Auto accidents are among the leading causes of injury and death in the United States, causing 3 million injuries and killing over 40,000 people per year. Missouri accidents involve cars, trucks and motorcycles, and can have devastating consequences for those involved. In addition to medical bills and the cost of rehabilitation, victims of Missouri car accidents may face other economic damages such as time off work and lost future wages.
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Missouri Auto Accidents
Auto accidents are not always straightforward. Sometimes, even when liability seems obvious, there are factors to take into consideration. For example, if a person is driving while under the influence of alcohol, the person or establishment that served him the alcohol may also be liable for injury and damage. There may be issues if the person who caused the car accident is underinsured or if the vehicle in question has defective parts.
Missouri law uses a principle called comparative fault (or comparative negligence) to determine compensation for claimants in automobile accidents. This means that if a person is partially at fault in an accident, the amount of damages that person receives is reduced by the amount of the fault. For example, if a motorist is deemed 30 percent at fault in an accident, the damages awarded to that person are then reduced by 30 percent.
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Missouri Car Accidents
There are many causes of car accidents including driver fatigue and inattention, speeding, failure to yield right of way, improper road maintenance and defective cars or defective automobile parts.
According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), there were 960 total fatalities in Missouri car accidents in 2008.
Missouri Motorcycle Accidents
No matter the cause, injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents can be devastating. Because motorcyclists do not have the same protection as other motorists, they are vulnerable to spinal cord injury and brain damage.
According to the NHTSA, in 2008 there were 107 total Missouri motorcyclist fatalities, up from each of the previous four years.
Missouri Truck Accident
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