32,000 families every year have to deal with the loss of a loved one in a car accident. Losing a family member is always painful, but this is even more so when the loss is the sudden and unexpected result of a fatal car accident.
Missouri has a poor record when it comes to car accident fatalities and injuries. In 2014, 766 people were killed on Missouri roads, or two people killed every day, as reported by the Missouri Department of Transportation. 173 of those deaths occurred in the St. Louis area - St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Jefferson County, and Franklin County - making it important to have a St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer if your or a family member have been injured in such a situation.
Car accident deaths cause great pain and suffering. Grief may be compounded by financial loss if you relied on the deceased family member as a source of income and support. This combination of grief and the stress of financial loss can be overwhelming.
Our mission is to be a compassionate advocate and to help relieve some of the burden you are facing.
The legal process usually involves making a claim to the insurance company, which is often challenging. Here’s why:
While insurance companies represent themselves in television commercials as fair and reasonable, they often are not. Insurance companies are not in the business of helping the injured after a car accident. They are in the business of making money, which they do by taking in more money in premiums than they pay out. It’s all about minimizing the amount they pay in compensation to victims.
Under the Missouri Wrongful Death Statute, spouses, parents, or children of the deceased have the legal right to claim the following:
- Medical bills and funeral expenses
- Pain and suffering the deceased suffered from the accident
- Loss of love, guidance, protection, support, companionship, parental instruction
- The monetary value of household services your deceased family member would have contributed in the future
- Financial support each eligible survivor would have received from the deceased person
In addition, in especially egregious car accident death, for example a drunk driving accident, a jury may assess additional damages for aggravating circumstances designed to deter the behavior in the future.
We will explore every avenue to help you attain financial and emotional peace of mind.
We help families of those killed in car accidents. We offer a free consultation so that you may discuss your concerns with an experienced attorney. Contact us online or call our St. Louis office at 314-862-6865 to schedule your free initial consultation. When you meet with us, ask about:
- Evening and weekend appointments
- Home and hospital visits
- No attorneys fees unless you collect