Six-Vehicle Accident on I-55 Triggers Safety Concerns
A series of multiple car accidents occurred on I-55 near Hamel, IL, on October 21. Both sets of accidents took place in work zones: The first accident happened around 4:30 pm and involved five total vehicles, with the second crash happening moments after.
While accidents like this happening on I-55 in Illinois and Missouri during rushhour traffic aren’t rare, this triggers major safety concerns. There were more than ten serious accidents on that stretch of I-55 in October alone.
More Than 30 Lives Taken Due to Missouri Interstate Accidents in 2016
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, there were 33 fatal accidents due to Interstate accidents in 2016 in addition to 3,500 non-fatal car crashes. The truth is that car accidents happen every day, and can happen anywhere. A mother is filing a lawsuit in Missouri after her son sustained injuries in a crash where the negligent driver made an improper turn and struck her son’s vehicle. She is suing for judgment against the defendant in an amount in excess of the jurisdictional limits of the court of Missouri, which as a limited jurisdiction state does not have a minimum, and has a cap of $25,000.00. Proving that a case is valid can be difficult, so it is important that in the wake of an accident to know what to do. After a car accident, it is crucial to take the following steps to ensure that your rights are protected and that you will be compensated for the injuries you suffered.
Document the Scene
Following a car accident in Missouri, it is essential to document the scene to help prove negligence. Missouri is an at-fault state, so the evidence taken from the scene of the crime will be essential in proving that it is “more likely than not” that the negligent driver caused the accident, and caused the other party injuries. Things to document include any injuries sustained, marks on the road, and any damage done to vehicles during the accident. Before seeking immediate medical attention, it’s important to gather names and contact information of the other driver, and any witnesses at the scene of the accident if you’re able.
Seek Medical Attention
Immediate medical attention is necessary following a car accident so that any injuries sustained during the incident can be proven in court. This includes whiplash, any head or neck injuries, internal injuries, etc. A medical professional will create a report of injuries sustained in the crash, and inform the patient of any long-term effects that might occur due to injuries. It’s important to keep copies of any medical bills that arise due to the accident, ambulance fees, any work missed to the incident, and medical supplies that were bought to treat the injury at home. This is so that the negligent driver’s insurance company will reimburse any out-of-pocket costs to the injured party for their suffering and financial burden.
Don’t Talk to the Negligent Driver’s Insurance Company
After a car accident, insurance companies will try to get the injured party to make an immediate statement. It is crucial not to say anything following an accident to make sure that the insurance claim will not be affected. Missouri is an at-fault state, so if the negligent party is determined to be at-fault and they have liability coverage, they will have to pay up to $10,000 to cover any damage done to the other party’s vehicle.
Consult a Car Accident Attorney to Represent You
Contacting an experienced lawyer after a car accident will protect your rights and make sure that you receive compensation for any medical bills, emotional trauma, loss of wages, loss of affection, and any other damages that occurred due to the accident. These legal representatives know Missouri and Illinois car accident laws and will deal with the insurance company for you. The Dixon Injury Firm offers free consultations and will only charge legal fees if they successfully win the claim?
If you need a lawyer to handle your Missouri or Illinois car accident case, the Dixon Injury Firm has claimed more than $35,000,000.00 in damages and recoveries for their clients. For a free consultation, feel free to call (314) 409-7060, (855) 40-CRASH, or contact us today about your St. Louis car accident case.