CAR ACCIDENT FAQ
Browse our frequently asked questions (FAQs) for a comprehensive resource designed to answer the most pressing questions you may have surrounding car accidents, claims, and legalities in Missouri and Illinois.
As meeting your legal needs with proficiency is of utmost importance to us, we provide these answering tools to best inform you of your rights, legal options, and what you should expect when involved in an automobile accident.
Our aim is not only to provide guidance and peace of mind during these challenging times but also to significantly simplify your understanding of these processes.
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Ultimately, this will be depend on many unique factors of your case
The average settlement amount for a car accident is approximately $25,446.84. This figure may be high in comparison to national averages across the United States because the data includes more car accident settlements involving serious injuries.
It depends on your state and your type of case.
The Missouri statute of limitations for car accidents is 5 years, meaning Missouri residents have 5 years from the day of their car accident to bring a lawsuit.
It depends on your state.
You have limited time to file a lawsuit after a car accident in Illinois & Missouri. The statute of limitations will apply to most car accident lawsuits in Illinois and Missouri, though some exceptions may apply.
Each case is unique, but can settle within 6 to 9 months.
Car accident cases with clear liability and moderate injuries often settle within 6 to 9 months after medical treatment is complete.
A lawyer will provide help and support throughout each step of your case.
A a car accident lawyer will help with investigations, collect supporting evidence, settlement negotiations, and prepare a case for trial if needed.
Fault is determined based on evidence collected throughout the case.
Attorneys and insurance companies determine fault based on the evidence they have at hand. Often fault is determined largely based on the police report filing by the reporting officer.
Generally, distracted drivers are at fault.
Most rear-end collisions are caused by distracted drivers. 87% of rear-end collisions where a driver hits the vehicle ahead of them are caused by distracted drivers
There is no limit.
There is no limit or standard formula used to determine how much an injured party in a motor vehicle accident can seek in a lawsuit.
There are 6 key steps to any car accident settlement.
In order, these six key steps include filing the claim, investigations, insurance policy review, the demand letter, negotiations, and the settlement payout. If a settlement agreement cannot be reached, the case may go to trial.
Yes, damages for lost wages can be recovered.
After a car accident, the at-fault party is required to compensate you for damages (including lost wages) that resulted from the collision.
Generally, this is due to evidence collection or medical treatment.
Car accidents can take a long time to settle due to negotiations, paying outstanding bills, medical treatment, and the collection of evidence to support the case.
If you’re a passenger who has been injured in an auto accident, you should seek medical attention, document the accident, notify your insurance company, and consider contacting an attorney about your case.
Auto accident settlements often do not exceed policy limits because insurance companies are not required to pay out more than the amount of the policy limit.
For many years it has been illegal for minors to text and drive in Missouri. However, starting August 28, 2023, that law will extend to Missouri adults.
The cost of an ambulance ride to the Emergency Room following a motor vehicle crash averages $900. The average price for an Emergency Room visit is $3,300, and the average inpatient hospitalization following a motor vehicle crash is $57,000.
As personal injury attorneys at Brown & Crouppen, we want drivers and car owners to have the knowledge to successfully handle a property damage claim. Here are some of the most important considerations.
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To obtain medical treatment in a timely fashion, you initially recommend using your health insurance. This applies to the ambulance service, emergency department, hospitalization, urgent care treatment, and visits with your primary care physician, then consult with an experienced injury attorney to discuss your future medical treatment and your payment options.
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