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Can You Ever Recover Compensation for a Single Vehicle Accident?

When you think of recovering compensation for your physical, financial, and emotional losses (or legal damages) in a car accident claim, your mind likely got to two-car accidents in which the other driver is at fault. This scenario, however, doesn’t cover all such claims. Sometimes, single car accidents are caused by the negligence of other entities, and this fact shouldn’t be overlooked. If a single car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence causes you to be injured, look to the professional legal guidance of an experienced St. Louis car accident lawyer today.  Road Defects Sometimes, defects in the road itself...

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Drug Charges Can Affect Your Educational Opportunities

Make no mistake: drug charge -  or criminal charges of any kind - can affect your educational opportunities. Being charged with a drug-related offense may:   Prevent you from gaining admission to certain universities Harm your candidacy for graduate and postgraduate programs Result in suspension or expulsion from your current university Result in the loss of scholarships, financial aid, or other education-related benefits   It’s in your interest to defend yourself from drug charges of any kind. A criminal defense attorney from Bruntrager & Billings, P.C., will lead your defense.   Drugs Charges That Can Jeopardize Your Educational Opportunities    Missouri maintains a long list of drug-related...

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What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?

There are many possible causes of motorcycle accidents, including those that entitle victims to compensation under Missouri and Illinois law. Read on to learn more, and to find out whether you have a claim, call our office today to speak with a St. Louis personal injury attorney.   Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents Motor vehicles pose the greatest threat to motorcyclists. Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 16 times more likely to die in an accident than a motor vehicle driver who strikes them.  Motorists, therefore, have a great responsibility to avoid striking motorcyclists. Motor vehicle drivers may breach their...

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Plea Bargain FAQs

When facing criminal charges, it is important to our clients that they have options. If it is in our clients best interest to go to a trial, then a competent trial attorney should take the case to a trial. But in some cases, a plea bargain may also be an option.  Some basic questions about plea bargains include: What Is a Plea Bargain? The Legal Information Institute (LII) defines plea bargains as “agreements between defendants and prosecutors in which defendants agree to plead guilty to some or all of the charges against them in exchange for concessions from the prosecutors.” Why Would a...

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Do You Really Need a Lawyer to Settle Your Injury Claim?

You’ve been injured in an accident. Whether it’s a car accident, slip and fall, or some other accident, you really should hire a lawyer to settle your injury claim. If you handle an injury claim on your own, then you may risk: Causing harm to your mental and physical health, as injury claims can be stressful Insurance companies or attorneys taking advantage of your inexperience Agreeing to a settlement that is less than you deserve Losing your claim There is never a guarantee that a lawyer will obtain a judgment or settlement for you. However, a lawyer’s experience and training may...

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Are There Any Defenses to Breathalyzer Results?

All is not lost if you’ve blown above the legal limit. There are often defenses to breathalyzer results. There is no way around it—adverse breathalyzer results can make a case more challenging. Such results only make a capable legal defense more important. What Is a Breathalyzer? A breathalyzer is the generic name for any number of devices that measures a user’s blood alcohol content (BAC). The breathalyzer is most often used by law enforcement officers who suspect someone of being intoxicated, including motorists.  The first breathalyzer came to market in 1954. Despite being more than half a century old, our justice system uses...

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Injured by a Drunk Driver Over the Holidays?

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If you were hurt by a drunk driver over the holiday season, you are likely entitled to compensation. Furthermore, if your loved one passed away in a drunk driving accident, you can also pursue a financial recovery. Hiring a personal injury attorney may be an essential first step towards obtaining justice. Drunk Drivers Are Generally Liable for Their Actions Holidays in St. Louis can be a heartwarming, joyous period in your life. The negligent actions of a drunk driver can, instead, turn the holidays into a nightmare. All motorists must abide by their duty of care. This duty requires them to act reasonably—clearly,...

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Winter Weather and Car Accidents Involving Pedestrians

Leaves and temperatures are both falling. Winter will soon be here again. And with it, slippery roads, dangerous conditions, and more car accidents. We presented an article a year ago about preparations you can take before venturing out. But what about pedestrians? You, like many others, may have begun walking or riding a bicycle almost daily. And as cases of COVID-19 continue to soar, limiting our normal social activities, people will continue to exercise outside. So here are some things you need to know as the temps drop and the days get shorter. Rights of Pedestrians When a pedestrian takes to the sidewalks,...

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What Should You Do if You Get Into an Automobile Accident?

You are driving to work, listening to the morning show on your favorite radio station, thinking about what is ahead of you in the workday. Suddenly, the cars in front of you come screeching to a halt. You slam on your brakes, barely avoiding crashing into the back of the car that has stopped in front of you. Unfortunately, the car behind you was not so quick and BANG, they rear end you. What should you do now? First steps after an auto accident First, make sure everyone is okay. Second, assess whether your car can be moved. Third, get the authorities involved. Fourth, exchange...

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