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Drunk Drivers Often Hit the Road Around Memorial Day

By John Page on May 22, 2017

DUI Lawyers in MOWhile holidays can be a break from work and a time to celebrate, they are also one of the most dangerous times to be on the roads. This is true of almost any holiday that traditionally involves gatherings of family and friends. These gatherings often involve alcohol, and many people attempt to drive their cars home after drinking too much.

  • The upcoming Memorial Day weekend is no different. The risks may be high during this holiday for several reasons, including:
  • The holiday is celebrated over a three-day weekend, which means many people will be traveling or celebrating all weekend long.
  • This weekend marks the end of the school year for many students, so teens will be out celebrating the beginning of summer.
  • Unlike other holidays that may focus on children, involve gift-giving, or have religious aspects, the classic Memorial Day celebration involves barbecue and beer – so drinking is a focus of these celebrations.
  • Camping, floating, boating, and similar activities are popular over Memorial Day weekend, many of which involve drinking.

Aside from the above reasons, many people drive while intoxicated over Memorial Day weekend out of sheer recklessness and lack of concern for others on the road. Whether their judgment is too impaired to make proper decisions or they overestimate their abilities to drive drunk, impaired drivers put everyone else on the roads at risk.

A drunk driving accident can ruin your Memorial Day and may disrupt your life for months or years. Injuries from drunk driving accidents can cause the following damages, among others:

  • Costly medical bills
  • Lost income from missing work
  • Physical and mental pain and suffering
  • Losing enjoyment of your life
  • Permanent disabilities and impairments

Contact a Fairview Heights Car Accident Attorney as Soon as Possible

At the office of Page Law, we work to hold drunk drivers liable for all the injuries and losses they cause in and around Fairview Heights. We offer free consultations and will protect your legal rights as a crash victim, so please call our car accident lawyer at 618-351-0890 for more information today.

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How Negligent Hiring Practices Lead to Truck Accidents

By John Page on May 19, 2017

Truck Accident Lawyers in St. LouisWhen a truck driver is working for a company and causes a crash, the trucking company that employs the driver may be liable for the damage and injuries caused. In addition, trucking companies may face liability for their own actions or inactions. One common example of trucking company negligence is negligent hiring.

Negligent hiring means the company hired someone to drive a commercial truck when the company knew or should have known the driver was not qualified. Trucking companies often lower their standards when they are in need of drivers to haul freight. This potentially results in dangerous drivers behind the wheel of the largest vehicles on the road.

The following are some signs that truck drivers may be a risky hire:

If a trucking company hired someone to drive despite a risky driving past, it puts everyone on the road in harm’s way. If injuries occur because the truck driver acted negligently, the trucking company may be held liable for its negligent hiring practices.

Proving negligent hiring requires an extensive amount of work. It’s important to hire an experienced attorney that has a history of pursuing negligent hiring claims against large trucking companies. This type of case requires significant resources, and Page Law has the resources to handle your claim.

Find Out How a St. Peters Truck Accident Attorney Can Help You

The truck accident lawyers at Page Law have protected the rights of many truck accident victims against dangerous truck drivers and their employers. If you were injured in a truck accident, call for a free consultation at 636278-1202 today.

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How Long Should You Wait after an Accident to Call a Lawyer?

By John Page on May 17, 2017

Personal Injury Attorney in MissouriIf you are like most accident victims, you have never gone through this process before. Getting into a motor vehicle accident is something we all try to avoid. You likely have many questions about what to do next, including how long you should wait to contact a lawyer.

You Should Contact an Attorney as Soon as Possible

In law, it is not often there is a simple, unequivocal answer to a question, but when it comes to how long after an accident you should wait to call an attorney, there is no gray area: Find a lawyer as soon as you can. There are many reasons this is the case, including:

Any delay in investigating your case may result in the loss or destruction of critical evidence.

If you deal with the insurance company yourself, you risk inadvertently indicating that you were fully or partially at fault for your accident, jeopardizing your ability to recover for your losses.

Personal injury claims are subject to a strict statute of limitations in both Missouri and Illinois, meaning that waiting to start your claim could mean you cannot recover compensation.

Best of all, there are no up-front fees associated with retaining an attorney. At Page Law, we take all our personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis. This means we only get paid if you do. In addition, we will review the facts of your case for free and let you know whether you have a claim to pursue, and there is no obligation to retain us after your initial consultation.

Call Page Law to Retain a St. Louis Car Accident Attorney Today

Any delay in contacting a lawyer can have a detrimental effect on your personal injury case, so you should contact a lawyer as soon as you can after an accident. To schedule a free consultation with a St. Louis car accident lawyer, call Page Law today at 314-322-8515 or contact us online.

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Should You Negotiate with the Insurance Company Yourself?

By John Page on May 15, 2017

Car Accident Lawyers in MOEvery driver has likely heard that after a car accident, you should exchange insurance information with the other driver. This is so you will have the information to call the insurance company to file a claim for the injuries and losses you suffered in the crash. However, common advice rarely includes calling an attorney to help you with your insurance claim. This can be a mistake, as seeking the assistance of a car accident law firm throughout the insurance process can make the process easier with more favorable results.

If You Handle a Claim on Your Own

When you call the insurance company to make a claim, you will be asked to provide certain basic information about the crash. Soon after, an adjuster assigned to the claim will likely call you to discuss what happened in-depth. While you may believe you are helping your cause, anything you say during this process can be used by the adjuster to limit the insurance company’s liability.

When you receive a settlement offer from the insurance company, you may be disappointed, as it often starts with a lower offer than you deserve. It’s difficult to know how to negotiate and prove that you deserve more, and many people are convinced that accepting this offer is their only option. By accepting an inadequate amount, you also give up the right to seek additional compensation from that accident in the future.

How Our Law Firm Can Help

Our law firm can assist you through every step of the claims process by doing the following and more:

  • Presenting the proper information to support your claim to increase chances of a higher settlement offer.
  • Communicating with adjusters to ensure all questions are answered carefully.
  • Reviewing any offers for settlement and advising you whether they are inadequate.
  • Presenting persuasive evidence in negotiations to maximize your recovery.
  • Determining when an insurance settlement cannot cover your losses and when filing a personal injury lawsuit is the proper route

Learn More about How a Fairview Heights Personal Injury Attorney Can Help You

If you have been injured in a crash, call a Fairview Heights car accident lawyer at Page Law as soon as possible. We help with every aspect of your case, so call for a free consultation at 618-351-0890 today.

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St. Louis Family Dealing with the Effects of a Car Accident

By John Page on May 12, 2017


Car Accident Lawyers in St. LouisA car accident can change your life in a single instant.
This happened recently to one St. Louis family after a crash near Lambert International Airport in April. Two boys – ages five and nine – were returning from Disneyland and were in the car with their mother and aunt when a stolen vehicle involved in a police chase crashed into them.

The mother and her sons were all rushed to the hospital. The nine-year-old, who had to be resuscitated at the scene of the accident, is still reportedly “fighting for his life.” The mother is still in the hospital, reportedly suffering from fractures to her back, ribs, and hip. The five-year-old sustained a broken elbow and has been released.

The father – who was not involved in the crash – told the news he is struggling to be there for all his family members because they are all in different places. He stated that because of the crash, their “lives have been flipped upside down, changed immensely beyond belief.”

Effects of a Car Accident Can Be Long-Lasting

Unfortunately for the above family, the effects of this terrible car accident are likely only beginning. The initial concern after such a serious crash is whether everyone will survive and how their injuries can be immediately stabilized and treated. However, even if everyone is eventually declared to be in stable condition, the struggles are often just starting.

  • Life after a car accident can include:
  • Ongoing medical treatments and costs
  • Losing income from being unable to work during recovery
  • Missing a significant amount of school for children and falling behind
  • Surgical procedures
  • Rehabilitative therapy
  • The need for home health assistance and medical equipment
  • Long-lasting or permanent impairments due to injuries suffered

Because the effects can be so severe, drivers at fault in an accident should be held accountable for the damage they caused.

Call to Discuss Your Situation with a St. Louis Car Accident Attorney Today

Page Law is ready to help anyone who has been injured by another person in a car accident. We make the legal process easy for you so you can focus on your physical and mental recovery. For a free consultation, call our St. Louis car accident lawyers at 314-322-8515 today.

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Defective Products that Can Cause Serious Injuries – Part II

By John Page on May 10, 2017

Defective Product Lawyers in MOIn part I of this blog series, we explored how defective car parts, medications, medical devices, and children’s toys can cause serious injuries. Here are few other common consumer products that could pose risks if defective:

Cooking Products and Appliances Cooking typically involves high heat and exposed flames. These conditions present numerous dangers for a cook. Devices like pressure cookers and blenders must be manufactured properly so there is no risk of explosion. Cookware needs to be made from durable and safe materials that do not present a danger when eaten from, and packaging on all products should clearly indicate safe temperature ranges for use in cooking.

Children’s Furniture Furniture specifically meant for children typically needs to have greater care in its design and manufacture. Kids are often harder on furniture than adults. Beds, chairs, and tables for children need to be able to handle a reasonable level of abuse. Foldable chairs and other foldable items should be designed so they do not collapse under the weight of a child. Items designed for climbing should be able to support a child’s weight and sturdy enough to not tip over.

Nursery Products While furniture and toys for children should be safe, products designed for use in a nursery are often held to an even higher standard. Cribs and beds for babies must be secure and made using materials that are safe. Moving objects, like sliding rails, should be designed to avoid pinching and remain secure when not being moved by an adult. The consequences of defects in nursery products can be disastrous, so extra care should always be taken by their manufacturers.

Appliances Large and small appliances need to be designed free of defects that cause shocks and explosions. Appliances typically use electricity and they need to handle a standard current and also deal with a surge in power. While a surge might render an item inoperable, it should not cause the appliance to explode or catch on fire. Appliances should operate only when activated by a user, and the materials used to make them must be safe and properly designed to avoid burns,1 crush injuries,2 and lacerations.

Call Page Law Today to Speak with a St. Louis Product Liability Attorney

If you have been hurt in an incident involving a defective product, it’s important to have your case reviewed by an attorney as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation with a St. Louis product liability lawyer, call Page Law today at 314-322-8515 or contact us online.

1 http://www.mayoclinic.org/first-aid/first-aid-burns/basics/art-20056649

2 https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000024.htm

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Defective Products that Can Cause Serious Injuries – Part I

By John Page on May 8, 2017

Product Liability Attorneys in MissouriEach day we interact with consumer products without thinking about it. After all, it would make for an extremely stressful life if we worried about whether our brakes will work each time we approach a stop sign. Unfortunately, defective brakes1 cause injuries in the United States, and there are scores of other products that have the potential to cause harm if they are defectively designed, manufactured, or marketed.

Here are a few categories of products that can cause serious injuries when they are defective.

Car or Vehicle Parts There are a lot of parts that make up a vehicle. Many of them can cause serious injuries or accidents if defective. Some of these parts include airbags that fail deploy, seatbelts that don’t work properly, brake pedals and acceleration pedals that fail to respond properly when they are pressed. Under the hood, various parts of the engine can cause injuries if defective, including coolant caps and various belts. The tires and bolts holding them onto a vehicle can also fail and cause serious injury.

Medications Prescription and over-the-counter medications can be defective or improperly packaged. This includes medications with serious side effects that are not properly disclosed to patients who take them. If a manufacturer does not properly label medications or the packaging is improperly secured, tampering can occur or children may be able to get into medication.

Medical Devices A wide range of devices from home-care tools such as blood sugar monitors and syringes to devices used in hospitals and during surgery can be defective. Anything used by a patient to monitor and treat an illness needs to function properly, or it puts the patient at risk. During surgery and treatment, devices such as stents and surgical tools are used to ensure the safety and health of a patient. If any one of these items has a defect, the consequences can be fatal.

Children’s Toys There are quite a few ways that children’s toys can be defective, from the packaging to the product itself. The packaging needs to indicate the intended age range of a toy and should be appropriately labeled to ensure small children do not receive toys with choking hazards. Toys must be free of toxic chemicals and materials, which can be dangerous for children, especially young ones who may put toys in their mouths.

Call a St. Louis Product Liability Attorney Today to Discuss Your Case

If you have been hurt by a product that you believe may have been defective, you should speak to an attorney immediately. For a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call Page Law today at 314-322-8515 or contact us online.

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100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers

By John Page on May 5, 2017

Car Accident Attorneys in MissouriLetting your teenager get behind the wheel of a car and drive away on his or her own is never easy. News reports and researchers highlight the particular dangers of teen driving over the summer. Many organizations have deemed Memorial Day as the start of the “100 deadliest days” for teens on the road.

Teen drivers already have a higher crash rate than drivers of any other age group. When you add in the extra freedom and free time of summer, it should be no surprise the risks of crashing increase. Teens have more time to drive around when they are not in school all day and they often spend the summers visiting friends and attending parties. This can increase both distracted driving and drunk driving for teen drivers.

When teens drive negligently, they put themselves and everyone else on the road around them. If a teen crashes into you and causes you injury, you have the right to hold the young driver liable for his or her actions.

If you are a parent, now is a good time to review driving safety with your teen – before the 100 deadliest days begin. Doing so may reduce the risk of injuries to themselves and others.

Contact a St. Peters Car Accident Attorney for Help Today

If your teen has been injured in an accident or if you have been injured by another driver, you should contact Page Law. We will evaluate your case and determine the best course of action to protect your rights and obtain the compensation you deserve. We regularly represent car accident clients in and around the St. Peters area. Call us for a free consultation at 636-278-1202.

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May Is a Good Time to Review Bicycle Safety with Your Children

By John Page on May 3, 2017

Bicycle Accident Attorneys in St. LouisWith summer vacation almost upon us, many school-age children are looking forward to spending long summer days outside playing with friends and soaking up the sun. For many children in the area, riding a bike is a daily activity. It functions as a way to get from place to place and as a fun activity. Unfortunately, doing so exposes them to a risk of serious injury, particularly if they ride in areas where they may be sharing the road with motor vehicles such as cars, trucks, or motorcycles.

As a parent, there are certain steps you can take to keep your children safe while riding their bikes this summer. Here are a few suggestions offered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • Make sure your child wears a properly fitted helmet.
  • Check the condition of your child’s bicycle regularly, including the tires and the brakes.
  • Provide your child with a properly fitted bicycle – do not buy one he or she will “grow into” or wait to purchase one until he or she stops growing.
  • Make sure that your child wears clothing that is visible to motorists.
  • Teach your child to always ride with at least one hand on the handlebars.
  • Make sure your child understands how to recognize and avoid road hazards.
  • Avoid allowing your child to ride at night.

Many parents wonder whether they should teach their children to ride on the street or on the sidewalk. According to NHTSA, the safest place to ride is on the street, but young children should stay on the sidewalk due to their maturity level. There are specific safety tips for sidewalk riding, which include:

  • Make sure riding on the sidewalk is legal in your area.
  • Look out for vehicles leaving or turning into driveways.
  • Stop at corners and streets.
  • Always enter the street at a corner and not from between parked cars, and let pedestrians know you are nearby, either verbally or by using a bell or horn.

Call a St. Louis Bicycle Accident Attorney Today to Discuss Your Case

If you or your child is injured in a bicycle accident, you should retain an attorney. An experienced bicycle accident lawyer will ensure your legal rights are protected and that you maximize your injury settlement or award available by law. To schedule a free case evaluation with one of our attorneys, call Page Law today at 314-322-8515 or contact us online.

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How a St. Louis Bus Accident Lawyer Can Help You

By John Page on May 1, 2017

Bus Accident Lawyer in St. LouisA significant number of people are injured in accidents involving buses in the St. Louis area each year. Whether the incident involved a school bus, a motor coach, or an ordinary city bus, buses are capable of causing extremely serious injuries to other motorists when they are involved in accidents. In addition, as many buses do not have safety features such as airbags or seatbelts, bus passengers can sustain severe injuries in the event of a crash, including traumatic brain injuries,1 broken bones, soft tissue injuries, and even spinal cord injuries.

Bus accidents can leave victims with extremely serious injuries that result in losses such as medical expenses, lost income, loss of quality of life, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. Fortunately, an attorney will understand how to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve. Here are some of the ways that a lawyer can help you after you have been injured in a St. Louis bus accident:

  • Evaluate your case and determine whether you have a claim
  • Communicate with the insurance company on your behalf
  • Negotiate a settlement arrangement that adequately compensates you for your economic and noneconomic losses
  • File a lawsuit2 on your behalf and represent you in court

It is important for victims to keep in mind that insurance companies may try to take advantage of unrepresented parties by making unreasonably low settlement offers. For this reason, it is critical to speak with an attorney before you agree to any financial settlement that may affect your rights.

Call a St. Louis Bus Accident Attorney Today to Protect Your Legal Rights

If you were a victim of a bus accident that was caused by the bus driver, the bus itself, the company that operates the bus, or another party, you may be entitled to compensation.

The St. Louis bus accident lawyers at Page Law understand the complexities of bus accident cases and are committed to ensuring that our clients get the compensation to which they are legally entitled. Call our office today at (800) 227-2727 for a free case evaluation and to learn how we can help you move on with your life.

[1] http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/traumatic-brain-injury/basics/definition/con-20029302

[2] https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/lawsuit

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