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How Can You Prove Your Collision With a Drunk Driver?

An automobile accident always has the potential to be a frightening experience, and matters can be further complicated when a victim believes that the other negligent driver who was responsible for a collision was intoxicated. When you suspect a drunk driver was at fault for your crash in St. Louis or a surrounding area of Missouri, do not wait to seek the help of an experienced St. Louis drunk driving accident attorney.   A Missouri State Highway Patrol Research and Development Division report stated that alcohol use contributed to over 90,000 crashes in Missouri during a 10-year period, with fatal crashes constituting...

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Five Things to do After an Accident with a Commercial Truck

Five Things to do After an Accident with a Commercial Truck

Being involved and injured in a crash involving a commercial truck can be extremely stressful and confusing. While you may be tempted to just move on quickly from the incident, there are some critical steps you should take following an accident with a semi, tanker, or another commercial vehicle. For more information, call our office today to speak with a St. Louis truck accident lawyer.   1. Contact the Police You may be tempted to keep the incident between the drivers and not involve the police. However, do not miss this critical step! The police will gather important details, including accounts of what...

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General Checklist for Car Accident Victims

General Checklist for Car Accident Victims

Suffering injuries in a preventable accident can be a difficult and confusing experience. Fortunately, there are certain steps that you can take to protect your legal rights and maximize the chances of getting the compensation you deserve. The most important of these is to call a St. Louis personal injury attorney at Bruntrager & Billings as soon as you can.   Do Not Leave the Scene of the Accident In Missouri, drivers are legally obligated to remain at the scene of a car accident that results in a personal injury, death, or damage to another's property, such as a wrecked car. Failure to...

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How to Handle a Denied Car Accident Claim

How to Handle a Denied Car Accident Claim

You’ve been injured by another driver’s negligence, and the situation is difficult enough. If the at-fault driver’s insurance provider, however, proceeds to deny your claim, the matter is that much more dire. While it is unfortunate that the insurance company is putting you through this additional anxiety on top of everything else, it is important to understand that the law – and not the insurance company itself – will ultimately decide how your car accident claim will be resolved (if the insurance company refuses to engage in fair negotiations). If you find yourself in the difficult position of having your...

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Can You Ever Recover Compensation for a Single Vehicle Accident?

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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What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?

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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Winter Weather and Car Accidents Involving Pedestrians

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?

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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Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Missouri?

Using a Living Trust to Avoid Probate

When another person causes you injury, you have the right to hold them liable for your financial losses and pain and suffering by filing a personal injury claim. However, when such injuries are fatal, the deceased victim can no longer bring a legal claim. For this reason, the law allows certain people dealing with the loss to file a wrongful death.   Even though you feel the loss of a close loved one does not mean you have the right to file a claim and recover damages. Each state has different laws regarding wrongful death claims, including who qualifies to file, and...

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