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Distracted Driving Involves Much More than Smartphone Use

By John Page on June 7, 2017

Distracted Driving Lawyers in MissouriSince the advent of smartphones, safety advocates have been discussing how dangerous it is for people to use them while driving. In response, many states have passed legislation1 limiting the way individuals can use their phones behind the wheel. There are efforts being made to install software that would disable certain functions, such as texting, while a phone is in a moving vehicle.

While it is certainly true that smartphones are a major source of distracted driving,2 it is important to remember that driver distractions have been around for a long time. Some examples of common driver distractions that have nothing to do with smartphones include the following:

Eating

Brushing teeth

Drinking

Reading

Adjusting the radio

Talking to passengers

Reading a map

 Looking for items in the car

 Attending to children

 Looking at scenery

 Daydreaming

 Grooming

 Applying makeup

 Interacting with other drivers

Drivers who are distracted are much more likely to do things like speed, swerve in and out of lanes, rear-end other vehicles, or miss traffic signals or stop lights. Fortunately for accident victims, distracted drivers who cause accidents are liable for the injuries and other losses they cause, including medical expenses, repair bills, physical and emotional pain and suffering, and lost income. People who have been involved in an accident with a distracted driver should speak to an attorney as soon as they can.

Call a St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer Today to Discuss Your Case

Distracted drivers put us all at risk and they should be held accountable when they cause accidents. At Page Law, we fight hard to help accident victims hold distracted drivers accountable for the damage they cause. For a free consultation with a St. Louis car accident attorney, call Page Law today at 314 -322-8515 or contact us online.

1 http://www.ghsa.org/state-laws/issues/Distracted-Driving

2 https://www.distraction.gov/

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FAQ for Commercial Truck Accident Victims

By John Page on June 6, 2017

Truck Accident Lawyers in Missouri

What Causes Truck Accidents?

Truck accidents can be caused by many of the same things that cause “regular” car accidents, including speeding, distracted driving, drunk driving, and failure to follow the rules of the road. There are, however, certain causes that are unique to commercial truck accidents. These include things like malfunctioning air brakes, improperly loaded or secured cargo, defective coupling devices, and federal safety regulation violations.

Will I Be Able to Recover Compensation?

Whether you can recover compensation after a truck accident depends on whether you can establish the accident resulted from someone else’s negligence. Negligence refers to a person’s failure to use the degree of care that would ordinarily be used by someone in similar circumstances. Some ways truck drivers can be negligent include:

  • Failing to obey traffic laws
  • Driving without getting adequate rest
  • Not conducting a safety inspection of the vehicle before starting a trip
  • Driving after drinking or consuming drugs
  • Talking on a cell phone

What Kinds of Losses are Recoverable?

Both Missouri and Illinois law allow people injured in truck accidents caused by others to recover for their economic and noneconomic losses. Some examples of the losses typically sought in a truck accident case include medical expenses, lost income, loss of quality of life, property damage, and physical and emotional pain and suffering.

How Much Is My Case Worth?

Many truck accident victims justifiably want to know how much they can recover. There is no such thing as a “typical” truck accident case, and the amount you ultimately receive is based on many factors, including your occupation, your injuries, your prognosis, and whether punitive damages are available.

Call a St. Louis Truck Accident Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free Consultation

If you have been injured in a truck accident in the St. Louis area, call Page Law immediately. Our experienced team of attorneys know how to hold negligent truckers and trucking companies liable for the injuries they cause. For a free case evaluation with a lawyer, call our office today at 314-322-8515 or contact us online.

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3 Serious Injuries that Are Common in Motorcycle Accidents

By John Page on June 2, 2017

Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in MissouriAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle accidents cause more traffic fatalities each year in the United States than other types of vehicles. This indicates the injuries sustained by motorcyclists in crashes are generally more severe than in car or truck crashes. This is understandable, as motorcycles do not have the same protection from an impact that occupants of cars and trucks do.

The following are three of the more common severe injuries that result from motorcycle crashes:

Head Trauma

Wearing a helmet reduces a motorcyclist’s risk of head trauma but only by a certain percent. The CDC estimates that wearing a helmet lowers the risk of a head injury by 69 percent and lowers the risk of death by 37 percent. As you can see, even with helmet use, serious head injuries can still occur. These can include:

  • Skull fractures
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Brain hemorrhaging
  • Spinal Cord Injury

Because a motorcyclist’s body is exposed to an impact, the spinal cord can sometimes be damaged. Spinal cord injuries must be stabilized immediately to avoid further complications from developing. Victims of spinal cord injuries can temporarily lose movement and sensory abilities in part of the body. Victims with complete spinal injuries may experience permanent paralysis and may never walk again.

Face Injuries

Motorcyclists are often thrown forward from their bikes, which commonly results in them hitting the pavement or another object face-first. Common facial injuries from a motorcycle crash include:

  • Broken cheekbones
  • Broken nose
  • Damage to the teeth
  • Broken jaw
  • Eye injuries

Motorcyclists sometimes try to catch themselves to avoid face injuries, but the impact often breaks their arms. Face injuries require extensive and costly treatment and can cause permanent disfigurement.

Our Fairview Heights Motorcycle Accident Attorney Will Protect Your Rights

Because the injuries in a motorcycle crash can be so severe, anyone who has suffered injuries should speak with a skilled Fairview Heights motorcycle accident lawyer to discuss their legal rights. Page Law is here to help you, so please do not wait to call 618-351-0890 for a free consultation today.

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Three Students Injured in South St. Louis School Bus Accident

By John Page on May 31, 2017

School Bus Accident Lawyer in MissouriAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), school buses are one of the safest forms of transportation in the country. But each year, a significant number of innocent children are injured in accidents caused by the negligence of others.

Recently, this fact was brought into sharp focus for several St. Louis families. On April 26, a school bus accident at the intersection of Macklind and Chippewa sent three children to the hospital, according to a report published by Fox 2 Now. The incident, which occurred around 2:30, happened when a school bus carrying 20 children was cut off by another vehicle, swerved to avoid traffic, and crashed into several parked cars.

School Bus Accidents Are Often the Result of Negligence

This incident highlights the fact that school bus accidents can be caused by the negligence of various parties. In this bus accident, the person at fault was another driver, but there are many other parties whose negligence could cause a serious school bus accident. These include:

  • The school bus driver.
  • The manufacturer of the school bus.
  • The manufacturer of another vehicle involved.
  • The school district that hired the bus driver.
  • The state agency responsible for the design and maintenance of the road on which the accident occurred.

After an accident, injury victims should determine how and why the incident happened and contact an attorney. A lawyer will investigate the accident and make sure your legal rights are protected and help you receive the maximum award or settlement available under the law.

Call Page Law Today to Speak with a St. Louis Bus Accident Attorney

Bus accidents can leave victims with serious injuries that have the potential to affect them for the rest of their lives. At Page Law, we provide aggressive legal representation to the victims of motor vehicle accidents and help make sure they receive the compensation they are entitled to. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call our office today at 314-322-8515 or contact us online.

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Common Causes of Head-On Crashes

By John Page on May 26, 2017

Auto Accident Attorneys in MissouriWhen the front of one car directly crashes into the front of another vehicle, a head-on crash occurs. These collisions can be serious and are sometimes fatal. If victims survive, they are often left with a long road to recovery. The following are some common causes.

Distracted drivers – A tell-tale sign of a driver is distracted is a driver swerving back and forth. Drivers who take their eyes off the road for even a second can accidentally swerve out of their own lane. If a driver exits their lane and crosses the center line, a head-on crash with an oncoming vehicle is likely.

Dangerous passing – Rural roads are a prime location for head-on collisions because of the curves, hills, and the significant amount of passing that occurs. Even though a double line warns when it is dangerous to pass, many drivers ignore this warning and try to pass a slower car illegally. This often results in a head-on crash with a car coming from the other direction.

Drunk drivers – Drunk drivers are notorious for turning and driving the wrong way down a road, causing head-on collisions. In addition, intoxicated drivers sometimes swerve in and out of their lane similar to distracted drivers. If a drunk driver swerves into oncoming traffic, the situation creates a head-on crash scenario.

Road hazards – Some head-on collisions are not the fault of any driver but instead caused by a dangerous hazard on the road. If a driver hits a pothole or another obstacle, it can cause the driver to lose control of the car and veer into oncoming traffic. If a driver suddenly jerks the wheel to avoid a road hazard, it’s common to overcorrect and create a dangerous situation.

Discuss Your Crash with a St. Peters Car Accident Lawyer Today

Injured accident victims have the right to seek compensation from the party responsible for causing the accident. If you have been injured, speak to a St. Peters auto accident attorney as soon as possible. Call Page Law today at 636-278-1202 for a free consultation.

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Why Large Vans Are So Dangerous

By John Page on May 24, 2017

Passenger Van Accidents in MissouriWhen groups of people must travel together, there are different options for transportation. Taking separate cars can be difficult to coordinate and flying together can be costly. Taking a large passenger van is a convenient and cost-effective solution. Passenger vans are also a common way to transport seniors or other individuals who may not get around easily on their own.

While large vans are common to see on the roads in St. Louis, many people may not realize the dangers that come with this type of vehicle. You may think vans are safer than cars because they are bigger and heavier, however, this is not necessarily true.

Seat Belts

Passenger vans have seat belts like other types of motor vehicles. Unfortunately, it has become a common practice for van passengers to not wear seat belts. This could be because of the long trip ahead, the desire to recline and be more comfortable, or because people are cramped with the luggage. Whatever the reason, failing to wear a seatbelt is a leading cause of death in van accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 80 percent of van occupants who were unbuckled died in serious crashes.

Rollovers

Because of a high center of gravity, large vans have a higher tendency to roll over. Rollover accidents can happen when the van hits a road hazard or curb, is speeding, in a collision with another vehicle, or taking a turn too fast. Rollovers can be deadly, especially in a packed van.

Inexperienced Drivers

Many people who get behind the wheel of a large van are not trained to drive larger vehicles. Inexperienced drivers are often unaware of the particular risks that come with operating a large van. The large vans are more difficult to steer, stop, and maneuver around obstructions in the road. The difficulties that come with operating a large van often magnify the mistakes drivers make.

Call a St. Louis Van Accident Attorney for a Free Consultation

Whatever the reason for your van crash, it is important to discuss your legal rights with an experienced St. Louis van accident lawyer. At Page Law, we understand the unique nature of van accidents and will protect your rights and injury claim. Call today at 314-322-8515 for help.

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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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