Auto Accidents can dramatically change your plans. From an inconvenience to a life changing event, the collision can substantially affect a family. If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, you can lose time from work, incur medical bills, pay numerous co-payments for doctor visits, sustain disabilities, such as whiplash and other back injuries.How Do Car Accidents Happen?
Auto accidents result from the carelessness of other drivers. Under Missouri and most states law, the operators of motor vehicles must exercise the highest degree of care. Activities that fall below the highest degree of care include:
- distracted driving,
- using a cell phone while driving to text or make calls,
- searching the internet while driving,
- reading emails while driving,
- following too closely,
- changing lanes without looking, and
- driving at an excessive speed and failing to keep a lookout for other cars.
A recent study (7/22/09) by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that “manual manipulation of phones such as dialing and texing of the cell phone lead to a substantial increase in the risk of being involved in a … crash … Text messaging on a cell phone was associated with the highest risk of all cell phone related tasks.”
The study indicated that operators of heavy trucks were 23.2 times as distracted as drivers who were not texting. This information supports recent laws that seek to curb cell phone use while driving, especially by teenagers and new drivers.What Kind of Car Accident Cases Do You Handle?
Our firm handles all car accident cases. In the past ten years, we have settled cases involving the following for our clients:
- Truck Accidents
- Intersection Collisions
- Rear End Accidents
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Minor Collisions
- Chiropractic Injuries
- Many other cases.
Why Does the Insurance Adjuster Keep Telling Me I Couldn’t Have Been Hurt in the Accident?
We hear this a lot from our potential clients. Property damage can have an impact on the value of your case, but the absence of damage does not mean that you could not have been injured. In fact, we have represented clients who have needed substantial surgeries when there was minimal property damage [LINK} to their car.
What is my Case Worth?
This is maybe the number one question we hear from our clients. The short answer is it depends. In our experience, we have been successful in obtaining settlements and verdicts for our clients. We would be happy to discuss your case value [LINK] with you.
Should I See a Doctor After the Accident?
The decision to seek medical treatment following a car accident is one that each person must make on their own. If you believe that you are injured in a car accident, it is important to “get checked out” at least. The reason for getting checked out is simple. If you did sustain more serious injuries, the insurance company will blame you for not seeking treatment immediately following an accident. By simply getting checked out at an urgent care, emergency room or family doctor, you will have documented that you were feeling pain following the accident. Just like you, we hope the pain goes away in a short period of time, but if it hasn’t then you will have protected your right to a recovery.
Car Accident attorney Michael Sudekum has helped individuals and families injured in auto accidents since he graduated from law school. In his practice, he has helped individuals with small claims resulting from visits to the chiropractor to the unfortunate incidents where a death has resulted from an accident. Auto accident attorney Michael Sudekum will assist you by filling your claim with the appropriate insurance company. He will make sure that all available insurance policies will be available to provide coverage for your injuries. If the insurance company does not respond with an adequate settlement offer, Michael Sudekum is prepared to file suit and demonstrate your losses to a jury.
If you or a loved one has experienced personal injuries as a result of auto accident, contact Car Accident attorney Michael Sudekum for a free case review.