Ever since 2019, the state of Missouri has seen a concerning trend in the number of fatal car accidents. In 2023, the Missouri State Highway Patrol has been working hard in the hopes that this trend ends this year. There are a number of preventative measures that any driver can take to help avoid accidents, help lessen the severity of an accident, and keep the number of fatalities in Missouri low.
We are fortunate to know that, in this incident, the injuries were only minor. Around 5:20 p.m. on November 23, two vehicles were at the intersection of Route C and Rumsey Lane in Cole County. One vehicle tried to cross the intersection but did not see the second vehicle approaching. It was then that both vehicles collided, and MSHP were notified. Both drivers as well as one passenger were taken to receive medical care for their minor injuries. This is due, in part, to the fact that both the drivers and the passenger were wearing their seat belts.
Even though the injuries are minor, the people who were injured due to this car accident do not have to face the road to recovery alone. When someone is injured in a car accident, they could be entitled to compensation through a personal injury claim.
What Do I Do If I’m in a Car Accident?
For many, the process of filing a personal injury claim for a car accident can be lengthy and difficult. There are a few steps you should take after an accident if you plan on looking into a personal injury matter.
First, you should immediately receive medical treatment, especially for more serious injuries like burns. Aside from your health being important, a doctor’s visit and diagnosis will create evidence of the extent of your injuries. This will be a vital piece of information once legal proceedings begin. Once you have spoken with a doctor, you should next contact a car accident lawyer. An attorney who practices personal injury and specializes in car accidents has the kind of legal know-how necessary for a claim like this to be successful.
Once you’ve brought a lawyer onto your case, you can start with the lengthy investigation phase. This is where the attorney and you will gather the evidence about your case and get ready to present it. A personal injury claim such as this is meant to help you recuperate the cost of your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Things like paystubs and medical bills will likely be needed to move forward.
After the investigation has concluded, your personal injury lawyer will file the claim and begin the legal proceedings. This will assuredly include a discovery phase, where information is exchanged between parties. There are other possible stages that a personal injury claim could go to, including a mediation or a trial. No matter what direction your case takes, your car accident attorney will be with you every step of the way.
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The correct use of their safety devices could be what prevented the drivers and passenger from further injury or worse. The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety asserts that 64.9% of fatalities on Missouri roads happen to unbuckled people. If you or a loved one are ever injured in a car accident, you should hire a car accident lawyer who can handle your case with the expertise you deserve. If you’re looking for that person, call us at the Law Office of Chris Miller. We’ve helped many others reach a settlement, and we can help you too.