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

Wrongful Death: You Can’t Change the Past, But You Can Still Have a Future

When you lose a loved one, the emotional devastation and financial burden arising from such a loss can be daunting. If the fatal accident was the result of another party’s carelessness or negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation for medical costs, funeral expenses, and other economic losses. Wrongful Death in Missouri Missouri Revised Statutes section 537.080 defines wrongful death as a fatality Read More

Cruise Controls? Self-Driving Cars and Personal Injury Law

In May 2016 a single car accident made headlines across the country. In Williston, Florida, 40-year-old Joshua Brown, who was behind the wheel of a Tesla Model S, crashed into a tractor trailer that was driving across the highway, perpendicular to oncoming traffic. The truck driver was not injured, but Brown was killed. What made this fatal crash especially noteworthy was that the Tesla had its Autopilot system Read More

The Basics of the Legal Concept of “Pain and Suffering”

If you have experienced a serious injury caused by the negligence of another party, you are likely considering a personal injury lawsuit. These lawsuits are the proper way to recover financially from the injuries you experienced. If you win your suit, you will typically be awarded damages to cover all the losses you incurred while injured, such as lost wages, medical bills, damaged property, and more. These types Read More

When the Damage is Done: Understanding Compensatory and Punitive Damages in Missouri

When in court for a personal injury lawsuit, there are two main ‘types’ of damages that the courts can award: compensatory damages and punitive damages. Missouri law has strict regulations regarding how it is determined, whether one or both of these two types of damages are awarded, and how much will be awarded. Understanding what’s behind these two damages can help you to get a better idea of what you can expect in Read More

Property Damage After An Automobile Accident

Knowing your rights in terms of being compensated for the damage someone causes to your car can benefit you greatly if and when you are involved in an auto accident. However, most people have no idea of what they are entitled to recover. What follows here is what every car owner should know regarding property damage claims after automobile accidents. The Cost of Repairs When someone else is at fault, you are usually Read More

Colorado Ranks 18th for Safest Roads in the U.S., Study Finds

Over a lifetime, the average motorist will be in at least four car crashes, according to federal data. Some drivers, however, may face lesser or greater risks of fatal collisions, depending on where they live and regularly drive, say researchers from the Transportation Research Institute at the University of Michigan. That’s because the roads in some states may present greater risks to motorists, especially those Read More

Don’t Drive Impaired this Holiday Season, DOT Warns Drivers

As people throughout the nation enjoy the holiday season, officials at the U.S. DOT are urging motorists to not forget about safety – and to not get behind the wheel if they have been drinking alcohol. This is part of a national anti-drunk driving campaign that occurs every year around the holidays, when the incidence of drunk driving crashes surges. In fact, as officials have pointed out, last year in December Read More

3 Major Driving Impairments Caused by Alcohol Intoxication: Why Drunk Driving Is So Perilous

Drunk driving is illegal across the nation, and many states – including Missouri, where having a BAC of 0.08 can result in criminal penalties against drivers. Despite this, however, many motorists continue to get behind the wheel after drinking. And the consequences can be deadly. That’s because, as various research has established, alcohol impairment: Impairs drivers’ abilities to see and hear – Clarify of vision Read More

Fiat Chrysler Hit with 2nd Massive NHTSA Civil Penalty over Vehicle Safety Issues

For the second time this year, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Fiat) has been issued a multi-million dollar fine by regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The latest penalty, which totals $70 million, is for Fiat’s failures to “report legally required safety data” (per the TREAD Act of 2000). This data is used by regulators to evaluate when vehicle safety issues may warrant Read More