Fatal Car Accident Attorney St. Louis
Fatal Car Accident Attorneys Protecting St. Louis and Missouri Families
Because of the unsafe and reckless actions of another, you have lost someone you love. No amount of money or legal restitution will ever replace your loved one, but with the correct legal guidance, you can ensure that you and your family are taken care of proceeding forward. During this difficult time, many different legal steps must be taken to ensure that you and your family are provided for, and you shouldn’t attempt this alone. Fatal Car Crashes are serious events that no family should ever have to experience, and in the event that one does happen, it should never be dealt with without proper and adequate legal guidance of an attorney who understands the severity of a fatal car crash.
Christopher R. Dixon is a Fatal Car Crash Lawyer who is recognized as a Top 100 Trial lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association and a Life-Time Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He understands the pain and suffering that families endure when a loved one is lost because of the unsafe and negligent actions of another driver, and can assist you and your family with acquiring the legal compensation and recovery that will allow you to focus on what matters most in this difficult time, your family and healing. If a terrible accident has caused your family to lose a loved one, you need to contact an attorney who is familiar with Missouri and St. Louis laws and statutes regarding fatal car crashes, vehicular accidents, and what rights the survivors of the family member have in these events. To begin your family’s healing and recovery, trust in Christoper R. Dixon and the Fatal Car Crash Attorneys of the Dixon Injury Law Firm.
Fatal Car Crash St. Louis
Sadly, American drivers are far more likely to die in a car crash than drivers most anywhere else in the world. Public health officials blame Americans’ tendency to drink alcohol, ignore seat belts, and drive too fast. The Missouri legislature has tried to address these risks, but too many families still lose loved ones tragically and are left seeking compensation just to put their lives back together.
Missouri Has Tried to Make the Road Safer
The state legislature has enacted a series of laws to try and protect people on the road. Missouri Statutes Section 307.178 requires the driver and all front seat passengers in a vehicle to wear a seatbelt, and of course the government hopes everyone in the car will wear a seat belt. Missouri does not treat it as a serious infraction, though. The maximum fine for not wearing a seat belt is $10, though Missouri Statutes Section 307.179 has a slightly stricter fine of $50 for failing to ensure children in the car are properly belted in.
The law also says that not wearing a seat belt will not overly limit the potential for compensation to the family of someone killed in a fatal car crash. In Missouri, courts follow a rule called “pure comparative fault,” which means that the courts can find more than one person at fault in an accident and adjust compensation accordingly. Consider, for example, a situation where a car crosses over the centerline and crashes into a speeding truck. The courts might find that the speeding truck was only 20% at fault for the accident, and therefore the truck driver will only be liable for 20% of the damages he or she caused. In other words, the damages awarded to the family of the car driver will be reduced by 80% to reflect the car driver’s own fault. Missouri Statutes Section 307.178(4) says that seat belts can reduce recovery for injuries in the same way, but only by 1%.
Missouri also has drunk-driving laws, just like any other state. Missouri Statutes Section 577.012 makes it a crime to drive with a blood alcohol level above .08%. Violating the posted speed limit is a crime as well, under Missouri Statutes Sections 304.010-12, as is failing to operate “at a rate of speed so as not to endanger the property of another or life or the limb of any person” regardless of whatever the posted speed limit says. Keep in mind that violating any of these rules is not necessarily a bar to recovering damages under the “comparative fault” system.
Fatal Car Accidents and Wrongful Death in St. Louis
When a family loses someone in a fatal car crash, it can turn their whole world upside down. Families are typically overwhelmed with the sudden loss and struggling to cope. Then, the bills will start to show up. Medical care and then funeral costs can overwhelm a family, but that is often just the beginning. After the immediate loss settles in, families begin to feel the lost contributions that their loved one provided. A wife may lose her husband, who had provided for the family financially, not to mention his role as her friend and lover. A child may lose his mother, who provided her support and counsel to help that child grow up into a high-functioning adult. Missouri Statute Sections 537.080 and 537.090 allow for family members to recover both types of damages from someone at fault in a fatal car crash that killed a loved one.
Why do Fatal Car Accidents Happen?
Fatal Car Wrecks are most common in vehicle wrecks involving drunk driving and distracted driving, but can also be caused by several other factors, including road conditions, overcorrecting, and improperly turning. Here is a list of the conditions that can lead to fatal car accidents.
- Failure to keep in the proper lane.
- Failure to yield right of way.
- Reckless or Careless Driving.
- Not Adjusting to Road Surfaces.
- Driving on the wrong side of the road.
- Not Adjusting to road obstruction.
- Operating without required equipment.
- Improper turning.
- Distracted Driving.
- Drunk Driving.
Every point on this list is an avoidable action. No one should drive drunk, no one should drive while distracted, or make improper turns, or drive in the wrong lane, but people still do. When these actions are taken, and a fatal car crash is the terrible result, the negligent party is responsible and should be held to the fullest level of legality possible. With the help of the fatal car crash attorneys at Dixon Law, your family will have the assistance it requires to be able to recover from this tragedy. The events that lead to a fatal car wreck are avoidable, there is a negligent and responsible party, and a lawyer who is experienced in litigating such matters can help make the process easier for you and your loved ones during this difficult time.
How can an experienced St. Louis Fatal Car Accident Attorney help my case?
Knowing precisely what to do when a family member or loved one has passed after a fatal accident isn’t something anyone is ever taught, nor is it something anyone should ever have to learn. Immediately following the accident, you and your family should be focusing on recovering and remembering your loved one, not worrying about whether you are taking the difficult and correct legal steps to protect your family or whether the insurance company is trying to blame the accident on your loved one. The legal statutes and knowledge required to successfully win these cases is extensive, and having an attorney who is not prepared to fight for your family can be counterproductive and can even cause the loss of the case. This is why choosing an experienced fatal car crash lawyer is so important and should be made before speaking with the insurance company or settling for any amount they may try to get you and your family to accept. Speaking with an attorney first can ensure:
- That you and your family are adequately provided for.
- That funeral costs are covered in any settlement.
- That those responsible are held responsible for their negligent actions.
- That the insurance companies won’t be able to cheat your family out of their deserved compensation.
- That the memory of your lost loved one is preserved and respected throughout the entire process.
Protecting the memory of your loved one is important, and so is the welfare of your family during this trying time. A fatal accident lawyer can ensure that any funeral costs, medical expenses, and any other expenses that arise because of this event are adequately taken care of. You and your family should be focusing on recovering and healing, not battling the other party’s lawyers and insurance companies. The fatal car wreck attorneys at Dixon Law will take care of you and your family.
The Missouri Fatal Car Accident Lawyers of the Dixon Injury Firm have a complete understanding of the most recent Missouri and St. Louis traffic law and statutes and can use this knowledge to defend you and your loved ones during this trying time. No one should have to suffer from the loss of a loved one due to a fatal car accident, but when it does happen, choosing an experienced and knowledgeable St. Louis fatal car accident attorney can ensure that you and your family are adequately compensated for your lost time and injuries, and ensure that your financial future and health are protected.
Why Should I choose the St. Louis Fatal Car Accident Attorneys at Dixon Law to represent me?
Christopher R. Dixon is more than just a fatal car accident lawyer he is a local Missouri and St. Louis resident who understands what it means to provide effective and comprehensive legal counseling to his fellow citizens and their families who have suffered because of fatal car accidents.
Chris Dixon – “I pride myself on tirelessly fighting for the injury victims who continuously trust me with their cases. It is an honor to serve and a passion which drives my existence.”
When you choose Christopher R. Dixon and the Dixon Injury Firm, you are choosing a fatal car accident law firm that cares about you and wants to ensure that you and your family are provided for during this trying time. If you need fatal car accident legal guidance, or want to know what a can do for you, call or contact the St. Louis Fatal Car Accident Attorneys of the Dixon Injury Firm at 314-409-7060, or toll-free at 855-40-CRASH to get justice and compensation for your fatal car accident case today.l