Understanding Missouri ATV Laws

All-terrain vehicles (ATV) are designed for off-road use. They are perfect for hunting and landscaping purposes, but they can be used for so much more. If you are curious about owning one of these vehicles, safety is one of the most important considerations. Read on to learn everything you need to know about ATV safety laws in Missouri.  Driving on Highways  Driving an ATV on the highway is extremely dangerous. Read More

A Brief Overview of Assumption of Risk

When engaging in perilous activities, most people assume that accidents will not occur and if they do, there is a general assumption that they will be compensated for the damages. Unfortunately, this is not always the case thanks to a concept known as “assumption of risk.” Here is what you need to know about this legal term. What are the elements of assumption of risk?  Under the doctrine of assumption of risk, Read More

Understanding the Difference Between Compensatory and Punitive Damages

If you sustain damages due to the negligence of another party, you are eligible for compensation. This remuneration, referred to as damages, is designed to compensate for things such as personal injury, lost income, medical bills, property damage, or any harm resulting from the negligence at issue in the case. Apart from compensating the plaintiff, damages can also be used to discourage other people from engaging in Read More

6 Examples of Bad Faith Insurance Practices

The law requires that insurers handle insurance claims in good faith. This ultimately means conducting a proper investigation and providing reasonable payouts in a timely manner, when needed. When that doesn’t happen, it is considered working in bad faith. Here are 6 examples of what that looks like. 1. Failure to Complete an Insurance Investigation When an insurance company fails to complete an investigation Read More

Pedestrians vs. Vehicles: Who Has the Right of Way in Missouri?

Accidents involving pedestrians are more common than you would think. They occur thousands of times every year, leading to serious injuries and multiple fatalities. In fact, these types of incidents account for about 11% of all vehicle accidents. Determining who is at fault is a grey area, and lawyers need to prove that the actions of either the driver or the pedestrian were directly responsible for the accident. Read More

4 Parties That Could Be Held Liable in a Missouri Trucking Accident

Truck accidents are handled quite differently from those involving passenger vehicles. Nevertheless, like any other accident claim, the cases revolve around proving who was at fault for the accident. Truck drivers are usually the first party to be investigated. This involves reviewing their behavior during the accident in order to determine whether any state or federal laws have been violated.  Alcohol or Read More

What to Do If You’re Injured in a Car Crash

The day started out like any other. You went to work and put in your usual eight hours. At 5:00pm, you got into your car and headed home, stopping at Straub's on the way to pick up something for dinner. Just 10 minutes from home, the day stopped being normal. A driver with her eyes on her phone rear-ended you, sending your car off the road and halfway into a shallow ditch. You weren’t knocked unconscious, but Read More

4 Tips to Preserve Your Rights During a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Personal injuries can occur in a variety of contexts that include car accidents, slip or trip and falls, defective products, and aggressive domestic animals. When bad things happen, Missouri law may entitle you to seek compensation for your damages and losses, such as medical bills, lost wages, loss of future income, and pain and suffering. You need to be proactive, however. Few defendants will voluntarily admit Read More

Dog Bite Injuries: How to Obtain the Compensation You Deserve

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, an average of 4.7 million people a year are bitten by dogs in the U.S. Many of these injuries are serious enough to need ongoing medical treatment, especially if the victim is a child. If you or someone you love has been attacked and bitten by a dangerous dog or another domestic animal, take the following steps immediately to protect your right to recover Read More

Staying Safe on the Street: 5 Bicycle Safety Tips

Cycling is a great way to stay healthy and get around while reducing your impact on the environment. Unfortunately, the roads are becoming increasingly dangerous for cyclists. According to recent data, motor vehicle crashes killed 840 cyclists across the U.S. in 2016, which was the highest fatality rate since 1991. A year later the journal Injury Prevention published a paper revealing that these accidents cost adult Read More