Florissant, MO Personal Injury & Auto Accident Attorney
Missouri Personal Injury Lawyer Assisting Clients in the Florissant Area
For most residents of Florissant, the city is a pleasant place to reside. According to the City of Florissant, it was recently ranked by Money Magazine as among the “Top 100 Places to Live” in the United States. With a population over 50,000 and several notable historic sites, Florissant is a popular place to live and visit. However, if you are driving in or around Florissant, it’s important to understand the risk of a serious traffic collision.
Did you know that over 800 fatal car accidents occurred in Missouri in 2015, resulting in 869 roadway deaths? That figure, provided by a fact sheet from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), underscores that the rate of deadly motor vehicle collisions in Missouri is higher than the national average. The 2015 fatality rate in Missouri was 14.3 per 100,000 people, while the national average was noticeably lower at 10.9 deaths per 100,000 people. What does this mean? Car crashes happen much too often in Florissant and throughout the St. Louis area, and many crashes are preventable.
If you or someone you love recently sustained injuries in an auto wreck or in another kind of accident in Florissant, it’s important to understand how to file a personal injury claim for compensation. It’s important to discuss your claim with a Florissant injury attorney right away. Time is of the essence after an accident.
Learning More About Unintentional Injuries
How common are other unintentional injuries aside from car wrecks? And what are some of the primary causes of unintentional-injury-related deaths? According to a fact sheet from the National Safety Council (NSC), one way of looking at fatalities related to unintentional injuries involves learning more about where they occur:
- 66,000 fatal unintentional accidents occur at home (just over 50 percent);
- 33,802 fatal unintentional accidents occur in motor vehicles (about 28 percent);
- 27,200 fatal unintentional accidents happen in public (about 21 percent); and
- 3,738 deadly accidents happen in the workplace (or just about 3 percent).
What are some of the primary causes of those accidents that happen at home? The NSC cites:
- Poisoning accidents;
- Falls from heights;
- Slips and falls;
- Choking-related deaths;
- Drowning; and
- Fire-related deaths, including burn injuries and/or smoke inhalation.
As you can see, personal injuries can occur in many places, and they can result from numerous types of accidents. Sometimes an accident may not result from another party’s negligence. However, if another person’s carelessness contributed to your injuries, one of our experienced Florissant personal injury lawyers will look closely at the facts of your case and help determine the best way to maximize your personal injury claim.
Personal Injury Cases We Handle
At Page Law we handle many types of personal injury cases, from those about dangerous car crashes to those involving falls and severe injuries from defective products. Examples of the cases we handle include, but are not limited to:
- Auto accidents;
- Bus accidents;
- Motorcycle collisions;
- Pedestrian injuries;
- Bicycle accidents;
- Trucking and van accidents;
- Dog bite injuries;
- Elder abuse and neglect;
- Dangerous drug claims;
- Defective medical products;
- Other defective consumer products;
- Slips, trips, and falls;
- Work injuries;
- Workers’ compensation cases;
- Medical negligence; and
- Other personal injury claims.
Our personal injury lawyers have decades of experience helping injury victims seek compensation for their losses. Whether you or someone you love suffered injuries in a car crash or another type of accident, one of our Florissant, MO personal injury attorneys will help you.
What Happens If I Am Partially to Blame for the Accident?
We often talk to personal injury victims concerned they may have been partially responsible for the accident that caused their injuries. Under Missouri law, even when a plaintiff is partially to blame for an accident, they can recover damages. However, the damage award will be offset by the percentage by which the plaintiff is deemed at fault. This is called a “pure comparative fault” system.
How does this work in practice? Imagine for instance that a plaintiff got hurt in a traffic collision. The accident was caused primarily by another negligent driver, but the plaintiff also was distracted when the defendant struck her vehicle. The jury might determine the plaintiff was 10 percent at fault for the collision. If the jury awards the plaintiff $50,000 in damages, that amount will be reduced by the 10 percent, the amount plaintiff was deemed at fault. Since 10 percent of $50,000 equals $5,000, the plaintiff’s damage award would be reduced by $5,000 to $45,000.
Discuss Your Case with a Florissant Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have questions about filing a personal injury lawsuit, one of our Florissant car accident attorneys is ready to help. Contact Page Law today for a free consultation.: