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How Hazardous Roads can Cause Crashes

By John Page on February 27, 2017

Car Accident Lawyers in St. LouisWhen a car accident occurs, blame is usually directed at one or more drivers involved. However, in some instances, no driver may be at fault for the crash. It may have been a hazardous condition on the roadway that caused a driver to lose control of their vehicle and crash. The following are some of the common ways hazardous roads can cause crashes.

Dangerous Design

When government agencies sit down to design roads and highways, they are responsible for ensuring these roads are designed in a manner that is safe for motorists. Government engineers do make mistakes like everyone else. In some cases, a roadway may be designed with a dangerous condition. Some dangerous design defects of roads and highways can include:

  • Dangerous intersections
  • Inadequate merge lanes
  • Inadequate shoulder or room to pull over
  • Curves that are too sharp
  • Speed limits that are too high for road conditions
  • Blind intersection
  • Improperly-timed traffic signals
  • Improperly-placed or missing traffic signs or signals

If the government discovers a design hazard exists and it can’t fix the problem, it must properly warn drivers of the potential danger so they can slow down or pay extra attention to the road ahead.

Inadequate Inspection, Maintenance, or Repair

Once a road is built, it will require regular inspection, maintenance, and repair of any hazardous conditions. If a locality or state fails to do so, the following may exist and lead to accidents:

  • Large cracks
  • Potholes
  • Debris on the road
  • Eroding shoulders
  • Damaged medians or guardrails
  • Signs that are worn or knocked over
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Malfunctioning traffic signals

All of these can easily cause drivers to crash and the government should be held accountable for losses and damages caused by the injury victim. It’s important to note that claims against the government have special rules, procedures, and time limits under Missouri law,1 so you should discuss your specific case with an experienced attorney immediately.

Call a St. Louis Car Accident Attorney for Help as Soon as Possible

If you have been injured in any type of accident, please do not delay in calling an experienced personal injury lawyer at Page Law. Contact us online or at (314) 322-8515 for your free consultation.

1http://www.moga.mo.gov/mostatutes/stathtml/53700006001.html

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Have You Recently been Injured by a Drunk Driver?

By John Page on February 24, 2017

DUI Attorney in St. LouisWith the holidays just behind us, many of us are making goals for the new year. Unfortunately, some people are heading into 2017 dealing with serious injuries from drunk driving accidents. Drunk driving is said to increase substantially during the winter holiday season1 and, therefore, so do the number of accidents that result from impaired driving. While police around St. Louis may do their best to ramp up enforcement to stop drunk drivers, they can’t catch every single one and crashes do occur because of this dangerous behavior. The following is some important information for anyone who has recently been the victim of a drunk driving accident.

Know Your Rights

As a drunk driving accident victim, you have the same rights as any other victim of someone else’s negligence. When someone acts in a dangerous manner on the road and causes you injury, the law allows you to hold them liable for all of your accident-related losses. Such losses often include:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost Wages
  • Estimated costs of future medical care
  • Past and future lost income
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Permanent disability

The amount of loss you suffer will likely depend on the nature and severity of your injuries. An experienced attorney can help you calculate how much you are entitled to.

Criminal Cases are Separate from Civil Claims

In many cases, police will arrest a drunk driver who caused an accident and they will face criminal charges. It is important to know this criminal case will likely do little to compensate you for your losses. Instead, you must initiate an insurance claim or a separate case in civil court. While criminal convictions may help your case, the personal injury claim will be distinct from any criminal proceedings.

Discuss Your Situation with an Experienced St. Louis Drunk Driving Accident Attorney

At Page Law, we have seen firsthand how devastating drunk driving accidents can be for you and your family. We will help you hold drunk drivers liable for your losses, so please call a St. Louis car accident lawyer for free at (314) 322-8515.

1https://www.bactrack.com/blogs/expert-center/35042821-the-most-dangerous-times-on-the-road

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Tragic Chain Reaction Crash in St. Louis

By John Page on February 22, 2017

Car Accident Lawyer in MissouriSome traffic accidents involve two cars that collide and it’s relatively clear which driver is at fault for the other’s injuries. However, some accidents are extremely complicated and involve multiple vehicles and severe injuries to multiple people. A recent accident that occurred on I-270 in St. Louis illustrates just how complex and devastating some traffic collisions can be.

According to reports,1 a driver was pulling a trailer behind a van when they lost control and went across several lanes of traffic. The van hit both a tow truck and a car before crashing into the median. The wreck was in the path of a large commercial truck and the driver could not avoid crashing into it. Subsequently, both the van and the tractor-trailer caught fire. Of the six people involved in the horrific crash, it was reported2 that two sustained serious injuries and one person – a passenger in the van – did not survive.

Liability in Chain Reaction Crashes

Immediately when hearing about a chain reaction crash, you may assume the driver who started the crash is responsible for all injuries and deaths that resulted. However, this is not always the case and a thorough investigation is critical to determining which parties should be held liable.

First, when a driver loses control, it is not always their fault. Some drivers may hit a pothole or have a vehicle malfunction that causes them to lose control and crash. In such cases, the government or auto manufacturer may be responsible. In addition, when subsequent crashes occur, it is important to determine whether those drivers were distracted or otherwise negligent and look to see if they could have avoided a chain reaction.

A St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer from Page Law is Here to Help You

Accidents involving multiple parties can result in complicated legal cases. You need a St. Louis auto accident attorney with the experience to fully protect your rights as an injured victim. Please call Page Law at (314) 322-8515 for a free consultation.

1http://fox2now.com/2017/01/17/truck-crash-and-fire-causing-massive-delays-on-i-270-near-clayton/

2http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/one-motorist-dies-in-fiery-tractor-trailer-crash-on-i/article_883171db-938d-5b35-b80b-9d42174c2278.html

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The Costs of Treating a Brain Injury

By John Page on February 17, 2017

Brain Injury Lawyers in Missouri

Brain injuries can result from almost any type of accident, including falls, car crashes, motorcycle or bicycle collisions, and workplace injuries, among many others. While brain injuries can range from mild concussions1 to severe traumatic brain injuries2 that cause permanent impairments, everyone who has suffered a head trauma should seek a medical evaluation. Any degree of brain injury should be properly treated to avoid complications and further injury.

Like any other type of medical treatment, treating a brain injury can be costly. The following are some examples of treatment for an accidental brain injury.

Emergency medical care – Many people who hit their head go to the emergency department, especially if they have lost consciousness as a result. For severe brain injuries, a victim may be unconscious for an extended period of time and may require emergency transportation in an ambulance.

Hospitalization – Patients with serious brain injuries will likely be admitted to the hospital for monitoring and stabilization. Some people may need to be placed in a medically-induced coma while they recover.

Surgery – There are some circumstances in which surgery is needed to help a brain injury victim. Surgical procedures can remove objects from the brain, can repair a fractured skull, can remove hematomas, and can insert monitors in the brain to measure intracranial pressure.

Rest – Even if you do not require surgery or hospitalization, your doctor will almost certainly advise you to rest – both physically and mentally – until your brain injury completely heals. This can mean missing work or school, which can cause you to lose income or fall behind in your program or career path.

Rehabilitative therapy – There are many types of rehabilitative therapy that can help brain injury victims. Speech therapy, occupational therapy, vocational therapy, and physical therapy are only some examples of the ongoing treatment victims may need to regain certain abilities after a brain injury.

Find Out How a St. Louis Brain Injury Attorney can Help You

No matter how your brain injury occurred, you should discuss your legal options and rights with an experienced St. Louis personal injury lawyer. The team at Page Law can help you recover for the costs of treatment and more, so please call us at (314) 322-8515 for a free consultation today.

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Why Rear-End Accidents are Particularly Dangerous for Motorcyclists

By John Page on February 13, 2017

Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in St. LouisWhen one car hits the back of another to cause a rear-end collision, it is often called a “rear-ender.” These types of accidents happen at slow speeds and fast speeds alike. Seat belts and airbags often provide protection for motorists in a rear-ender. For motorcyclists, rear-end collisions have an entirely different set of risks and can often be one of the most devastating types of collisions.

Injuries Caused by Rear-end Motorcycle Crashes

Whether a motorcyclist is in the front or back of a rear-end crash, devastating injuries can result. When a motorcyclist is the front vehicle and is hit from behind, the back of the motorcycle is often sent upward, throwing the motorcyclist forward off the bike toward the ground. This can cause serious injuries to the head, face, jaw, and teeth – even if the motorcyclist is wearing a helmet. If the motorcyclist reacts by putting their arms out, they can sustain broken or shattered bones.

On the other hand, if a motorcyclist suddenly hits the back of a car, the sudden halt in momentum can throw them off the bike onto the car. Many people may bounce off the car and land on the ground, causing multiple points of impact and multiple traumatic injuries. These can include spinal cord injuries,1 neck and back injuries, broken bones, and more.

Common Causes of Rear-end Collisions

Because the injuries in a rear-end motorcycle accident can be so severe and can require costly treatment, it is imperative to recognize when someone else was at fault for the crash. Some common causes of rear-end accidents include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Fatigued driving
  • Illegal lane changes
  • Sudden braking for no reason
  • Brake lights that do not work
  • Aggressive driving

Call for a Free Consultation with a St. Louis Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

When another driver causes you serious injuries, you need an experienced St. Louis motorcycle accident attorney on your side as soon as possible. At Page Law, we will evaluate your case and help you hold any possible party liable for your medical bills and other losses. Please do not hesitate to call our office at (314) 322-8515 for help.

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How Sleep Apnea can Cause Truck Accidents

By John Page on February 10, 2017

Truck Accident Lawyers in MissouriYou may be aware that sleep apnea is a health condition that causes people to periodically stop breathing while they are asleep. While this potentially life-threatening condition is treatable, many people are unaware they have sleep apnea or they decide not to follow the proper treatment. Undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnea can put a person at risk while they sleep, but it can also result in dangers throughout the day. This is especially true for commercial truck drivers or operators of any type of large vehicles or machinery.

Sleep Apnea Leads to Fatigued Driving

When the body stops breathing due to sleep apnea, it subsequently wakes itself up to resume breathing. This can happen hundreds of times during a single night, which not only causes sleep disruptions but prevents a person from reaching the most restful stages of sleep. A person may wake thinking they got a full night’s sleep when in reality, their body and mind are not well-rested. When fatigue sets in during the day, they may not realize sleep apnea is the culprit.

Fatigued driving is a major concern for commercial truck drivers, as they spend many monotonous hours on the road, often in isolation. These are optimal conditions for fatigue to set in, therefore, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) strictly regulates1 driver work and rest times to prevent fatigued driving. However, even if a driver complies with all of the hours of service regulations, they can still become fatigued behind the wheel if they have undiagnosed sleep apnea.

While the FMCSA has issued warnings about the risks of undiagnosed sleep apnea, there is no requirement for all commercial truck drivers to be tested for the disorder. For this reason, sleep apnea may be the cause of your truck accident and an experienced truck accident lawyer should always investigate the health of the truck driver who caused your crash.

Discuss Your Case with a Skilled St. Louis Truck Accident Attorney Today

At Page Law, we have the resources to fully investigate the circumstances of your truck accident and determine who should be held liable. Please call our office for help at (314) 322-8515 today.

[1]https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/hours-of-service

[2]https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/driver-safety/sleep-apnea/driving-when-you-have-sleep-apnea

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Who is Responsible For Accidents Caused by Motorcycle Defects?

By John Page on July 21, 2016

parked-motorcycleDetermining accident liability is typically straight forward. Even when motorcycles are involved, an accident usually comes down to two parties disputing who was at fault. Multi-car (more than 2) accidents are a bit more complicated, but still usually concern the parties involved in the accident.

What happens when a motorcycle defect leads to an accident? The situation becomes a bit more difficult from a legal standpoint.

Motorcyclists and their passengers are always at risk for injury when they get on a bike. Even when wearing all the proper protective gear, obeying all the rules of the road, and driving defensively, crashes still happen. Motorcyclists are exposed to injuries such as broken limbs, head and spine injuries, road rash, and even death. Despite these known risks, motorcycle enthusiasts continue to pound the pavement across the country. Read the rest »

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Head Injuries Are Common in St. Louis Bike Accidents

By John Page on June 14, 2016

Improving cardiovascular health is at the top of many health enthusiasts’ lists. One of the most common activities to increase heart health is bike riding. St. Louis, MO is a beautiful city for bike riders. Riding has become a popular activity for individuals and groups alike. Spring time in St. Louis brings riders out in the masses.

It’s crucial to take proper safety precautions when hitting the streets. Riders are at a very real risk for suffering a traumatic brain injury if they are in a bike accident. Wearing a bicycle helmet is critical when riding. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), bicycle crash injuries and fatalities increased in 2012 from the year before. Of the bicycle injuries, 6,000 were incapacitating, meaning the bicyclist could not leave the crash scene without assistance. Skull, chest, abdominal injuries, broken arms, broken legs, severe lacerations, and brain injuries are common in bike accidents. Read the rest »

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Missouri Bike Helmet Laws

By John Page on June 9, 2016

Each year in the United States about 2 percent of motor vehicle accident fatalities involve bicyclists. In the majority of these accidents, the most serious injuries are to the head. This statistic illustrates how crucial it is to wear a protective helmet when cycling. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, wearing a bicycle helmet can reduce your risk of head injury by 85 percent.

Common Vehicle vs Bicycle Accidents

Collisions between bikes and vehicles are common. Almost 10 percent of vehicle vs. bicycle collisions occur at intersections at which the cyclist has a stop sign and the motorist does not. The cyclist typically stops at the intersection and then peddles into the intersection in front of a vehicle that has the right of way. In this case, the cyclist is at fault. Read the rest »

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Common St. Louis Motorcycle Accident Injuries

By John Page on June 3, 2016

Motorcycle safety is one of the most common topics when talking about motorcycles. The popularity of motorcycles has risen almost every year since the 1970’s, when street-legal bikes came on the scene. Since that time, motorcycle accidents, injuries, and fatalities have become a way of life. Despite the known dangers, riders take to the streets daily seeking the unparalleled adrenaline rush.

One large component impacting the safety of motorcycle riders is the use of a helmet. Whether you are for or against helmet laws, it is undeniable helmets prevent head injuries. Helmet laws in 19 states require motorcycle operators and passengers to wear helmets when riding. At least 28 states have enacted some variety of a “partial” helmet requirement for certain operators. As of May 2016, Illinois, Iowa and New Hampshire are the only states which have no helmet requirements for rider or passengers. Read the rest »

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