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Distracted driving is a problem on St. Louis roadways. According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, distracted driving was responsible for 9,593 accidents in 2016. That’s more than 26 accidents every day.

And those are just the accidents that were reported. The real number is likely much higher.

Distracted driving is usually related to activities like talking on the phone, texting, eating or changing the car radio or GPS. When a driver is distracted, they are less likely to see potential hazards on the road and are more likely to get into an accident.

If you or someone you love was involved in an accident with a distracted driver, the St. Louis car crash attorneys at Niemeyer, Grebel and Kruse are here to help. We can help you obtain the compensation you need to pay medical bills, repair your car and move on with your life. Call us today for a free case review – 314-241-1919.

How St. Louis car accident lawyers can help after a distracted driving accident

When you are injured in a car accident, the last thing on your mind is likely money. But the fact is, car accidents can be expensive. You may have to pay for medical bills, car repairs and lost wages.

Add to this the stress of dealing with injuries and the frustration that if the other driver had simply been paying attention, this all could have been avoided, and it can make a stressful situation overwhelming.

This should be a time for rest and recovery, and this is where your St. Louis car crash attorney can help.

When you’re involved in a car accident with a distracted driver, you have the right to attempt to recover compensation from the other driver. This process can be complicated and can be difficult to do by yourself, but an experienced personal injury can handle all steps of this process for you.

When you work with the attorneys at Niemeyer, Grebel and Kruse, we will:

  • Meet with you to understand the details and objectives of your case
  • Investigate and gather evidence to support your claim. We’ll review police reports, highway cameras, dashcam footage, medical records, cell phone activity, social media records and more to build our case. For example, if we can show that the other driver was browsing Facebook at the time of the accident, it can help prove our case that they were at fault.
  • Seek the maximum compensation for your case. With decades of experience handling car accident cases, we know the best possible amounts to ask for.
  • Handle all communication with insurance companies and opposing attorneys.

When you work with the attorneys at NGK Law, you can rest assured that you will have a team of legal professionals who are dedicated to your case. We will work tirelessly to ensure that you obtain the maximum possible compensation for your injuries. Call for a free consultation – 314-241-1919.

How much can I recover from my car accident claim?

Missouri does not restrict that amount of compensation that someone can recover from a car accident claim. These compensation amounts can range from the low five figures for accidents with minimal injuries and property damage to well over $1 million if the victim suffered longer lasting injuries.

In Missouri, drivers have the right to recover both economic and non-economic damages in car accident claims.

Economic damages

Economic damages are those that can be easily calculated and typically include medical bills, car repairs, and lost wages.

Non-economic damages

Non-economic damages are more difficult to calculate and can include pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of consortium.

Statute of limitations for car accident lawsuits in Missouri

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Missouri is five years. This means that you have five years from the date of the car accident to file a lawsuit.

Because a critical part of winning a lawsuit is gathering ample evidence and reliable witness testimony, if you are planning to file a lawsuit, it’s important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible to begin building your case. It can be more difficult to win distracted driving car accident claims if they are filed years after the incident.

Common causes of distracted driving in Missouri

There are three types of distractions that can occur when someone is driving: manual, visual and cognitive. Most distracted driving accidents are caused by one or more of the following.

  • Manual distractions are things that take the driver’s hands off the wheel. This can include things like texting, talking on the phone, eating or drinking.
  • Visual distractions are things that take the driver’s eyes off the road. This can include things like looking at your phone, looking at a map or GPS or looking at another car.
  • Cognitive distractions are things that take the driver’s attention off the road. This can include things like daydreaming, talking to passengers or being distracted by something in the car.

As one of the leading causes of distracted driving in St. Louis, cell phone use is a combination of three types of distractions: manual, visual and cognitive.

This means that when someone uses their cell phone in the car, they are taking their hands off the wheel, their eyes off the road and their mind off the task at hand. This can lead to disastrous consequences.

Missouri is one of only two states that doesn’t have a law regulating cellphone usage for all drivers. Instead, Missouri prohibits cell phone usage among drivers age 21 and younger and commercial drivers, despite the fact that in 70 percent of auto accidents involving cell phone usage, the party at fault was 22 or older.

Without much legal force to restrict cell phone usage in cities like St. Louis, distracted driving is a serious issue in Missouri.

Experienced representation for your distracted driving accident

As we mentioned above, being involved in a car accident can be a very stressful experience. You might be dealing with injuries, medical expenses, damage to your car and insurance claims. You may also be dealing with the other driver and their insurance company. This can be a lot to deal with, and it is important to have an experienced lawyer on your side.

When interviewing personal injury attorneys, it is important to select an attorney who has experience handling cases like yours. This is because you will need someone who understands how to navigate the complexities of your case and how to get you the best possible compensation. Can the attorney cite recent examples of not only handling cases like yours, but also winning them?

At NGK Law, we have decades of experience handling car accident cases, and we get results. With more than $700 million recovered for our clients and a 98% success rate, our team includes two of the 2022 list of Best Lawyers as well as a Top 50 and Top 100 lawyer in the area of plaintiff’s personal injury by Super Lawyers Magazine. 

Call the St. Louis distracted driving accident lawyers at Niemeyer, Grebel and Kruse today for a free, no-risk review of your case – 314-241-1919.

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