throughout 2020.
A Missouri DOT spokesperson reported that a major factor in many of the worst accidents was a lack of seatbelt use. 66% of fatalities were suffered by people who did not have a seatbelt when the crash occurred. Another concerning factor was cellphone distraction, which seemed to have increased in 2021, but no concrete data was presented.
Contact Our Car Accident Lawyer Today
We handle cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay us unless we make a recovery. We may also call on the testimony and advice of investigators, medical experts, and forensic experts to determine the full extent of your injuries and the parties who may be held liable. We can help you pursue justice, so contact our Missouri car accident lawyers today.
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What To Do After a Car Accident in Missouri?
First steps at the scene of the accident:
- Make sure everyone is okay and move your vehicle out of the road, if possible.
- Contact law enforcement (if the accident involved an injury or property damage).
- Exchange information with other drivers and talk to anyone who witnessed the crash.
- Take pictures of the scene that may help you establish negligence or fault.
What to do after leaving the scene of the accident:
If you suffered an injury or suspect that you suffered an injury, seek medical attention. It is also important to seek legal help shortly after the accident, or else you may have difficulty recovering compensation for your damages. If you require ongoing treatment, document it so you can recover compensation for any expenses related to the accident.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Statute of Limitations for Car Accident Claims in Missouri?
In Missouri, you have five years to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you do not get your case started by filing it within the five-year statute of limitations, the court will likely refuse to hear your case. Although five years sounds like sufficient time, you must contact a Springfield auto accident attorney from our firm as soon as possible after your accident so the evidence stays fresh in mind and usable. We can take immediate action in building your case and pursuing justice on your behalf.
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